Author Archives: Jim Anelli

Jim Anelli

About: Jim Anelli

Jim is the co-leader of LeClairRyan’s national labor and employment team. He has worked in almost every area of the labor and employment field. His primary focus involves helping management across industries handle employment benefit matters, defend employment discrimination claims, negotiate executive employment agreements and provide guidance on related plan design and tax issues (for private and public entities). He also handles all facets of labor litigation, including representing management in grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices and collective bargaining matters.

Webinar: What Employers Should Know About Class Waivers After Epic Systems Decision

Join LeClairRyan on Thursday, August 23 starting at 1 pm ET for this upcoming event. In a decisive 5-4 opinion, the Supreme Court held in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements must be enforced under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), and neither the FAA’s saving clause nor the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) suggest otherwise. This case reaffirms longstanding federal policy favoring arbitration. This complimentary one hour webinar will discuss the Court’s findings, its potential impact on both employers and employees, the pros and cons of employment arbitration agreements, and best practices designed …


Workplace Now: The “Localization” of Employment Law – What you Don’t Know Can Hurt

It is no secret these days that many workforces, particularly over the last five years, are now subject to numerous state and municipal laws that seek to shape and regulate numerous areas of the workplace (many of which are often conflicting) .  Given the gridlock that has been in place for almost a decade in Congress, state legislatures and cities have accelerated their oversight of employers and have imposed their own laws. In fact, there are literally hundreds of examples of how the scope of local regulation has changed, but perhaps the most breath-taking took place this year in the …


“Workplace Now”™

“Workplace Now” is a new quarterly report concerning the rapid changes occurring in today’s workplaces.  We will identify key areas that General Counsel, HR Professionals, Corporate Risk Managers and Insurance Professionals should consider in evaluating workplace concerns. This four part series will examine future issues that we predict will become major areas of discussion in the years to come. Our first discussion will cover the expansion of local and state workforce laws and how employers, particularly those with national workforces, have quite literally been overtaken by these dynamic changes at the local level. The second report will identify the expected …


Labor Strikes Back: The New NLRB Initiatives

While private sector union representation has been declining for decades, the last few years have ushered in a resurgence of union initiatives.  Importantly, these efforts have been fueled by a labor friendly National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) that has embarked on unprecedented programs to allow for: so-called “ambush” elections; the expansion of the doctrine of joint employment; review of independent contractor misclassification issues concerning bargaining unit issues; expansion of employee protections for the use of social media; and intrusion upon “core” employer prerogatives under the “guise” of protecting “concerted activity” under the National Labor Relations Act (“ACT”). At the same …


Save the Date: Oct. 1, 2013—ACA Open Enrollment Begins

A fundamental feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”) is the introduction of health care exchanges, or marketplaces, where individuals and small businesses may purchase “affordable” and qualified health benefit plans. As summer fades to fall, employers must mark one important date on their calendars to ensure compliance with the ACA: October 1, 2013. This date marks the first day of open enrollment for both the individual Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”); the Small Business Health Options Program (“SHOP”); and the deadline for covered employers to provide notices to their employees about the marketplaces and their …