Risk management methodologies for large enterprise organizations often must include considerations and attention to labor-management relationships.  To that point, and for those readers residing in the US Washington Beltway area, our staff recommends that in-house legal counsel team members pay attention to the offerings of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association.

The WMACCA Signature Luncheon Series will offer its next presentation on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at the Tysons Corner Marriott in Vienna, Virginia.  The title of the presentation is “A New Era in Labor-Management Relations That No Employer Can Afford to Ignore”.

Over the past four years, the actions of the Obama National Labor Relations Board have had both non-union and union employers on high alert.

With the Board’s expansive decisions on social media policies, at-will languages in handbooks, confidentiality and investigations, and arbitration agreements (to just name a few), employers are managing a new set of workplace requirements.

With the recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling finding the President’s recess appointments to the Board to be unconstitutional, and a second Obama term starting, what’s on the horizon?

Former Board Member Brian Hayes (now Co-Chair of Ogletree Deakins Traditional Labor Practice Group) will lead a discussion addressing what the future holds for labor-management relations.

Joining Brian Hayes will be Scott Feldman, General Attorney, Lockheed Martin Corporation; and James J. Murphy, Assistant General Counsel, General Dynamics Corporation.

The panel will offer its perspectives on whether the Obama Board will continue to expand its reach into non-union workplaces through activist rulemaking and dramatic changes in decades-old precedent.

The panel will also offer best practices and strategies to minimize risk, including drafting social media policies, the dos and don’ts of utilizing at-will handbook language, and preparing for the prospect of quickie union elections through new rule making.


With more than 2,000 members from over 700 private-sector organizations, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) serves the professional needs of in-house counsel in Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth of Virginia, and suburban Maryland. WMACCA is the regional chapter of the global Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).  WMACCA members can participate in more than 70 substantive networking and professional development programs each year. WMACCA is active in issues and education to encourage advancements in the standards of corporate legal practice.

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