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Francis P. Alvarez

Principal
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 Leader of the Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group, which assists employers in meeting the legal and practical challenges posed by federal and state laws protecting injured and ill employees.

Counseling hundreds of employers each year, Mr. Alvarez spearheads the firm’s effort to provide imaginative and creative solutions to the complex array of workplace disability and health management issues faced by both large and small companies. In the Jackson Lewis tradition, Mr. Alvarez counsels clients with the goal of either avoiding litigation entirely or improving outcomes before administrative agencies, courts and juries.

Mr. Alvarez especially enjoys assisting clients conduct the “individualized assessment” required by a growing number of federal and state laws. These efforts include helping employers effectively communicate with employees and medical providers in an effort to evaluate potential risks to health and safety posed by employee injuries or illnesses. In an area of law in which there often are few bright lines, Mr. Alvarez attempts to develop practical and constructive solutions centered on the concept he calls "tc2" -- taking care of employees and taking control of risks.

Recently, Mr. Alvarez has begun leading the Firm into another exciting and fast-developing area of workplace law called "health management." Challenged by increases in health care and work injury costs, employers are searching for innovative ways to motivate employees to participate in wellness and health promotion programs. Mr. Alvarez leads a team of Jackson Lewis attorneys who advise employers on ways to implement these important programs while complying with emerging and largely undeveloped federal and state law protections.

Mr. Alvarez writes and speaks frequently on disability management issues, including legal developments under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He has delivered presentations at major speaking engagements, including SHRM's national and legislative conferences. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Alvarez has represented employers as lead counsel in both trial and appellate courts and has successfully tried employment discrimination claims to verdict.

Honors and Recognitions

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]

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July 17, 2018
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David Mohl Discusses Joining Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group in Atlanta

July 17, 2018

David Mohl discusses joining the firm where he will specialize in helping companies navigate federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act and sick leave policies in "Jackson Lewis Hires Hershey Labor Counsel For Leave Group," published by Law360.  ... Read More

July 11, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Adds David S. Mohl, Bolstering its Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice

July 11, 2018

ATLANTA, GA (July 11, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce David S. Mohl has joined the firm’s Atlanta office as a Principal. Mr. Mohl has almost 20 years of experience advising clients on all employment and labor law matters. He joins the firm from The Hershey Company... Read More

May 31, 2018
Bloomberg BNA

Francis Alvarez Discusses the 'Motherhood Penalty' and Gender-Neutral Leave Benefits

May 31, 2018

Francis Alvarez discusses the impact of the “motherhood penalty” and equal policies for parents in the workplace in "Tackling the ‘Motherhood Penalty’? Start With Benefits," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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September 25, 2018

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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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?

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Federal Court Simultaneously Rejects and Upholds EEOC’s Positions on Wellness Programs – Rejects Employer’s ADA “Safe Harbor” Defense
September 29, 2016

In a much anticipated decision, a Wisconsin federal district court has granted Orion Energy Systems, Inc.’s summary judgment on the EEOC’s challenge to its wellness program design. See Sept 19, 2016 Decision and Order. Read More

By Francis P. Alvarez and Heather C. Panick

Facebook’s “Trending” Section and Human Resources Analytics
May 12, 2016

According to a recent New York Times article, “Facebook scrambled on Monday to respond to a new and startling line of attack: accusations of political bias.” Slate followed with a report that the online social networking giant became the subject of a United States Senate inquiry, with Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune wan Read More

Leave Sharing Programs and Other Steps Employers Can Take to Assist Employees Affected by Hurricane Sandy
November 5, 2012

When tragic events like Hurricane Sandy occur, many companies try to find ways to assist affected individuals, including the company’s employees and their families.  "Leave sharing" programs, in which employees donate paid leave to other employees who need to miss work due to the storm or disaster, often Read More