2014 National Lawyers Convention
On September 11, 2001, at the age of 45 and at the height of her professional and personal life, Barbara K. Olson was murdered in the terrorist attacks against the United States as a passenger on the hijacked American Airlines flight that was flown into the Pentagon. The Federalist Society established this annual lecture in Barbara's memory because of her enormous contributions as an active member, supporter, and volunteer leader. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson delivered the first lecture in November 2001. The lecture series continued in following years with other notable individuals. In 2014, Mr. John Allison, President and CEO of the Cato Institute, delivered the lecture. He was introduced by Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President of the Federalist Society.
- Mr. John A. Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute; former Chairman and CEO, BB&T Corporation
- Introduction: Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society
Mayflower Hotel 2014 National Lawyers Convention
In January 2014, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. In February, President Obama used his pen to raise the minimum wage for employees working on government contracts to $10.10 through an Executive Order. This panel will explore the policy and economics of increasing the minimum wage, which the White House asserts will lift wages for millions of Americans and boost the bottom lines of businesses.
The Federalist Society's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group presented this panel on "The Minimum Wage" on Thursday, November 13, during the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.
- Mr. Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute and former Member, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
- Ms. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, former chief economist, U.S. Department of Labor
- Mrs. Karen R. Harned, Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Foundation
- Hon. David Weil, Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor
- Moderator: Hon. William F. Kuntz, II, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
Mayflower Hotel International Law Weekend 2014
The panel of experts will focus on international trade and what limits, if any, should be applied. Likely topics to be addressed will include Presidential fast-track trade negotiation authority, the benefits and burdens of free trade, whether trade is an effective tool of foreign policy (e.g. binding countries together, sanctions), and multilateral versus global trade deals. The panelists are expected to have differing points of view, and we expect a lively discussion.
The Federalist Society co-sponsored this panel from the International Law Weekend 2014 held at Fordham University School of Law on October 25, 2014.
- Ms. Celeste Drake, Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO
- Prof. John McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
- Hon. Grover Joseph Rees, Former U.S. Ambassador to East Timor
- Moderator: Mr. Matthew Heiman, Vice President and Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, Tyco International Ltd.
October 25, 2014 Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
Fordham University School of Law
In 2012 and 2013, Indiana and Michigan, respectively, passed Right to Work laws covering both public and private sector employees. Wisconsin (2012) passed Act 10, which created Right to Work protections for most public employees and limited many aspects of public sector bargaining.
In response to this legislation, unions and their supporters in each of these states filed numerous state and federal lawsuits, challenging these laws on a wide variety of federal and state constitutional grounds. Some of the cases have been decided and others remain pending. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently turned down a major challenge to Act 10, the Indiana Supreme Court recently heard oral argument on one state constitutional challenge, and the Michigan Supreme Court is slated to hear oral argument soon on a challenge brought by civil service unions. In addition, employees seeking to resign their memberships or cut off dues deductions have filed numerous actions in state courts and administrative agencies to enforce the laws in the face of union policies designed to restrict resignations and dues revocations. The current status of the three states’ laws and the many court challenges will be discussed in this Teleforum.
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
- Milton L. Chappell, Staff Attorney, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
Karen Harned October 27, 2014
On October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., v. Busk. The case involves a dispute between Nevada warehouses and their employees. The warehouses fill orders for Amazon.com customers. At the conclusion of shifts, employees spend time being screened to make sure they haven’t stolen anything from the shelves or the bins, a company requirement before they leave for the day. The company refers to this process as “inventory control.” Employees claim that the time spent undergoing the screening is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, while the employer asserts that the screening procedure is analogous to the time employees spend clocking out on their way out the door, and is not compensable. Employers also assert that they must be able to protect their businesses with security measures without having to choose between security and compensating employees for their time going from point A to point B, which would raise operating costs.
Karen R. Harned, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, attended the oral arguments, and she offered her analysis of the facts of the case and the possible outcome.
- Karen R. Harned, Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Small Business Legal Center