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Jonathan J. Spitz

Principal
Atlanta

P 404-586-1835
F 404-525-1173
SpitzJ@jacksonlewis.com

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Biography

Jonathan J. Spitz is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Leader of the firm’s Labor and Preventive Practices Group.

Mr. Spitz lectures extensively, conducts management training, and advises clients with respect to legislative and regulatory initiatives, corporate strategies, business ethics, social media issues and the changing regulatory landscape. He understands the practical and operational needs of corporate America, helping design pragmatic strategies to minimize risk and maximize performance. He has represented management in dozens of counter-organizing drives and participated in countless unfair labor practice proceedings, discrimination charges and other matters before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other federal and state administrative agencies, as well as in collective bargaining, arbitration and in employment litigation before state and federal courts. Mr. Spitz regularly counsels employers in employee relations and discipline and discharge matters, and also assists employers in drafting employment policies and in complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act, drug testing laws and regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state employment laws.

Mr. Spitz has been quoted by the press on many labor matters, including the National Labor Relations Board’s recent initiatives on protected concerted activity and expedited election procedures. He has extensive experience assisting employers in creating union and litigation avoidance strategies suitable to the individual organization, values and industry. He regularly leads teams conducting multi-facility labor vulnerability assessments and has advises employers in responding to corporate campaigns and demands for card check and neutrality.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, “Leader in the Field” (2009-2010)
Legal 500 Recommended Attorney

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association

Published Works

  • Employer’s Guide to Union Organizing Campaigns, Aspen Publishers, 2007 [Contributing Author]

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February 2, 2017
Law 360

Jonathan Spitz Comments on New Right-to-work Bill

February 2, 2017

Jonathan Spitz comments on the new National Right-to-Work Act bill that may amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act in "New National Right-To-Work Bill Has Real Chance," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

December 8, 2016
Bloomberg BNA

Jonathan Spitz Comments on Jackson Lewis' Recognition as a Top Firm Representing Management Interests before the NLRB

December 8, 2016

Jonathan Spitz comments on Jackson Lewis' recognition as a top law firm representing employers before the NLRB in 2016 in "Big Law Rules Employer Defense Business in Labor Board Cases," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 16, 2016
Jackson Lewis

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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February 2, 2017

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

February 2, 2017

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded. Accordingly, he explained, the players have all of the rights and protections available to employees under the Act... Read More

January 24, 2017

union kNOw – January 2017

January 24, 2017

Unions Not Making Headway, NLRB Stats Show The NLRB’s “quickie election rule” (QER) is not having its desired or expected effect of energizing union organizing. According to NLRB statistics, fewer “RC” petitions (seeking union representation) were filed in FY 2016 than in FY 2015 — 2,029 vs. 2,198... Read More

November 16, 2016

Court Grants Permanent Injunction, Blocking Labor Department’s New Persuader Rule

November 16, 2016

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division, has converted its nationwide preliminary injunction, issued on June 27, 2016, against the U.S. Department of Labor’s “persuader” rule into a nationwide permanent injunction. National Federation of Independent Business, et al. v. Perez, et al... Read More

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Mar 1toMar 2

Nashville, TN
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Remaining Union Free: A Counter-Organizing Simulation

March 1, 2017 - 12:00 PM to March 2, 2017 - 4:00 PM
777 McGavock Pike - Nashville, TN
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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Mar 21toMar 22

Chicago, IL
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Remaining Union Free: A Counter-Organizing Simulation

March 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM to March 22, 2017 - 4:00 PM
205 N. Michigan Avenue - Chicago, IL
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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May 22toMay 23

San Francisco, CA
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Remaining Union Free: A Counter-Organizing Simulation

May 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM to May 23, 2017 - 4:00 PM
780 Mission Street - San Francisco, CA
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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Preparing for Quickie Elections

April 16, 2015 - 2:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Here Comes the "Quickie" Election Rule. . . Again!

January 23, 2015 - 12:45 PM to 12:45 PM
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New Georgia Law Says Franchisors Generally Not Employers of Franchisees or Franchisees’ Workers
May 6, 2016

The “Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act” amends Georgia’s Labor and Industrial Relations Code to provide that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee’s employee is considered an employee of a franchisor for “any purpose.” However, the amendment does not apply to Georgia Workers’ Compensation Code. Read More

The Athlete’s Spoken Word And Its Potential Legal Impact
August 5, 2013

News sources have revealed that NFL player Riley Cooper will be spending some time away from the Philadelphia Eagles to attend counseling after the recent release of a video showing Cooper using a racial slur at a concert.  Though Cooper and the Eagles have received media attention surrounding the remark and the team’s response Read More

Implementation of NLRB Workers’ Rights Posting Rule Delayed by Federal Appeals Court
April 17, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s rule that requires all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act to post a notice informing workers of their rights under the Act will not go into effect on April 30th after all.  An emergency injunction was granted by the U.S. Read More