Publications of the Labor and Employment Relations Association

As a partner in the firm of Eckert Seamans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Nadler has represented numerous organizations in labor and employment relations matters. Experienced as a litigator at the federal and state levels, Jon Nadler remains apprised of the latest labor law developments as a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Dedicated to promoting discussion and advancement among professionals, the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) offers a number of quarterly, annual, and one-time publications to its members. This includes the organization’s regular e-newsletter, which describes organizational events as well as programs and opportunities. For legal professionals and other interested parties, the organization also offers a labor and employment relations law newsletter, which comments on developing trends in the field.

Members also receive LERA’s annual research volume, which features professional articles on the year’s chosen topics. Members may purchase any year’s volume, going back to the early 1990s, for approximately $40. The organization’s Perspectives on Work, also presented annually, offers a variety of perspectives on developing and current workplace issues. Available volumes include the 2013 edition, which presents views on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on employers.

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 www.employmentpolicy.org.