Jonathan A. Segal: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Jonathan A. Segal

Partner and Managing Principal, Duane Morris Institute
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1869

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  • Employment Law
  • Health Care Law (intersections with employment)
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1869
Fax: 215 405 2628
University University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Admitted1985, Pennsylvania; 2005, New York
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, 1961

Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in-house counsel, benefits administrators and managers at Duane Morris, at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, labor, benefits and immigration matters.

Jonathan's practice focuses on:

Preventive counseling, training and policy development with regard to: FLSA/wage and hour compliance; sexual and other unlawful harassment; diversity-glass ceiling issues; social media; discipline/evaluations/terminations; hiring/recruiting/retention; ADA & FMLA issues; violence in the workplace; drugs and alcohol; investigating EEO and other claims; employee handbooks; technology and privacy.
General counseling, for example: compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including wage and hour and EEO compliance audits; consultation as to specific employment decisions; handle EEO and other administrative charges.
Mergers & Acquisitions, for example: legal and cultural due diligence; bargaining issues with the union, if any; drafting representations and warranties; reconciling employment policies and practices to minimize legal risks and to ensure cultural compatibility; implement reductions-in-force as necessary; and draft stay bonuses, as appropriate (either before or after closing).
Privileged audits, for example: wage and hour compliance, equal employment opportunity, union susceptibility and diversity and inclusion (unconscious and systemic barriers).
Contracts/agreements, for example: employment agreements, executive contracts, alternative dispute resolution, restrictive and other covenants, severance plans and agreements.
Traditional labor, for example: union prevention programs, anti-union election campaigns, collective bargaining, contract interpretation and management rights training.

Jonathan has served intermittently as a consultant to the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., providing training on employment issues to federal judges around the country. In this capacity, he has been a featured speaker at conferences for Chief United States District Judges.

Jonathan also has provided training on harassment on behalf of the EEOC as well as providing training on diversity to members of the United States intelligence agencies.

Jonathan is also frequently a featured speaker at national, state and local human resource, business and legal conferences, including conferences sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management, the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Business and Industry and the Association of Corporate Counsel-America (ACCA). He consistently has been one of the top-rated speakers at numerous SHRM National Conferences, including SHRM's Annual Conference, Diversity Conference and Employment Law and Legislative Conference. Topics on which he has been evaluated as a top speaker include: Tough Love: Diversity Danger Zones; Workplace Privacy; Harassment; and Documenting Discipline.

Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management has named Jonathan the recipient of its Outstanding HR Leader of 2013 award. The award recognizes an individual who promotes progressive HR practices and is committed to advancing the profession through educating current and future HR leaders. Jonathan is the first recipient.

Jonathan also lectures regularly on gender bias in organizations at the University of Pennsylvania's Masters Program in Organizational Dynamics. He has also lectured on Labor Relations for Villanova University's Certificate Program in Professional Human Resources Management and at the Wharton School on the topic Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting Health Care Providers.

Jonathan has been cited as a national authority on employment issues in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USAToday, Fortune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Business Week Online, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN Online, Business Week, Money and, among others.

Jonathan hosted a television special on sexual harassment, The Sexual Harassment Quiz. The special, which was based on a supervisory training exercise Jonathan developed, has been broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations throughout the country.

Jonathan is a frequent commentator on employment issues on national and local television and radio including, but not limited to: CNN, PBS, CBS, KYW (television and radio), FOX News and WPHL (WB).

For the past several years, Jonathan has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business among the top-rated lawyers for labor and employment in Pennsylvania. Chambers said of Jonathan, With clients who 'can't speak highly enough of him,' Segal has an excellent reputation for handling the full range of contentious and noncontentious labor and employment matters.

Jonathan represents more than a half dozen health care systems on issues such as wage and hour and EEO compliance. Jonathan works with hospitals to blend employment, joint commission and professional responsibility requirements in establishing policies and practices.

Jonathan provides legal counsel to public and private, secular and sectarian, colleges and universities. He also has been a featured speaker at NACUA and CUPA conferences.

Jonathan is the Legislative Director for the PA State Council of SHRM, Inc. In this role, Jonathan spearheads grassroots advocacy efforts either in support of or in opposition to proposed legislation affecting the employer-employee relationship.

