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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 S. Gay represents for-profit, not-for-profit, and government clients with respect to their employee related issues. This includes hiring/discharge, discrimination matters, traditional labor/management relations, diversity, internal investigations, workplace training, privacy, wage and hour and issues related to international labor and employment concerns. Darrell’s work for clients with regard to traditional labor matters includes union negotiations, elections, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges and union avoidance. In addition, he serves as chief negotiator for his clients during collective-bargaining sessions.

Darrell counsels and provides assistance to clients with global issues, such as managing their data protection concerns, preparing international harassment training and resolving employment issues in assorted jurisdictions. He also assists clients in the establishment of business operations in foreign jurisdictions to enable the clients to engage in employment of both expatriates and local nationals.

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, Federal and State courts, but has also handled investigations conducted by the New York State Attorney General's office. Darrell has also led internal investigations of senior level executives on behalf of the corporate board of directors.

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Darrell was a partner at two other significant international law firms, serving as the head of the US practice group at one of them. He also headed an employment and labor law boutique for several years in New York City. He served as a Commissioner with the New York State Civil Service Commission. Also, he was formerly associated with the Metropolitan Hospital Medical Center in New York, as Director of Labor Relations/Labor Counsel and with the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2 in New York, as an attorney.