While not a legal necessity, every employer should have a well-drafted employment handbook in order to satisfy employee notice requirements, avoid human resources challenges and circumvent unnecessary employment-related expenses. This program should appeal to seasoned labor and employment attorneys, general practitioners and in-house counsel. In this program, management-side labor and employment attorneys Michael Masri and Ana Getiashvili outline a checklist of helpful clauses, identify recent changes to City, State and Federal laws affecting New York employers and address social-media issues.
I. Discover how to avoid costly missteps
II. Recognize necessary and helpful clauses to include
III. Identify recent changes to City, State, and Federal Law
Michael is a Partner in the Firm's Employment & Labor and Litigation Practice Groups.
Michael has extensive experience counseling and representing employers in employment discrimination and other labor and employment issues before Federal Courts, State Courts, Administrative Agencies and Arbitration Panels. Michael also has extensive litigation experience representing businesses in connection with trade secret, unfair competition, dissolutions and other commercial matters. In addition, Michael has unique knowledge regarding the use of electronic data in modern litigation.
Michael's successes include obtaining an award of compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and costs in an unfair competition litigation where, among other things, Michael persuaded the Court to order electronic discovery of defendants' computers in a case of first impression which resulted in the Court finding an adverse inference ruling.
In addition to advising clients with respect to commercial, corporate and other matters, Michael regularly counsels clients concerning separation of employment, reductions in force, leave policies, computer policies, personnel practices, wage hour, union representation elections, collective bargaining, strikes, picketing, OSHA and other matters. Michael's clients include technology, communication, healthcare, securities, construction, manufacturing, not for profit, real estate, food service and transportation businesses.
Michael has represented employers in connection with investigations, charges, hearings, complaints and appeals before Federal and State Administrative Agencies including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Workers Compensation Board.
Michael drafts employment handbooks, employment agreements and separation agreements affecting thousands of employees throughout the country and provides management training for both large and small companies.
Michael also counsels and represents insureds and insurance companies in connection with employment practice liability matters.
Michael regularly teaches continuing education courses and lectures to professional groups and the business community concerning employment and electronic data issues.
Michael previously worked at the National Labor Relations Board where he investigated unfair labor practice charges and conducted union representation elections. Michael also served as a clerk for the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Regional Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ana Getiashvili joined the Meltzer Lippe Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups in 2014.
Ana assists employers on issues such as discrimination and sexual harassment investigations, employee leave, worker classification and compensation practices, Form I-9 compliance and background checks. She drafts and prepares employment contracts and employer policies and handbooks. Ana also assists in commercial litigation matters.
Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe Ana was a legal intern for the Hofstra University School of Law Political Asylum Clinic and a Teaching Assistant.
Ana founded the American Academy in Tbilisi Summer School in the Republic of Georgia by obtaining a $64,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recruited 102 underprivileged children from city orphanages and Internally Displaced Person camps and awarded them full educational scholarships.
In law school, Ana was Senior Notes & Comments Editor of the Hofstra Law Review, recipient of the Gina Maria Escarce Memorial Award and authored the article “Safe Localities Through Cooperation: Why the Secure Communities Program Violates the Constitution.”
Ana is fluent in Georgian and Russian and is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Very easy to understand.
I liked it. "Ought to be understandable" is a requirement for Handbooks and this was.
This was an incredibly helpful and succinct lecture.
Very good dual presentation
Very good program and excellent presenters.
Very practical useful info
Interesting to learn about changes in certain employment requirements and the benefits of a Handbook
Informative. Speakers knowledgeable on the subject.
Very informative program
This was an incredibly informative presentation - thank you to the presenters...great job!
Very informative course.
superb presenters. very very knowledgable
Excellent speakers and content
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