Lori B. Rassas is an SPHR-certified employment attorney with wide-ranging experience coaching individuals and providing guidance related to all areas of Human Resources. Author of the textbook Employment Law: A Guide to Hiring, Managing and Firing for Employers and Employees (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2nd Edition, 2013), Lori is proficient in resolving day-to-day employment disputes, creating and delivering training workshops, conducting workplace investigations, managing talent, recruiting, and handling matters that arise under federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Lori has extensive experience teaching graduate, college, and paralegal students and training managers how to handle substantive and personal workplace issues. Lori has served as an executive career coach to individuals in all phases of their careers. She combines practical experience related to mediation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution processes with extensive industry knowledge of the media and entertainment, healthcare, non-profit, and higher education industries. Ms. Rassas is a Member of the New York State and New Jersey Bars.
Lori B. Rassas, LLC offers a full range of Human Resources and legal services related to employment:
- Provide guidance and counsel on the full spectrum of employment matters.
- Create and deliver training sessions related to sexual harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, managing unionized and non-unionized employees, conflict resolution, and other Human Resources and compliance issues.
- Mediate and arbitrate workplace disputes.
- Draft Human Resources policies, company handbooks, and related materials.
- Negotiate and draft settlement and separation agreements.
- Evaluate organizations to determine most efficient staffing needs.
- Conduct workplace investigations.
- Provide traditional labor relations advice and counseling.
- Negotiate, draft, and implement collective bargaining agreements.
- Settle labor grievances.
- Coach job hunters, career changers, and executives.
Lori’s past experience representing both employers and employees gives her the perspective necessary to see both sides of an issue and enables her to provide practical and effective guidance and counsel on employment law, Human Resources, employee relations, and labor relations issues.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES, NEW YORK, NY, 2007-2013
DIRECTOR, LABOR RELATIONS (2008-2013); SENIOR MANAGER, LABOR RELATIONS (2007-2008)
- Handled all aspects of labor relations and employment issues for thirteen (13) bargaining units covering approximately thirty-two hundred (3200) employees.
- Provided guidance, counsel, and training to Department heads, University offices, and Human Resources Client Managers and Generalists on employment law compliance relating to such topics as hiring, terminations, workplace discrimination, working conditions, leave issues, and reorganizations.
- Conducted investigations for sexual harassment claims and disciplinary matters.
- Resolved grievances, interpreted collective bargaining agreements, and served as the hearing officer for disciplinary hearings. Developed and negotiated a training program for career advancement opportunities.
- Negotiated collective bargaining agreements, severance agreements, and settlements for grievances and related workplace disputes.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS, NEW YORK, NY, 2001-2007
ASSISTANT COUNSEL (2003-2007); NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE/STAFF COUNSEL (2001-2003)
- Represented on-air television and radio talent around the country at a national labor union consisting of over seventy thousand (70,000) professional performer members working in the entertainment and news media industries.
- Counseled talent on the negotiation of individual employment agreements and all aspects of labor and employment law.
- Served as first-chair negotiator for collective bargaining agreements. Drafted and administered collective bargaining agreements and company policies and procedures.
- Negotiated and drafted severance agreements, termination agreements, and resolutions to grievances, and handled day-to-day workplace disputes.
- Provided guidance and counsel on the hiring, firing and disciplining of employees.
NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY (NBC), NEW YORK, NY, 1999-2000
LABOR RELATIONS AND TALENT NEGOTIATIONS DEPARTMENT