Adam C. Abrahms Adam C. Abrahms is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment and Health Care and Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s Los Angeles office, where he serves as a member of the firm’s Labor Management Relations practice group. He has devoted his practice almost exclusively to aiding employers in developing strategies to remain union-free and, in organized operations, to securing and expanding management rights. Mr. Abrahms:

  • Represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state agencies, and in federal and state courts
  • Counsels and represents management on maintaining non-union status including union organizing and representation elections, corporate campaigns, supervisory education and training, preventative programs, and response strategies
  • Negotiates initial and successor collective bargaining agreements, mid-term negotiations, effects negotiations, and closing agreements, including strong pro-employer management rights, arbitration, successorship, and zipper clauses, and multi-unit, multi-location, multi-employer, and multi-union bargaining
  • Represents employers in unfair labor practices proceedings and arbitrations
  • Represents employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination disputes in federal and state courts and before federal and state administrative agencies
  • Counsels clients concerning compliance with federal and California wage and hour law, non-compete issues, and other employment-related matters
  • Conducts extensive vulnerability audits and assists in the development and implementation of preventative workplace practices, policies, and procedures

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Steven M. SwirskySteven M. Swirsky is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment and Health Care and Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s New York office. He regularly represents employers in a wide range of industries, including retail, health care, manufacturing, banking and financial services, manufacturing, transportation and distribution, electronics and publishing. He frequently advises and represents United States subsidiaries and branches of Asian, European and other foreign-based companies. Mr. Swirsky:

  • Advises employers on a full range of labor and employment matters involving labor and employment issues in transactional matters
  • Represents employers in union avoidance, organizing campaigns, and related proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Represents employers in collective bargaining and in connection with strikes, picketing and arbitration proceedings
  • Handles grievances and arbitrations concerning work rule disputes and discharges, for both unionized and non-unionized employers
  • Assists with employment litigation, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA and other employment discrimination matters before state and federal courts and administrative tribunals including the EEOC, and the New York State Division of Human Rights
  • Prepares and revises employment manuals and personnel policy manuals
  • Structures employment agreements, including those involving protection of trade secrets and proprietary technology, and litigation involving employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and protection of confidential and proprietary information.

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Kate B. Rhodes

Kate B. Rhodes is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. Ms. Rhodes:
  • Counsels clients on the termination and discipline of employees, effective employee misconduct investigations, disability accommodations, state and federal leave laws, the use and payment of interns, the classification of employees, the legality of incentive compensation policies, responses to union organizing efforts, and conduct during strikes and lockouts
  • Drafts and assists in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, arbitration agreements, employment agreements, severance agreements, settlement agreements, confidentiality agreements, project labor agreements, and media rights agreements
  • Advises on and drafts employee handbooks and drug testing and social media policies
  • Investigates allegations of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and misconduct by high-level executives
  • Represents clients in labor and employment-related arbitration and litigation in federal and state courts
  • Trains managerial and non-managerial employees on sexual harassment and non-discrimination policies and procedures
  • Investigates allegations of unfair labor practices and employment discrimination, counsels clients during government investigations, and defends clients against such allegations before federal and state agencies
  • Reviews and revises labor and employment law-related provisions of merger and acquisition agreements, stock purchase agreements, affiliation agreements, and credit agreements

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