For years, Elizabeth has served as “outside inhouse counsel” for many business clients. She has also partnered extensively with inhouse counsel for Fortune 500 and other large corporations to address the needs of those businesses – from international retailers, service providers, and manufacturers to businesses of intermediate size and start-ups operating only at a local level. These successful long-term relationships have provided an extensive education in the complexity and variety of the legal needs of businesses as they work to achieve financial and operational goals. Elizabeth has a deep understanding of the need to manage legal needs in an effective, cost-efficient manner that aligns with both its business goals and its core values.
Elizabeth has represented employers in hundreds of cases in both state and federal court, has obtained numerous summary judgments and dismissals, and has handled over fifty appeals. In the course of her career, Elizabeth has deposed and interviewed hundreds of people. Elizabeth takes great pride in being able to establish rapport with just about everyone, achieving practical and legal solutions to the myriad types of questions that pop up in the course of each work week, and helping to ensure that everyone learns from the experiences.
Elizabeth contributes to the overall well being of her clients by proactively and efficiently handling matters of these kinds:
· Corporate legal compliance audits - addressing legal requirements extending from publicizing openings to post- exit obligations and all facets of employment in-between
· Performing and managing complex investigations
· Planning and executing RIFs
· Prioritizing needs; managing risk; implementing necessary changes cost-effectively and with common sense
· Overseeing all phase of injury/health claims, workers’ compensation and occupational injury plan issues, accommodation requests, and problematic returns-to-work
· Building FLSA-compliant wage and timekeeping systems
· Drafting contracts that accomplish what they are supposed to accomplish
· Effective negotiations with claimants, attorneys, unions, and government agencies
· Balancing employee privacy rights against the realities of operational requirements
· Protecting proprietary corporate information and creating shields against unfair competition
· Troubleshooting benefits issues under statutes such as ERISA and PPACA
· Creative approaches to solving workplace problems, training, and motivating collaborations
· Familiarity with the developing challenges of the modern workplace – multi-shift and flexible schedules, remote work spaces, diverse and multi- generational workforces, use of contingent staff