Joseph J. Lynett is a Shareholder in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on assisting employers, businesses, and educational institutions in meeting the legal and practical challenges posed by federal and state laws protecting injured and ill employees, as well as disabled students and members of the public.
Mr. Lynett defends employers, business and educational institutions in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education involving claims of disability discrimination arising under federal, state and local law, including Title I and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and analogous state and local disability discrimination and public accommodation laws.
Maintaining an active counseling practice, Mr. Lynett provides imaginative and creative solutions to the complex array of workplace disability and health management issues faced by both large and small companies. Mr. Lynett counsels clients with the goal of either avoiding litigation entirely or improving outcomes before administrative agencies, courts and juries.
A significant amount of Mr. Lynett's counseling involves assisting clients in conducting an “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. Lynett attempts to develop practical and constructive solutions.
While attending law school, he was Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Law & Policy. Published Works
•“Website Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” American Bar Association (June 2013) [Co-Author with John Snyder]
• Call To Duty: An Employers Obligation to Military Service Personnel, Pro Bono Partnership (January 2003) [Author]
• Trends In Alternative Dispute Resolution, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (October 2002) [Co-Author]
April 16, 2015
EEOC Releases Proposed Rule on Workplace Wellness Programs for Public Comment
April 16, 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 April 20, 2015. The public may offer...
February 25, 2015
New FMLA Regulations Expand Definition of Spouse and Include Same-Sex Spouses
February 25, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued regulations expanding the Department's definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) so as to entitle eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or covered family member, regardless of where they live....
October 29, 2014
Plan to Minimize Spread of Flu and Legal Risks in the Workplace during Flu Season
October 29, 2014
Seasonal flu has received limited attention with Ebola recently dominating the media coverage. Each flu season, however, according to Flu.gov, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu. That equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (...
In the News
June 21, 2015 Business Insurance
Joseph Lynett Discusses Web Accessibility and Enforcement Actions in the Workplace
June 21, 2015
Joseph Lynett discusses Web accessibility and enforcement actions in the workplace in Web-related bias rules up in the air, published by Business Insurance.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.”
March 11, 2015 Human Resource Executive Online
Joseph Lynett Comments on Recent FMLA Updates
March 11, 2015
Jackson Lewis Shareholder Joe Lynett discusses recent updates to the FMLA in the article “FMLA Redefines the Family Relationship” published by Human Resource Executive Online.View article (subscription may be required)