Jonathan has testified as expert for SHRM before the United States Commission on Civil Rights with regard to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidance on background checks.

Jonathan also testified as an expert for SHRM before the Equal Opportunity Commission with regard to the intersections between social media and employment law.

Jonathan has published more than 150 articles on employment issues, and more than 50 blogs on leadership, legal and HR issues. A contributing editor to HR Magazine, he has published more than 100 articles for the magazine.

Jonathan was profiled in DiversityInc for efforts in helping organizations increase their inclusiveness relative to diversity, broadly defined.

Jonathan also is a frequent contributor to Fortune/CNN and BusinessWeek.

Prior to joining Duane Morris, Jonathan was a partner at Wolf Block LLP. Jonathan was in Wolf Block's Employment Services group from 1986 to 2009 (when the firm voted to dissolve).


•Listed inThe Nation100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
•Recipent of Outstanding HR Leader of 2013 from Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management
•Listed inThe Best Lawyers in America2013-2014
•2013 Pennsylvania's Top Rated Lawyers
•2013 Philadelphia's Best Lawyers
•SHRM 2012 Conferences: #1 Speaker At Annual Conference (In The Year 2525) and #1 Speaker at Legislative Conference (Tough Love)
•Listed inHuman Resources Executive MagazineTop 100 List of Powerful Employment Attorneys, 2010-2013
•Listed inChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2009 and 2011-2014
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2009-2014
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected Publications

