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Hot Topics in Employment Law for Financial Services Companies

(312 reviews)

Produced on November 17, 2016

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Course Information

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In this panel conversation, John Fullerton, Lauri Rasnick, and Marc Mandelman, members of Epstein Becker & Green’s financial industry service team, identify and discuss some of the hot topics in employment law for employers in the financial services industry. Topics include employee classification and misclassification, new overtime regulations, criminal and credit background checks, and whistleblower compliance and retaliation litigation issues, with a particular emphasis on the unique challenges these legal issues pose in the financial sector.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the employee/independent contractor issue affects financial services firms
  2. Recognize the impact new Department of Labor regulations will have on eligibility for overtime compensation
  3. Identify the financial services exceptions to criminal and credit background check laws and when they apply
  4. Explore the latest whistleblower issues relevant to the financial sector


John F. Fullerton III

Epstein Becker Green

JOHN F. FULLERTON III is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He has substantial experience serving clients in the financial, health care, sports, real estate, and building service industries.

Mr. Fullerton:

  • Represents employers in Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower compliance and litigation defense
  • Represents employers in litigation, arbitration, and mediation matters concerning discrimination, wage and hour, restrictive covenant/non-compete, and wrongful termination claims
  • Counsels employers on workplace issues, including hiring and promotion, firing and discipline, wage and hour, and the implementation of employment policies, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws
  • Counsels clients on drafting all types of employment, consulting, and separation agreements
  • Represents clients in labor relations and collective bargaining
  • Provides corporate transactional advice on labor and employment issues
  • Mr. Fullerton has represented all four major sports leagues over the course of his career. In February 2014, he successfully represented the Cleveland Indians in salary arbitration with relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano. 

Since 2004, Mr. Fullerton has been an adjunct professor of law at Pace University School of Law, where he has taught classes in labor law and advanced appellate advocacy and served for nine years as the faculty advisor to the law school's National Moot Court team. A frequent lecturer, Mr. Fullerton has authored numerous articles on labor and employment topics for various publications, including The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, The Labor Lawyer, Employment Law360, Real Estate Weekly, Corporate Counsel, and Dispute Resolution Journal. He has also authored the book Employment Separation Agreements Line by Line: A Detailed Look at Employment Separation Agreements and How to Change Them to Meet Your Clients' Needs, published by Thomson West in 2011. He edits and contributes to the Financial Services Employment Law Blog and serves as coeditor of the firm's Act Now Advisories.

Mr. Fullerton is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Casebook and a recipient of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers' Norman Ostrow Scholarship. Following graduation, he clerked for the Hon. Allyne R. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

 Mr. Fullerton has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2007 to 2014) and New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition (2007 to 2013). He is described as an "expert in labor union law" in the 2006 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.


  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society
  • Society for Human Resource Management



New York


Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1994

B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude, 1988

Lauri F. Rasnick

Epstein Becker & Green

Lauri F. Rasnick is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice in the firm's New York office.


Ms. Rasnick has significant experience representing employers in labor and employment matters. She regularly advises clients in many aspects of the employment relationship, including avoidance of litigation, employee terminations, disability and religious accommodation issues, wage and hour compliance, internal investigations, labor relations, and compliance with federal, state and local statutes. Ms. Rasnick frequently advises clients on the enforcement and drafting of restrictive covenants and employment agreements, and defends claims for bonuses and other compensation and litigates claims involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets.


Ms. Rasnick has also represented employers in a full spectrum of employment law matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. She has also engaged in the mediation and arbitration of employment claims, both in the traditional labor and employment contexts.


Ms. Rasnick writes and speaks on a variety of employment issues, including sexual harassment and respect in the workplace, wage and hour practices, the Family and Medical Leave Act, preventing and dealing with employment discrimination claims and charges, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, E-mail and Internet usage, creating appropriate employment policies, union avoidance, and trade secrets.

Marc A. Mandelman

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

MARC A. MANDELMAN is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He represents a variety of clients—including major corporations in the financial, insurance, fashion, retail, publishing, technology, and health care field—in all aspects of labor and employment relations.

Mr. Mandelman:

  • Routinely advises clients on designing and implementing restructuring strategies and the management of litigation risks associated with terminations and restructuring, along with managing advance notification requirements for plant closings and mass layoffs
  • Provides advice to clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including wage and hour law compliance, leaves of absence, disability accommodations, performance management, employment contracts, and independent contractor assessments
  • Counsels client on developing policies, procedures, and employee handbooks
  • Represents clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies with respect to discrimination and employment disputes, audits, and investigations
  • Represents unionized employers in discharge and dispute arbitrations
  • Provides daily advice and counsel to clients concerning collective bargaining agreements and on complying with applicable labor laws in the collective bargaining context

While attending law school, Mr. Mandelman was the Managing Editor of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal. He also clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael L. Orenstein for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Mandelman was recommended in the Labor & Employment: Workplace & Employment Counseling category by The Legal 500 United States (2009-2013).


  • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • Managing Editor, Hofstra Labor Law Journal, v. 10
  • Hobart College (B.S., with honors, 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


John K.

This was a really good presentation. Very informative, concise. The presenters were so well prepared and very polished.

Molly N.

Good interactive panel

Patrick O.

Well done in all respects. I founds the slides especially helpful.

Monica G.

Courses are most interesting when it is more than one person presenting. All three presenters were good.

Tammy F.

Excellent presentation

Steven B.

I liked the instructors - very interesting.

Brad N.

Very good.

Kristen C.

Extremely informative!! Thank you.

Daniel L.


Melissa B.

I enjoyed the topic and I thought the individuals making the presentations were great.

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