Date(s) - 04/15/2021
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm



Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 8:00 – 9:15 p.m. Eastern time


  • Wilma B. Liebman, Former Chairperson of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Paul Whitehead, Professor of Practice, School of Labor and Employment Relations, Pennsylvania State University

Co-sponsored by

  • Virtual Chapter of Labor and Employment Relations Association (VLERA)
  • LER’s Center for Workplace Performance (CWP)

SHRM/HRCI Recertification Credits: 1.25 credits approved

This program will be a conversation between Paul Whitehead, Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Penn State Law, and Wilma Liebman, former NLRB Member and Chairman, and LERA President-Elect.  They will explore what a new Biden administration may mean for labor and employment law and policy, in the context of the nation’s intersecting health, economic, racial justice, climate change, and democracy crises.   Will this be a moment for transformational change, or not?

Pre-Workshop Assignments



  • Questions of wages, jobs, infrastructure, major government spending and procurement authority;
  • Essential Workers and Pandemic related workplace issues (including a 2020 ILO Complaint);
  • Federal appointments: personnel as policy;
  • Reckoning with Trump-era NLRB adjudication and rulemaking, and beyond;
  • New labor law issues that may arise, e.g., new technologies, scope of protected concerted activity; new groups of workers and “employee” status;
  • State law mandates and federal labor law preemption;
  • Gig economy issues, California Proposition 22 and beyond;
  • Accelerating worker activism and what that may mean, including among workers excluded from labor/employment law protections;
  • Exploration of forms of industrial democracy, including worker ownership; corporate governance issues  (e.g., works councils, worker representation on corporate boards).


Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 8:00 – 9:15 p.m. Eastern time


This webinar will be held via Zoom. Please register below. The link will be distributed to you upon confirmation of your booking below.

Bookings and Pricing

To reserve your space, please submit the booking form at the bottom. Pricing is complimentary for VLERA members, and $10 for all others.

  • VLERA Members: No cost
  • Non-Members of VLERA: $10.00

Presenter Biographies

Wilma Liebman

President Obama named Wilma Liebman to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in January 2009.  She served as Chairman until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired.  Since then, she has been engaged in various advisory roles and consulting projects and has taught at several universities, most recently New York University Law School.  She has served as a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and has taught at Cornell University’s Law School and Industrial and Labor Relations School, the University of Illinois’ College of Law and its School of Labor and Employment Relations, and George Washington University Law School. Appointed in March 2020, she serves as chief external ethics officer for the United Automobile Workers Union.

Ms. Liebman was first appointed to be a Member of the NLRB by President Clinton and was twice reappointed by President Bush. She was the third longest-serving Member of the NLRB in its 85-year history.  Earlier, she served as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).  Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, she held positions as Labor Counsel for the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, and Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

As of June 2020, Ms. Liebman serves as President-Elect of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute and a senior fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations.  She is the Co-Chair of the Council of Advisors at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at the New School.  For the last seven years, she has served as Chair of the Dunlop Commission on Agricultural Labor, a private dispute resolution body.

She is the author of several publications on a variety of labor law and policy issues.  She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Paul Whitehead

Paul Whitehead is a Professor of Practice in Labor and Employment Relations, specializing in labor and employment law. He earned his B.S. in Labor Studies and M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. Paul practiced labor, bankruptcy, and benefits law for almost 30 years for the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, PA, serving as general counsel from 2001-2009. His career has included, in addition to years of collective bargaining, the representation of workers and retirees affected by corporate restructurings, foreign trade disputes, and the design of benefit programs.

Paul joined the PSU faculty in early 2009 and offers courses in both the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the Penn State School of Law.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non-member ticket registration $10.00