Bylaws effective July 21, 2017
(in their entirety, with changes from earlier bylaws indicated in red italics)
The Society of Labor Economists seeks to promote the study of labor economics and to make more significant the contribution of labor economics and labor economists. The Society, its members and officers will organize meetings, publicize work by labor economists, and aspire to provide appropriate recognition to labor economics.
The Journal of Labor Economics is the official journal of the Society. All announcements, notices, and other Society-related issues will be published in the Journal of Labor Economics.
All individual subscribers to the Journal of Labor Economics are also members of the Society of Labor Economists. All mailings that are intended for Society members will go to Journal of Labor Economics subscribers. A subscriber who does not wish to be a member of the Society should notify the Society in writing and will be dropped from Society rolls. Membership is coincident with subscription to the Journal of Labor Economics. When a subscription lapses, so does membership in the Society.
Revenues for the Society are collected through the Journal of Labor Economics, which has instituted (initially) a $5 fee per subscriber. Revenues will be used for administrative purposes.
Since one purpose of the Society is to promote the discussion of labor economics, periodic meetings will be held. Initially, the goal is to hold one general meeting per year, attended by members, at which members’ papers will be presented and discussed. The meetings will be self-supporting, the revenues to be raised through a registration fee.
V. Officers (replaced old Section V, approved June 2012)
The Society shall have an Executive Board consisting of the President, the President-elect (who becomes President the following year), and the Vice President (who becomes President-elect the following year), and four elected Board members who serve fixed two-year terms. In addition, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics and a senior executive staff member appointed by the National Opinion Research Center shall serve on the Board in ex officio (non-voting) capacities for as long as they shall hold their respective positions.
V.A. Terms of Office and Rotation
The term of the Vice President shall begin July 1st of the year elected and end on June 30th of the following year, at which time the Vice President becomes President-elect.
The term of the President-elect shall begin July 1st of the year after being elected Vice President and end on June 30th of the following year, at which time the President-elect becomes President.
The term of the President shall begin July 1st of the year after serving as President-elect and end on June 30th of the following year, at which time the President’s service on the Executive Board ends.
The terms of Executive Board Members shall begin July 1st of the year elected and end on June 30th two years hence, except as noted below for the transition election in Section VI.B.
V.B. Duties of the Executive Board and Officers
The Executive Board shall perform the following duties annually:
1. Ensure that the Society conducts annual meetings every calendar year, normally before June 30th. The organization of these meetings is primarily the responsibility of the President-elect; however, in the event that the President-elect cannot organize the meetings, they shall be organized by a committee appointed by the Executive Board.
2. Conduct a formal meeting during the Society’s annual meetings at which they review the Society’s business for the year. All other meetings may be conducted in any manner as the President may designate, for example, but not limited to, electronic mail or telephone.
3. Oversee the election for Vice President and new Executive Board members as specified in Section VI.
4. Approve the dates and venues of future meetings of the Society according to a schedule that is at least three years but no more than five years in the future as of the annual meeting date of the Executive Board.
5. Conduct an election of new Fellows according to the procedures in Section VII.
6. Oversee the selection of the winners of the Society’s awards according to the procedures in Section VII.
The President shall serve as a voting member and as Chair of the Executive Board, convene the Society’s annual meeting, and conduct the election of Officers and new Fellows as specified in Sections VI and VII.
The President-elect shall serve as a voting member of the Executive Board and shall organize the Society’s annual meetings -- selecting all invited, contributed, and poster sessions. The President-elect shall also select the Albert Rees Lecturer and give the Presidential address at the meetings so organized.
The Vice President (formerly “First Vice President”) shall serve on the Executive Board as a voting member and perform those duties as the Board shall assign.
The Executive Board members shall serve on the Board as voting members and shall perform those duties as the Board shall assign.
There are no other voting members of the Executive Board.
The senior executive staff member from National Opinion Research Center shall serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Society. The CFO shall oversee the financial activities and obligations of the Society and ensure compliance with any statutory requirements.
V.C. Exceptional Provisions for the Executive Board
In the event that the Society, for reasons outside the scope of these Bylaws, is prevented from having its annual meetings before June 30th, the terms of all sitting Board members shall be extended until the last day of the delayed annual meetings, and the terms of new Executive Board members begin on the day following those annual meetings.
