Long Island employment lawyer, Matthew Weinick, has been selected to chair the Nassau County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee. Founded in 1899 with just nineteen members, the Nassau County Bar Association now boasts nearly 5,000 members.
The Labor and Employment Law committee is tasked with analyzing proposals for new federal and state legislation and regulations relating to employment issues such as employer-employee relations, benefits, and pensions. The committee also reviews judicial decisions concerning employment law matters including discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour issues.
The committee meets once per month at the association’s Mineola office building, affectionately known by members as “Domus.” Meetings provide committee members the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in employment law. The committee invites a speaker to each meeting, to lead a discussion with members about a particular area of employment law.
Typically, chairpersons of the committee serve two year terms. Having served for two years as Vice-Chairperson, Weinick was selected as Chairperson by a sub-committee comprised of distinguished past committee chairs.
On his appointment, Weinick commented, “The bar association has been a cherished part of my professional life and I’m looking forward to giving back to the committee which has helped me grow so much as a lawyer.” Weinick expects to face many challenges this year, including the likelihood that the committee will not be able to hold in-person meetings because of coronavirus, and the ongoing legal issues related to employment because of coronavirus.
Weinick first joined the Nassau County Bar Association while a student in law school. When his path brought him into employment law, he joined the Labor and Employment Law committee, and has been actively participating with the committee ever since. As a committee member, Weinick has led presentations at the committee’s monthly meetings and he has presented at Continuing Legal Education classes put together by the committee and presented to the entire association.
In addition to committee work, Weinick is involved in the association’s pro bono work, including the association’s annual open houses and lawyer in the classroom program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Weinick participates as a member of the bar association’s pandemic task force and provides free consultations to community members who have employment related questions arising because of coronavirus. Weinick has had all eight articles published that he submitted to the bar association’s newspaper, Nassau Lawyer. The articles addressed substantive employment law issues, procedural issues, and broader civil rights matters.
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