Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Labor Arbitration Conference- 2009

On October 30, 2009, the SLRC held its annual Labor Arbitration Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Newport, RI. This year's conference had the highest attendance in many years and the largest attendance since the conference was moved from Providence to Newport in 2007. There were 141 attendees including SLRC students Rachel (Elliott) Roderick, Kaitlin Hansen, Alexis Lyman, William Maccarone, Josh Oberle, Chandler Ruehrwein, and Sarah Soares. In addition to current students, a number of SLRC alums including Kathleen Augaitis (LRC '05), Chris Cobleigh (MS '04), Maria Dursi (MS '08), Brendan Fogarty (LRC '09) and Bill O'Gara, Esq. (MS '86) were in attendance. Bill was also a speaker on the panel titled; Under what circumstances should an employee who commits a terminable offense, not be terminated?

Mark Grossman assembled an excellent group of speakers who addressed a number of important issues in the field of arbitration. These topics included:
  • Under what circumstances should an employee who commits a terminable offense, not be terminated?
  • Health Insurance
  • Employment arbitrations and their impact on collective bargaining
  • The right to "confidential" information in sexual harassment or discrimination investigations
  • Rhode Island law update
  • Determining the appropriate remedy
  • Interest arbitration: How the arbitrator decides
  • Substantive law update: Title VII, ADEA, ADA and others
  • How to draft and present petitions to vacate arbitration awards
  • Effective arbitration presentations: The arbitrator's view
  • Employee off-duty conduct and employer discipline
Once again Mark did an outstanding job of organizing the annual event. Next year's conference is scheduled for October 1, 2009 at the Marriott in Newport

Our next annual Labor and Employment Law Conference is scheduled for May 7, 2010 at URI's W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich, RI.

Click Here to view the 2009 Arbitration Conference brochure

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