Cozen O’Connor: Friedman, Debra Steiner

Debra Steiner Friedman

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Recent Publication:

The NLRB’s Newest Take on Who Is an Employee under the National Labor Relations Act [HR Headaches Blog]

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an important  decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc. and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338, 367 NLRB No. 75, Case 16-RC-010963 (Jan. 25, 2019), holding 3-1 that franchisee drivers who operated shared ride vans were independent...

Debra focuses her counseling and litigation practice on compliance with federal and state employment laws and regulations, noncompetition disputes, business torts, corporate reorganizations, affirmative action issues, and defense of discrimination claims.

Debra provides legal and business solutions to a myriad of human resource issues. She also regularly drafts complex corporate policies and contracts for her clients and advises them on best practices. Debra advises federal contractors how to comply with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) laws and regulations and defends federal contractors in OFCCP audits.

Debra works closely with corporate counsel on the employment aspects of due diligence for complex transactions. She also negotiates and drafts employment and separation agreements for executives and companies in connection with such transactions.

Debra has successfully represented and defended many clients in noncompete, business tort, and discrimination lawsuits. She regularly defends clients before federal and state fair employment practice agencies. Debra also counsels clients on how to address requests for workplace accommodations and, for places of public accommodation, requests for modifications to services and programs. She defends clients on a variety of disability accommodation issues before civil rights agencies and in courts.

Debra has published numerous articles on a variety of employment topics and has been interviewed and quoted by many media outlets. She lectures human resource professionals and management personnel on workplace issues such as anti-harassment programs, employee evaluation and discipline issues, and leaves of absence. Debra also is a Chapter Editor for the ABA's Family and Medical Leave Act treatise, Second Edition. 

Debra is vice chair of the board of directors for the Philadelphia Youth Network, a youth workforce development organization, and secretary of the board of the directors for the Valley Forge Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., a philanthropic organization committed to fostering mother-daughter relationships through community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. Debra earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1992.

Experience

News

Fair Workweek Bill | The Dom Giordano Program

December 31, 2018

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was a guest on the Dom Giordano Program to discuss the extensive impact on some employers of Philadelphia’s new Fair Workweek Bill.

FMLA turns 25, and employers must be vigilant as ever

February 13, 2018

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with Business Insurance about Family and Medical Leave Act and how employers should handle it.

Warning: Develop Policies for These 6 Dangers of Water Cooler Talk Before It’s Too Late

January 22, 2018

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department spoke with Small Business Trends about the six dangers of water cooler talk at your small business and how to prevent them.

The Problem With Privilege and Fighting for Equal Pay

January 19, 2018

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with Glamour about women being fearful of negotiating pay.

Set Ground Rules for the Different Types of Service Animals

August 14, 2017

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses service animals on SHRM.

Flexible Vacation Policies

July 10, 2017

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses flexible vacation policies on the Price of Business.

Waiting Periods for Vacation Accruals May Be on the Way Out

May 08, 2017

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses vacation accruals on SHRM.org.

Women Miss Promotions for Maternity Leave

November 14, 2016

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses women missing promotions for maternity leave on Employee Benefit News.

What Happens To ACA Challenges Still In Court?

November 10, 2016

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses what will happen to the ACA challenges still in court on Law360.

Debra Friedman Discusses Ways to Reduce Risk of Workplace Violence

February 25, 2016

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses ways to reduce risk of workplace violence on SHRM.org.

Debra Friedman Discusses the Recent Trend of Postponing Retirement in SHRM

October 08, 2015

Debra Friedman discusses how companies can cultivate the value of employing an older workforce and legal issues to consider.

Debra Friedman Discusses Difference Between EEOC’s Newly Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs and HIPAA Requirements in SHRM

April 24, 2015

Debra Friedman, a member of the Labor & Employment Department, comments on the EEOC’s proposed rule on wellness programs differing from HIPAA’s wellness program incentives in that it extends the 30 percent limit on incentives under health-contingent wellness programs to participatory wellness programs that require disability-related inquiries or medical examinations.

Debra Friedman Discusses the EEOC’s New Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs in Employment Law Daily

April 19, 2015

Debra Friedman discusses the EEOC’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which describes how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans.

Debra Friedman Discusses Disability Self-Identification Forms in SHRM

February 05, 2015

In an article titled “Increase Responses to Disability Self-Identification Form,” Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the new affirmative action regulations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act that took effect in 2014. They require that contractors invite applicants to self-identify as individuals with disabilities at both the pre-offer and post-offer phases of the application process, using language prescribed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The regulations also require that contractors invite their employees to self-identify as individuals with disabilities every five years. The disability self-identification form gives employees an opportunity to start conversations about needed reasonable accommodations without fear of retaliation, observed Debra.