VI. Election and Nomination of Officers (replaced old Section VI, approved June 2012)
VI. A. Normal Nomination and Election Procedures
Annually, between January 1st and March 31st, the Executive Board shall nominate a candidate for Vice President, and four or more candidates for the Executive Board. This slate must be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Executive Board. An election shall then be conducted among the membership. Members may vote for or against the nominee for the office of Vice President. In the event that the nominee does not receive the approval of a majority of voting members, the Executive Board shall nominate a new candidate and conduct a second election using the same procedure.
During the same annual election, members may also vote for up to two of the nominees for Executive Board, and the two nominees who receive the highest numbers of votes shall be elected to the Board.
VI.B. Special Provisions for the First Election under the New Board Composition
In the first year of voting for members of the Executive Board, 2013, nominees for the Executive Board shall be selected by a committee consisting of the sitting President, President-elect, First Vice President, and Second Vice President, where the Officer titles refer to those used before the adoption of Section V by the Society. This committee shall prepare a slate of at least six nominees, three or more of whom shall be nominated to serve a term on the Executive Board of one year, and three or more of whom shall be nominated to serve a two year term. The two candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes from among the first group shall serve on the Executive Board for one year. The two candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes from among the second group shall serve on the Executive Board for two years. The term for this initial group of Board members shall begin on April 1, 2013.
In 2013, there shall not be an election for Vice President, and the sitting Second Vice President shall become Vice President, the sitting First Vice President shall become President-elect, and the sitting President-elect shall become President according to the terms specified in Section V.A.
VII. Election of New Fellows and Selection of Other Award Winners (replaced old Amendments I and II, approved June 2012)
VII.A. New Fellow Election Procedure (changes approved July 2017)
Each year the President shall organize an election for new Fellows of the Society. By the honorary title of Fellow, the Society recognizes labor economists who have made contributions of unusual distinction to the field. Nominations may be made by any current Fellow. Nominations shall consist of a submission by the nominator of the candidate's name and a short summary of the qualifications of the candidate.
The electorate shall consist of all Fellows of the Society. The electorate shall receive a list of the candidates’names, their affiliations, the names of their nominators, and (if submitted) summaries of their qualifications. If the number of nominees is deemed sufficiently large, the President shall organize a first-round election in which Fellows may vote for a number of candidates, and the candidates with the highest number of votes shall be retained for a second round. In the final round of voting, Fellows may vote for a number of unique candidates and the candidates with the highest number of votes will become new Fellows, subject to the requirement that the nominated fellow appear at least 45% of the ballots cast in the final round.
Up to five new Fellows may be selected each year, and this is the maximum number of candidates for whom a sitting Fellow may vote in any second-round election.
VII.B.1. The H. Gregg Lewis Prize for an outstanding article in the Journal of Labor Economics.
To be awarded biennially by a nominating committee appointed by the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Normally, the most recent recipient of the award shall be included in the nominating committee.
VII.B.2. The Sherwin Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Labor Economics
To be awarded biennially in even-numbered years, if a suitable nominee is found, by a committee appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board. The cited works for which the award is given must have been completed within twelve (12) years of the recipient’s first full-time employment after completion of graduate studies. Timing is loosely defined and may be interpreted by the Nomination Committee. Although there is no specific requirement, in most cases part of the cited works will have appeared in the Society’s journal, the Journal of Labor Economics.
VII.B.3. Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics (frequency changed from biannually to annually, approved July 2017)
To be awarded annually, if a suitable nominee is found, by a committee appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board.
VIII. Special Provisions for the First Election (renumbered, approved June 2012)
All three members of the board of officers will be elected at large from a slate of candidates chosen by the editorial nominating committee. Members may vote for at most three candidates.
The candidate who receives the most votes will be designated president. The candidate who receives the second most votes will be designated first vice-president. The candidate who receives the third most votes will be designated second vice-president.
The term of the first set of officers will begin January 1, 1995.
IX. Ratification (renumbered, approved June 2012)
These bylaws are ratified if 50% plus one of the members voting on the resolution to ratify vote “yes.”
The bylaws were ratified in September 1995 by a vote of 367-3.
Amendments (replaced by the new Section VII above, approved June 2012)
I. Fellows of the Society of Labor Economists (replaced by Section VII.A above)
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II. Awards (replaced by Section VII.B above)
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