Program to Examine Free Speech in the Workplace

Program to Examine Free Speech in the Workplace

5/19/2009 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

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Albany Law School's Government Law Center, in collaboration with the Capital District Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), will host a program on free speech in the workplace on June 3. LERA is a national organization comprised of labor, business, academic and other individuals interested in issues vital to the economy and work in America.

The program will include presentations on the scope of such protections under the First Amendment, the National Labor Relations Act, the Taylor Law and various federal and state whistleblower laws. A panel discussion will also include the practical application of these laws to a hypothetical situation involving public and private sector employees.

Participants include Beth Bourossa, Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP; Barney Horowitz, Resident Officer, Albany Office, National Labor Relations Board; and William A. Herbert, Deputy Chair and Counsel, New York State Public Employment Relations Board. Rosemary Queenan, Assistant Lawyering Professor, Albany Law School, will moderate the panel discussion.

The event, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Albany Law School's Matthew Bender Classroom, is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Contact to register for the event or for more information.

Two hours of CLE credit is available to attorneys for $30. To register for CLE credit, contact Lisa Rivage at