Francis P. Alvarez

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

•“Get Your Disability and Leave Management House in Order,” Society for Human Resource Management Viewpoint (June 2016) [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)
Making the ADA Work for You, Second ed. (Milt Wright & Associates, Inc., 1992) [Co-Author]

In the News

December 31, 2018

Francis Alvarez Discusses Corporate Efforts to Hire Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Francis Alvarez discusses hiring and training employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder and required ADA accommodations in Corporate Programs for Autistic Employees May Need Board Support, published by Agenda. Subscription may be required to view article

December 17, 2018
The Wall Street Journal

Francis Alvarez Comments on Employees Taking a 'Mental Health Day' and the ADA

Francis Alvarez comments on the ADA and implications of workplaces allowing time off for employees facing stress, anxiety or depression in The Benefits (and Risks) of the Mental-Health Day, published by The Wall Street Journal. Subscription may be required to view article

July 17, 2018
Law 360

David Mohl Discusses Joining Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group in Atlanta

David Mohl discusses joining the firm where he will specialize in helping companies navigate federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act and sick leave policies in Jackson Lewis Hires Hershey Labor Counsel For Leave Group, published by Law360. ...


September 25, 2018

New York City ‘Cooperative Dialogue’ Mandate Over Accommodations Requests Starts October 15

Employers covered by the New York City Human Rights Law (HRL) must engage in a “cooperative dialogue” with persons who may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the HRL beginning October 15, 2018. This “cooperative dialogue” requirement is the result of a bill (Int. No. 804-A) passed December 19, 2017, by the New York City...

October 6, 2017

Rhode Island Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

Rhode Island has joined the growing list of states and municipalities that have enacted paid sick leave laws. Under the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, signed by Governor Gina Raimondo, employers with at least 18 employees must provide their employees with paid sick leave. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2018....

September 25, 2017

ADA Does Not Provide Medical Leave Entitlement to Worker Seeking Post-FMLA Leave, Seventh Circuit Holds

In a significant ruling for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a request for a two-to-three-month leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017). Companies that have faced...


Leave & Accommodation Developments for New York Employers

When March 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Are You Ready?

When September 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Are You Ready?

When September 6, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.


Disability, Leave & Health Management
What Employers Can Do Right Now To Prepare For Westchester County’s Earned Sick Leave Law
March 14, 2019

Companies should begin preparing now for the new Westchester County Earned Sick Leave Law (“WCESLL”), which becomes effective on April 10, 2019. Here are five steps to get employers started. 1. Determine Whether Your Company Must Provide Employees More Paid Time Or Expand The Reasons Employees Can Use Paid Time Benefits.

By Francis P. Alvarez , Susan M. Corcoran and Arin M. Liebman

Disability, Leave & Health Management
Federal Court Simultaneously Rejects and Upholds EEOC’s Positions on Wellness Programs - Rejects Employer’s ADA “Safe Harbor” Defense
September 29, 2016

In a much anticipated decision, a Wisconsin federal district court has granted Orion Energy Systems, Inc.’s summary judgment on the EEOC’s challenge to its wellness program design. See Sept 19, 2016 Decision and Order.

By Francis P. Alvarez and Heather C. Panick

Workplace Privacy
Facebook’s “Trending” Section and Human Resources Analytics
May 12, 2016

According to a recent New York Times article, “Facebook scrambled on Monday to respond to a new and startling line of attack: accusations of political bias.” Slate followed with a report that the online social networking giant became the subject of a United States Senate inquiry, with Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune wan

By Joseph J. Lazzarotti and Francis P. Alvarez


Apr 25

South Las Vegas, LA

Surviving the Wild Side of FMLA and ADA

When April 25, 2019 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM PST

Location 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard - South Las Vegas, LA

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Disability, Leave and Health Management
  • Workplace Training
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • Retail and Consumer Goods
  • Transportation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
914-872-6866  Phone
914-946-1216  Fax
University Attended:
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S., 1985
Law School Attended:
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
1991, New York; 1990, Connecticut

Professional Associations and Activities

•American Bar Association
•Connecticut Bar Association
•Society for Human Resource Management

Birth Information:

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