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Brendan Sweeney

Of Counsel
New York Metro
Long Island

P 631-247-4646
F 631-247-0417
Brendan.Sweeney@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Brendan Sweeney is Of Counsel in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has more than 20 years of experience in employment law and other types of litigation.

Mr. Sweeney has helped clients achieve success in various ways including counseling, developing compliance and early case assessment programs, implementing class action waivers, defeating class certification, and negotiating favorable resolutions. He has significant experience defending employers in class actions and complex litigation, including wage and hour and discrimination matters. Mr. Sweeney has also been responsible for significant litigation matters in other areas, including antitrust, intellectual property, and commercial litigation.  

In addition to more than 10 years of experience in prominent national law firms, Mr. Sweeney was Global Head of Litigation and Employment Law for Luxottica, one of the largest eyewear companies in the world and a major retailer. In this role, Mr. Sweeney led a team of lawyers that developed and implemented practical strategies for mitigating litigation risks and costs. Mr. Sweeney was a trusted advisor to Luxottica’s senior business and Human Resources leadership, both in the United States and around the world. Prior to Luxottica, Mr. Sweeney was in-house counsel for a large financial institution where he specialized in restrictive covenant litigation. Mr. Sweeney has a strong appreciation of the role of in-house counsel and value-driven relationships between law firms and clients.

Mr. Sweeney was a law clerk to the Honorable James McGirr Kelly in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  

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April 9, 2019
Business Insurance

Brendan Sweeney Comments on Implications of the DOL's Proposed Joint Employer Regulation Change

April 9, 2019

Brendan Sweeney comments on the implications of the proposed joint employer regulation change announced by the U.S. Department of Labor in "Joint employer rule provides clarity but may be overturned by court," published by Business Insurance.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 4, 2019
Hotel Business

Brendan Sweeney Comments on the Proposed Rule Change to the Joint Employer Standard

April 4, 2019

Brendan Sweeney comments on the implications of the DOL issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise and clarify the joint employer rule in "Who Benefits From Proposed Joint Employer Rule Change?" published by Hotel Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 28, 2018
The Indiana Lawyer

Brendan Sweeney Discusses Arbitration Agreements After 7th Circuit Ruling

November 28, 2018

Brendan Sweeney discusses implications of the 7th Circuit ruling in Pamela Herrington v. Waterstone Mortgage Corp. and the importance of clearly drafting employment agreements in "In labor arbitration class action, 7th Circuit asks, ‘What happens next?’ published by the Indiana Lawyer. Subscription may be... Read More

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April 24, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court: Employment Class Arbitration Must Be Expressly Addressed in Contract

April 24, 2019

Class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary, bilateral arbitration of individual disputes that courts may compel class action arbitration only where the parties expressly declare their intention to be bound by such actions in their arbitration agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. Lamps Plus, Inc.... Read More

April 3, 2019

Department of Labor Proposes Updated Interpretation of Joint Employer Standard Under the FLSA

April 3, 2019

Since 1939, regulations interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have recognized that two or more “employers” can be jointly and severally liable for a single employee’s hours worked under the Act. However, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has not meaningfully updated its joint employer regulation in more than 60 years. That... Read More

March 27, 2019

New York High Court Upholds State Labor Department Interpretation of ‘Live-In’ Home Health Employee Rule

March 27, 2019

The New York Department of Labor’s (NYDOL) longstanding interpretation of its wage order as applied to the work hours of non-residential employees performing 24-hour (so-called “sleep-in” or “live-in”) shifts has been upheld by the New York Court of Appeals, to the relief of the state’s home healthcare industry. Andryeyeva v. New York... Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court: Employment Class Arbitration Must Be Expressly Addressed in Contract
April 25, 2019

Class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary, bilateral arbitration of individual disputes that courts may compel class action arbitration only where the parties expressly declare their intention to be bound by such actions in their arbitration agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. Lamps Plus, Inc. Read More

Availability of Class Arbitration is for Court to Decide, Appeals Court Rules
October 24, 2018

Vacating a $10 million arbitration award resulting from a “collective action” arbitration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that whether class or collective arbitration is authorized by an arbitration agreement is a threshold question for the district court, not an arbitrator. Herrington v. Read More