70 million Americans - one in every three adults in the United States - has a criminal record of some sort. for many of these people, however, the cost of their crimes imposes a death sentence on their ability to find work.
On behalf of the New York State Bar Association, Wendi Lazar, Partner and co-chair of the Outten & Golden Executives and Professionals Practice Group, presented a discussion panel at Manhattan's CUNY Graduate Center on 34th Street as part of a 4-hour MCLE workshop titled "'Sweat Equity' in Start-Ups and Early-Stage Businesses: Legal, Tax and Employment Issues for Founders, Key Executives and Independent Contractors." In her lecture, Lazar focused primarily on company founders' obligations to There employees, recruiting talent, wage and hour concerns (wages vs. equity), misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and preparing for a sale (workplace issues, avoiding tax problems, potential litigation, and the value of the business).
On May 7, at the ABA Midyear Meeting of the Section of Labor and Employment Law, the International Committee presented a panel-- "Restrictive Covenants and Labor Mobility: A Case Study of Non-Competes, and Choice-of-Law Provisions, in the Legal Profession."
A recent lawsuit filed in California state court against The Oprah Winfrey Network sheds light on pregnancy and leave discrimination issues in the workplace.