Innovative and unique workplace laws in the District of Columbia


October 26, 2023    
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


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Woman's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036

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Innovative and unique workplace laws in the District of Columbia: A conversation with Asha Ault

Thursday, October 26, 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Whittemore House (Woman’s National Democratic Club)
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, 

Join the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (DC LERA) and the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) for lunch and a conversation with Asha Ault, Chief of Staff, DC Office of Labor Relations moderated by Dr. David Jacobs, Business Ethics and Labor Lecturer, Kogod School of Business of American University. This event will focus on local workplace issues in Washington, DC., highlighting an up-and-comer in the Washington, DC legal scene and focusing on the empowerment of women in labor relations and local government.

This event is co-sponsored by the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC).

Please RSVP below if you can join us!


Asha Ault has been Chief of Staff with the DC Office of Labor Relations since May 2021. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia from 2018 to 2021 and as Attorney Advisor with the Executive Office of the Mayor/ Office of the City Administrator from 2016 to 2018. Ms. Ault has extensive experience in negotiating and finalizing collective bargaining agreements with public sector unions, including the American Federation of Teachers. She also has extensive experience in complex litigation and in human resources management, and served as Judicial Law Clerk with Honorable Octavia Melendez. Ms. Ault obtained her J.D. at Northeastern University and Her B.S. in Administration of Justice from Rutgers.

Topics of Conversation

Labor issues are everywhere – help wanted signs, strikes, unionizing efforts and other issues are all over the news, making employee policies a key factor in driving our local economy as well as elsewhere in the country and the world. The District of Columbia has a complex and interesting labor relations environment in its public schools and other areas of the public sector. In recent years, the District of Columbia has become an innovator in workplace policies at the local level. Ms. Ault is one of the local policy makers driving innovative and unique workplace laws and policy in the District of Columbia – for example, paid sick leave and paid maternity leave – and will discuss the state of collective bargaining and labor relations in the District, including in DC Public Schools. Other subtopics to include a comparison of DC labor relations law and the federal National Labor Relations Act.

Registration and Cost

Tickets for this event are $25 for DC LERA  members and $30 for non-members. DC LERA offers reduced price tickets for those who are Retirees, Early Career, work for Nonprofits or Not for Profits, or are In Transition$15 for members and $20 for non-members. Tickets for Students are $10. The ticket prices for this event are being subsidized by generous donations made by DC LERA’s sponsors and donors. If you are unable to afford a ticket, please send an email to to request a special discount.

To register for this event, please submit your booking belowWNDC members should register at the following link: WNDC Member Registration.

Your ticket will cover the cost of Lunch served by WNDC.

Lunch consists of a full meal, including iced tea, dessert, and coffee. Sodas and wine are available from a cash bar.

Lunch will be from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. The Program will be from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Cash bar opens at 12:00 pm.

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Please contact Emily Smith at or 217-244-5419 if you have any questions about this website. We want you to be able to use this website with ease, and solve any problems that may occur. Please contact DC LERA President Tequila Brooks at for any questions about the event program itself.


Bookings are closed for this event.