Melanie is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and concentrates her practice on counseling and defending management-side employers in all areas of employment litigation, wage and hour claims, EEOC and unfair labor practice charges, OSHA investigations, and audits and investigations by the Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services/Homeland Security. Melanie partners closely with human resources and labor relations professionals to provide counsel on all aspects of the employment relationship; conducts internal investigations involving discrimination, harassment and ethics violations; and provides workforce training on anti-discrimination, diversity and inclusion, and ethics compliance.
Melanie is the firm's liaison to the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance and a member of the New Jersey and New York State Bars, and serves on the New Jersey State Bar Committee on Higher Education, a member of DRI and serves on its Publications Committee, and teaches a class on employment law at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.
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"Hot Topics In Employment Law," Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources & Talent Committee, 3/08/2022
"The Old School and the New - Considerations for School Re-Opening," Porzio Webinar, 7/07/2020
"Business as (Un)Usual: Securing your Business In the Months to Come," Porzio Webinar, 4/29/2020
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- "New Developments in New Jersey's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave," New Jersey State Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Institute, New Brunswick, NJ, January 31, 2019.
- "New Developments in New Jersey's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 3, 2018.
- "The FMLA and Other Leave Issues," National Business Institute, Princeton, NJ, July 17, 2018.