Emily A. Zaklukiewicz is a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group, where she represents employers in labor and employment matters. She focuses her practice on counseling private sector employers in all areas of labor and employment law, and defending employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies.
Employment Counseling, Compliance, and Training
Emily counsels employers and human resource professionals in all areas of employment law, including discharge and discrimination issues, workplace investigations, affirmative action compliance, employee discipline, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, unemployment, employment and independent contractor agreements, severance and separation agreements, individual terminations and reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. She also drafts employment and separation agreements on behalf of clients, in addition to reviewing and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies.
Employment Litigation and Administrative Advocacy
Emily regularly assists in defending employers in discrimination, leave, harassment, and a wide range of labor and employment matters. She represents clients in federal and state court and in administrative proceedings before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Labor Relations and Union Avoidance
Emily assists clients with a variety of labor relations issues including management rights, successor employer issues, union avoidance, and other issues arising under state and federal labor law. She also assists employers with union grievances and arbitrations.
Emily assists employers during collective bargaining and with complex issues arising in contract negotiations, including strikes, lockouts, management rights, successor employer issues, contracting, and benefits.
Emily performs pro bono work on behalf of Connecticut non-profit organizations through the Pro Bono Partnership. She assists non-profit organizations with a variety of labor and employment issues, including assisting with wage and hour matters, executive transitions, and handbook and policy development.
Prior to joining the firm, Emily graduated first in her law school class, serving as the Managing Editor of Stetson Law Review, as an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Aging Law & Policy, and as a committee member on the Student Leadership Development Committee. She was also a member of Stetson Law’s Honors Program, received the Highest Grade Designation in five courses, and received the Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Denius & Squire Book Award for Professional Responsibility and the American Law Institute’s CLE Scholarship & Leadership Award. While in law school, Emily also served as a Federal Judicial Intern to the Honorable Susan C. Bucklew at the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and as a Certified Legal Intern for the City of St. Petersburg City Attorney’s Office.
Emily regularly writes on a variety of employment and labor-related matters, often focusing on the impact of key court decisions, changes to federal, state, and local legislation and guidance, and compliance issues.