During the school year, NBOA conducts a series of webinars on Thursdays. Our goal is to bring you the latest information that is most relevant to your job as an independent school professional, in an easy and accessible format.

All webinars take place at 4:00 PM ET and are FREE to NBOA Members and $89 for nonmember schools. To learn more about these presentations, as well as the system requirements to attend, please see our Webinar FAQs.

Questions? Please email programs@nboa.org or call 202-407-7140.

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Spring Webinar Series


This series is presented with generous support from FACTS.

Employee Participation Committees: Are You Dealing with a Labor Union?

Many independent schools have employee groups, sometimes referred to as employee participation, involvement, governance, and/or senate committees, that act as forums for the administration and employees to exchange ideas and recommendations on a wide variety of topics impacting the workplace and school operations. In many cases, these forums are advantageous to schools, ensuring that employees have a collective voice in organizational decision-making and facilitating collaboration – a hallmark of academic workplaces. However, independent school administrators should be aware that certain employee participation committees are unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which applies to both union and non-union workforces. In this webinar you will learn about parts of the NLRA applicable to independent schools and the legal framework and implications of employee participation committees, including legal remedies and consequences of unlawful committees. Attendees will learn how to avoid creating unlawful employee participation committees, as well as risk management strategies for independent schools that may already have such groups on campus.

Learning Objective: After viewing this webinar, attendees will understand how the National Labor Relations Act applies to independent school employees and learn strategies for risk management and mitigation for employee participation committees.

CPE Credit

Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: Basic

Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.0

HRCI Credit

Recommended HRCI Credits: 1.0
HRCI Category: HR (General)

SHRM Credit

SHRM PDC Credit: 1.0
SHRM BoCK: Ethical Practices



Kirsten B. White, Of Counsel, Schwartz Hannum PC

Kirsten B. White is of counsel at Schwartz Hannum PC and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment and Education Practice groups. White counsels employers and educators on labor and employment law issues, focusing her practice on collective bargaining and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA). She represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings, and labor arbitrations, and counsels clients in connection with all aspects of labor-management relations and collective bargaining agreement administration. White routinely advises independent schools, colleges and universities on all aspects of school operations, including responding to and investigating alleged student misconduct; employment and governance matters; student health and safety issues; collective bargaining and National Labor Relations Act compliance and crisis management. White frequently speaks as a labor law expert at national and regional conferences and seminars for attorneys, human resources and labor relations professionals, and education leaders. She also conducts on-site trainings for executives, in-house counsel and management on topics including compliance with policies and procedures, employee discipline and misconduct issues, harassment, and recognition and reporting of other types of misconduct.


Sarah H. Fay, Attorney, Schwartz Hannum PC

Sarah H. Fay is a member of Schwartz Hannum PC’s Education Practice group and works on a variety of legal areas covering student and parent issues, employment matters, nonprofit governance and crisis management. Fay routinely advises education clients on best practices for admissions processes and enrollment contracts, responding to and investigating student interpersonal misconduct, disciplinary matters, health center audits, risk management strategies for off-campus trips, student records and confidentiality issues, and policies and practices for promoting an inclusive community. Fay works closely with clients to develop policies that comply with applicable laws and reflect best practices while maintaining the unique voice and culture of each school. As part of her practice, Fay educates students on healthy relationships, including the evolving definition of consent, bystander training, bullying and hazing, acceptable use of technology and social media, and other key issues. In addition, she provides training for faculty, staff and school administrators on topics ranging from professional boundaries, mandated reporting training, sexual assault, accommodating students with disabilities and other pressing matters. Fay assists colleges and universities with policies and procedures affecting students and employees, including student complaint procedures and Title IX compliance. Fay also represents schools against breach of contract, consumer protection claims and disability discrimination claims.

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CPE Information

NBOA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


SHRM Information

NBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). Webinars that have met SHRM's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit will be noted above. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.


HRCI Information

NBOA is a recognized provider of recertification credits. Webinars that have met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for credit towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification will be noted above.


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