NYC Human Rights Law: The 'Gold Standard' of Anti-Discrimination Laws

Program Number: 3104

Program Date: 02/16/2021

Description

As many businesses have come to learn in recent years, New York City is home to one of the nation’s most expansive anti-discrimination laws: the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The NYCHRL is unique on a multiple fronts, including its broad protections and definitions, burdensome obligations for employers, and expanded remedies. This program will explore the history of the NYCHRL, what differentiates it from other anti-discrimination statutes, and provide practical recommendations for employers grappling with its multifaceted requirements.

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California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

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Presenters


Mark S. Goldstein, Esq.

Reed Smith LLP

Mark Goldstein’s practice is focused on helping companies in New York and around the world manage their workplace needs. To that end, Mark counsels clients on a variety of day-to-day and also big-picture workplace issues. These issues include policy and handbook development; risk assessment and litigation avoidance; compliance with and overseeing anti-discrimination/harassment and other equal employment opportunity laws; wage and hour compliance; conducting internal investigations of sexual harassment and other allegations; hiring, discipline, discharge, reduction-in-force, and restructuring decisions; providing workplace training to managers and human resource professionals; enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants; drafting employment, independent contractor, separation, confidentiality, and other workplace-related agreements; government audits and investigations; and a wide variety of other employment issues. Mark was also one of the leaders of a team of Reed Smith employment lawyers that, even before COVID-19 became national news, began looking into the workplace-related implications of the virus. Mark has therefore guided countless clients through COVID-19-related workplace issues over the past several months.

Mark also defends employers in a wide range of employment litigation matters. He has experience in both federal and state court, as well as before a multitude of government agencies, and has defended both single-plaintiff and class action claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, leaves of absence, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other torts and contract disputes arising out of the employment relationship. Mark has also represented clients in litigation involving covenants not to compete. Mark works with clients at every step of the litigation process to determine which cases should be litigated, which should be resolved in an alternative forum, and which can and should be settled.

Mark also advises clients on all aspects of employment-related issues in corporate transactions. This includes conducting due diligence in connection with proposed asset and stock purchases; reviewing and editing purchase agreements; preparing employment, retention, and separation agreements in connection with business mergers/restructurings; advising clients as to how best to onboard employees of predecessor companies; and assisting in the implementation of separation/mass layoff programs resulting from corporate transactions.

Mark is passionate about mental health issues in the legal industry. He frequently speaks about mental health-related topics, including through webinars, bar association events, and other programs/events.

 

Alexandra Manfredi, Esq.

Reed Smith LLP

Alexandra Manfredi advises employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship from hire to separation, assisting employers with the daily management of employment issues and counseling on best practices and compliance. Alexandra assists employers with developing employee policies and handbooks, conducting workplace investigations, responding to government audits and investigations, classifying employees and contractors, and preparing agreements pertaining to the employment relationship.

Alexandra also counsels employers on COVID-19 related issues such as essential business designations, temperature and symptom screening measures, leave and accommodation issues, furloughs, wage and workweek reductions, and WARN, as well as compliance with federal, state, and local reopening guidelines and health and safety requirements.

Alexandra defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as wage-and-hour, whistleblower, and leave violations before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Alexandra has also represented employers in restrictive covenant, tort, and contract disputes arising from the employment relationship. She also has experience representing employers and individual defendants in claims of sexual harassment in the workplace and educational environment.

Alexandra also assists clients with the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions by way of conducting due diligence and reviewing agreements in connection with asset and stock purchases, as well as advising on existing and post-closing employment relationships and practices.

 

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