Annual Business Meeting, Program, & Reception
This event is offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Business Meeting: 2:00–2:30 p.m.
Program: 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.
A cocktail reception will follow the business meeting and program.
The New Culture of the Workplace—Protected Concerted Activity in the 21st Century
What Does it Look Like and How do Employers Respond?
While traditional labor unions continue to be the chosen voice for many groups of employees, other employees have begun to advocate for themselves and to seek alternate means to be heard. Through the use of social media or traditional media, their message can be circulated wider and faster than ever before. In what ways do unions and individuals or groups of employees use these communication vehicles to voice their concerns and how does an employer respond?
This program will explore the twenty first century workplace—what it looks like; the law associated with protected concerted activity, including picketing, free speech, retaliation and related concepts, and how they apply—in the courts and in the agencies; and whether employers must rethink their traditional strategies for response.
Speakers and panelist Include:
- Michelle P. Crockett, General Counsel, Education Achievement Authority
- Walter Kraft, Vice President, Communications, Eastern Michigan University
- Thomas M. Good, National Labor Relations Board
- Jeffrey J. Fraser, Miller Johnson
- Fillipe S. Iorio, Kalniz, Iorio & Feldstein
- Gloria A. Hage, Moderator