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Francis P. Alvarez

Principal
New York Metro
White Plains

P 914-872-6866
F 914-946-1216
Francis.Alvarez@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Francis P. (Frank) Alvarez is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Founder and Leader of the Firm's Disability, Leave and Health Management (DLHM) Practice Group.

DLHM is the growing body of complex and largely uncoordinated federal, state and local laws impacting employer responses to employees getting sick or injured; to their family members needing care; or welcoming additional children into their households. Mr. Alvarez invites clients to consider DLHM law and to find ways to do business while balancing these important but potentially competing interests.

Applying nearly thirty years of experiential knowledge, Mr. Alvarez closely collaborates with clients to “operationalize” these laws, including building leave management and reasonable accommodation programs that incorporate statutory and voluntary paid and unpaid leave programs.  His goal is to help clients design systems that comply with the letter of the law, take care of employee needs, take control of legal and business risks, and develop a human resources narrative that significantly reduces employment litigation risks.

As necessary, Mr. Alvarez assists our firm’s litigators on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, or other litigation within his practice specialty, including systemic investigations or claims from the Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has been recognized as a preeminent thought leader on disability and absence issues.

In 2017, the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC), awarded Mr. Alvarez its Partnership Award for his passion in advancing absence and disability management.  Mr. Alvarez is invited routinely to speak on leave and accommodation issues and for the last several years has presented on medical issues in the workplace to federal court judges at the Annual Judicial Conference, sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and New York University Law School.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Disability Management Employer Coalition, Partnership Award (2017) 

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Published Works

  • “Get Your Disability and Leave Management House in Order,” Society for Human Resource Management Viewpoint (June 2016) [Co-Author]
  • "Disability Management Law Grows Up: Examining the Supreme Court's Recent ADA and FMLA Rulings," Society for Human Resource Management Legal Report (September/October 2002)
  • Making the ADA Work for You, Second ed. (Milt Wright & Associates, Inc., 1992) [Co-Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • "Medical Issues in the Workplace," NYU School of Law Annual Judicial Conference (New York, NY 2018) (Co-presenter)
  • "Medical Issues in the Workplace," NYU School of Law Annual Judicial Conference (New York, NY 2017) (Co-presenter)

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May 30, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 2019

May 30, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 30, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation... Read More

December 31, 2018
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Francis Alvarez Discusses Corporate Efforts to Hire Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder

December 31, 2018

Francis Alvarez discusses hiring and training employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder and required ADA accommodations in "Corporate Programs for Autistic Employees May Need Board Support," published by Agenda.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 17, 2018
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Francis Alvarez Comments on Employees Taking a 'Mental Health Day' and the ADA

December 17, 2018

Francis Alvarez comments on the ADA and implications of workplaces allowing time off for employees facing stress, anxiety or depression in "The Benefits (and Risks) of the Mental-Health Day," published by The Wall Street Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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New York City ‘Cooperative Dialogue’ Mandate Over Accommodations Requests Starts October 15

September 25, 2018

Employers covered by the New York City Human Rights Law (HRL) must engage in a “cooperative dialogue” with persons who may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the HRL beginning October 15, 2018. This “cooperative dialogue” requirement is the result of a bill (Int. No. 804-A) passed December 19, 2017, by the New York City... Read More

October 6, 2017

Rhode Island Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

October 6, 2017

Rhode Island has joined the growing list of states and municipalities that have enacted paid sick leave laws. Under the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, signed by Governor Gina Raimondo, employers with at least 18 employees must provide their employees with paid sick leave. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2018.... Read More

September 25, 2017

ADA Does Not Provide Medical Leave Entitlement to Worker Seeking Post-FMLA Leave, Seventh Circuit Holds

September 25, 2017

In a significant ruling for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a request for a two-to-three-month leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017). Companies that have faced... Read More

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Leave & Accommodation Developments for New York Employers

March 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Are You Ready?

September 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Are You Ready?

September 6, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Passes House; To Governor for Signature
June 3, 2019

Late Friday, the Connecticut House passed a paid family and medical leave bill, which Governor Ned Lamont said he will sign, to provide paid leave to eligible employees and significantly expand employee eligibility and covered reasons for leave.   The major practical effects of the bill, once signed, are: Making 12 weeks of paid leave, Read More

Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave: Senate Passes Bill, which Governor Vows to Veto in Current Form
May 23, 2019

Connecticut employers and employees are focused on Hartford, where last night the Senate passed a paid family and medical leave bill. Governor Ned Lamont said yesterday he would veto the bill. Read More

What Employers Can Do Right Now To Prepare For Westchester County’s Earned Sick Leave Law
March 14, 2019

Companies should begin preparing now for the new Westchester County Earned Sick Leave Law (“WCESLL”), which becomes effective on April 10, 2019. Here are five steps to get employers started. 1. Determine Whether Your Company Must Provide Employees More Paid Time Or Expand The Reasons Employees Can Use Paid Time Benefits. Read More