The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association

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President *
Erica Tener, Arbitrator/Mediator

Vice President
John Vreeland, Esq., Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster

Paul Montalbano, Esq., Cohen Leder Montalbano & Grossman


Patrick Westerkamp, Esq., Arbitrator

Board Members

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


NJ LERA Past Presidents

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About Us...

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.

Next Meeting - May 12, 2014 The Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) in 2014: What It Means for Labor & Employment Professionals

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.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.6 hours of total CLE credit. 

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


Our presenters:     

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 


Registration Information:

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




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.


Upcoming Events & other Helpful Resources

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:

Link to NJICLE

NJ Public Employment Conf Registration Form



  • February 10, 2014
  • March 10, 2014
  • May 12, 2014

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.



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LERA Call for Session Proposals - Deadline Nov. 15

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…


Posted by Erica Tener on October 8, 2013 at 12:09pm

Contract Negotiations Post Penn Plaza - RECAP

On December 10th, we had a discussion about Contract Negotiations Post Penn Plaza.

The discussion was moderated by John Vreeland, Esq. (Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster). The speakers were Pat McGovern, Esq. (Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster) and Arnold Cohen, Esq. (Oxfeld Cohen P.C.). They graciously provided copies of their remarks wihch are attached:…


Posted by Erica Tener on January 11, 2013 at 12:00pm

The Website

This is Joe Cannavo, a new member of NJ LERA. I must say that this is the most user friendly website that I have come across. You should share it with other LERA organizations.

Posted by Joseph S. Cannavo, Jr. Esq. on October 5, 2012 at 9:59am — 1 Comment

This is Joe Cannavo. I joined joined the NJ LERA and attended the October 1 meeting and dinner. It was a wonderful event; and I want to thank everyone I met for making me feel welcomed as a new-comer.

This is Joe Cannavo. I joined joined the NJ LERA and attended the October 1 meeting and dinner. It was a wonderful event; and I want to thank everyone I met for making me feel welcomed as a new-comer.


Posted by Joseph S. Cannavo, Jr. Esq. on October 2, 2012 at 5:24pm


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