- Management and Employee Training
- Leave and Health Management
|University ||Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S., 1985|
|Law School||Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1990|
|Admitted||1990, Connecticut; 1991, New York|
Bar & Professional Association Memberships
•American Bar Association
•Connecticut Bar Association
•Society for Human Resource Management
Francis P. (Frank) Alvarez is a Shareholder in the White Plains, New York office of Jackson Lewis. Mr. Alvarez is the national coordinator of Jackson Lewis' 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 wellnessand health promotion programs. Mr. Alvarez leads a team of Jackson Lewis attorneys who advise employers on ways to implement these importantprograms while complyingwith 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.
Mr. Alvarez is a graduate of The Fordham University School of Law and the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut and to the bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. 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.
Making the ADA Work for You . Second ed.
Milt Wright & Associates, Inc., 1992. [Co-Author]
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) [Author]
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
EEOC Releases Proposed Rule on Workplace Wellness Programs for Public Comment
Francis P. Alvarez,Joseph J. Lazzarotti,Joseph J. Lynett,Michael J. Soltis, April 22, 2015
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. The NPRM is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on...
EEOC Clarification on Workplace Wellness Programs Advances
Francis P. Alvarez,Joseph J. Lazzarotti, April 16, 2015
According to the EEOC’s March 20 announcement, the proposed rule would amend the regulations implementing the equal employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act to address the interaction between Title I of the ADA, prohibiting employment discrimination, and financial...
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