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Peter D. Conrad

Peter D. Conrad

Partner

Peter D. Conrad began his legal career as a trial attorney and hearing officer at the National Labor Relations Board.

Peter joined Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department in 1980 and became a partner in 1986. He has represented employers in numerous industries (including health care, higher education, financial services, trucking, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, telecommunications, legal services, publishing, retail, broadcasting, entertainment, hotel and professional sports) in the full range of unfair labor practice and election proceedings before the NLRB. In the nearly 30 years that Peter has handled matters at the NLRB, he has confronted virtually every issue that a labor lawyer practicing in this area could expect to see, from the straightforward discharge for union activity, to the most complex secondary boycott, successorship and refusal-to-bargain situations, representing some of the firm’s most prestigious clients.

The remainder of Peter’s time is devoted to the related areas of union avoidance and corporate campaigns (defending employers against organizational activity in its many forms), as well as arbitration, negotiation, and litigation under collective bargaining agreements. Although primarily engaged in a more traditional labor relations practice, Peter also represents companies in employment discrimination cases (before state and federal administrative agencies and in the courts), workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance proceedings, and general client counseling in all areas of labor relations and employment law.

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Board Affirms Right to Unilaterally Implement Changes to Benefit Plans Based on Waiver, Foreshadowing Potentially Looser Standard for Contractual Waivers

The NLRB continues to churn out decisions post-Labor Day.  On September 4, in a 2-1 decision,  (Chairman Ring and Member Kaplan, with Member McFerran dissenting), the NLRB found that  E.I. DuPont De Nemours did not violate the NLRA by unilaterally implementing changes to its company-wide retiree medical and dental plans based on the unions’ waiver … Continue Reading
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