People: Robert T. Szyba, Associate

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Robert T. Szyba

Associate

New York
Direct: (212) 218-3351
Fax: (917) 344-1174
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Robert T. Szyba is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment Department. He defends and counsels employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including background check and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, “ban the box” issues, prevailing wage requirements, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower retaliation, family and medical leave compliance and interference/retaliation claims, paid sick leave, and discrimination/harassment. His clients operate in a variety of industries, including retail, background check services, for-profit education, foodservice and hospitality management, transportation, electrical, tolling, public works contractors, accounting, and insurance. Mr. Szyba also advises on preventive employment counseling, pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, alternate dispute resolution and mandatory arbitration programs, and employment policies and procedures.

Mr. Szyba represents clients in complex employment litigation, including class, collective, and multi-district litigation, as well as single-plaintiff lawsuits. He has extensive experience in New Jersey and New York state and federal courts, as well as federal district courts across the country. He represents clients at both trial and appellate levels. He also represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, and New York State Division of Human Rights.

Mr. Szyba currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. He is a regular panelist and presenter for various legal associations in New York and New Jersey on employment law topics and issues, such as handling whistleblower issues, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, discrimination and harassment litigation avoidance, class action litigation, and litigation strategies. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and The Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court.

Mr. Szyba is fluent in Polish.

Robert T. Szyba is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment Department. He defends and counsels employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including background check and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, “ban the box” issues, prevailing wage requirements, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower retaliation, family and medical leave compliance and interference/retaliation claims, paid sick leave, and discrimination/harassment. His clients operate in a variety of industries, including retail, background check services, for-profit education, foodservice and hospitality management, transportation, electrical, tolling, public works contractors, accounting, and insurance. Mr. Szyba also advises on preventive employment counseling, pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, alternate dispute resolution and mandatory arbitration programs, and employment policies and procedures.

Mr. Szyba represents clients in complex employment litigation, including class, collective, and multi-district litigation, as well as single-plaintiff lawsuits. He has extensive experience in New Jersey and New York state and federal courts, as well as federal district courts across the country. He represents clients at both trial and appellate levels. He also represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, and New York State Division of Human Rights.

Mr. Szyba currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. He is a regular panelist and presenter for various legal associations in New York and New Jersey on employment law topics and issues, such as handling whistleblower issues, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, discrimination and harassment litigation avoidance, class action litigation, and litigation strategies. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and The Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court.

Mr. Szyba is fluent in Polish.

Education

  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, cum laude (2009)
    Editor-in-Chief, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal
    Distinguished Service to the School Award
    Dean's List 
    Moot Court Association 
    Willem C. Vis International Moot Arbitration Team
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music, cum laude (2001)

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States 
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit, & District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Western District of New York, Northern District of New York, & District of New Jersey

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section; Section of Litigation)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • New York State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • The Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court
  • Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal (Alumni Advisory Board)

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "New York City's Criminal Background Checks and OFCCP Compliance," HR Forum, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 25, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Whistleblowing - Lippman v. Ethicon: Under What Conditions Do “Watch Dogs” Have CEPA Protection If They Whistle Blow?,” Employment Law Roundtable, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, NJ (2015)
  • Co-Presenter, "Interactive Workshop: Intermittent Leave Under the FMLA, ADA, and Local Law," Breakfast Briefing, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 16, 2015)
  • “Hot Tips in Labor & Employment Law,” presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, NJ (2015)
  • “Hot Tips in Labor & Employment Law,” presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, NJ (2014)
  • "On Your Radar: Review of Important Employment Law Cases of 2012-2013," part of the 2013 NELA/NJ Annual Conference titled “Weathering the Storm: Managing Urgent Issues in Employment Law,” co-sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the National Employment Lawyers Association New Jersey Chapter, New Brunswick, NJ (2013)
  • "Supreme Court Review: Labor & Employment Law Cases from the 2012-2013 Term," presented at Hofstra University School of Law and sponsored by the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Hempstead, NY (2013)
  • Program Co-chair, “Social Media and the Public Sector Workplace,” Presented by the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Technology in the Workplace and Practice Committee and the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Hempstead, NY (2012)
  • "Supreme Court Review: Labor & Employment Law Cases from the 2011-2012 Term," presented at Hofstra University School of Law and sponsored by the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Hempstead, NY (2012)
  • "Dinner with a Lawyer: Transition from Law School to Practice," presented at the City University of New York Law School sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, Queens, NY (2012)
  • "E-Discovery Overview for Employment Cases," sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association New Jersey Chapter, New Brunswick, NJ (2012)
  • "The Implications of Wal-Mart v. Dukes," sponsored by the NYC Labor and Employment Relations Association, New York, NY (2011)
  • "The Anatomy of a Complaint," sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association New Jersey Chapter, New Brunswick, NJ (2011)
  • "Supreme Court Review: Labor & Employment Law Cases from the 2010-2011 Term," presented at Hofstra University School of Law and sponsored by the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Hempstead, NY (2011)
  • "Discovery Goals and How to Achieve Them: Spoliation, Interrogatories, Request to Produce, Motions to Compel, e-Discovery," 2011 NELA/NJ Annual Conference co-sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the National Employment Lawyers Association New Jersey Chapter, East Brunswick, NJ (2011)

Publications