2024 Labor and Employment Law Forum

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Areas of Law: Labor & Employment

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Domenick Carmagnola, Esq.
Past President, NJSBA
Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, Morristown
Yvette Gibbons, Esq.
Past President, Essex County Bar Association
Employment Compliance Strategies, LLC, South Orange
Robert T. Szyba, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw, New York
is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York City, where he defends and counsels employers in a wide range of employment-related issues, including background check and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, “ban the box” issues, prevailing wage requirements, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower retaliation, family and medical leave compliance and interference/retaliation claims, paid sick leave, and discrimination/harassment. He also advises clients on preventive employment counseling, pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, alternate dispute resolution and mandatory arbitration programs, and employment policies and procedures.
nAdmitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, Mr. Szyba serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has been Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professional Responsibility Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section’s Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee.
nMr. Szyba has served on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and as a member of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s New Jersey Labor & Employment Law Quarterly and has lectured for ICLE, NELA-NJ, the American and New York State Bar Associations, and other organizations.
nMr. Szyba received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music and his J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and a member of Hofstra’s Moot Court Association.


Hon. Peter F. Bariso, Jr., A.J.S.C.(Ret.)
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Hon. Patricia K. Costello, A.J.S.C.(Ret.)
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, Roseland
Hon. Ronald J. Hedges (Ret.)
Former USMJ
Principal, Ronald J. Hedges LLC, Hackensack
is Senior Counsel for Dentons in New York City and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and the management of complex civil litigation matters, and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on the management and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).
nAdmitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia, and before several federal courts, Judge Hedges is a former United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1986-2007), where he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and a member of and reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. A member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges from 2001-2005, he has also been a member of the American Law Institute, the American and Federal Bar Associations, and the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Judge Hedges has served on the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board; the Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access; and the Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Protection. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
nJudge Hedges has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence and mediation skills. He is the author of “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule” (New Jersey Law Journal, 5/18/2009) and has authored, edited and co-edited a number of other publications on ESI topics including Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA, 2007). He is the principal author of the third edition of the Federal Judicial Center’s Pocket Guide for Judges on Discovery of Electronic Information.
nJudge Hedges received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Hon. Sohail Mohammed, P.J.Cr.
Vincent I. Ferrer, Esq.
A.Y. Strauss, Livingston
Sean Joyce, Esq.
Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, Morristown
Randi W. Kochman, Esq.
Cole Schotz P.C., Hackensack
Gail Maddox-Canteen
The GMC Human Resource Consulting Group LLC
Diana C. Manning, Esq.
Treasurer, NJSBA
Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, Florham Park
Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Principal of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. in the firm’s Florham Park, New Jersey, office. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy, and has represented clients in those matters for more than 25 years.
nMs. Manning is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court and the United States Supreme Court. Past President of the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ), she has served on TANJ’s Amicus Committee and is Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Ms. Manning has also been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Chair of the District XA Ethics Committee and has been Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Amicus Committee. Because of her depth of experience in the area of legal malpractice, she was also appointed to the NJSBA Blue Ribbon Panel Committee in Professional Malpractice.
nMs. Manning authored the “State of New Jersey” chapter of The Law of Lawyers’ Liability: Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice (ABA/First Chair Press, 2012), which gives an overview of the laws governing attorney wrongdoing in each state, written by lawyers who practice in that state. She is a frequent lecturer for ICLE on legal malpractice and professional responsibility topics and the recipient of several honors.
nMs. Manning received her B.A. from Rutgers College and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.
William H. Mergner, Jr., Esq.
President, NJSBA
Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni P.A., Cedar Knolls
James M. Mets, Esq.
Mets Schiro & McGovern, LLP, Iselin
Thomas P. Scrivo, Esq.
O'Toole Scrivo LLC, Cedar Grove
Steven W. Suflas, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP, Salt Lake City

Every year, New Jersey’s leading labor and employment lawyers attend "The Forum" to keep up to date on the latest law and hear sophisticated analysis from seasoned practitioners.

Join us this year as for a distinguished panel of labor and employment lawyers, moderated by Domenick Carmagnola, the NJSBA's past president and former chair of the NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Section; Robert Szyba, the former editor in chief of the Labor and Employment Law Quarterly; and Yvette Gibbons, a dynamic speaker and active member of the Labor and Employment Section. 

You will to gain a deeper understanding of recent labor law issues from Steve Suflas's ever-popular case law update, learn how AI has made its impact and hear a lively discussion about the ethical issues every labor and employment lawyer should consider. As an attendee, you will receive targeted, useful information you can immediately use in your practice.

This is one annual labor and employment feature program you would not want to miss!

Program Agenda:

  •  9:00 | Introduction by the Moderators
  • 9:05 | Trial Component - Hon. Peter F. Bariso, Jr., AJSC (Ret.); William H. Mergner, Jr., Esq.
    o Jury Selection and Status of Trial Calendars
  • 10:00| AI in Recruiting Employees  - Robert T. Szyba, Esq.; Yvette Gibbons, Esq.; Vincent I. Ferrer, Esq.
    o Resume Review with AI
    o Assessment of AI-Generated Interview Answers
    o Leveraging AI for Professional Networking Platform Searches
    o AI Screening Tools
  • 10:50 | Break
  • 11:00 |Labor Law Issues - Domenick Carmagnola, Esq.; Sean Joyce, Esq.; James M. Mets, Esq. 
    o Recent Changes to NLRB Rules
    o Constitutional Concerns Regarding NLRB
  • 12:00 | Lunch
  • 1:00 | Ethics – Does the Use of AI Implicate Ethics Rules or Judicial Canons? - Hon. Sohail Mohammed, PJCr; Hon. Ronald Hedges (Ret.)
  • 2:00 | Case Law Update - Steven W. Suflas, Esq.
  • 2:50 | Break
  • 3:00| Employment Issues Post-Covid Yvette Gibbons, Esq.; Hon. Patricia K. Costello, AJSC (Ret.); Thomas P. Scrivo, Esq.; Randi W. Kochman, Esq.; Diana C. Manning, Esq.; Gail Maddox-Canteen
    o Inter-Generational Workplace Dynamics
    o Navigating Return to Work Policies and Procedures
  • 4:00 | Adjourn


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