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

Key Topics

  • 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

Special Features

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.

Director, Curriculum and Training Design

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.

Shelley M. Greenwald, Esq.

Shelley M. Greenwald, Esq., Principal, specializes in the field of employment practices and litigation. Ms. Greenwald advises, counsels, trains, and handles all aspects of employment law litigation. Formerly, she was in-house counsel at NBC and has appeared on CourtTV and CNBC.

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.

Donald W. Savelson, Esq.

Donald W. Savelson, Esq., Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, handles a wide variety of labor and employment matters for the firm, including WARN, NLRA wage/hour, unemployment, ADA, FMLA, workers compensation, and occupational safety and health matters. He regularly litigates before government agencies and in the courts and has been actively involved in litigating numerous complex OSHA cases. He has written and lectured widely for almost twenty years and co-authored the first law book on OSHA in 1976, entitled Occupational Safety and Health Law and Practice. Formerly, he was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.

Joseph Cartafalsa

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, labor, employment law

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.

Ms. Sholinsky:

  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • 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
16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
United States

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