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Consero Report Finds That Over 50% of General Counsel Surveyed Do Not Have The Capacity to Manage NLRB Changes

Bethesda, MD (Jan. 9, 2017) – Fifty-seven percent of General Counsel respondents stated they do not have the capacity to manage National Labor Relations Board changes relating to joint employment or social media limitations, according to a new General Counsel survey report by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The report was developed in partnership with Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm.

Fortunately, over two-thirds of General Counsel surveyed reported that their legal departments were prepared to provide proactive labor and employment advice on new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor and NLRB guidance. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed stated that the planned Fair Labor Standards Act changes relating to overtime, currently on hold, had a high impact on their company, while 25% of General Counsel reported a medium impact.

“The report provides insight into the top priorities and concerns for General Counsel in the coming year and highlights the importance of focusing on regulations relating to labor and employment,” said Paul Mandell, Co-Founder & CEO of Consero Group.

“The Consero General Counsel Report reflects much of what we are hearing from our clients,” said Fisher Phillips Chairman Roger Quillen. “This report gives some insight into the priorities and challenges facing General Counsel in 2017.”

Additional findings from the General Counsel Report included:

  • Compliance & Ethics Named Top Area of Focus for 2017: Fifty-four percent of General Counsel surveyed named compliance and ethics management their top area of focus for 2017. Labor and employment was ranked second at 29%, and outside counsel management was third at 27%.
  • Two-Thirds Of GCs Believe Their Companies Are Prepared for Cybersecurity Threats: Sixty percent of General Counsel reported that their companies are prepared to defend against cybersecurity threats. Just 50% are very involved or involved in cybersecurity and data privacy matters.
  • Law Department Costs to Grow: Over forty percent of General Counsel expect their legal department spend to increase, while 44% do not foresee any changes. Over a quarter of those surveyed have increased use of alternative fee arrangements to combat an increase in expenditures.

About Consero Group

Founded in 2010, Consero Group is an international leader in creating sector-specific events for senior-level executives in industries that include: Legal, Compliance, Shared Services, Customer Experience, Finance, IT, HR and Procurement, among others. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Consero is best known for transforming the executive experience through intimate, invitation-only programs in a sophisticated learning environment with high-level content. For more information on Consero, please visit

About Fisher Phillips

Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That’s why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases.

The firm has more than 350 attorneys in 33 offices. The offices are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.