The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association
Erica Tener, Arbitrator/Mediator
John Vreeland, Esq., Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster
Paul Montalbano, Esq., Cohen Leder Montalbano & Grossman
Patrick Westerkamp, Esq., Arbitrator
Lucille Alfano, Arbitrator
Lisa Charles, Arbitrator/Mediator
Jonathan Cohen, Esq., Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy
James Cooney, Arbitrator
Zella Felzenberg, NJEA Representative
Vincent Giordano, NJEA Representative
National LERA Liaison
William Dwyer, PSEG
The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is a unique organization of professionals from New Jersey and continguous states who are interested in labor & employment relations and human resource management. The chapter includes members from the management, labor, neutral (including arbitrators and mediators), government, and academic fields.
The New Jersey Chapter holds six dinner meetings a year where members listen to distinguished speakers and share their knowledge and experience. The New Jersey Chapter is affiliated with the Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association), which sponsors national meetings for practitioners and academics and publishes books, conference proceedings, and periodicals that are designed for a wide audience.
Since OPRA’s enactment in 2001, which amended New Jersey’s Right to Know Law, the New Jersey public sector has seen a significant increase in litigation regarding what public records must be disclosed upon the request of a citizen. It is not uncommon for public sector unions and plaintiffs in employment litigation against public sector employers to utilize OPRA as a means to obtain key discovery. Failure to comply with OPRA can lead to harsh penalties against the custodian/public employer, including attorney fees.
In this program, three legal professionals will discuss the key developing issues and case law in OPRA including public access to governing body and executive session meeting minutes, agenda items, correspondence, emails, negotiations information, exemptions and the common law right to access. Additionally, the panelists will provide insight into recent case law, the mediation process and the impact of attorney’s fee awards. In advance of the Program registrants will have an opportunity to submit questions for the panelists to consider and answer during the discussion portion of the presentation. Jonathan Cohen, Esq. (Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy) will moderate.
To register click on the link below. When you register, BE SURE to take advantage of the window that allows you to submit advance questions for the panelists. They want to shape their presentations to your interests.
Relevant cases to be discussed:
Operbeck v. Midland Park BOE**
Paff v. Borough of Chatham
Brewer v. Middletown
Dawn SanFilippo, Esq. (Senior Counsel, Government Records Council)
James L. Plosia Jr., Esq. (Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy)
David W. Opderbeck, Esq. (Professor of Law at Seton Hall School of Law)**
Date May 12, 2014
Schedule 6:00pm – Informal Reception
6:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Presentation (Adjourn 8:30pm)
Site Sheraton Hotel, 125 Raritan Ctr. Pkwy, Edison, NJ
Cost (For payments in advance)
$45.00* – Chapter Members
$50.00* – Non-Members
$32.50* – Student
*Walk-ins $5.00 extra
click this link and follow instructions:
Mail a check with your name and organization to:
LERA, NJ Chapter
c/o Paul A. Montalbano, Esq.
Cohen, Leder, Montalbano & Grossman, LLC
1700 Galloping Hill Road
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
ANNUAL 2013-2014 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
On-Line Link → Annual Membership Registration Form (2013-14)
Payments can be made by mailing a check or using your credit card (via Pay Pal) Instructions are on the registration form.
NJ Public Employment Conference
Friday April, 25, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
East Brunswick Hilton
For additional information click on the links below:
UPCOMING MEETINGS OF THE NJ CHAPTER OF LERA
Meetings will be held at the Sheraton Edison Hotel in the Raritan Center. Most meetings begin at 6:00PM with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and a presentation.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES - LINKS
The LERA 66th Annual Meeting, May 29 - June 1, 2014 in Portland, Oregon Program Committee has announced a November 15, 2013 deadline for the submission of session proposals. The committee invites all LERA Chapter Officers/Members to submit session ideas (proposals) to the LERA 66th Annual Meeting program committee.
Complete information and submission forms can be found online here: www.LERAweb.org/66th-LERA-Call. Or, download/print…Continue
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