Playing Tennis for Fitness and Fun

A partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Eckert Seamans, Jonathan Nadler focuses on employment and labor law, counseling employers on compliance issues and litigating on their behalf, if required. When not attending to his professional responsibilities, Jonathan Nadler enjoys cooking and watching professional baseball and football games, and he keeps fit playing golf and tennis.

The game of tennis enjoys great popularity in the United States, perhaps because anyone can play and have a good time, regardless of their skill level. In addition, it usually does not cost a great deal, especially when getting started. Most people already have the clothing they’ll need on court, and tennis rackets for beginners are very reasonably priced. In some parts of the country, like New York City or Philadelphia, finding well-maintained courts to play on can sometimes be a challenge, but across the country’s southern tier, newer subdivisions routinely include tennis courts that are maintained by homeowners’ associations.

Another challenge faced by some beginning players is finding other players of similar skill levels. While it’s possible for two mismatched players to play a match once in a while and have a good time, it’s not much fun on an ongoing basis. Fortunately, organizations like the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and local organizations sponsor numerous amateur tennis leagues nationwide for players of all ages, including youth and college players, adults, and professionals. The USTA website at explains the game thoroughly, including scoring, and provides information on joining leagues as well as finding coaches and facilities.

LERA’s Evidence-Based Research Initiative

Jonathan Nadler helps employers comply with the many local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing employment and also represents them before regulatory agencies and in court, as needed. A 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Jonathan Nadler is a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Eckert Seamans and a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).

A professional organization for industrial and labor relations professionals founded in 1947, LERA’s membership includes academics and government officials as well as advocates of both labor and management. These members often work in areas such as education and research, economics, public policy, employee benefits and compensation, human resources management, labor markets, and union organizing and representation. LERA has more than 50 chapters nationwide that meet and hold events for members year-round, and it also hosts an annual membership meeting.

One of LERA’s most important components is the Employment Policy Research Network (EPRN), a diverse group of researchers that investigates and evaluates pressing labor issues facing the U.S. Established by LERA’s 2011 annual meeting, it consists of more than 150 researchers from universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Like LERA’s membership, they represent diverse views and opinions, and they share an abiding interest in, and concern for, the great issues surrounding work and employment in the U.S. and the world.

The EPRN recognizes that the state of the public debate on these issues in the U.S. has become gridlocked, with participants bound to positions dictated by ideology rather than evidence-based research. The first two issues it tackled upon formation were the long-term stagnation in wages and the problem of the ongoing deficit in jobs, coupled with long-term unemployment. More recently, it has also identified collective bargaining by public-sector employees as a third issue of critical national importance that requires answers and policies based on analytically well-grounded, evidence-based research. The EPRN’s research on these and other topics is available on its website at