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New Joint Employer Rule: New Hurdle for Business Relationships

Speaker(s): Angel Louis Ortiz, Jr., Darrell S. Gay
Recorded on: Jul. 28, 2016
PLI Program #: 189866

Angel Louis Ortiz, Jr. is Vice-President of Labor and Employee Relations for NBCUniversal Media, LLC.  He was named to this post in July of 2007.  Prior to this role, he served as a Human Resources Director and Chief Labor Counsel for four years at the Telemundo Communications Group, the company’s Spanish language media division.  Angel joined the NBCUniversal Labor Relations and Talent Negotiations group as an Attorney in May of 2002.  He is one of NBCUniversal’s chief labor spokespersons and lead negotiators, providing dedicated guidance and strategic support across various NBCUniversal divisions, including: NBC Sports & Olympics; 28 Owned/Operated TV Stations; Telemundo; NBC News; Universal Studios; cable division networks such as Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, E!, and MSNBC; as well as entertainment shows such as the Tonight Show, Late Night, and Saturday Night Live.  His areas of expertise include labor relations, labor and employment litigation, collective bargaining negotiations, ADR, human resources, government relations, public relations, management training, positive employee relations, and talent and executive contracts. 

Prior to working for NBCUniversal, Angel worked as a labor and employment associate at the New York office of Jackson Lewis Schnitzler & Krupman, a national labor and employment law firm, advocating exclusively on behalf of management in all areas of private sector labor relations, employment law, and human resources.  He began his career in public sector labor relations as a Staff Attorney for the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining at the New York City Board of Education advocating on behalf of the Schools Chancellor at contract arbitrations and collective bargaining negotiations with various public sector unions such as the Teachers, Operating Engineers, and Janitors.

Angel graduated from The Dalton School in New York City (1988), received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts (1992), and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (1997).  He is based in NYC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and resides in Westfield, New Jersey, with his wife Laura, and their sons, Drew (16) and Jordan (13).

Darrell represents for-profit, not-for-profit, and government clients with respect to their employee-related issues. Key to his work is the objective of assisting his clients in enhancing the performance of their employees and averting negative employee relations.

On behalf of management, Darrell handles employee-related issues, including hiring/discharge, discrimination matters, traditional labor/management relations, diversity, internal investigations, workplace training, privacy, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, and issues related to international labor and employment concerns.

Darrell focuses his practice on assisting his clients with compliance with national and local labor/employment laws, and the institution of management best practices to proactively avoid operational problems. Darrell has developed and provided training to the management teams of his clients on issues ranging from “Management Techniques – Enhancing Employee Performance,” “Conducting Internal Investigations,” “Navigating Leave Laws,” and “Sexual Harassment Training.”

Darrell’s extensive work for clients with regard to traditional labor matters includes union negotiations, assistance with union organizing, including the development and management of neutrality agreements and elections, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. In addition, he serves as chief negotiator for his clients during collective-bargaining sessions and has negotiated several agreements spanning a host of industries.

Darrell has also led several internal investigations of senior level executives, including several C-Suite level matters, on behalf of his corporate clients, frequently being retained by the entities' Corporate Board of Directors. Darrell uses his experience working with the City, State and Federal Governments and his role as a New York State Commissioner in helping his clients navigate claims before governmental agencies. 

With respect to non-traditional work, Darrell has handled and managed significant cases involving single and multiple plaintiffs, single and multiple defendants, cases with allegations of serious continuing violations and high profile media cases. He not only has experience before administrative agencies as well as Federal and State courts, but has also handled investigations conducted by the New York State Attorney General's office.