Debra Friedman Discusses Employee Retaliation Claims in Bloomberg BNA's Bulletin to Management 2015 HR Outlook

January 20, 2015

In an article titled ‘’Worker Misclassification Tops HR Agenda in 2015,’’ Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the increase in employee retaliation claims and the implications for employers.

Debra Friedman Discusses the EEOC’s Stance on Wellness Programs

November 14, 2014

In an article titled “EEOC Targets Wellness Programs,” Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent actions against employers for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) with their company wellness programs. “The EEOC describes it as ‘you can’t penalize employees,’ but they have not defined what constitutes a penalty,” observed Debra. “Employers need to understand this is an evolving area, and there’s a lack of guidance from the EEOC, so we need to wait and see whether EEOC and courts will find wellness programs that are compliant with the ACA regulations to be compliant with ADA and GINA,” she added.

Debra Friedman Discusses Misclassification of Employees in Risk & Insurance

October 15, 2014

In an article titled “Classified Information,” Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the government’s crackdown on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. According to Friedman, misclassification of employees has serious implications for companies, as they are at risk for investigations and lawsuits from both federal and state governments, as well as private lawsuits from individuals or classes of individuals.

Debra Friedman Discusses the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act in Human Resource Executive Online

October 08, 2014

In an article titled “The Trouble with Medical-History Requests,” Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Cummins Power Generation Inc., in which the EEOC alleges Cummins improperly required an employee to undergo a fitness-for-duty examination and to sign a release for all of his medical records. The case is one of very few GINA lawsuits to date. ''HR should make sure there is a permissible purpose for conducting a fitness-for-duty exam or asking for medical information. Then it's very important that it is narrowly tailored to that permissible purpose,'' said Debra.

Debra Friedman Discusses Pay Transparency in The New York Times

August 25, 2014

In an article titled, ''Secrecy About Salaries May Be On The Wane,’’ Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the movement toward pay transparency and the potential impact on the workplace. ‘’In today’s world, generally speaking, younger workers share more of their lives publicly,’’ said Debra. ‘’Older workers would consider it private and impolite to ask co-workers what they are being paid.’’ The issue has been gaining momentum, in part due to a push by President Obama, who recently signed several executive orders regarding pay equity and transparency.

Debra Friedman Quoted in Human Resource Executive

January 10, 2012

In an article titled ''OFCCP Sets Sights on Disabled Workers,'' Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, comments on the Department of Labor's proposed new rules, which would obligate federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure equal employment opportunities for qualified workers with disabilities.

Publications

The NLRB’s Newest Take on Who Is an Employee under the National Labor Relations Act [HR Headaches Blog]

February 01, 2019

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an important  decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc. and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338, 367 NLRB No. 75, Case 16-RC-010963 (Jan. 25, 2019), holding 3-1 that franchisee drivers who operated shared ride vans were independent...

Stop Distressing About Disgruntled Employees and Take Action

January 23, 2019

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Recruiter about how employers can take action to prevent and minimize the impact of disgruntled workers, and it all begins with the recruiting process.

Philadelphia’s Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance Targets Hospitality, Retail and Food Services Employers [HR Headaches Blog]

January 02, 2019

In December 2018, Philadelphia enacted The Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance, which has widespread ramifications for non-exempt workers in the retail, hospitality and food services industries. The ordinance, which takes effect January 1, 2020, targets employers with at least 250 employees...

Proper Planning is the Key to Creating Successful Internship Programs

January 01, 2019

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Business Woman about how to create an internship program.

Three Workplace Shootings in 24 Hours: Now Is the Time to Take Action [HR Headaches Blog]

September 24, 2018

Workplace violence is one of the most troubling issues keeping HR professionals and in-house counsel up at night – and with good reason.  Just last week alone, there were three workplace shootings in a span of 24 hours. In 2018, workplace shootings have occurred coast to coast, in rural, suburban...

Good Intentions May Not Be Enough: The Hidden Dangers of “Maternity Leave” Policies [HR Headaches Blog]

September 18, 2018

Many employers go above and beyond any legal requirements in providing paid or unpaid leave benefits to employees to bond with their child.  So what could be bad about that?  Well, check your employee handbook. Do you have a maternity leave policy?  Do you have a paid leave policy that provides...

2017 Year in Review: Significant Federal Employment Law Developments [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 12, 2017

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote about the developments of employment law in 2017.

Potential Perils Of Employer Parental Leave Policies [Law360]

September 14, 2017

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment practice, discusses the potential perils of employment parental leave policies in Law360.

