Sept 3 - Personnel
Fair Labor Standards Act 7(K) Exemption
This presentation will cover the FLSA 7(K) exemption covering law enforcement and fire protection employees. Additional topics may be presented.
Speakers: Robin Cross, Tim Norris & Marc Fishel
Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."
Tim D. Norris has 30 years of experience representing employers and educational institutions in all aspects of labor, employment and education practice. He has extensive experience defending employers in litigation before state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies. His expertise includes matters arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal and state wage and hour laws, the Equal Pay Act, and safety and health laws. Mr. Norris regularly speaks on employment law issues to management groups, and trains client personnel in such areas as student civil rights, special education, sexual harassment, disciplinary investigations, workplace violence, and wage and hour laws.
He has conducted investigations into serious employee misconduct and other abuses. For unionized employers, Mr. Norris negotiates collective bargaining agreements, defends unfair labor practices, and tries cases before labor arbitrators. For school districts, Mr. Norris has handled numerous cases before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and has guided our clients through investigations and reviews undertaken by state and federal education agencies.
Marc A. Fishel has been a Super Lawyer since 2011. He was named a Super Lawyer for his outstanding work in employment and labor law, Marc has also been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers® in America. He regularly represents public and private employers in all areas of labor and employment relations, including all facets of contract negotiations, litigation, mediation, conflict resolution procedures, disciplinary matters (arbitration and civil service), the daily administration of internal policies, state and federal laws, and collective bargaining agreements. He serves as lead counsel before administrative agencies pertaining to personnel matters. Marc represents employers in litigation matters in both state and federal court.
Marc also serves as the Law Director for the City of Bexley, representing the city in various aspects of municipal law.
Marc began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable T. Eugene Burts, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Labor before beginning work in private practice in 1988. Marc became a partner in the firm in 1993. Later he served as adjunct professor of employment law at Wittenberg University providing instruction on critical topics such as human resources, FLSA, unlawful discrimination and harassment, civil rights, ethics, FMLA, ADA and civil service law. Marc was appointed as Law Director for the City of Bexley in 2016.
This prestigious background has led to frequent requests for Marc to lecture on personnel and human resource issues including discipline, collective bargaining, employment discrimination and various aspects of the employment relationship.
Comfortable in the courtroom as well as the classroom, Marc believes his greatest contribution to clients comes from a proactive approach to employee relations and local governmental law. This means attending to small details such as ensuring proper preparation of employee handbooks and drug testing policies. He also assists clients with in-house education so their staff is up to speed on legal changes as they occur.
Marc is the proud father of two children and has served on a number of community non-profit boards. He is a past president of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Jewish Community Center.