Selected Blogs
•Supreme Court Strikes Down NLRB Recess Appointments: 9-0 Duane Morris Institute Blog. June 26, 2014.
•5 Reasons Why I Love Twitter.SHRM We Know Next. June 19, 2014.
•Why Should You Go to the SHRM Annual Conference in Orlando Next Week?SHRM We Know Next. June 17, 2014.
•Real Men Support Women Who Lean In. Duane Morris Institute Blog. June 10, 2014.
•6th Circuit Green Lights Telecommuting as ADA Accommodation.The Law Insider. May 22, 2014.
•Have We Improved LGBT Inclusion Since the Mad Men Days?SHRM We Know Next. May 21, 2014.
•5 Categories of Social Media Content for Supervisory Training.SHRM We Know Next.May 20, 2014.
•Work Life Imbalance.SHRM We Know Next.November 4, 2013.
•She's Too Sexy for Her Job.Law Insider.July 15, 2013.
•Boys Without A Club.SHRM We Know Next.July 10, 2013.
•Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Case: Not About But Entire About Employment. June 28, 2013.
•2013 SHRM Annual: Lingo Alert.SHRM We Know Next.June 14, 2013.
•Jason Collins: Who Will Come Out Next?SHRM We Know Next.June 3, 2013.
•Wellness Programs: Gaps in Guidance. June 3, 2013.
•Fish Don't Know They Swim in Water.SHRM We Know Next.May 1, 2013.
•Holocaust Days of Remembrance. April 5, 2013.
•Friends Don't Let Friends Use HR-ese.SHRM We Know Next.April 1, 2013.
•EEOC Commissioners 'Chat' at SHRM Conference.SHRM We Know Next.March 15, 2013.
•Downton Abbey, Inc.SHRM We Know Next.March 4, 2013
•You're The Love of My Life.SHRM We Know Next.February 11, 2013.
•Is There Room For Humanity In HR?SHRM We Know Next.January 3, 2013.
•Criminal Background Checks in 2013: FCRA, Meet Title VII. December 28, 2012.
•Employment Predictions For 2013 From The Guy Who Predicted A Bull Market in 2009.SHRM We Know Next.December 19, 2012.
•Time is Money: On or Off the Clock?HR Magazine.Editorial Content. December 2012.
•A Holiday Tale By A Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai.SHRM We Know Next.November 26, 2012.
•Safe Sex: A Workplace Oxymoron?SHRM We Know Next.November 1, 2012.
•Employees with Extended Shifts and Sandy: Wage and Hour Issues. October 29, 2012.
•Avoid Wage and Hour Hurricanes After Sandy. October 27, 2012.
•How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut.SHRM We Know Next.October 11, 2012.
•Did the NLRB Bless Employees Who Use Social Media to Defame? Sort Of!SHRM We Know Next.September 21, 2012.
•Social Media Password Protections: Not Just MD and IL.SHRM We Know Next.September 3, 2012.
•Mediate and Then Read: Off Duty Policies and the NLRB. August 3, 2012.
•Frailty, Thy Name Is Woman.SHRM We Know Next.July 3, 2012.
•In the Year 2525.SHRM We Know Next.June 19, 2012.
•Widening Web of Social Media.SHRM We Know Next.June 14, 2012.
•Where In The World Is Aaron Greenberg?SHRM We Know Next.June 5, 2012.
•Could Peer Review Have Saved Marie Antoinette's Head?,HR Magazine
•Off-the-Wall Judgments/Settlements in Off-the-Clock Cases. May 30, 2012.
•Because Happy Workers Are Better Workers. May 25, 2012.
•The Devil Doesn't Only Wear Prada.SHRM We Know Next. May 15, 2012.
•Costly Unpaid Internships.SHRM We Know Next. April 23, 2012.
•Never Again: Holocaust Remembrance (Yom Hashoah). April 18, 2012.
•Mad About Mad Men.SHRM We Know Next. March 23, 2012.
•Breathe Deeply Before You Read: ALJ Finds At-Will Statement Violates NLRA. March 11, 2012.
•Hooked Up On Twitter (A Cautionary Tale).SHRM We Know Next. February 27, 2012.
•I Love You (A Valentine's Day Warning).SHRM We Know Next. February 14, 2012.
•I Have A Dream By Dr. Martin Luther King. January 14, 2012.
•Au Revoir Bad Precedent, SHRM WeKnowNext Blog. January 11, 2012.
•Severance May Offset Unemployment in PA effective 1/1/12, Duane Morris Institute Blog, January 2, 2012.
•Holiday Gifts for Plaintiffs' Lawyers, WeKnowNext Blog, December 8, 2011.
•Plaintiffs' Lawyer Under the Mistletoe, Duane Morris Institute Blog, November 16, 2011.
•The NLRB and Boeing: The Life and Death Consequences, Duane Morris Institute Blog, November 13, 2011.
•Sisyphus Had It Easy, SHRM WeKnowNext Blog, November 9, 2011.
•The Human and Economic Cost of Bullying in the Workplace, Duane Morris Institute Blog, October 10, 2011.
•Profits Down? Your Risk Aversion May Be High, SHRM WeKnowNext Blog, October 10, 2011.
•You're In Without Urine, Duane Morris Institute Blog, September 30, 2011.
•Foolish Consistency, SHRM WeKnowNext Blog, September 6, 2011.
•Every Day May Be Labor Day At The NLRB But. . . Duane Morris Institute Blog, September 5, 2011.
•Avoid Wage and Hour Tsunami Following Hurricane, Duane Morris Institute Blog, August 26, 2011.
•EEOC Attacks Attendance Control Policies, Duane Morris Institute Blog, August 15, 2011.