2016 Kept Employers On Their Toes, Expect The Same In 2017

December 30, 2016

Debra Friedman, David Walton, Charles Wilson and James Glenn, all of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discuss labor & employment law in the upcoming year.

Federal Contractors Might Be in for a Wild Ride in 2017

December 23, 2016

Debra S. Friedman discusses the executive orders signed by President Obama impacting federal contractors throughout his administration and whether the Trump administration will quickly put the brakes on, or even rescind, these executive orders and their implementing regulations.

Is Health Care in the Crosshairs of the Government's Expanded View of Joint Employment? [AHLA]

April 01, 2016

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses the effect of joint employment on healthcare in AHLA's Labor & Employment newsletter.

Without Compromise, ACA Contraceptive Row May End In Tie [Law360]

March 30, 2016

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses the recent Supreme Court case centering on the Affordable Care Act.

Employer Conundrum: Disclose Workplace Violence? [Law360]

March 10, 2016

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses the employer conundrum of disclosing workplace violence on Law360.

EEOC To Mine Employers' Pay Data For Potential Discrimination [Profile in Diversity Journal]

March 09, 2016

Debra Friedman discusses a proposed rule issued by the EEOC that would require employers with 100 or more workers to show the government how much they pay their employees.

EEOC’s Proposed Wellness Regulations Bring Some Clarity and Some Questions [Employee Benefit Plan Review]

July 15, 2015

Debra Friedman discusses the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission’s (EEOC) recently issued notice of proposed rulemaking with respect to employer-sponsored wellness programs, focusing on the interplay between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Is OSHA About To Ramp Up Its Whistleblower Program? [Law360]

January 23, 2015

In an article titled, ''Is OSHA About To Ramp Up Its Whistleblower Program?'' Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses the significant challenges employers face when a whistleblower complaint is filed with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and recommends that employers prepare themselves by implementing a whistleblower complaint procedure program.

2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer

December 31, 2014

The 2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer looks back at significant developments in labor and employment law over the past year and forward to what employers can expect in 2015.

Pay Transparency: The New Way of Doing Business [Compensation & Benefits Review]

November 18, 2014

In an article titled “Pay Transparency: The New Way of Doing Business,” Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the federal government’s recent Executive Orders mandating pay transparency for the federal contracting community. This new way of doing business has potentially profound implications for all employers. Companies must be prepared for employees, the federal government and third parties to closely scrutinize their compensation systems and decision-making practices.

OFCCP Announces Proposed Rule on Pay Transparency [Labor & Employment Alert]

September 16, 2014

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a proposed rule on pay transparency, to be published in the September 17, 2014 Federal Register. The proposed rule would implement Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against applicants and employees for inquiring about, disclosing or discussing pay information. The proposed rule applies to covered federal contracts and subcontracts exceeding $10,000 in value that are entered into or modified on or after the effective date of the final rule. While the proposed rule could change before it is finalized, it is time for federal contractors to consider their policies and practices on pay information.

Obama Issues Executive Order Scrutinizing Labor Practices of Federal Contractors [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 04, 2014

President Obama does it again, issuing yet another Executive Order aimed at those seeking to do business with the federal government. On July 31, 2014, Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which the White House expects to be implemented in stages on new federal contracts valued at more than $500,000, beginning in 2016. This new Executive Order targets three areas: (1) disclosure to the federal government of a prospective contractor’s labor law violations over the three years preceding the contract; (2) disclosure of information necessary for the employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to verify the accuracy of their paychecks; and (3) for those federal contracts or subcontracts with an estimated value exceeding $1 million, a prohibition against the imposition of pre-dispute arbitration agreements covering claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (Title VII), or for torts related to or arising out of sexual assault or harassment.

President Obama Wields His Executive Power Once Again to Target Federal Contractors on Pay Issues [Labor & Employment Alert]

April 09, 2014

On April 8, 2014, President Obama took two significant actions in the employee pay arena. He signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against their applicants and employees for inquiring about, disclosing or discussing pay information. He also issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue new regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data to the federal government, broken down by gender and race.

Understanding State Anti-Discrimination Statutes [HR Magazine]

March 01, 2014

In an article titled “Understanding State Anti-Discrimination Statutes,” Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses state anti-discrimination statues and how important it is for employers that operate in multiple states to be able to navigate which state’s anti-discrimination statutes apply.

2013/2014 [Labor and Employment Observer]

January 01, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with our 2013/2014 Observer, which looks back at the developments in labor and employment law over the past year and forward to what employers can expect in 2014.

