Law and the Workplace
Rachel Fischer

Rachel Fischer

Associate

Rachel Fischer is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department. She handles a wide range of employment litigation matters, including wage-and-hour issues, reductions in force and unlawful discrimination.

Rachel graduated from Columbia Law School in 2011, where she was a staff member on the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. While in law school, Rachel interned for U.S. Magistrate Judge Esther Salas in the District of New Jersey. Prior to that she was a paralegal at the UJA-Federation of New York.

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Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have questions about what they can do to help prevent workplace violence. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires employers to maintain … Continue Reading

New York Law Providing Unpaid Leave For Emergency Responders Takes Effect

New York recently passed a new leave law mandating unpaid leave for emergency responders.  The law took effect December 22, 2014.  Under the law, employers must provide unpaid leave to employees who serve as volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance personnel when the governor declares a state of emergency, unless the employee’s absence would impose and … Continue Reading

New York State Legislature Approves Use of Medical Marijuana; Users to Be Considered “Disabled” Under State Human Rights Law

On June 20, 2014, the New York state legislature approved a bill that would allow patients to use marijuana for limited medical therapeutic purposes. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will not take effect until 18 months after it is signed into law, giving employers time to consider the … Continue Reading
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