Francis P. Alvarez: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Francis P. Alvarez

Principal
White Plains,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone914-872-6866

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Practice Areas

  • Disability
  • Leave and Health Management
  • Workplace Training
  • Financial Services
  • Food Processing and Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
 
University Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S., 1985
 
Law SchoolFordham University School of Law, J.D., 1990
 
Admitted1990, Connecticut; 1991, New York
 
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Professional Associations and Activities

American Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Association
Society for Human Resource Management

 
Born1963
 
Biography

Francis P. (Frank) Alvarez is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Leader of the Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group, which assists employers in meeting the legal and practical challenges posed by federal and state laws protecting injured and ill employees.

Counseling hundreds of employers each year, Mr. Alvarez spearheads the firm's effort to provide imaginative and creative solutions to the complex array of workplace disability and health management issues faced by both large and small companies. In the Jackson Lewis tradition, Mr. Alvarez counsels clients with the goal of either avoiding litigation entirely or improving outcomes before administrative agencies, courts and juries.

Mr. Alvarez especially enjoys assisting clients conduct the “individualized assessment” required by a growing number of federal and state laws. These efforts include helping employers effectively communicate with employees and medical providers in an effort to evaluate potential risks to health and safety posed by employee injuries or illnesses. In an area of law in which there often are few bright lines, Mr. Alvarez attempts to develop practical and constructive solutions centered on the concept he calls tc2 -- taking care of employees and taking control of risks.

Recently, Mr. Alvarez has begun leading the Firm into another exciting and fast-developing area of workplace law called health management. Challenged by increases in health care and work injury costs, employers are searching for innovative ways to motivate employees to participate in wellness and health promotion programs. Mr. Alvarez leads a team of Jackson Lewis attorneys who advise employers on ways to implement these important programs while complying with emerging and largely undeveloped federal and state law protections.

Mr. Alvarez writes and speaks frequently on disability management issues, including legal developments under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He has delivered presentations at major speaking engagements, including SHRM's national and legislative conferences. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Alvarez has represented employers as lead counsel in both trial and appellate courts and has successfully tried employment discrimination claims to verdict.

Published Works

• Disability Management Law Grows Up: Examining the Supreme Court's Recent ADA and FMLA Rulings, Society for Human Resource Management Legal Report (September/October 2002)
Making the ADA Work for You, Second ed. (Milt Wright & Associates, Inc., 1992) [Co-Author]

Publications

December 9, 2015

No GINA Violation for Alternate Duty Assignment after Firefighter Refused Compliance with 'Mandatory Wellness Program'

December 9, 2015

The City of San Antonio Fire Department did not violate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) when it placed a firefighter on alternate duty after he failed to comply with a mandatory wellness program that evaluated fitness for duty, the federal appeals in New Orleans has ruled. Ortiz v. City of San Antonio Fire Dep'

November 19, 2015

EEOC Proposed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Rule Permits Incentives in Wellness Programs for Spouse Health Information

November 19, 2015

In a shift, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule clarifying that the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) does not prohibit employers from offering limited incentives to employees when their covered spouses provide information about their current and past health status in a

September 8, 2015

Workers of Federal Contractors to Get Paid Sick Leave under Obama Executive Order

September 8, 2015

A new executive order signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, requires federal contractors and subcontractors to give their workers the ability to earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year. Workers will earn an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours of work and can use this leave to care for themselves

Blogs

Disability, Leave & Health Management

Leave Sharing Programs and Other Steps Employers Can Take to Assist Employees Affected by Hurricane Sandy
November 5, 2012

When tragic events like Hurricane Sandy occur, many companies try to find ways to assist affected individuals, including the company's employees and their families. Leave sharing programs, in which employees donate paid leave to other employees who need to miss work due to the storm or disaster, often

By Francis P. Alvarez

Disability, Leave & Health Management

No ADA Protection for Medical Marijuana Users
May 21, 2012

The Ninth Circuit ruled today in James v. City of Costa Mesa, that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not protect medical marijuana users who claim they are subject to discrimination on the basis of their marijuana use.

By Francis P. Alvarez

Disability, Leave & Health Management

Huge Win for Employer Wellness Plans!!
April 12, 2011

Employers who use financial incentives to motivate employees to complete health risk appraisals as part of their group health plans can breathe a little easier. Relying on the ADA's safe harbor for insurance practices, a Florida federal district court has rejected a class action lawsuit challenging Bro

By Francis P. Alvarez

In the News

June 9, 2015

Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015

June 9, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 9, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation:

May 14, 2015

SHRM

Francis Alvarez Discusses Wellness Requirements Under ADA and GINA

May 14, 2015

Francis Alvarez discusses wellness programs under ADA and GINA in SHRM's Coordinating Wellness Requirements Under ADA and GINA Cloudy. Subscription may be required to view article.

March 27, 2015

Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Comment on Executive Action and Key Legislative Activity

March 27, 2015

Jackson Lewis attorneys Paul DeCamp, Chris Chrisbens, Cliff Atlas, Frank Alvarez, Joe Lynett, Jamie Allen, Cynthia Filla, and Kathryn Russo are quoted in the Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily article “Presidential Action, State and Federal Legislation: 2014 Review - 2015 Preview.”

 
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No GINA Violation for Alternate Duty Assignment after Firefighter Refused Compliance with ‘Mandatory Wellness Program’
Francis P. Alvarez,Joseph J. Lazzarotti,Katrin U. Schatz, December 15, 2015
The City of San Antonio Fire Department did not violate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) when it placed a firefighter on alternate duty after he failed to comply with a mandatory wellness program that evaluated fitness for duty, the federal appeals in New Orleans has ruled....

EEOC Proposed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Rule Permits Incentives in Wellness Programs for Spouse Health Information
Francis P. Alvarez,Joseph J. Lazzarotti, November 24, 2015
In a shift, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule clarifying that the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) does not prohibit employers from offering limited incentives to employees when their covered spouses provide information about...

Workers of Federal Contractors to Get Paid Sick Leave under Obama Executive Order
Francis P. Alvarez,K. Joy Chin,Jennifer L. Seda,Mickey Silberman, September 10, 2015
A new executive order signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, requires federal contractors and subcontractors to give their workers the ability to earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year. Workers will earn an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours of work and can...

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Francis P. Alvarez

44 South Broadway, 14th Floor
White PlainsNY 10601




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