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Robert G. Brody

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Robert G. Brody

In 1997, Robert G. Brody founded Brody and Associates, LLC, a Labor, Employment, and Benefits Law firm which represents management. Before founding Brody and Associates, Bob was a Managing Partner for Jackson Lewis, one of the largest Management Labor and Employment law firms in the United States.

Bob was born in New York, New York. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Economics from Kenyon College in Ohio in 1979. In 1982, he graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee. He is licensed to practice law in Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Illinois, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, as well as admitted to nine United States District and Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Bob has been in private practice for over thirty years. He has represented businesses across the United States. He works in all industries and with companies that are leaders in their own industry, as well as with developing companies. As a counselor, he aggressively solves client personnel issues using common sense and thirty years of experience. As new laws emerge, Brody and Associates uses courage and experience to anticipate what these laws mean and what steps are needed to maintain compliance. Every month, Brody and Associates shares these insights among clients and friends with its legal monthly updates. When counsel isn’t enough, Bob has represented clients across the country before civil rights agencies, Wage and Hour Tribunals, States Attorneys General offices, many State Departments of Labor, and of course state and federal courts.

Publications

  • Editorial Board, Corporate Counselor
  • Editorial Board, Employment Law Strategist
  • Contributor to Treatise How Arbitration Works: The Developing Labor Law
  • Contributor to Treatise Employment Discrimination Law
  • What Employers Can Learn From Ride-Sharing Employee Vs. Independent Contractor Debate, Rockland County Business Journal, July 2019
  • Paid Family Leave: A Headache for Connecticut Small Businesses, Connecticut Law Tribune, June 2019
  • Family Businesses and the #MeToo Movement, Rockland County Business Journal, June 2019
  • How to Avoid Lawsuits While Protecting Employees During Measles Outbreak, Rockland County Business Journal, May 2019
  • Navigating Measles in the Workplace, Humanely and Legally, Rockland County Business Journal, May 2019
  • A Case for Restrictive Covenants On Your Brewers, Craft Brewing Business, April 2019
  • With the Measles Outbreak Raging, What Should an Employer Do?, Rockland County Business Journal, April 2019
  • CT Employers: State Legislative Initiatives in the Works for 2019, Connecticut Law Tribune, March 2019
  • Spotting Clients’ Labor and Employment Mistakes, Accounting Today, March 2019
  • OSHA Citations: Hope You’ve Got a Good Defense, Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), March 2019
  • Avoiding Women is Not the Answer to the #MeToo Movement, Connecticut Business Industry Association, February 2019
  • Succession Planning is the Key to the Survival of a Family Business, Fairfield County Business Journal, February 2019
  • Unique Labor and Employment Law Issues Facing Family Businesses, Fairfield County Business Journal, January 2019
  • Human Resources is a Critical Part of an Effective Family Business, Family Business Magazine, January/February 2019
  • Labor and Employment Law Tips for a Family Business Opening its Doors, Fairfield County Business Journal, December 2018
  • Family Businesses Face Unique Labor and Employment Challenges, New Haven Biz, November/December 2018
  • PTO for the WIN: Why Businesses Should Make the Switch, New York Law Journal, November 2018
  • Family Businesses Could Have Employment Law Advantages, Hartford Business Journal, October 2018
  • Family Businesses: Your Employment Issues Really are Unique, Connecticut Business Industry Association, September 2018
  • Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2017-2018 from the Connecticut Supreme Court, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2018
  • Too Little, Too Latte: What Businesses Should Take Away From the Starbucks Predicament, New York Law Journal, July 2018
  • Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Now Required in New York State, New York Law Journal, June 2018
  • New Bill Would Prohibit Arbitration Agreements Covering Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination, Connecticut Law Tribune, March 2018
  • Merely having a Sexual Harassment Policy is Not Enough, Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), March 2018
  • An Employers Guide to the Family Medical Leave Act, Fairfield County Business Journal, February 2018
  • Employers Beware! Your Opt-Out Arrangements Might Mean You’re Not Offering ‘Affordable’ Health Care, New York Law Journal, February 2018
  • Sexual Harassment: The Basics, the Skeletons in Your Closet, and How to Be Prepared, Corporate Counselor, January 2018
  • Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2016-2017 From the Connecticut Supreme Court, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 2017
  • The Equal Pay Act, Employment Law Strategist, August 2017
  • The Equal Pay Act, Corporate Counselor, September 2017
  • The Blunt Truth for Employers about Medical Marijuana, Fairfield County Business Journal, July 2017
  • Collective Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements on a Collision Course to the Supreme Court, Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2016
  • Overtime But I Pay Them a Salary, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 2016
  • Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2015-2016 from the Connecticut Supreme Court, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2016
  • Form I-9 Fines Can Be $200,000 or More – Should/Can You do an Internal Audit?, Fairfield County Business Journal, September 2016
  • Employers Beware: EEOC Files Amicus Brief in Support of NLRB’s Joint Employer Standard, Connecticut Law Tribune, August 2016
  • Joint Employment and the Contingent Worker – Are Your Temp Agency Workers Really Your Employees, Corporate Counselor, June 2016
  • To Salary or Not to Salary Your Girl or Guy Friday, Fairfield County Business Journal, February 2016
  • Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2014-2015 from the Connecticut Supreme Court, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2015
  • Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2013-2014 from the Connecticut Supreme Court, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2014
  • Pro Employee Proposals Featured Prominently in 2013 Session, Fairfield County Business Journal, June 2013
  • Connecticut Paid Sick Leave – Who Qualifies?, Fairfield County Business Journal, August 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Extra, Extra: Learn The Top 5 Labor and Employment Law Mistakes Your Clients Likely Make, Fairfield County Bar Association, 2019
  • How to Proceed When You are Stuck with HR (And, it is Not Your Area), Key Executives Forum, 2019
  • Legal radio commentator credits include: Effects of the Stop & Shop Strike Begin to Ripple Through Local Economy, WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, April 2019
  • Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make, Renaissance Executive Forums, 2019
  • Navigating the Manufacturing Workforce Challenge- Part II, New Haven Manufacturers Association, 2019
  • Latest Concerns Surrounding Joint Employment Liability and Wage and Hour Obligations, American Conference Institute, 2017
  • Contingent Workers and Joint Employer Liability Under Wage and Hour Laws, American Conference Institute, 2016
  • Preservation of Evidence, Connecticut Bar Association, 2015
  • Rise in Wage and Hour Litigation, Connecticut Bar Association, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Employment Law, Connecticut Roofers Association, 2016
  • A Lawyer’s Roadmap to Covenants Not to Compete, Fairfield County Bar Association, 2011
  • Hot Topics in Employment Law, Business Guidance Company formerly The Alternative Board, 2008 – 2016
  • Hot Topics in Employment Law, CEO Round Table, Credit Union League of Connecticut, 2011
  • Workplace Policies for 2012: Handbooks and Social Media, Credit Union League of Connecticut, 2012
  • NLRB’s Invasion into Union Free Companies; Sharing Employees – Pitfalls and Best Practices; Obamacare – What’s Next?; Recent FLSA Actions, Credit Union League of Connecticut, 2013
  • Supervisory Skills 101: Labor and Employment Laws All Supervisors Should Know, Credit Union League of Connecticut, 2011
  • Protect Your Business From the IRS and the DOL: Make Sure Your Consultants are not Employees, Fairchester Business Resource, 2011
  • Unions are Gunning for Your Business – Be Prepared, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, 2013  
  • Exempt v. Non-Exempt: Can You Pass DOL Scrutiny, Human Resource Council, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • Legislative Review, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Exempt v. Non-Exempt Employees – Benefits and Pitfalls, New York In-House Counsel, 2011
  • Areas Where Employment Laws Can Impact Your Business, Renaissance Executive Forums, 2012
  • Workplace Policies for 2012: Handbooks and Social Media, Workers Comp Trust, 2012
  • Legal television commentator credits include “Today’s Verdict”, Bronxnet Television, and Cable Channel 12