•Manage Stress: Save A Shelter Animal, Duane Morris Institute Blog, July 18, 2011
•Outside the Philadelphia Box: Limited Exemption, Duane Morris Institute Blog, June 5, 2011
•The DOL and Smartphones: Be Smart and Take Offensive, Duane Morris Institute Blog, May 17, 2011
•Philadelphia's Ban the Box Plus Federal and State Laws Too, Duane Morris Institute Blog, April 20, 2011
•The Unintended Adverse Consequences of the ADA, Duane Morris Institute Blog, April 12, 2011
•The EEOC's Inconsistency on Consistency? Duane Morris Institute Blog, April 4, 2011
•At Will but Still Armed, H&HN Daily, March 2011
•PA Act 102: Prohibition On Mandatory Overtime Covers More Than FLSA Overtime, Duane Morris Institute Blog, February 28, 2011
•You Are Covered by GINA Even if You Don't Elicit Genetic Information, Duane Morris Institute Blog, February 14, 2011
•EEOC Continues Its Assault on Automatic Termination Provisions in LOA Policies, Duane Morris Institute Blog, January 24, 2011
Selected Articles
•Stamping Out Harassment.HRMagazine. June, 2014.
•Bullying at Work: Hard to Define, Even Harder to Ban.Fortune/CNN. January, 2014.
•Give Me a Break.HRMagazine. December, 2013.
•Make Sure Social Media Enhances Your Brand.Next. 2013-14.
•Time Is Money: On or Off the Clock?Bar Bulletin. October, 2013.
•Jeffrey's Story (Abuse and Adoption).The Legal Intelligencer. Animal Law & Rights Special Magazine Section. October, 2013.
•How the Government Shutdown Can Impact Your Business.The Philadelphia Business Journal. October, 2013.
•Affinity Group Danger Zones,HRMagazine. September, 2013
•Employers in the Crossfire.HRMagazine.Editorial Content. June 2013.
•Co-author, Final HIPAA Wellness Program Regulations Issued Under Affordable Care Act.Duane Morris Alert. June 7, 2013.
•In Denial: Corporate America's Blindness to Gender Discrimination.Fortune/CNN. May 24, 2013.
•Regional Directors - NLRB's Secret Weapon.Law 360.March 26, 2013.
•What's Behind the Surge in Disability Claims?Fortune/CNN.March 2013.
•Boys Just Want to Have Fun.HR Magazine.March 2013.
•The Devil Is In The Details; Regulatory Compliance.HRMagazine.February 2013.
•Seven Dos and Don'ts for the Holiday Season.EHS Today.November 2012.
•Obama's Second Term: What Will It Mean For Employers?Fortune/CNN.November 2012.
•Emotional Ties With an Ill Cat, Saved from a Hoarder.Philadelphia Inquirer.September 2012.
•The Perils of Political Talk at Work,Fortune/CNN. September 4, 2012.
•Defending Your Reduction in Force.HR Magazine.September 2012.
•Are We Keeping Unions in the Friend-Zone?Fortune/CNN. July 19, 2012.
•Widening Web of Social Media.HR MagazineJune 2012.
•The New Workplace Revolution: Wage and Hour Lawsuits.Fortune/CNN. May 29, 2012.
•Elephant in the Living Room.HRMagazine. March 2012.
•7 Ways Employers Can Protect Their Ass(ets).Corporate Counsel. February 21, 2012.
•Boys' Clubs: The Invisible Affinity Groups, BusinessWeek, January 10, 2012.
•Getting Overtime Calculations Right.HR Magazine.December 2011.
•Planning Office Holiday Parties Without Lawsuits, BusinessWeek, November 15, 2011.
•Social Media's Seven Deadly Sins, BusinessWeek, August 2011.
•Hiring Days Are Here Again,HR Magazine, July 2011
•Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano,HR Magazine, April 2011
•At Will but Still Armed.H&HN Daily.March 2011.
•Serving Alcohol at Company Events.Employment Law Strategist.February 2011.
•The Dirty Dozen Performance Appraisal Errors,BusinessWeek, January 14, 2011
•Stuck in the Middle with You.HR Keystones.Winter 2011.
•Preventing Election-Season Clashes in the Workplace,BusinessWeek, October 26, 2010
•Performance Management Blunders,HR Magazine, November 2010
•Educating Executives on the Role of In-House Counsel,Executive Counsel, June/July 2010
•Dinners with Anne; Dysfunction in Congress,Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 2010
•ADA Game Changer,HR Magazine, June 2010
•Presumed Disability,HR Magazine, May 2010
•Putting Socks on an Octopus,The Corporate Counselor, May 2010
•Reform Mandates Breaks for Breastfeeding Mothers,GC Mid-Atlantic, April 2010
•A Guide for Managers to Protected Groups,BusinessWeek, April 2010
•A Sexual Harassment Complaint? Ten Responses to Avoid,BusinessWeek, February 2010
•Ten Things Not To Say When Firing An Employee,BusinessWeek, November 2009
•Slimming Salaries,HR Magazine
•A Family Affair,HR Magazine
•A Warning About Warnings,HR Magazine
•Encouraging Absenteeism.HR Magazine.October 2008.
•Assault on Releases,HR Magazine
•Love is in the Air,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Severance Strategies.HR Magazine.July 2008.
