Human Resources and the Law (CO111)
This comprehensive highly interactive workshop provides an understanding of best practices for preventing, identifying and managing employee related issues that have potential legal concerns. It will include knowledge of:
- The laws that obligate employers
- Recent legislation and court cases defining employer-employee rights and obligations
- Practical implications of the laws in day-to-day human resources operations
- EEO: Equal Employment Opportunity Laws
- FLSA: Fair Labor Standards Act
- OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Act
- ERISA: Employee Retirement Income Security Act
- FMLA: Family and Medical Leave Act
- NLRA: National Labor Relations Act
- WARN: Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
- COBRA: Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
- HIPAA: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
- SOX: Sarbanes-Oxley Act
- Employment at will/wrongful discharge
- Privacy issues and management rights in the workplace
- State and local legislation and court action
A CD-ROM containing comprehensive legal summaries prepared by renowned labor and employment lawyers.
Who Will Benefit
HR managers and professionals in federal and state laws, regulations, and court cases affecting the workplace
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Susan W. Brecher, Esq.
Susan W. Brecher, Esq., Director of Employee Relations, Legal, EEO and Diversity Programs in Human Capital Development at Cornell University, ILR. She currently manages learning services in Legal, Employee Relations, and EEO, including developing, designing and facilitating programs. In addition, Ms. Brecher partners with private, public, and non-profit organizations on customized training programs. During her tenure at Cornell, Ms. Brecher served as a Director of Statewide Management Programs as well as oversight of all aspects of the EEO, Labor Relations, Human Resources, Management Development and Online Learning programs. Ms. Brecher teaches in a graduate level Human Resources Program and advises, consults, coaches, handles all aspects of employment law, employee relations, internal investigations, dispute resolution issues and mediates, facilitates and conducts fact-findings. She worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, ABC and NBC and holds a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Union College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where she was on the Law Review.
Robert J. Nobile, Esq.
Robert J. Nobile, Esq., Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, specializing in labor/employment law. Mr. Nobile has 15 years of experience as an employment lawyer and 10 years as an HR professional. He authored the Guide to Employee Handbooks; The HR Guide; Essential Facts of Employment; and Guide to Corporate HR Policies/Procedures Manuals.
Andrea S. Rattner, Esq.
Andrea S. Rattner, Esq., Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, is the chair of the firm's tax department, where she practices in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation law. Ms. Rattner practices in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation law. She co-authored A Guide to Complying with ERISA and 404(c) and has taught benefits law courses at Fordham University Law School.
Tracey I. Levy, Esq.
Tracey I. Levy is the founder of Levy Employment Law, LLC. Offering clients the benefit of experienced employment law advice, combined with sophisticated human resources strategy and solutions, Tracey guides managers and in-house counsel through the full employee life- cycle, providing practical advice on workplace-related issues.
Immediately prior to forming Levy Employment Law, LLC, Tracey was an Employee Relations Specialist with UBS AG, with over 20,000 employees in the US. At UBS, Tracey was responsible for ensuring fairness and consistency in its approach to managing employees. Serving as the Americas HR policy lead, Tracey advised on policy interpretation and employment law obligations, led strategic planning and rollout of new HR policies and processes, and developed and delivered training to achieve adoption.
At UBS, Tracey regularly led workplace investigations in response to employee concerns and recommended solutions. Daily, she counseled HR and line managers regarding performance management, leave administration, workplace accommodations, and workplace disputes. Tracey also advised on individual selections and implementation of reductions-in-force and outsourcing/offshoring. Tracey created and led in-person and virtual classroom training for managers, employees and HR professionals on matters related to appropriate workplace conduct, compliance with US employment laws and effective performance management.
Complimenting her years of hands-on HR experience, Tracey is an experienced employment lawyer, having worked more than eleven years as an attorney in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation’s leading labor and employment law firms. During her tenure at Proskauer, Tracey defended employers in court and before administrative agencies regarding claims of unlawful harassment, discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour violations, breach of contract and tort. Tracey’s clients ranged from multi- national corporations to small private businesses, in various industries, including retail, academia, shipping, financial services, consulting, not-for-profits, health care, technology, and hospitality.
At Proskauer, Tracey also served as the department lead on HR policies and employee/manager training program development. She regularly counseled clients on various employment law matters such as policy and manual development, performance management, workplace investigations, contracts and reductions-in-force. Tracey also created, enhanced and led training programs for preventing harassment and discrimination, and developed content for on- line training programs offered by WeComply.
Tracey began her legal career as a senior court attorney with the New York State Court of Appeals where she reviewed motions for leave to appeal and sua sponte inquiries that covered the full scope of New York civil litigation. Tracey is a graduate of Yale Law School’s LLM program, where she focused her studies on employment and labor law. Tracey earned her JD summa cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and a BA in Political Science magna cum laude from Union College.
Tracey is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Joseph B. Cartafalsa, Esq.
Joseph B. Cartafalsa is a partner at Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP, where he represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law and related litigation. He frequently represents and advises employers on their rights and obligations under the myriad of federal, state and local employment-related laws and regulations.
He has worked closely with employers to provide counseling during particularly sensitive times such as during layoffs, mergers or corporate restructuring; when sexual harassment or discrimination is alleged; and when an employee requests a medical leave or job accommodation. Mr. Cartafalsa has also been called upon to draft and review employment contracts and non-compete agreements to protect his clients from unfair competition and the theft of trade secrets.
Mr. Cartafalsa received his BS degree from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1989 and his JD degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 1992. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and for the District of New Jersey. He is a member of the Advisory Councils for Cornell’s ILR School and the Cornell ILR-Law School Labor and Employment Law Program.
Susan Gross Sholinsky, Esq.
Susan Gross Sholinsky is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. She counsels clients on a variety of matters, in a practical and straightforward manner, with an eye toward reducing the possibility of employment-related claims. In 2013, Ms. Sholinsky was named to the New York Metro Rising Stars list in the area of Employment & Labor.
- Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
- Develops and audits employers' policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable law and best practices
- Counsels employers with respect to the avoidance of employment-related disputes, employee discipline, leaves of absence, accommodation requests, and termination of employment (including voluntary and involuntary reductions in force)
- Prepares employment, consulting, separation, and non-compete agreements
- Conducts workplace training seminars for employees, managers, and human resources personnel in a variety of industries
- Performs company-wide audits pertaining to various wage and hour issues, such as appropriate classification of employees as "exempt" or "non-exempt" under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-hour laws
- Counsels multinational companies on the unique labor and employment law issues they face
- Promotes compliance with EEO laws and other statutes governing the workplace
- Represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, and employment contract cases
Ms. Sholinsky serves on the adjunct faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she teaches courses concerning human resources and the law. She also frequently speaks at events and webinars on employment law topics and authors numerous publications on employment law issues. Ms. Sholinsky is a member of the firm's Diversity & Professional Development and Labor & Employment Steering Committees and is co-head of the firm's Retail Initiative. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the firm's Women's Initiative. Ms. Sholinsky is also comanager and lefty second baseman on the firm's softball team, the EBG Bees.
- Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
- Cornell University (B.S., 1995)
- School of Industrial and Labor Relations
- New Jersey
- New York
- New Jersey State Courts
- New York State Courts
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- New York City Bar Association, former Labor and Employment Law Committee Member
- New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section