Former NLRB Member & Former Deputy Secretary of Labor to Discuss the Most Dynamic Regulatory Year in Modern Labor Relations History at Upcoming TLERC Meeting

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Oliver Bell, founder of the Texas Labor & Employee Relations Consortium (TLERC), announced today that former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Peter Kirsanow will join former Deputy Secretary of Labor Andrew Siff as featured presenters at the October 6th TLERC meeting. The Houston meeting will be hosted by the Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Texas Children's Hospital.

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Events (regulatory) of the next few months may radically impact how companies manage and lead employees in the future.

“An exclusive group of operations, labor relations and human resource executives will be all ears at one of the most interesting private events of the year for business leaders,” says Bell.

Former NLRB Member Peter Kirsanow, now a partner at the Cleveland law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Aronoff LLP, is set to lead a mid-morning discussion on the most significant set of changes occurring in the 75 year history of the NLRB. Those changes include the recent union organizing posting requirements and the pending implementation of shorter campaign cycles, “quickie elections,” for union representation votes.

“The new rules are game changers for employees and employers. Posting rules are effective this November and other changes are expected to be effective by February 2012 if not sooner. The NLRB must announce the changes by year end or risk losing a quorum and the legal authority to make the changes” says Bell.

Former Deputy Secretary of Labor Andrew Siff, managing partner of Washington, DC law firm Siff & Associates, will be the featured luncheon speaker at the October 6th event. He will discuss the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). The discussion will include the major punitive risks to employers and their ‘employment practice advisors’ (lawyers and consultants). These risks include potential prison sentences for CEOs and CFOs whose organizations inadvertently fail to properly manage the new reporting requirements.

"Business leaders felt they could take a breath after the ill-named Employee Free Choice Act was put to bed last year. Now, as it turns out, 2011 will pack bigger regulatory changes than any legislation ever envisioned. The events of the next few months may radically impact how companies manage and lead employees in the future. Our members, as well as employers across the nation, want and need to know about this. TLERC is fortunate to have heavy-weights like Kirsanow and Siff lead discussions on these issues. They are two of the best people in the nation to guide our members to common sense solutions," says Bell.

Oliver Bell will also be a featured speaker and will discuss other ‘hot topics’ in the world of labor relations including evolving social media policy. “The goal of any TLERC meeting is to make sure that key leaders have the information they need to make informed decisions on policies regard their most valuable asset, their workforce. TLERC creates an environment where business leaders are able to come together to listen, learn & collaborate and gain confidence that they have the proper polices in place to protect the interests of their employees, their leaders, and the company,” says Bell.

The Texas Employee Relations Consortium is a professional networking forum of senior operations, labor relations, human resources leaders who have operations or affiliates in the state of Texas; however, there are several members outside of the state. Membership in TLERC is by invitation only. TLERC has three chapters: Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin-San Antonio. Each chapter meets three times annually to discuss relevant activities and to review the latest information impacting leadership in organizations and labor relations. Please click here for Information on TLERC or call Kristin Anderson at 512.249.6200

Oliver Bell, Inc. is a labor relations consulting firm providing pro-employee/pro-employer strategies for union and nonunion employers in the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Our consultants work with clients to find the most effective approach to align organizational and stakeholder goals to enhance employee relations while reaching safety, productivity, customer service, and revenue goals. Please visit us online or follow Oliver Bell on his blog and on twitter @oliverjbell.

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