Michelle S. Strowhiro

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Michelle S. Strowhiro is an employment advisor and litigator. She provides trusted counsel to US and international companies on all aspects of employment law compliance. Michelle partners with clients to establish and maintain their strong and lawful employment policies and practices; manage their employee relationships from hire to termination; conduct workplace investigations; administer leaves and other workplace accommodations; and resolve disputes. She provides manager and employee trainings on management and sexual harassment. She regularly prepares and negotiates agreements, and advises companies on employment law issues for mergers and acquisitions. Michelle works with clients in the technology, fashion, food and restaurant, health care, sports, media and entertainment industries. Read Michelle Strowhiro's full bio.

California Imposes New Workplace Violence Prevention Mandate

By , , and on Apr 2, 2024
Posted In Employment

On September 30, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 553 into law, creating a new layer to California employers’ existing injury and illness prevention programs (IIPP). Under SB 553, employers are required to implement a workplace violence prevention plan (WVPP) no later than July 1, 2024, to provide training to employees regarding the WVPP...

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Workplace Speech Policies Limit Legal and PR Risks

By , and on Feb 29, 2024
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor

The rules and regulations on workplace and employee speech, interpretation and enforcement are rapidly changing. Companies must carefully factor legal and business implications into their strategy to reach the desired outcomes for their customers, workforce and brand. In this Law360 article, Michael Sheehan, Michelle Strowhiro and Alexander Randolph examine important considerations for companies as they...

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California Wage Law Puts ‘Band-Aids’ on Healthcare Worker Shortages

By on Nov 29, 2023
Posted In Employment, Labor

While California healthcare workers will see their pay increase over the next several years thanks to a new state law, industry analysts say more must be done to address healthcare workforce shortages. In this Bloomberg Law article, Michelle Strowhiro offers insight into the pressures facing healthcare providers. Access the article.

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New Jersey Healthcare Transactions Now Face Onerous Employment Requirements

By , and on Mar 23, 2023
Posted In Employment, Labor

As of November 16, 2022, New Jersey Senate Bill No. 315 (S-315) has come into effect. The bill introduces fresh employment protections for qualifying employees of select private healthcare organizations that experience a “change in control.” The legislation mandates several obligations, such as giving prior notice, extending job offers to eligible employees, and providing improved...

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Extended Notice and Required Severance: Expansions to New Jersey’s WARN Act

By , and on Feb 7, 2023
Posted In Employment

In late 2022, the New Jersey Senate passed Assembly Bill No. 4768. The legislation–signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy earlier this year–implements the state’s Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act and requires that employers provide their employees with 90 days’ notice and severance pay in connection with a mass-layoff event. Read more...

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Washington State’s Pay Transparency Law Takes Effect January 1, 2023

By , and on Dec 8, 2022
Posted In Executive Compensation, Payroll and Fringe Benefits

Effective January 1, 2023, Washington employers must comply with SB 5761, commonly known as Washington’s Pay Transparency Law, signed by Governor Jay Inslee on March 30, 2022. SB 5761 amends Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunity Act (RCW 49.58) to require employers with 15 or more employees to include in each job posting the wage scale...

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Companies with 15 or More California-based Employees Must Start Disclosing Salary Ranges in All Job Postings

By on Oct 27, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor

California companies with more than 15 California-based employees will have to disclose hourly or annual salary ranges for all job postings by January 1, 2023. According to this HR Brew article, McDermott Partner Michelle Strowhiro said she recommends HR professionals review job descriptions with business leaders and legal counsel (preferably, under legal privilege). The goal...

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Monkeypox in the Workplace: Key Considerations for Employers

By and on Oct 18, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

With much about the potential impact and scope of monkeypox still unknown, employers should consider taking proactive steps now, as may be appropriate for their workforce, to enhance and reinforce the safety protocols already in place from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Employee Relations Law Journal article, McDermott’s Michelle S. Strowhiro, Lindsay Ditlow and Priya...

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The 411 on Employment Background Checks in Stock and Asset Transactions

By and on Oct 13, 2022
Posted In Employment, Fiduciary and Investment Issues

Employment background checks help employers hire individuals with integrity whom they can trust, and who do not present a risk to the business, other employees, or the customers and clients that the business serves. Buyers in transactions may view target businesses that run background checks as lower risk for employee performance and retention issues. Background...

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Colorado Continues to Whittle Away at Non-Compete Agreements

By , and on Sep 27, 2022
Posted In Employment, Labor

Effective August 10, 2022, Colorado’s laws governing restrictive covenants were amended to provide additional limitations and hurdles for employers who seek non-compete and non-solicit agreements with their employees, including compensation thresholds and notice requirements. The new law also sets forth steep penalties for any violations. This article provides the details of these new restrictions. Read...

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