A Comprehensive Primer on Labor and Employment Law
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As employment-related litigation rates continue to rise, employers must look for ways to proactively protect themselves in a legal manner. Human resource compliance can be one of the most costly and time-consuming aspects for a business; can you streamline the process and prevent unnecessary risk? This guide will get you up to speed so you can return to work confident in your abilities. Know the fundamentals of human resources: from hiring to firing and everything in-between. Order today!
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SHARON N. BERLIN is a partner with Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, where she represents management in private and public sector labor and employment law matters, including investigations, disciplinary proceedings, arbitrations, collective bargaining, and federal and state court litigation. She also serves as general counsel to school districts. Ms. Berlin is secretary to the New York State Bar Association’s Municipal Law Section and chair of that section’s Employment Relations Committee. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Berlin earned her B.S. degree, with honors, from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations; and her J.D. degree, with honors, from George Washington University National Law Center.
SCOTT H. CASHER is a partner in the Manhattan and Westchester offices of White and Williams LLP. He represents business entities, with respect to commercial matters, insurance coverage matters, and labor and employment matters, including Title IX claims, and in state and federal trial and appellate courts, at arbitrations and in mediations. Mr. Casher practices exclusively on the management side in the area of employment and labor law. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the New York State Bar Association, and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Mr. Casher received his B.A. degree from Hampshire College and his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law.
ROBERT D. LIPMAN is an attorney with the New York office of Lipman & Plesur, LLP. His main areas of expertise are wage and hour law, as well as employment law. Mr. Lipman has lectured and written extensively on employment-related matters. He has lectured for the Federal Bar Council, as well as programs sponsored by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the American Bar Association, the New York Chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Employment Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Lipman co-wrote "What Supervisors Need to Know About Sexual Harassment," an award-winning online training program. Mr. Lipman was a contributor to the ABA/BNA Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise. He is a certified arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers. Mr. Lipman is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Law Section), the New York State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section), and the Nassau County Bar Association (past chairman, Wage-Hour Subcommittee). He earned his B.S. degree, from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and his J.D. degree from the University of New York at Buffalo.
MATTHEW J. MEHNERT is counsel to Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, where he represents public and private employers in labor and employment matters with a focus on federal and state court litigation. In addition to appearing before federal and state trial and appellate courts, Mr. Mehnert also regularly represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Division of Human Rights, and the United States and New York Departments of Labor. Mr. Mehnert earned his B.A. degree from Colgate University and his J.D. degree, with honors, from the Hofstra University School of Law.
JEFFREY N. NANESS is an attorney with Naness, Chaiet & Naness, LLC. Mr. Naness has well over two decades of experience representing management in labor relations, employment law, and related litigation. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Wesleyan University, where he graduated, with honors, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Mr. Naness has represented private sector companies, municipalities and public benefit corporations in all facets of employment and labor law, including collective bargaining, human resource advice, and litigation counsel. On a number of occasions, he has been brought in to assist primary counsel in complex restrictive covenant and employment law cases. Mr. Naness also excels in counseling his clients to avoid exposure to costly employment litigation. He is the president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Long Island Chapter; member of the Suffolk Bar Association (past head of the Labor and Employment Law Committee); member of the Nassau County Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association; the Accountants/Attorneys Networking Group (founder and first president); and the Association of Boutique Law Firms (founder and president).
ANA C. SHIELDS is a shareholder in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She practices exclusively in employment law and has been involved in proceedings before federal and state courts, the American Arbitration Association, and administrative agencies. Ms. Shields has successfully prepared pleadings, motions, memoranda of law, position statements, and legal opinions related to employment law issues, such as employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistle-blowing claims, and restrictive covenants. She advises clients on compliance with various state and federal laws affecting the workplace, including Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and New York state and city laws. In addition, Ms. Shields is a firm resource for electronic discovery and Family Medical Leave Act issues. She is co-chair with the SHRM-LI Professional Development Committee. Ms. Shields earned her A.B. degree from Harvard University and her J.D. degree from St. John's University.