Outten & Golden LLP partner Wendi S. Lazar is quoted in this Harvard Business Review case study about office romance.
When star salesperson Elizabeth starts dating Brad, the CFO of her company, she has high hopes for the relationship. She doesn't report to him, so there's no conflict there, and he's a smart, interesting guy. But when he dumps her for another coworker and flaunts the new relationship, Elizabeth finds herself in what now feels like a hostile workplace. Her boss tells her to "get over it," but she's not sure she can. Commentators Karen Firestone, author of "Even the Odds: Sensible Risk-Taking in Business, Investing and Life," and Wendi S. Lazar, partner of the employment law firm Outten & Golden, weigh in on whether Elizabeth should stay in her lucrative job or call back the headhunters who've been pursuing her and move on. (Harvard Business Review, September 2016 issue.)
Employment And Labor Law In 2014: Has The Workplace Improved?
Wendi S. Lazar comments on the past year in Employment & Labor Law, NYLJ, December 11, 2014. Have things improved or gotten worse for employees in the workplace in 2014? All told, it is not as bad as the U.S. Supreme Court would likely have us believe and of course, there are always executive orders that empower people to continue to strive for change and a better life. However, with forced arbitration still a reality and a religious exemption clause that can set in motion discrimination and bigotry in the workplace for years to come, employee advocates cannot rest on some of the positive achievements in the year we leave behind.
Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements: Cutting A Path Through The Regulatory Thicket
Wendi S. Lazar and Katherine Blostein write about negotiating executive compensation agreements, and current issues. The landscape of executive compensation has changed significantly since the financial crisis of 2008. As a result of the ensuing downturn and increased public scrutiny, executives’ leverage in negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment and equity agreements has decreased. The overwhelming outcry about excessive pay from shareholders and the public following the downturn resulted in new legislation that limits executive pay for top executives at public companies and imposes compensation restrictions and disclosure requirements on large companies generally. However, in the intervening years, the Securities and Exchange Commission still has not enacted rules implementing a significant portion of the new legislation, and therefore much uncertainty remains. In addition, the past several years have seen a return to performance-based compensation, as well as a movement towards eradicating excessive guaranteed bonuses on Wall Street and among other bonus-based businesses. Wendi S. Lazar and Katherine Blostein write about negotiating executive compensation agreements, and current issues. Bloomberg BNA, Pensions and Benefits Daily. Reproduced with permission from Pension & Benefits Daily, 127 PBD, 07/02/2014. Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com