Speaking Engagement

Labor & Employment EFCA Briefing


Atlanta, GA
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
1545 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA  30309
(404) 885-1500

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), labor law reform legislation currently under consideration by the United States Congress, is organized labor's top legislative issue. This proposed legislation would bring about the most sweeping changes to America's labor laws since the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935. Barack Obama's inauguration is less than one week away. One of his principle commitments is to change U.S. labor law, which is demonstrated by his continued support for EFCA.

Please join Seyfarth Shaw for a high-level, strategic discussion, intended for in-house counsel and senior human resources professionals, that will discuss the decisions and potential plans you should consider given the pending labor law changes. We will also provide an update on the potential of the proposed law passing in its current form and current thinking on changes that could be made to pass the legislation. Most recently, there has been discussion about EFCA preserving the secret ballot election process, but requiring employers to participate in "quicky" ten day elections.  Now is the time to consider the issues and strategies that you should be considering in light of the proposed legislation.

More information on EFCA

The EFCA affects those private sector employers who employ the 92.7% of the U.S. workforce that is currently unrepresented by a labor union. Passage of the EFCA would dramatically increase the pace of union organizing and the cost of doing business in virtually all sectors of the economy and in all regions of the country.

If enacted, the union-sponsored EFCA would dramatically shift the balance of power in the American workplace by amending the National Labor Relations Act in three main ways:

  • Eliminating employee secret ballot elections in favor of "card check" union certification,
  • Dramatically increasing penalties for employer unfair labor practices, and
  • Imposing contract terms on employers through binding, third-party interest arbitration, where no first contract is reached after 120 days of bargaining.
  • This breakfast briefing will explain the significant changes proposed by the EFCA, the enormous impact it will have on the labor relations landscape, and the responsive steps your company should consider taking NOW, in preparation.

Don't be caught unprepared for what could be the most comprehensive change to labor laws since the New Deal.


4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to follow

Who Should Attend:


Registration is required and seating is limited.



For questions please contact Beth Becker at ebecker@seyfarth.com or (404) 885-6690.