Community Involvement

  • Exit Planning Exchange, Fairfield County Chapter, Member
  • American Red Cross, Stamford Chapter: Former Volunteer Chairman of the Board; previously Board Member and Committee Chair
  • Temple Israel, Westport, Connecticut; Former Member of the Board of Trustees; former Secretary of the Board; Legal Counsel to the Board of Trustees for more than a decade.
  • Gillespie Center of Westport – Men’s Shelter – prepares and serves dinner to the residents.
  • Coach, manager and sponsor for local youth sports teams.

Professional Recognition

Super Lawyer®

Bob was first selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyer® list in 2012. He was also selected to the 2013 New England Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Bob has also been selected to multiple local Super Lawyer® panels.

Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.  More information about the selection process can be found here.

Connecticut Law Tribune Award for Professional Excellence

In 2018, Bob was selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune to receive an award for “Best Mentor” at the Tribune’s fourth annual Professional Excellence Awards. 

The Connecticut Law Tribune’s prestigious Professional Excellence Awards celebration gives the Connecticut legal community an opportunity to highlight great work and achievements. 

Preeminent Status™

Bob is an AV® rated lawyer, which is the highest rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell™, a national directory of attorneys. The “AV”® rating represents “Very high to preeminent” status, and is awarded based upon peer review. Bob has held this status for over a decade.  More information about the selection process can be found here.

Board of Trustees of Temple Israel, Westport

Bob has been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees for his synagogue, Temple Israel in Westport. Temple Israel is a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation that serves approximately 800 member families. Bob will serve a three year term on the volunteer Board of Trustees which oversees the congregation’s operations. Bob previously served on the Temple Israel Board of Trustees from 2004-2007 and is a former Officer of the Temple. He is excited to once again take on this role leading his local Jewish community. Brody and Associates also serves as counsel to the Temple.