Looking Back at Six Months of Experience under the New NLRB Election Rule

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The methods and means of appropriately filing and responding to petitions of election is necessary knowledge for representing unions and employees who are organized or may be a party to an organizing campaign.  Prior to implementation of the new rule, there was significant uncertainty and speculation as to the effects on employers, unions, and employees, including but not limited to: filing and posting requirements; timing and production of necessary information; pre- and post-election hearings; and the speed at which the election process would proceed.  Six months after implementation, we will offer information related to actual election processing.

Educational Objectives:
• An understanding of the new filing requirements for petitions of election.
• Employer and Union obligations under the new election rules.
• Working knowledge of the timing and scheduling associated with representation proceedings.
• Common pitfalls or delays that can be avoided in the processing of representation proceedings.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Practitioners who represent employers, employees, or unions before the National Labor Relations Board.



Ms. Jennifer Abruzzo became the NLRB’s Deputy General Counsel on November 4, 2013 when Richard F. Griffin, Jr., was sworn in as General Counsel for a four-year term.  Prior to becoming Deputy General Counsel, Ms. Abruzzo served as the Executive Assistant to Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon. Ms. Abruzzo began her legal career as a civil litigation attorney in the medical malpractice division of a South Florida firm.  She has spent over twenty years working for the National Labor Relations Board in various capacities, including as Field Attorney, Supervisory Field Attorney, and Deputy Regional Attorney in the Miami, Florida office, as well as Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Division of Operations-Management in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw Regional operations in the Northeast and Midwest.


Ms. Harriet Lipkin represents clients in matters arising under federal, state, and local labor and employment laws, including the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and the Railway Labor Act.  She represents and counsels clients in unfair labor practice matters, in response to union organizing efforts, in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies in response to claims of unlawful discrimination and unfair discharge.  She negotiates collective bargaining agreements and handles arbitrations, and also presents training programs to management on topics, including sexual harassment, avoiding discrimination claims, and union avoidance.  In 2008, Ms. Lipkin was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment attorneys and she has been recognized for work in the negotiation, administration, and litigation of labor-management “neutrality and card check” agreements.

Ms. Lipkin is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits.  She earned her J.D. from the Antioch School of Law and her A.B., cum laude, from the Washington University in St. Louis.


Ms. Yona Rozen is presently serving as Associate General Counsel at the AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 national and international unions.  Prior to 2015, she spent over thirty years in private practice in Dallas, Texas representing local unions and individuals in a variety of labor and employment law matters, including in NLRB proceedings.  Her first five years in practice were spent working for the NLRB first in Region 3 (Buffalo, NY) and then in the Division of Advice in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Rozen is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania (retired) and Texas.  She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt School of Law and her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.


Ms. Caren Sencer is a shareholder in the Alameda office of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, a firm limited to the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of unions, jointly trusted benefit funds, and working people.  She has extensive experience in labor relations including contract negotiations, organizing, arbitrations, and NLRB representation, and regularly trains union officials and members on issues of state and federal law.  Ms. Sencer’s experience includes administrative, federal, and state trial court practice as well as appellate advocacy before the state and federal appellate courts.  She regularly represents clients in state and federal courts on issues relating to labor and employment, and has written papers and presented before union attorney groups on various subjects.

Ms. Sencer is admitted to practice in California.  She earned her J.D. from the University of California Boalt School of Law and her B.S. from Cornell University.