Managing in the #MeToo Era: The Latest Legal Developments and Their Implications for Hospitality Employers

Program Number: 2852

Program Date: 11/15/2018


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The #MeToo era is in full swing, and it shows no signs of abating anytime soon. For a host of reasons, the hospitality industry is a particularly vulnerable target of the movement, along with #TimesUp, #MeToo’s sister campaign, which is largely focused on providing sophisticated legal assistance to lower-wage workers with sex harassment claims. In addition, significant new and pending changes to New York State and New York City law—including the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” which takes effect on October 9, 2018—will impose substantial burdens on hospitality employers, making it all the more important that they have the most effective practices in place to prevent and respond to sex harassment in the workplace

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50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
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Credit Eligible for BOTH Experienced and New Attorneys in NY


Jeffrey M. Landes

Epstein Becker & Green

JEFFREY M. LANDES is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm's New York office. He was recommended by The Legal 500 United States (2016 and 2018) in the Workplace and Employment Counseling category.

Mr. Landes' experience includes:

Counseling clients in a variety of industries—including financial services, retail and communications—in all facets of employment law, including compliance with EEO laws and other statutes governing the workplace, independent contractor issues, executive terminations, restrictive covenants, drug testing, background checks, employee discipline and terminations, reorganizations, workplace investigations, leaves of absence, and development of handbooks and personnel policies and procedures
Preparing employment, consulting and separation agreements
Counseling multi-national companies in unique labor and employment law issues
Conducting wage/hour and human resource audits
Conducting workplace training sessions for employees and managers and human resources personnel concerning performance management, harassment, diversity, EEO issues, and wage/hour issues, including pay practices and exempt/nonexempt classification issues
Representing employers in wage/hour audits before the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal and state administrative agencies
Mr. Landes is a past member of the Labor and Employment Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York and currently a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section.

Mr. Landes is the author of numerous publications on employment law issues and frequently lectures on a range of workplace issues to business and employer groups and at several leading universities.

An active volunteer for several charitable organizations, Mr. Landes is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Browning School. In addition to modern art, he enjoys racquet sports and running and is an avid sports fan.


Jeffrey H. Ruzal

Epstein Becker & Green

JEFFREY H. RUZAL is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He leads the firm’s Hospitality service team and represents clients in such diverse industries as hospitality, financial services, retail, health care, and technology. In 2018, Mr. Ruzal was recommended in The Legal 500 United States, in the Workplace and Employment Counseling category.
Mr. Ruzal:
• Advises employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, from pre-employment and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
• Provides regulatory advice and conducts labor and employment due diligence in connection with significant M&A deals
• Conducts audits of employers' policies and procedures to determine compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws
• Counsels employers with respect to federal and state wage and hour compliance, including exempt employee and independent contractor classification audits, compensation reviews, and non-exempt recordkeeping practices
• Prepares and advises on bonus and commission plans and various other compensation agreements and arrangements
• Provides advice and workplace training on wage and hour compliance, reductions in force, discrimination, and other employment issues
• Prepares employment, consulting, separation, and non-compete agreements
• Counsels employers with respect to the avoidance of employment-related disputes, employee discipline, leaves of absence, accommodation requests, and termination of employment
• Represents employers with respect to class actions and collective actions involving a variety of employment and wage-hour issues, including, among others, claims of misclassification, failure to pay for all time worked, unlawful tip credit and pooling, and failure to provide required meal and rest periods
• Represents employers with respect to various employment-related investigations and claims before state and federal agencies, such as the federal and state departments of labor, EEOC, and New York Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board
Mr. Ruzal has been interviewed and quoted by NPR News, Law360,Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He has also written numerous articles on significant employment law issues that have been included in, among other leading publications, Law360, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, and Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin. Mr. Ruzal frequently speaks at national conferences and webinars on a variety of important employment law topics.
Mr. Ruzal is a co-editor of Epstein Becker Green’s award-winning Wage & Hour Defense Blogand Hospitality Labor and Employment Law Blog. He is also an Editorial Advisory Board Member of Hospitality Law Magazine and a contributing author to Lexis Practice Advisor. In addition, Mr. Ruzal represents Epstein Becker Green on The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Ruzal served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, in New York, New York, where he was responsible for civil enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its implementing regulations from wage and hour investigations through trials. While at the DOL, Mr. Ruzal was primarily responsible for coordinating and participating in wage and hour investigations with senior investigators from the Wage and Hour Division. Among other issues, Mr. Ruzal was responsible for advising on investigations and enforcement actions concerning employee misclassification under the white collar exemptions and of independent contractors and consultants.
While attending law school, Mr. Ruzal was a Chief Notes & Comments Editor of the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights.