Stephen E. Zweig: Lawyer with Ford & Harrison LLP

Stephen E. Zweig

Partner
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212.453.5906

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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Law
  • Global Legal Services
  • Executive Compensation
  • Labor Relations
  • Litigation
  • Wage/Hour
 
University Cornell University, B.S., 1971
 
Law SchoolSt. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1975
 
Admitted1976, New York
 
Memberships 

Memberships

American Bar Association (Litigation, and Labor and Employment Sections)

New York State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law and Employee Benefits Section)

 
BornNew York, N.Y., August 14, 1949
 
Biography

Stephen Zweig's practice encompasses traditional labor law, collective and class action wage and hour litigation, employment contract negotiations, and employee benefit counseling.

For over 35 years, he has represented health care industry employers, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care agencies. His clients include both non-unionized employers who wish to maintain their autonomy and unionized employers with collective bargaining agreements. He is the lead labor negotiator in industry-wide collective bargaining in the home care industry and is management co-counsel to labor-management health and welfare, pension, and education funds in this industry.

Stephen also negotiates on behalf of companies and individual executives with regard to all types of employment agreements, including offer letter and long-form agreements, non-compete agreements, change in control agreements, resignation, retirement and consultant agreements, and separation agreements. He also drafts the non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and equity and quasi-equity plans that are used in executive compensation packages.

In litigation and negotiations, Stephen has represented international investment and commercial banks, hedge funds, broker dealers, law, accounting, insurance and consulting firms, and companies engaged in various other industries, including electronics and computer, construction and real estate, hospitality and food service, fashion and retail, hospital, nursing home and home care, staffing, security, shipping, stevedoring, and social services.

Recent Experience

•Multiple collective and class action wage and hour overtime lawsuits in the home care industry, resolved without any damages paid.
•Fiduciary breach lawsuits against Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, resolved with substantial settlements on behalf of labor-management health and welfare benefit funds
•Employment contract and trade secret misappropriation lawsuits, each resolved in favor of the client.
•Employment discrimination lawsuits against Bankers Trust Company and National Westminster Bank, USA, dismissed after jury trial.

Recent Presentations

• Understanding the Companionship Exemption, NYS Home Care Association, December 10, 2014
• Minimize Risks- New Opportunities in a 'New Normal' World, FordHarrison's 2nd Annual Home Care Industry Symposium, November 20, 2014
• Sex, Lies and Negotiating with Bullies, Canyon Ranch (Lenox, MA), August 11, 2014
• Women Negotiating For Themselves In The Workplace Canyon Ranch (Lenox, MA), July 5, 2014
• The Perfect Storm: Navigating Through the Downpour -- Labor Costs, Operations, Insurance, and Financial Issues in Home Care, FordHarrison's 1st Annual Home Care Industry Symposium, May 2013
• Exempt of Non-Exempt Employee? Independent Contractor? The Wrong Response Will Cost You. Make Sure You Get it Right by February 1, 2012, Executives Association of Greater New York, January 2012
• Weathering the Great Recession: Modifying Compensation and Benefit Programs While Retaining Your Key Employees, Greater New York Association of Corporate Counsel, June 2009
• Deferred Compensation - The Latest Guidance From the IRS, Greater New York Association of Corporate Counsel, October 2005

Recent Publications

Books

•Chapter Author, Treatise, Executive Compensation, BNA Books, 2002

Articles

• Strategies for Negotiating Executive Separation Agreements for Executives, Lexis Practice Advisor, October 31, 2014 (read the PDF by clicking Strategies for Negotiating Executive Separation Agreements for Executives.pdf)
• Strategies for Negotiating Executive Separation Agreements for Employers, Lexis Practice Advisor, October 31, 2014 (read the PDF by clicking Strategies for Negotiating Executive Separation Agreements for Employers.pdf)
• Negotiating Richer Severance Packages, Corporate Finance Review, October 2012
• Negotiating Executive Employment Contracts, Corporate Secretary, February 2011
• Negotiating Separation Agreements, Financial Executive, September 2009
• Top Ten Workplace Mistakes to Avoid This Year, Mondaq.com, Martindale.com, Employment Law 360, June 2009
• Is 'Coke' the Real Thing: The FLSA Companionship Exemption, New York Law Journal, April 27, 2007
• After Worldcom and Tyco - Executive Compensation, LPBA Journal, Winter 2003-2004
• Sept. 11: Considering Stress Induced Absences, New York Law Journal, December 4, 2001

Activities and Awards

•Stephen is Managing Partner of the Firm's New York Office.
•Stephen is a pro-bono counsel to a national charity for learning disabled and ADHD children, counsel to The Executives' Association of Greater New York, Inc., and a frequent lecturer on issues before employer associations, industry groups, and corporations.
•Stephen was named to the 2008 - 2014 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers and is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Publications