•Systemic Racial Bias,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•I Did It, But,HR Magazine
•What's Work Got To Do With It?,HR Magazine
•Woman in the Moon,HR Magazine
•E Is for Evidence.HRMagazine.June 2007.
•Managing Saddam Hussein,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Diversity v. Title VII. Co-Authored with K. Steven Blake.The Metropolitan Corporate Council.February 2007.
•Good Fit Isn't Always Legit,HR Magazine
•Unlimited Check-Writing Authority for Supervisors?,HR Magazine
•Land Executives, Not Lawsuits.HR Magazine.October 2006.
•No Time for Part-Time.The National Law Journal.August 2006.
•Pandemic Pandemonium,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•How Sexual Harassment Prevention Programs Hurt Women,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Questions And Answers About DOL's Final USERRA Orders.The Practical Lawyer.June 2006.
•Deconstructing Documentation,HR Magazine
•They Go and Come. . . and Go.HR Magazine.April 2006.
•Baby Boomerang.Mid-Atlantic Executive Legal Adviser.Spring 2006.
•Time Is on Their Side,HR Magazine
•Dangerous Liaisons,HR Magazine
•Me And Bobby McGee,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Resolve or Report?,HR Magazine
•Off Duty Blogging: What's Work Got To Do With It?,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Beware Bashing Bloggers.HR Magazine.June 2005.
•The Risk of Smoking Rules.Philadelphia Business Journal.April 2005.
•Shatter the Glass Ceiling, Dodge the Shards,HR Magazine
•White-Collar Wrinkles,HR Magazine
•Holiday Cheers and January Jeers,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•I Quit! Now Pay Me,HR Magazine
•Foolish Consistency,HR Magazine
•The ADA's Internal Conflict Disorder,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Slaking The Appetite For Harassment Litigation,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•The Right To Abuse Your Employer And Other Section 7 Rights,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Martha Stewart: Just Desserts Or Gender Souffle?,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Labor Pains for Union-Free Employers,HR Magazine
•Ensuring Legal Peace,HR Magazine
•A Very LawfulQuid Pro Quo,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Diversity: Direct or Disguised,HR Magazine
•Reducing the Risk in Reducing the Force,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Winks, Nods and Disguises,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Military Leave Minefields,HR Magazine
•Is It Shredding Time Yet?,HR Magazine
•The 'Joy' of Uncooking,HR Magazine
•The 'I Hate You' Defense,HR Magazine
•The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,HR Magazine
•In-House Attorney As Investigator,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•HR as Judge, Jury, Prosecutor and Defender,HR Magazine
•Backlash of a Few,Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Workplace Tribal Councils,HR Magazine
•An Offer They Couldn't Refuse,HR Magazine
•I'm Depressed-Accommodate Me!,HR Magazine
•Who Wants to Make a Millionaire?,HR Magazine
•86 Your Appraisal Process?,HR Magazine
•Mirror-Image Mentoring,HR Magazine
•Executions Corporate Style,HR Magazine
•Expose the Union's Underbelly,HR Magazine
•Brains in a Jar,HR Magazine
•Performance Management for Jekyll and Hyde,HR Magazine
•Sexual Harassment Prevention: Cement for the Glass Ceiling?,HR Magazine
•Unshackle Your Supervisors To Stay Union Free,HR Magazine
•Kill All the Lawyers?,HR Magazine
•The Risky Business of Risky Aversion,HR Magazine
•Diversify for Dollars,HR Magazine
•Keeping Norma Rae at Bay,HR Magazine
•The World May Welcome Lovers...,HR Magazine
•Mirror, Mirror On The Wall,HR Magazine
•Evaluating the Evaluators,HR Magazine
•Diversity Danger Zones,HR Magazine
•Urine or You're Out,HR Magazine
•When Charles Manson Goes To Work,HR Magazine
•The Defenselessness of Harassment,HR Magazine
•Is Your Employee Handbook a Time Bomb?HR Magazine
•Love: What's Work Got To Do With It?,HR Magazine
•Sex Addict Goes To Work,HR Magazine
•Sensitive Men: A Workplace Oxymoron?,HR Magazine
•The 'U' Word,HR Magazine
•Firing Without Fear,HR Magazine
•A Need Not To Know,HR Magazine
•Women on the Verge...of Equality,HR Magazine
•The Sexlessness of Harassment,HR Magazine
•Did the Marquis De Sade Design Your Discipline Program?,HR Magazine
•Safe Sex: A Workplace Oxymoron,HR Magazine
•Follow the Yellow Brick Road,HR Magazine
•Goliath Had Rights Too,HR Magazine
•Baby Bust Blues,HR Magazine
Articles published before 2005 not included (Also at Philadelphia, PA Office)


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