46th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference provides updates on Dept. of Labor, NLRB

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
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Top: Solicitor of Labor Kate S. O'Scannlain delivers the keynote address at the 46th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference.

Middle: Christina Swider receives the Robert Fuchs Award from Suffolk Law adjunct professor Katherine Glendon Lev.

Bottom: Richard Bock (right), associate general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Advice, discusses the board's likely agenda in 2020 and beyond.

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section co-sponsored the 46th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference on Jan. 16 at Suffolk University Law School. Labor and employment attorneys enjoyed an afternoon of networking and education at an event designed to highlight significant legal developments in their field of law over the last year. 

The conference featured a keynote address by Solicitor of Labor Kate S. O'Scannlain, who discussed how the U.S. Department of Labor is working to update its regulations for the benefit of workers and employers alike. O'Scannlain specifically noted that the department has recently issued final rules clarifying the joint-employer standard and increasing employee eligibility for overtime pay, as well as a proposed rule allowing retirement plan disclosures to be posted online. 

Richard Bock, associate general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Advice, opened the conference with an overview of prior decisions that the NLRB may revisit in the coming year and beyond.

Following the speaking portion of the conference, Christina Swider received the Robert Fuchs Award, presented by adjunct professor Katherine Glendon Lev, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in labor law courses offered at Suffolk Law.

The program agenda also notably included a plenary session moderated by Suffolk Law professor Marc Greenbaum titled "As the Pendulum Swings: The Changing Landscape in Labor and Employment Law."