Can Your Home Care Agency Afford to Employ Sleep-Ins ? December 12, 2014
Diversity... Moving Foward - Summer 2014 August 25, 2014
Legal Alert: NYC Paid Sick Time Law Effective Today, April 1, 2014 April 1, 2014
Legal Alert: NYC Paid Sick Time Law Amended to Cover Employers With As Few As Five Employees March 13, 2014
Legal Alert: U.S. DOL's Final Rule Limiting Domestic Services Imposes Heavy Burden on Household Direct Hires October 11, 2013
Legal Alert: Companionship Exemption for Agency Employed Home Care Workers Ends Effective January 1, 2015 September 19, 2013
Home Care Industry Legal Alert: The Companionship Exemption for Agency Employed Home Care Workers May End As Early As This Month. Are You Prepared to Defend Your Agency Against the Lawsuits That Will Follow? July 10, 2013
Legal Alert: New York State Department of Labor Publishes Proposed Regulations Governing Wage Deductions June 5, 2013
Negotiating Richer Severance Packages
Corporate Finance Review October 15, 2012
Employment -Top Law Firms/The List
Super Lawyers - Business Edition September 1, 2012
Legal Alert: Exempt or Non-Exempt Employee? The Wrong Response Can Cost You January 10, 2012
Negotiating Executive Employment Contracts
Corporate Secretary February 1, 2011
Legal Alert: Overtime for Home Care Workers: On the Horizon? September 13, 2010
Overtime for Home Care Workers: On the Horizon?
Lexology September 13, 2010
Overtime for Home Care Workers: On the Horizon?
hrNsight September 13, 2010
Banking: Negotiating Executive Separation Agreements
Counsel to Counsel December 1, 2009
Negotiating Separation Agreements
Financial Executive September 1, 2009
Legal Alert: Overtime Issue for Home Care Workers is Alive as Senators Press to Have US DOL Regulations Altered or Reinterpreted June 30, 2009
Top 10 Workplace Mistakes To Avoid This Year
Law360 June 25, 2009
Top 10 Costly Workplace Mistakes To Avoid This Year
Mondaq June 17, 2009
Top 10 Workplace Mistakes To Avoid This Year
Martindale.com June 4, 2009
Practical Insights: Top Ten Concerns When Reducing Payroll Costs May 22, 2009
Legal Alert: Top 10 Costly Workplace Mistakes To Avoid This Year May 15, 2009
Legal Alert: Reporting and Withholding Requirements for Deferred Compensation under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code December 18, 2008
Legal Alert: Section 409A Update - New Guidance from the IRS December 9, 2008
High Exec Pay is Here to Stay
Workforce Management November 3, 2008
Legal Alert: Executive Compensation under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 - Executive Summary October 21, 2008
Practical Insights - Volume III, Issue 2 July 1, 2007
Legal Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Companionship Exemption June 12, 2007
Is “Coke” the Real Thing? The FLSA Companionship Exemption
New York Law Journal April 27, 2007
Legal Alert: IRS Issues Final Section 409A Regulations April 18, 2007
“Federal Court Delivers Blow to Federal Labor Law Exemption”
Eli's Home Care Week September 18, 2006

Presentations

Wage Parity Act Symposium - New York, NY April 23, 2015
Home Health Legal Updates - New York, NY December 10, 2014
Second Annual Home Care Symposium - New York, NY November 20, 2014
Weathering the Great Recession: Modifying Compensation and Benefit Programs While Retaining Your Key Employees Greater New York ACC Seminar June 1, 2009

Media Coverage

U.S. District Court Blocks U.S. DOL's New Definition of Companionship Services Under FLSA January 2, 2015
Can Your Home Care Agency Afford to Employ Sleep-Ins ? December 12, 2014
Four New York-Based FordHarrison Attorneys Named to 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists September 23, 2014
Legal Alert: NYC Paid Sick Time Law Effective Today, April 1, 2014 April 1, 2014
Legal Alert: NYC Paid Sick Time Law Amended to Cover Employers With As Few As Five Employees March 13, 2014
Legal Alert: U.S. DOL's Final Rule Limiting Domestic Services Imposes Heavy Burden on Household Direct Hires October 11, 2013
Legal Alert: Companionship Exemption for Agency Employed Home Care Workers Ends Effective January 1, 2015 September 19, 2013
Home Care Industry Legal Alert: The Companionship Exemption for Agency Employed Home Care Workers May End As Early As This Month. Are You Prepared to Defend Your Agency Against the Lawsuits That Will Follow? July 10, 2013
Legal Alert: New York State Department of Labor Publishes Proposed Regulations Governing Wage Deductions June 5, 2013
She Wants, He Wants - Men and Women Negotiating in the Workplace October 24, 2012
Pending Wage & Hour Rule Could Mean Big Change for Home-Support Services February 1, 2012
New Wage & Hour Rule Would End Agencies' Use of the Companionship Exemption January 9, 2012
New York-Based Ford & Harrison Attorney Stephen E. Zweig Selected to Super Lawyers 2011 List September 27, 2011
Ford & Harrison Attorneys Make 2009 Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition Rankings January 25, 2010
Executive Moves January 3, 2010
News In Brief December 1, 2009
The Golden Rule for Firing Employees August 21, 2009
Obama Caps Pay for TARP Execs at 500K February 4, 2009
Bailout Triggers Exec Pay Worries January 23, 2009
Bailout Triggers Exec Pay Worries January 19, 2009
War Breaks Out For Wirehouse Brokers November 1, 2008
Lower Salaries Could Cost Wall Street October 15, 2008
Ford & Harrison Adds ERISA/Tax Partner to New York Office March 26, 2008
Lawyers Ready Clients for New Work Rules August 10, 2007
High Court Dashes Home Care Worker's Overtime Bid June 12, 2007
Severance Setback March 1, 2006
“Supreme Court Sends Overtime Case Back to Lower Court” February 1, 2006
“Why Some Boards Prefer Finding CEO's from Company Ranks” December 12, 2005
Boards Get Tough on Compensation Agreements November 28, 2005

 
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U.S. District Court Blocks U.S. DOL's New Definition of Companionship Services Under FLSA
Stephen E. Zweig, January 30, 2015
Executive Summary: The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a Temporary Restraining Order ("TRO") blocking the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") from enforcing the new definition of Companionship Services in its Final Rule on the Application of the Fair...


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