Preparing for EFCA – Complimentary Jackson Lewis Webinar November 13th at 12 noon EST

Friday, November 7, 2008
With the election of Barack Obama, change will likely come on many fronts, including within the workplace law arena. Therefore, as a service to the employer community, Jackson Lewis will be conducting periodic public webinars on these key developments, starting on November 13th, with a webinar on the Employee Free Choice Act.

The passage of the Employee Free Choice Act in some form has become much more likely. President-elect Obama, a co-sponsor of EFCA in the Senate, pledged during the campaign to sign the Act into law. With a larger Democratic majority in the Senate now, pundits are expecting EFCA to be re-introduced in Congress in the first 100 days of the Obama administration, and many are predicting its passage. In its most recent form, EFCA:

1. Effectively eliminates the private ballot in union elections, certifying a union if a majority of employees signs authorization cards – irrespective of whether employees knew what they were signing, were pressured, were promised an election or had the facts to make an informed decision.

2. Imposes binding arbitration in the event a first collective bargaining agreement cannot be reached within 120 days. An arbitrator – who, at least initially, may know little or nothing about your business – would decide the wages, hours, work rules and all terms and conditions of employment at your facility. Similar arbitration requirements proved devastating to business when imposed on Canadian employers.

3. Expands penalties for violations of the National Labor Relations Act, including penalties of up to $20,000 per offense, treble back pay, and increased use of injunctions to remedy alleged violations.

Are you prepared? Join Jackson Lewis for a webinar on November 13th at 12 noon EST in which we will discuss EFCA's likely provisions, implications, timing and what your organization can do now to prepare. This is a free webinar you can't afford to miss. It will be the first in a series of Jackson Lewis webinar updates and additional seminars for the employer community on coming changes under the new administration.

To register for this special webinar, please e-mail us at and include your name, title, company and mailing address. If you have any questions about EFCA, you may use the same e-mail address, or contact the Jackson Lewis attorney with whom you work.

This webinar is intended for bona fide management representatives. Jackson Lewis reserves the right to make the final decision about participation.

About Jackson Lewis' Labor Practice: Jackson Lewis is one of the largest law firms in the country dedicated exclusively to representing management on workplace issues. For 50 years, Jackson Lewis has placed a premium on developing strategic, pro-active, preventive labor relations strategies and positive solutions for employers nationwide. We partner with employers to devise policies and procedures promoting constructive employee relations.
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