More Regulation: The OFCCP Sets Its Sights on Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities [AHLA Labor & Employment Newsletter]

December 13, 2013

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has stepped up its efforts in recent years to assert jurisdiction over more health care providers. As a result, a growing number of health care providers are struggling to comply with OFCCP's many regulatory requirements, while others are warily watching developments in this area. Now, federal contractors are faced with new regulations principally aimed at increasing employment opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities. These regulations, which cover an estimated 200,000 federal contractor establishments, become effective March 24, 2014, and require contractors to make additional, significant recruitment and outreach efforts to these groups.

The haze has not lifted: Medical marijuana continues to confound employers [Retailing Today]

December 12, 2013

So far 20 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws permitting and regulating the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Colorado and Washington have gone further and legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Moreover, Americans’ tolerance for the legalization of marijuana is increasing. An October 2013 Gallup poll showed that 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. What does this trend mean for retailers, especially those operating in multiple states? The answer is complex, as the law is evolving.

Why Employers Shouldn't Ignore Workplace Bullying [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 27, 2013

Many associate bullying with kids and schools. State laws, educational awareness campaigns and all-too-frequent tragedies focus our attention on the problem of school bullying. Much less attention is paid to workplace bullying. In fact, in telling my school-age child that there are bullies at some workplaces, her response was: “There are no bullies at work. It is just people complaining.” This misconception is common, and unfortunately extends to many employers. As a result, many employers don’t see the need to take a proactive stance against workplace bullying. Even employers who acknowledge the prevalence of bullying in the workplace often see no need to act because currently there are no federal or state laws that expressly make workplace bullying illegal. This inaction, however, can translate into missed opportunities and increased costs.

Leaving the Door Open to Departing Employees [The Legal Intelligencer]

July 02, 2013

Remember that group of employees laid off a few months ago? One has applied for a new job opening and was not rehired. Now that employee is claiming that the company has engaged in unlawful, discriminatory action in failing to rehire her. This scenario is all too real. Indeed, Gonzalez v. Molded Acoustical Products of Easton, 118 FEP Cases 877 (E.D. Pa. 2013), a recent case out of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, should remind employers of the risk exposure associated with hiring for positions that were previously impacted by reductions-in-force.

Hospitals Providing Medical Care to Federal Employees Covered by HMOs May Be Subject to OFCCP's Affirmative Action and Other Requirements [Labor and Employment Alert]

April 08, 2013

Over the years, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which enforces affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations for federal contractors and subcontractors, has tried to assert jurisdiction over hospitals that provide medical care to federal employees in various controversial ways. For example, OFCCP has claimed hospitals are federal subcontractors when they provide medical services to Blue Cross/Blue Shield and/or HMO policyholders pursuant to the insurance providers’ agreements with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia just gave the green light to OFCCP to assert its jurisdiction over hospitals, at least where HMOs covering federal employees are involved.

Take the Target Off Your Back [HRO Today]

April 01, 2013

Disability discrimination remains a hot button issue in the workplace. Employees and applicants file more disability discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year, totaling some 25,000 charges in fiscal year 2011 alone.

New Employment Eligibility Verification Form, Form I-9, Issued by USCIS [Labor and Employment Alert]

March 14, 2013

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form, Form I-9, and a revised Handbook for Employers, M-274. The main changes to the new Form are that it contains further instructions on how to complete the Form I-9 and also expands the Form itself to two pages. Employers should review the revised Handbook and may begin using the new Form I-9 immediately both for new hires and for work authorization reverification. USCIS is allowing employers two months to transition to the new Form I-9, but beginning on May 7, 2013, employers must use the new Form I-9. Employers do not need to complete a new Form I-9 for current employees with a proper I-9 on file.

OFCCP Rescinds Its 2006 Compensation Standards in Favor of More Flexible Approach to Pay Discrimination Compliance Evaluations [Labor and Employment Alert]

March 04, 2013

Effective February 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) rescinded its much criticized 2006 Compensation Standards and Voluntary Guidelines (Compensation Standards) utilized in pay discrimination compliance evaluations of federal contractors. The Compensation Standards essentially had applied one analytic approach to pay discrimination, regardless of industry, job type or other data specific to the federal contractor’s pay practices. Not surprisingly, the OFCCP claims that the narrowly defined "cookie cutter" compliance evaluation procedures imposed by the Compensation Standards impeded the OFCCP’s investigation efforts.

Title VII: Protecting Veganism and Other Sincerely Held Ethical and Moral Beliefs [The Legal Intelligencer]

February 06, 2013

Chenzira v. Cincinnati Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr., No. 1:11-cv-00917 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 27, 2012), highlights a rarely litigated issue in Title VII cases: what constitutes a religious practice or belief. In Chenzira, a customer service representative who worked at an Ohio hospital for more than 10 years was discharged from employment for refusing a flu shot.

Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 [Inside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Regulatory Developments in Employment Law]

January 01, 2012

Debra's chapter in Inside the Minds contains a detailed discussion about Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), a law that addresses how advances in genomic medicine may affect employment relationships. In the chapter, Debra focuses on why GINA was passed, and what employers can and cannot do under GINA. Debra also offers practical tips on what employers must do to comply with GINA's requirements and she suggests best practices.

Don't Ask And Don't Tell: How to Avoid GINA Liability [The Corporate Counselor]

July 11, 2011

Don't Ask And Don't Tell: How to Avoid GINA Liability - The Corporate Counselor -

Winter 2011 [Labor and Employment Observer]

February 18, 2011

Our Winter 2011 Labor and Employment Observer covers topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and corporate management.

Helping Injured Vets Transition to the Workplace [HR Magazine]

November 22, 2010

Some veterans seeking civilian employment will enter the workplace with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), conditions that are often misunderstood. To avoid missteps, employers should learn as much as they can and be aware of their legal obligations.

Summer 2010 [Labor & Employment Observer]

July 01, 2010

Our Summer 2010 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and corporate management.

Winter 2009 [Labor and Employment Observer]

January 01, 2009

Our Winter 2009 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to -in-house counsel, human resource professionals and corporate management. Many of these articles are particularly timely given the changing political climate and current difficult economic environment.

Family and Medical Leave Act [Labor and Employment Alert!]

November 18, 2008

Family and Medical Leave Act - Labor and Employment Alert! - Yesterday the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued final regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). These regulations mark the first sweeping changes made to the FMLA since its enactment in 1993. The regulations, which may be accessed at http://www.dol.gov/
esa/whd/fmla/finalrule.pdf, go into effect on January 16, 2009. Employers need to understand the changes and be ready to implement them.

E-Verify for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Required Starting January 15, 2009 [Labor and Employment Alert!]

November 17, 2008

E-Verify for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Required Starting January 15, 2009 - Labor and Employment Alert! - Beginning January 15, 2009, many federal contractors and subcontractors doing work in the United States will have to start using E-Verify. The E-Verify system, previously called “Basic Pilot,” is an automated system administered by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to confirm the employment authorization of employees working in the United States.

Winter 2008 [Labor and Employment Observer]

February 29, 2008

Our Winter 2008 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resource professionals and corporate management. Recently, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, which expands the FMLA to provide enhanced leave for families of military personnel. Additionally, in mid-February 2008, the Department of Labor propounded new proposed regulations regarding the FMLA. Moreover, in late February, the Supreme Court weighed in on the use of ''me too'' evidence during trials.

Supreme Court Defines ADEA Charge Permissively [Society for Human Resource Management]

February 27, 2008

Supreme Court Defines ADEA Charge Permissively - Society for Human Resource Management -

FMLA is Expanded For the First Time in 15 Years [Labor and Employment Alert!]

January 28, 2008

FMLA is Expanded For the First Time in 15 Years - Labor and Employment Alert! - Congress has expanded the scope of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act
(“FMLA”) to include enhanced leave provisions for families of U.S. military
personnel. This is the first expansion of the law since it was enacted 15 years ago.

Caregivers At Work: New EEOC Guidelines Should Prompt Company Action [Corporate Counsel]

November 01, 2007

Caregivers At Work: New EEOC Guidelines Should Prompt Company Action - Corporate Counsel -

Staying Above Water [Corporate Counsel]

April 01, 2007

Staying Above Water - Corporate Counsel - While employers face a wave of confusion over existing FMLA mandates, the government could turn the tide yet again. In addition to likely updated regulations, legislation proposed by senator Christopher Dodd aims to provide six weeks of paid leave when an employee takes leave for his own serious health condition, or to take care of a parent, spouse, or child with a serious health condition. the senator also intends to broaden the reach of the FMLA.

Garden Leave: Helping Employers Control The Prickly Landscape Of Employee Departures [The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel]

April 01, 2007

Garden Leave: Helping Employers Control The Prickly Landscape Of Employee Departures - The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel -

Title VII Disparate Pay Claims: A Possible Flood? [The Corporate Counselor]

February 01, 2007

Title VII Disparate Pay Claims: A Possible Flood? - The Corporate Counselor - The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering a case of great importance to employers, Ledbetter v.Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc. It
will decide when the statute of limitations
begins to run under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) (“Title VII”) for certain types of disparate pay claims.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1992
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude, 1989
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York Court of Appeals
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association