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Francis P. Alvarez

Principal
White Plains

P 914-872-6866
F 914-946-1216
AlvarezF@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

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.

Honors and Recognitions

Legal 500 Recommended Attorney

Professional Associations and Activities

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

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]

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May 31, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500

May 31, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 31, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee health and retirement plans,... Read More

December 12, 2016
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Frank Alvarez Discusses Implications of Labor Law Policies Under a Donald Trump Administration

December 12, 2016

Frank Alvarez discusses implications of President-elect Trump changing labor law policies in "Labor Relations Will Change Under Trump," published in SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 16, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Earns Top-Tier Ranking in 2016 Legal 500

June 16, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 16, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, has been recommended as a Top-Tier Firm in the Labor and Employment – Labor-Management Relations category in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States.  The firm was also recommended in the Immigration, Labor... Read More

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New Paid Family Leave Benefits for New York Employees: What Employers Need to Know

March 6, 2017

New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) will provide broad paid family leave benefits through the state’s existing Disability Benefits Law for all employees who have worked at least 26 consecutive weeks (or 175 days for part-time employees) for the employer. The law also will provide such employees with the right to a... Read More

September 8, 2016

Updated EEOC Retaliation Guidance Suggests Scrutiny for Internal Investigation Practices

September 8, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes an expansive position on protection given to persons who make internal complaints about discrimination in bad faith in updated guidance on retaliation law. Under a retaliation theory, individuals have legal redress if an employer takes a material adverse action against an individual... Read More

March 9, 2016

Required Paid Sick Leave Will Weigh Heavily on Government Contractors under Labor Department Proposal

March 9, 2016

Government contractors may have reason to feel uneasy at what awaits them from the Administration’s latest effort to mandate worker benefits. U.S. Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking provides a glimpse into how the Department of Labor intends paid sick leave (“PSL”) to affect federal contractors... Read More

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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. Read More

By Francis P. Alvarez and Heather C. Panick

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 Read More

Leave Sharing Programs and Other Steps Employers Can Take to Assist Employees Affected by Hurricane Sandy
November 5, 2012

When tragic events like Hurricane Sandy occur, many companies try to find ways to assist affected individuals, including the company’s employees and their families.  "Leave sharing" programs, in which employees donate paid leave to other employees who need to miss work due to the storm or disaster, often Read More