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Jonathan J. Spitz

Principal
Atlanta

P 404-586-1835
F 404-525-1173
Jonathan.Spitz@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Jonathan J. Spitz is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Leader of the firm’s Labor and Preventive Practices Group.

Mr. Spitz lectures extensively, conducts management training, and advises clients with respect to legislative and regulatory initiatives, corporate strategies, business ethics, social media issues and the changing regulatory landscape. He understands the practical and operational needs of corporate America, helping design pragmatic strategies to minimize risk and maximize performance. He has represented management in dozens of counter-organizing drives and participated in countless unfair labor practice proceedings, discrimination charges and other matters before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other federal and state administrative agencies, as well as in collective bargaining, arbitration and in employment litigation before state and federal courts. Mr. Spitz regularly counsels employers in employee relations and discipline and discharge matters, and also assists employers in drafting employment policies and in complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act, drug testing laws and regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state employment laws.

Mr. Spitz has been quoted by the press on many labor matters, including the National Labor Relations Board’s recent initiatives on protected concerted activity and expedited election procedures. He has extensive experience assisting employers in creating union and litigation avoidance strategies suitable to the individual organization, values and industry. He regularly leads teams conducting multi-facility labor vulnerability assessments and has advises employers in responding to corporate campaigns and demands for card check and neutrality.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, “Leader in the Field” (2009-2010)
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association

Published Works

  • Employer’s Guide to Union Organizing Campaigns, Aspen Publishers, 2007 [Contributing Author]

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April 24, 2018
Business Insurance

Jonathan Spitz Comments on the Senate Confirming John F. Ring as Chair of the NLRB

April 24, 2018

Jonathan Spitz comments on the expectations of future NLRB rulings as a result of the Senate's approval of John F. Ring as the new Chair of the NLRB in "Pro-employer bent seen with NLRB's new GOP majority," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 16, 2018
Law.com

Samia Kirmani and Jonathan Spitz Discuss Their Labor-Law Predictions for 2018

January 16, 2018

Samia Kirmani and Jonathan Spitz discuss labor-law trends employers can expect to see in 2018 in "Labor of Law: We Asked for Labor-Law Predictions for 2018. Here's What You Said," published by Law.com. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

September 1, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Jonathan Spitz Comments on Uber and Lyft's Unionizing Efforts in Seattle

September 1, 2017

Jonathan Spitz comments on a federal judge's decision to dismiss the second of two lawsuits challenging a Seattle ordinance that would enable Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize in "Uber, Lyft Seek to Pump Brakes on Seattle Driver Organizing," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Top Five Labor Law Developments for April 2018

May 16, 2018

The U.S. Senate confirmed John Ring’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 11. Shortly thereafter, President Donald Trump named Ring as Board Chairman. Ring was sworn in as Chairman on April 16, replacing Republican Marvin Kaplan in that role. Trump nominated Ring, a management-side labor and employment... Read More

May 15, 2018

union kNOw – May 2018

May 15, 2018

The Don’ts of IBEW Local’s Dues Policy IBEW Local 58’s policy requiring union members who want to resign their membership in the union or opt out of dues deduction to appear in person at Local 58’s union hall with a picture identification and a written request indicating the member’s intent violates the National Labor Relations Act,... Read More

April 16, 2018

Top Five Labor Law Developments for March 2018

April 16, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued to deal with tumult over the “joint-employer” issue. On March 1, the Board asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to resume considering an appeal of Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), the NLRB decision that made it easier for unions and employees to... Read More

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New Georgia Law Says Franchisors Generally Not Employers of Franchisees or Franchisees’ Workers
May 6, 2016

The “Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act” amends Georgia’s Labor and Industrial Relations Code to provide that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee’s employee is considered an employee of a franchisor for “any purpose.” However, the amendment does not apply to Georgia Workers’ Compensation Code. Read More

The Athlete’s Spoken Word And Its Potential Legal Impact
August 5, 2013

News sources have revealed that NFL player Riley Cooper will be spending some time away from the Philadelphia Eagles to attend counseling after the recent release of a video showing Cooper using a racial slur at a concert.  Though Cooper and the Eagles have received media attention surrounding the remark and the team’s response Read More

Implementation of NLRB Workers’ Rights Posting Rule Delayed by Federal Appeals Court
April 17, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s rule that requires all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act to post a notice informing workers of their rights under the Act will not go into effect on April 30th after all.  An emergency injunction was granted by the U.S. Read More