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Jeffrey I. Pasek is a Member of Cozen O'Connor and served as chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group from 1995 to 2007. He has a national practice representing employers concerning the entire field of labor and employment issues, from collective bargaining to employment-related litigation with particular emphasis in the areas of employment discrimination and non-competition agreements.
Jeff has extensive experience in advising clients on how to avoid litigation and to better position themselves if claims are made. He is frequently consulted when "bet-the-company" legal issues arise or to step in and take over a case on appeal. Representing management in all facets of labor and employment law, Jeff has tried cases and argued appeals in the federal courts throughout the United States, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition, Jeff co-chairs the firm's Executive Services Practice, which handles the special legal issues surrounding the recruitment, employment and transition of senior executives in publicly and privately held companies. Besides negotiating employment and separation agreements, Jeff also oversees internal corporate investigations involving, whistleblower and harassment allegations.
University of Pennsylvania, 1976, J.D.
University of Pittsburgh, 1973 B.A.
U.S. Supreme Court
The Best Lawyers in America (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Chambers and Partners (USA) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
A featured speaker before legal and business groups, Jeff has been cited as an authority by the media, including NPR Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, the National Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
Jeff is the author of numerous articles, including:
? An Obama Administration's Impact on Labor and Employment Issues, International Review of Employment (Dec.08/Jan.09), co-author with Kimya S.P. Johnson and Andrew J. Rolfes);
? "Sexual Harassment under American Law," 20 Journal of the Chinese Women's University (April, 2008, No. 2);
? "Addressing the Needs of Clients," in The Roles and Motivations of Key Players in Labor Law Situations: Leading Lawyers on Best Practices for Advising Clients, Communicating Effectively, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds), Aspatore Books (2007);
? "Corporate Investigations: Their Hidden Traps...And How to Avoid Them," The Corporate Counselor (2003);
? "Crisis Management: Human Resource Issues Before and After Catastrophe Strikes," HR Magazine (2002);
? "Competing in the Information Age: Protecting Your Company Against Unfair Competition," Human Resources Emerging Trends and Hottest Issues, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Educational Foundation (1999);
? "Religion in the Workplace," Human Resource Professional, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan./Feb. 1997);
? "Risks Associated With Hiring Independent Contractors," Philadelphia Construction News, Vol. 17, No. 64 (Oct. 27, 1993);
? "Compliance By the Private Sector with the Americans with Disabilities Act," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly (1991);
? "The New Immigration Law: What a General Practitioner Needs to Know," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly (1987).
From 1998-2002, he co-edited the chapter on Religious Discrimination in Lindholm & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law published by the Bureau of National Affairs and has participated in researching, drafting, or editing the annual supplements to this text ever since. Jeff also authored chapters on Employment Law and Employment Practices Liability Insurance in @Risk Version 2.0 - The definitive guide to legal issues of insurance and reinsurance of Internet and e-commerce and cyber perils, R. Hammesfahr editor (C) 2002, Reactions Publishing Group Ltd., London. Jeff also served at the editor of the New York Human Resources Manual (2009-2012) and the New Jersey Human Resources Manual (2010-11), published by American Chamber of Commerce Resources, LLC.
Practice Areas / Labor and Employment Law / Government Relations
Kathy Speaker MacNett focuses her practice on management-side labor relations, employment law and related legislative and regulatory developments. Her practice combines preventive approaches to labor relations matters and representation of employers before federal and state administrative agencies and courts. Ms. MacNett utilizes her practical knowledge of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government and law to gain cost effective results for her clients. Specifically, Ms. MacNett represents public and private sector employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters including restrictive covenants, workers' and unemployment compensation proceedings, sexual harassment defense, FMLA issues, prevailing wage disputes, discrimination complaints, AAP desk audits, handbook preparation, unfair labor practices, union organizational defenses, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, injunction and contempt proceeding. Kathy also serves as Legislative Counsel to the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association.
She was a member of the September 2006 People to People Delegation of Labor and Employment lawyers, who visited China and met with Chinese officials and lawyers. She is a frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Lorman presentations, utilizing live audience, video broadcast and webinar formats.
Prior to joining SkarlatosZonarich, Ms. MacNett was a shareholder with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. and associated with the law firm of Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Beren. She also served as the Research Director to the Labor Relations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, clerk to the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Roy Wilkinson, and Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
Contributing Author to BNA publications on:
The Fair Labor Standards Act
The Family Medical Leave Act
Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey (Pennsylvania)
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania.
Dickinson School of Law, J.D.; St. Francis College, M.A. (Industrial Relations); University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A. (Government Administration); Immaculata College, B.A., Cum Laude.
Dauphin County Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Bar Association, Active in the Sub-Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation; Board Member, James A. Finnegan Foundation; Member, Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), Central Pennsylvania Chapter; and Capitol Area Neighbors, Board Member, Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School and member, Legatus.
Special Achievements, Awards and Honors
Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society, Inc. Board of Directors Service Award
Selected Reported Cases (List Incomplete)
CE Credits OnLine v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 946 A.2d 1162 (Pa. Comm. Ct. 2008), petition for allowance of appeal denied (2009)(Worker was a bonafide independent contract, not an employee).
Kraus v. Howroyd-Wright Employment Agency, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1254, Civil Action 06-975 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 8, 2008)(Representation of individual defendant in a sexual harassment matter in which summary judgment was granted based on electronic evidence).
Boyds Collection, Ltd. v. Stephen C. Chambliss, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13901, Civil Action 03-1416 (M.D. Pa. May 2, 2005)(Business should be allowed to assert punitive damage claims identified through discovery in an amended complaint).
Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge No. 20 v. Pennsylvania Labor Relations Bd., 560 A.2d 145 (Pa. 1989)(Police captains were managerial employees).