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Diane Krebs

Of Counsel
New York Metro
Long Island

P 631-247-4670
F 631-247-0417
Diane.Krebs@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Diane Krebs is Of Counsel in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

Ms. Krebs has extensive experience in civil rights and labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, civil service, equal pay, and wage and hour claims. Ms. Krebs represents companies, large and small, public and private, in labor and employment litigation before federal, state and local courts, agencies, mediators and arbitrators.

Ms. Krebs also provides comprehensive counseling and advice to corporate owners and human resource personnel on daily issues and personnel decisions that arise in the workplace, including reductions-in-force, emergency workplace situations, and litigation avoidance and/or minimization techniques. In that capacity, Ms. Krebs has prepared and reviewed a multitude of human resource-related documents, including employment applications, FMLA forms, disciplinary notices, performance reviews, termination letters and employee handbooks.

Ms. Krebs has authored and collaborated on articles on a variety of labor and employment issues. She is also a frequent lecturer to attorneys, supervisors, and human resource professionals, not only in open seminars but also for in-house training, tailored to the employer’s specifications. Ms. Krebs also conducts sensitivity and handbook training in-house for all levels of employees, to reinforce the policies of the employer and ensure its discrimination and harassment protocols are publicized and understood – a powerful tool in the defense of harassment lawsuits.

Published Works

  • “Laboring to Comply:  New York State Employers Facing an Increase in the Minimum Wage and Exempt Employee Threshold,” The Job Description (DRI) (March 2017) [Co-Author]
  • “From the Office to Cyberspace:  Workplace Violence in the Twenty-First Century,” For the Defense (DRI) (January 2017) [Co-Author]
  • “New York City Anti-Discrimination Law Expanded to Protect Unemployed Status,” New York Law Journal (March 2013) [Co-Author]
  • “Participation, Proxy, and Payment: The Three Lessons of Townsend v. Benjamin Enterprises Inc. for Employers, Employees, and their Attorneys,” New York Law Journal (June 2012) [Co-Author]
  • “Retaliatory Adverse Actions After Burlington,” For the Defense (DRI) (April 2009) [Author]
  • “Applicant Background Checks – How Much Is Too Much?” New York Law Journal (March 2009) [Author]
  • “Employee Handbooks – Shelter From The Storm,” New York Law Journal (December 2008) [Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Music Industry Insiders,” DRI (Nashville, TN, May 2017) (moderator)
  • “The New Overtime and White-Collar Exemption Regulations,” American Conference Institute (Washington, DC, September 2016) (co-presenter)
  • “Employee Theft and Misappropriation:  How to Stem the Tide,” Lorman (national webcast, February 2016) (presenter)
  • “Discovery Disputes, Summary Judgment Motions, and Mediation,” DRI (national webcast, July 2015) (co-presenter)
  • “The Hiring Process:  Employee References and Background Checks,” Gordon & Rees (national webcast, March 2015) (co-presenter)
  • “Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make – and How to Avoid or Correct Them,” Salem Media (New Jersey, June 2014) (presenter)
  • “Setting Your Case Up for Dismissal From Day One:  Strategic Tips for Obtaining Summary Judgment,” DRI (Scottsdale, AZ, May 2014) (presenter)
  • “Best Practices in ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation in New York,” Lorman (New York, NY, August 2012) (co-presenter)
  • “Top Ten Lists All Employers Should Know to Maximize Their Workforce,” National Institute of Pension Administrators (Scottsdale, AZ, January 2010) (presenter)

See AllBlog Posts by Diane Krebs

Second Circuit: ADA Allows Hostile Work Environment Claims
June 11, 2019

The Second Circuit recently held that the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) encompasses claims for hostile work environment harassment (“HWE”). Fox v. Costco Wholesale Corporation. While this plaintiff-friendly ruling may be disappointing to employers, the decision also contains some helpful analysis for defense of those claims. Read More

Federal District Court: Location of Employment Governs Applicable Law
January 30, 2019

Where an employee works outside the jurisdiction where the decision-maker is located, which location’s law applies?  A recent decision by a New York federal court in Amaya v. Read More