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Felice B. Ekelman

Principal
New York Metro
New York City

P 212-545-4005
F 212-972-3213
Felice.Ekelman@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Felice B. Ekelman is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Since joining Jackson Lewis in 1985, she has been engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of management.

Ms. Ekelman has represented employers in federal and state courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and other federal, state and city administrative agencies. Her litigation experience includes employment law jury and bench trials and appellate arguments before state and federal courts. She has represented employers in hundreds of arbitrations involving wage and hour claims, commission and compensation disputes, collective bargaining contract interpretation issues and termination disputes.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Ekelman works closely with clients to provide ongoing workplace law compliance counseling. Ms. Ekelman regularly counsels clients on a wide range of workplace issues including  sexual harassment; discrimination; accommodating disabled employees; family and medical leave laws; wage and hour laws; hiring, disciplining and terminating employees; downsizing and reductions-in-force; independent contractor, employment, non-competition and confidentiality agreements; mergers and acquisitions; and outsourcing. She has represented many clients for decades, and works closely with clients to understand their unique needs and cultures. Ms. Ekelman also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations. 

Wage and Hour Litigation Experience

Ms. Ekelman has represented a multitude of clients in collective and class action litigations involving misclassification issues, off the clock work, and donning and doffing claims. Her experience counseling employers and defending class and collective spans many industries, including transportation, retail, health care and the public sector. She has extensive expertise in the unique wage and hour laws affecting New York employers in the hospitality industry, and has defended numerous restaurants and nightclubs in wage and hour disputes.

Honors and Recognitions

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Professional Associations and Activities

  • Legal Momentum, Board of Advisors
  • Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose members are selected on basis of their effectiveness, accomplishment in litigation and trial work, and ethical reputation, Fellow
  • New York Women's Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, National Advisory Council

Published Works

​"5 Recent Trends in Employment Law Affecting Your Business," National Pawnbrokers Association (August 2019) [Author]


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September 11, 2019
National Pawnbrokers Association

Felice Ekelman, Douglas Klein and Alison Benz Author "5 Recent Trends in Employment Law Affecting Your Business"

September 11, 2019

Felice Ekelman, Douglas Klein and Alison Benz author "5 Recent Trends in Employment Law Affecting Your Business," published by National Pawnbroker Association. Read More

April 30, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q1 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter 2018

April 30, 2018

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the first quarter of 2018. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events... Read More

November 7, 2017
New York Law Journal

Felice Ekelman Discusses Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Amid Weinstein Scandal

November 7, 2017

Felice Ekelman discusses workplace sexual harassment complaints, charges, and litigation in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo movement in "Amid Weinstein Scandal, Employment Attorneys See Business Gains," published by the New York Law Journal.  Subscription may be required to view... Read More

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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

February 26, 2019

New York City Council Seeks Further Protections for Fast Food Industry Workers

February 26, 2019

The New York City Council introduced two bills to extend protections from workplace terminations to fast food employees. These two bills (Intro 1396 and Intro 1415) are the latest in a series of legislative actions by the City Council relating to the fast food industry. Fast Food Workers as a Specific Class The New York City... Read More

July 12, 2018

Temporary Schedule Change Amendments to New York City Fair Workweek Law Effective July 18

July 12, 2018

Starting on July 18, 2018, New York City employers are required to provide two temporary schedule changes to employees each calendar year for “personal events.” The law also protects employees from retaliation for making certain other schedule change requests. For additional details see our articles, New York City Employers Must Grant... Read More

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Inside the Amendments to New York City’s Fair Workweek Law and Earned Sick Leave Law: Deciphering Employers’ Obligation to Accommodate Employees’ Requests for Temporary Schedule Changes

June 28, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
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Beyond Weinstein: A Primer on US/UK Laws Governing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (For US-based HR Professionals)

May 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Preparing for New York State and New York City’s New Sexual Harassment Prevention Mandates: What Hospitality Employers Should Consider Now

May 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Second Circuit to Decide Whether Court Approval of FLSA Settlements Applies to Accepted Offers of Judgment
October 24, 2017

Seeking to resolve a split among the district courts in the Second Circuit, the Court of Appeals has accepted an interlocutory appeal to decide whether, in resolving cases involving FLSA claims, offers of judgment under Rule 68 require DOL or judicial scrutiny and approval.  Yu v. Hasaki Restaurant, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. Read More