Amber M. Spataro has over fourteen years of experience in all areas of labor and employment law, including employment litigation, advice and counseling, and traditional labor disputes. Her advice and counseling experience includes Fortune 500 companies as well as small, five-person employers.
The mainstay of her practice is advising and counseling clients through day-to-day concerns such as termination guidance and risk assessment; wage and hour questions; I-9, overtime exemption and independent contractor audits; revising employee handbooks and policies as well as performing necessary training on a variety of employment law topics.
Amber has litigated through trial various types of employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, including class actions, and other employment-related claims such as, breach of contract, defamation, invasion of privacy and unfair competition claims on behalf of employers in federal and state court at the trial and appellate court levels. Recently, she was second chair in a jury trial lasting over six weeks in Los Angeles; she secured a defense verdict for the employer on a wrongful termination and retaliation claim brought by the company's former vice president of human resources.
Amber has assisted in negotiating collective bargaining agreements in various industries ranging from health care to transportation. She has also defended against numerous charges, complaints and representation petitions before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). She specializes in all aspects of union avoidance from restricting union access for the solicitation of authorization cards to successfully petitioning the NLRB to overturn unfavorable election results.
Amber is a prominent authority in the area of social media in employment. She is a regular presenter for The Knowledge Group and has presented at Seton Hall University School of Law and Northwestern Law School. In addition, she has been interviewed by Workforce Management magazine on social media.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
- Co-chair, Labor and Employment Section - Essex County Bar Association