The Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal hosted a roundtable discussion, “Post-Cheeks Wage & Hour Settlements,” on Jan. 25, 2017, at the Harvard Club in New York City.
The roundtable panelists were Judges Richard J. Sullivan and Ronald L. Ellis of the Southern District of New York, Judges Joanna Seybert and Steven I. Locke ’93 of the Eastern District of New York, and practitioners Allan S. Bloom, Molly A. Brooks, D. Maimon Kirschenbaum and A. Jonathan Trafimow. David B. Feldman ’82 was the moderator for the evening.
The panel began with Judge Seybert giving an overview of her decision in Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House Inc. at the district court level and then moved into topics regarding confidentiality provisions, non-disparagement, legal fees, fairness hearings and Rule 68 offers of judgment. Throughout the course of the discussion, the panel responded to questions from the moderator and the audience members.
Before the roundtable, Thomas J. Bender, co-president and co-managing director of Littler Mendelson P.C., was honored with the Samuel M. Kaynard Award for Excellence in labor and employment law. The award is given annually in recognition of those who hold strong ideals, display keen legal acumen and make outstanding contributions to the fields of labor and employment law.
Practitioners, scholars and students enjoyed an evening filled with lively discussion and interaction with the most relevant players in the field.