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Jonathan J. Spitz

Principal
Atlanta

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

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)
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

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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September 1, 2017
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Jonathan Spitz Comments on Uber and Lyft's Unionizing Efforts in Seattle

September 1, 2017

Jonathan Spitz comments on a federal judge's decision to dismiss the second of two lawsuits challenging a Seattle ordinance that would enable Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize in "Uber, Lyft Seek to Pump Brakes on Seattle Driver Organizing," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2017
Law 360

Jonathan Spitz Discusses Labor Organizing in Non-Right-to-Work States

August 15, 2017

Jonathan Spitz discusses how state level policies are making it tougher for unions to organize in many parts of the country, as 28 states have passed right-to-work laws "Labor Organizing in Right-to-Work States Is Numbers Game," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

August 7, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Jonathan Spitz Comments on NLRB Chairman Philip Miscimarra

August 7, 2017

Jonathan Spitz comments on NLRB Chairman Phil Miscimarra and his term set to expire in December in "Punching IN: Spotlight on NLRB, Labor Trade Bureau," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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September 6, 2017

union kNOw – September 2017

September 6, 2017

Keep Your Eyes Open, Even If You Don’t Think You Need To Workers at Nissan’s factory in Canton, Mississippi, have strongly rejected representation by the United Auto Workers — 63% to 37% — despite a multi-year organizing campaign. Nissan spent enormous resources in a counter-campaign that included a local advertising blitz consisting... Read More

July 19, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Round Up – 2016-2017

July 19, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2017 included a number of decisions important to workplace law, as well as the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Although functioning with only eight justices for most of the 2016-2017 term, the Court managed to achieve a strong consensus in each of its employment-related rulings.... Read More

April 28, 2017

union kNOw – April 2017

April 28, 2017

Second ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protests and Strikes to Take Place on May 1 Building off of what organizers see a successful February 16 ‘Day Without Immigrants,’ a second series of protests and strikes has been scheduled for May 1. For more information on similar recent activities and strategies on how to respond lawfully to the... Read More

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Remaining Union Free: A Counter-Organizing Simulation

September 25, 2017 - 12:00 PM to September 26, 2017 - 4:00 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