April 21, 2015

Upcoming Events

On May 7, 2015, Sheryl Jaffee Halpern, principal and chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, will be a panelist for the Professional Speakers of EPWNG (the Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group), where she will be speaking on labor and employment best practices for new and growing businesses. EPWNG is a network of women business owners and service providers, established to help women springboard their businesses to the next level.

Recent Engagements 

Over the past year, labor and employment principal Irving M. Geslewitz and special counsel Christopher L. Nybo defended a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action matter that resulted in a settlement at approximately five percent of plaintiff class members’ initial demand. Not only did the settlement significantly limit our client’s liability, the resolution of the dispute also enabled the company to return its full focus to its core business activities.

In February and March 2015, Sheryl Jaffee Halpern provided harassment compliance training for a client’s workforce, totaling nearly 500 employees. Front-line employees and managers at every level now have a clear understanding of sexual and discriminatory harassment, and have effective tools for monitoring their own behavior and preventing and addressing policy violations.

In January and February 2015, Christopher L. Nybo worked with a client facing a U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act investigation. Chris was able to achieve a finding of only $1,500.00 in financial liability and a requirement to make only slight adjustments to the employer’s existing employment procedures.

In April 2015, Sheryl Jaffee Halpern provided training for nearly 200 of a client’s new and returning managers regarding wage and hour compliance, critical personnel policies, and hiring and termination protocols.

Over the past year, Christopher L. Nybo and construction law principal Scott J. Smith have litigated a matter with the Illinois Department of Labor, on behalf of a private company and in conjunction with various other private companies. The two attorneys negotiated a settlement that succeeded in reducing the liability of our client and the related parties to approximately one-third of the amount they faced initially.