Jones Day's Media Labor & Employment Law Roundtable

Media Labor & Employment Law Roundtable

Jones Day New York
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281-1047

Jones Day hosted the Media Labor & Employment Law Roundtable, an invitation-only event for in-house counsel, corporate executives, and senior human resources professionals in the media industry.

Program Moderators

The New Organizing Model: Updates on the Trump NLRB, Media Organizing Trends, and the Role of Social Media

This session reviewed recent legal developments at the NLRB, including an overview of the Trump Board’s recent reversals of Obama Board decisions in key areas. Against this changing legal backdrop, the session also reviewed the major unions seeking to organize media businesses today, the strategies that those unions are using to secure recognition without NLRB elections, and the growing influence of social media in union drives.

Discussion Leaders

#MeToo and Ethics Issues in Harassment Investigations

This panel explored the impact of the “me-too” movement on how employers respond to harassment complaints and conduct harassment investigations in this highly-charged environment. It also examined the legal and ethical issues that arise in these investigations, as well as the more practical considerations for employers faced with complaints of harassment, including navigating the public relations fall-out.

Discussion Leaders

  • Wendy C. Butler — Partner, Jones Day — New York
  • Terri L. Chase — Partner, Jones Day — New York
  • Elizabeth B. McRee — Partner, Jones Day — Chicago
  • Rhonda Powell — SVP, Business and Legal Affairs, Chief Legal Officer, Complex Networks

The Changing Benefits Landscape and Implications for Designing and Bargaining Retirement and Insurance Plans

This session discussed the major benefits issues that employers face in the context of the changing legal landscape for insurance and retirement plans. It also looked at approaches for addressing rising insurance costs and ACA uncertainties as well as approaches for reducing costs and minimizing liabilities from traditional pension plans and multi-employer pension plans. It explored strategies for negotiating union contracts that provide employers with broad discretion to design plans on a company-wide basis, consistent with their bargaining obligations under the NLRA.

Discussion Leaders

  • Patricia A. Dunn — Partner, Jones Day — Washington
  • Miguel Eaton — Partner, Jones Day — Washington
  • Evan Miller — Partner, Jones Day — Washington
  • Jay Kennedy — Vice President, General Counsel & Labor, The Washington Post

Developing L&E Topics: Joint/Single Employer, No-Hire/No-Poaching Agreements, and Other Topics

This session reviewed “hot topic” legal developments relevant to media companies. It provided an overview of legal developments in the areas of joint/single employer liability, no-hire/no-poaching agreements, and other employment law issues.

Discussion Leaders

  • Aimee E. DeFilippo — Partner, Jones Day — Washington
  • Jessica Kastin — Partner, Jones Day — New York
  • Matthew W. Lampe — Partner, Jones Day — New York
  • Aretae Wyler, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Atlantic Media

General Counsel Roundtable: What Does the Future Have in Store?

This moderated panel provided attendees with key labor and employment insights and developments from a panel of general counsel at major media companies.


  • Michael J. Gray — Partner, Jones Day — Chicago


  • Diane Brayton — Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Times
  • Jay Kennedy — Vice President, General Counsel & Labor, The Washington Post
  • Ava Lubell — General Manager & General Counsel, Slate
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