Overview

With a deep understanding of employment and labor policy and the legislative and regulatory process, Ilyse W. Schuman provides strategic counsel and representation to clients on a broad array of workplace issues and developments in Congress and executive branch federal agencies. In this capacity, she:

  • Provides timely alerts and updates on legislative and regulatory changes that impact employers
  • Prepares in-depth analysis of legislative and regulatory changes
  • Drafts comments on proposed rules
  • Develops comprehensive legislative and regulatory strategies for clients
  • Offers compliance counseling

She is a member of the firm's Government Affairs practice and works with employers in multiple industries, including trade associations. She also leads the firm's Legislative and Regulatory practice.

A former top congressional staffer and policy advisor, Ilyse worked on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions from 2001 to 2008, serving as minority staff director and chief counsel. She began her work in the Senate as chief labor counsel for Senator Mike Enzi on the Subcommittee on Employment, Safety and Training, where she led legislative and oversight activities on issues pertaining to:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Workplace safety
  • Labor relations
  • Wage and hour issues

Ilyse was pivotal in the development of key legislative initiatives in the areas of labor, employment, pensions and health care, including:

  • The Pension Protection Act
  • The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act
  • The Workforce Investment Act
  • The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act
  • Health care reform
  • Other wellness initiatives

She also was instrumental in the recent passage of the groundbreaking Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which is designed to protect Americans against employment and health insurance discrimination based on genetic predisposition.

After leaving the Senate, Schuman joined a leading trade association of electro-industry manufacturers as vice president, where she served as managing director of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, the collective voice of medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Additionally, she served as in-house counsel at a manufacturer and market and technology leader, where she advised the company on human resource matters. In law school, she was a member of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business.

Recognition

Named, John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow

109th Congress

Dean's List, Georgetown University Law Center

Dean's List, Tufts University

Publications & Press

Looking to Rebound

In the News

March 1, 2015

Keeping Up With the EEOC in 2015

In the News

February 2, 2015

Keeping Up With the EEOC in 2015

In the News

January 14, 2015

House Approves New ACA Amendment

ASAPs

January 12, 2015

The GOP Effect on the EEOC

In the News

December 17, 2014

NLRB Issues its "Ambush" Election Rule

ASAPs

December 12, 2014

Senate Confirms NLRB Member

ASAPs

December 8, 2014

Senate Confirms EEOC Nominations

ASAPs

December 3, 2014

Bills Seek to Blunt EEOC Activities

ASAPs

September 11, 2014

Senate Advances Paycheck Fairness Act

ASAPs

September 10, 2014

Senate Advances Insourcing Bill

ASAPs

July 23, 2014

A Bipartisan Effort to Build Skills

In the News

June 30, 2014

Don't Break GINA's Rules

In the News

February 6, 2014

Going after employers who misclassify workers

In the News

January 15, 2014

Clock Ticking for ACA employment mandate

In the News

December 9, 2013

The Cost of Noncompliance

Bloomberg BNA Workforce Strategies

November 25, 2013

Senate Passes ENDA With Amendment

ASAPs

November 7, 2013

Gov’t Shutdown Grounds Employment Regulators

In the News

September 30, 2013

SEC Proposes Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

ASAPs

September 19, 2013

Report on AFL-CIO Convention – Day 4

ASAPs

September 12, 2013

Report on AFL-CIO Convention: Day 3

ASAPs

September 11, 2013

NLRB Launches Employee Rights App

ASAPs

August 30, 2013

NLRB Launches Employee Rights App

ASAPs

August 30, 2013

Michael Hayes New OLMS Director

ASAPs

August 23, 2013

Striking a Blow for Work/Life Balance?

In the News

June 3, 2013

The Path to Paid Sick-Leave Laws

In the News

May 7, 2013

NMB Updates Representation Manual

ASAPs

March 13, 2013

Laboring for the Advantage

In the News

February 1, 2013

Five issues to watch in labor and employment

In the News

January 21, 2013

Weekly Legislative Roundup

ASAPs

January 14, 2013

Obama Announces NMB Nominees

ASAPs

December 17, 2012

OSHA Issues VPP Evaluation Report

ASAPs

August 23, 2012

Supreme Court allows ObamaCare to stand

In the News

June 28, 2012

Health-Care Ruling: Who Wins, Who Loses

In the News

June 22, 2012

Labor Bills Reintroduced in Senate

ASAPs

March 12, 2012

Labor Bills Reintroduced in Senate

ASAPs

March 12, 2012

NLRB Nominations Sent to the Senate

ASAPs

February 14, 2012

NLRB Nominations Sent to the Senate

ASAPs

February 14, 2012

FAA Issues Final Pilot Rest Rules

ASAPs

December 22, 2011

Obama Names Two New NLRB Nominees

ASAPs

December 15, 2011

Obama Names Two New NLRB Nominees

ASAPs

December 15, 2011

Administration Drops CLASS Act

ASAPs

October 19, 2011

Bill Aims at Worker Misclassification

ASAPs

October 17, 2011

Minding the wage gap

In the News

September 4, 2011

House Republicans Outline Jobs Agenda

ASAPs

September 1, 2011

2014: A Health Care Odyssey

In the News

August 31, 2011

PAWA Reintroduced in the Senate

ASAPs

June 14, 2011

House Steps Up Health Care Assault

ASAPs

January 25, 2011

House Passes Health Care Repeal Bill

ASAPs

January 19, 2011

House Passes Health Care Repeal Bill

ASAPs

January 19, 2011

Senate Confirms EEOC Nominations

ASAPs

December 23, 2010

Upcoming EEOC Regulatory Agenda

ASAPs

December 21, 2010

EEOC Issues Final GINA Regulations

ASAPs

November 8, 2010

Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act Imminent

ASAPs

September 21, 2010

Tax Extender Bill Fails Yet Again

ASAPs

June 25, 2010

Work-Life Balance Award Act Fails

ASAPs

June 17, 2010

NLRB, EEOC Members Sworn In

ASAPs

April 8, 2010

IRS Releases Form W-11 Affidavit

ASAPs

April 8, 2010

Senate Passes Reconciliation Bill

ASAPs

March 25, 2010

Senate Passes Reconciliation Bill

ASAPs

March 25, 2010

You Can't Afford Not to: What Employers Have to Know about Health Reform

Corporate Counsel

March 24, 2010

Obama Signs HIRE Act into Law

ASAPs

March 18, 2010

Senate Passes HIRE Act

ASAPs

March 17, 2010

Senate Votes to Advance HIRE Act

ASAPs

March 16, 2010

House Advances Jobs Bill

ASAPs

March 4, 2010

Senate Passes Jobs Bill

ASAPs

February 24, 2010

Senate Votes to Advance Jobs Bill

ASAPs

February 23, 2010

Becker Cloture Vote Delayed

ASAPs

February 8, 2010

Supreme Court Releases Revised Rules

ASAPs

January 12, 2010

Senate Approves Healthcare Bill

ASAPs

December 23, 2009

Senate Passes Appropriations Bill

ASAPs

December 14, 2009

HELP Committee Approves EEOC Nominees

ASAPs

December 11, 2009

Speaking Engagements

Health in a Handbasket - Where Healthcare is Headed and What Employers Should Do about It

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

GINA:  What You Don’t Know Can Cost You

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

A Conversation with NLRB Member Brian Hayes

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

The Retail Industry Summit

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2012

New York Benefits Summit

New York, NY

February 10, 2011

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1989 cum laude
  • B.A., Tufts University Jackson College, 1985 cum laude

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
Illinois
New York