National Academy of Arbitrators July 13 event

From the NAA –


The Videoconferencing Task Force Committee (VTF) is pleased to announce the next session of our Office Hours 2.0, beginning on Monday, July 13, at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). In “Witnesses via Videoconference,” NAA Member Keith Greenberg will provide a comprehensive discussion of the unique challenges of witness testimony via videoconference, including preparations to avoid technological issues for witnesses, steps to help witnesses arrive at the video hearing with a minimum of hassle, suggested witness instructions and process questions for witnesses, considerations for promoting unaided witness testimony, and troubleshooting technological problems that may arise.  An opportunity for small-group discussion will follow.

This is our first session open to advocates as well as arbitrators in the labor-management community. Feel free to invite both advocates and arbitrators by sharing this announcement. Please register here: Once you register, an email confirmation will be sent with the meeting link.  Use this link to access the session at the scheduled time. Be sure to check your spam mail for the confirmation.

In addition, please mark your calendars for these upcoming VTF Office Hours sessions, at 3 p.m. (Eastern). Registration is open at the links provided:

July 20 – “Document Handling” (for arbitrators and advocates)

August 3 – “Videoconference Platforms – Alternatives to Zoom” (for arbitrators and advocates)

August 12 – “For the Advocates – a Hands-On Encounter with Zoom” (for advocates, arbitrator-led)

These sessions will be recorded for later viewing on the NAA website.

2018-19 in Review

New Jersey LERA conducts five to six dinner meetings each year, with a unique and genial group of attendees and members who enjoy learning more about the latest challenges and successes in the field, and developing their networking base.

On February 4 the New Jersey LERA Chapter had a landmark meeting on changes in earned sick leave law in New Jersey, keynoted by the NJ Commissioner of Labor Robert Asaro-Aneglos. David Fish, NJ DOL, and John Sarno, Employers Association of New Jersey (EANJ), also spoke. Employer representatives filled the tables at the event, and brought with them many questions about the implementation of the new law. Many NJ LERA regular members attended, even if the law did not directly impact their practice, because they were interested in the law and its ramifications. The result was that the Chapter gained new members, benefited from an informative topic, and demonstrated its appeal to a broad community of professionals interested in how workplaces operate in the State of New Jersey.

New Jersey LERA met on March 25 for an evening with arbitrators Melissa Biren, Lisa Charles, and Joyce Klein with a “Red Light/Green Light” presentation addressing school law and health care involving contractual and disciplinary matters. For each issue, how arbitrators analyze the issues and determine the outcome was explored.

On May 13 dinner was followed by a presentation on recent legislation arising from the #MeToo Movement. NJ Legislature has revised the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) to prohibit the enforcement of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) against employees and former employees who enter into settlement agreements, in response to the #MeToo movement. The session explored the debate over NDAs means for New Jersey’s employees and employers.