Section VII of the Civil Rights Act has left an indelible mark on employment in the United States, protecting individuals from undue discrimination based on their country of origin, race or gender. It’s hard to imagine a workplace where these statuses are not protected, but just half a century ago it was the norm. This week New York University, will host two unique events that seek to analyze not only the effects and improvements created by Section VII, but also the labor and employment issues most important to the corporate legal department.

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, NYU’s Center for Labor and Employment Law will hold its Third Annual Seminar on Employment Law Issues for In-house and Corporate Counsel. This one-day event will discuss topics particularly relevant to in-house lawyers as well as human resources teams, and is only open to in-house and corporate counsel, offering a unique venue to discuss and converse with peers. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear thought-leading conversations on topics like whistleblowing, ethics and current trends in labor law for non-union companies.  Professionals from companies including IBM, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and General Electric will be on hand to facilitate the conversation. For more on the event and to check out the full agenda, click here.

If you’re unable to make the June 4 event, NYU’s Labor focused conversations will be continuing throughout the week. On Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6, NYU’s Annual Conference on Labor, which is now in its 67th year, will continue to celebrate Title VII’s 50th anniversary with more in-depth conversation on topical labor and employment issues. In addition to bringing together leading academics and practitioners, conference keynote speaker Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Vice Chair Jenny Yang will be on hand to discuss the priorities of the commission and how they may impact the law of the workplace. To view the detailed agenda and registration information, click here

The events will offer participants not only valuable conversation, but also the option to earn CLE credits. Seems like not only a great way to engage with others on one of the most important laws in the past century, but a great excuse to enjoy New York City in the early summer.


And for lawyers looking for a place to sound off about labor and employment issues,we’re currently selecting quotes for the Labor and Employment Digest of InsideCounsel’s July issue. If you’re interested in submitting a 75-100 word quote for our upcoming issue and haven’t already, please do so via:

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