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Bernard M. Plum

Bernard M. Plum is a former member of Proskauer’s Executive Committee and former co-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Department. He focuses mainly on collective bargaining, arbitration, and strategic planning in a variety of settings, including the performing arts, entertainment, sports, newspaper and utilities industries. He has served as chief spokesperson and strategist in a wide variety of collective bargaining situations, and also has litigated labor and employment matters in the state and federal courts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Delaware and California.

Bernie has, for many years, served as chief spokesperson for numerous employers, including the Broadway theater owners and producers.  Among the employers Bernie has represented are The New York Times Co.The Boston GlobeThe Philadelphia Inquirer, ImpreMedia, The Broadway League, The New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, City Center of Music and Drama, Inc., Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Group, EMI, Disney, Major League Soccer, The National Basketball Association, PPL, Inc., and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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NLRB Rules That Graduate Students Are Employees

Earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) issued its long awaited decision in Columbia University.  Not surprisingly, the Board, in a 3-1 decision, overturned 12 years of precedent by ruling that “student assistants” (including assistants engaged in research funded by external grants) who have a “common law” employment relationship with their university are … Continue Reading

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