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PLEASE NOTEThe snowstorm of March 14, 2017, was not a Common Disaster Day

We have received a number of inquiries asking whether the common disaster provisions of our collective bargaining agreements were applicable to employee absences occasioned by the snowstorm on March 14, 2017.  Since the events of March 14, 2017, do not fit the precise contractual definition of a common disaster, the provisions are inapplicable.  The RAB is recommending that each employee’s absence be treated appropriately on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the RAB if you have any questions about common disaster provisions under our contracts.  

Please note the RAB office will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 in observance of Columbus Day.  The office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
RAB members if you have any questions or issues regarding labor relations, please feel free to contact the RAB office at 212-889-4100 for assistance.


Robert Schwartz

Robert S. Schwartz is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.  Robert’s practice focuses on the representation of employers and management in all areas of labor and employment relations.  He has represented employers in state and federal court employment litigation, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings, including claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, and tort claims.  Robert also has experience representing clients in disputes arising from collective bargaining relationships and in advising clients on compliance with applicable labor laws.  In addition, Robert has represented clients in matters involving violations of the securities laws, derivative actions, and fiduciary responsibilities.

Robert has lectured to attorneys and human resources personnel and written on issues employers face in complying with various labor and employment law topics, such as wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Robert received his Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in the Liberal Arts, from The Ohio State University in 2000.  He received his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2003, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law.  Robert was also selected to Super Lawyers’ 2014 and 2015 New Jersey Rising Star list.  Prior to joining the RAB, Robert was an associate in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Proskauer Rose LLP.

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