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Military Leave Rights and Landmark Cases

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0.75 - 1.1
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This CLE course is presented by Tully Rinckey PLLC Senior Associate Michael Macomber, Esq. Mr. Macomber will draw upon his vast experience with federal employment law to assist attorneys of all levels of skill and experience in improving their legal knowledge regarding the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and other applicable federal and state laws. Mr. Macomber will assist attorneys in identifying the types of claims that can be pursued under USERRA in the context of representing both employees and employers, and how to best advise clients dealing with these types of issues. Mr. Macomber will also provide insight into procedural requirements imposed on plaintiffs seeking to pursue claims under USERRA.

Lecturer Bio

Michael W. Macomber, Esq

On top of being a Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Michael is the Section Chair of the firm’s New York State Employment Group. He focuses his practice on federal and private sector employment law claims, including claims involving the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), New York Labor Law, and New York Executive Law.

In his federal employment practice, Michael has represented employees before the following:
Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB);
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC);
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB);
Office of Special Counsel (OSC); and
various Offices of the Inspector General (OIG).

In his New York State employment practice, Michael represents employees and employers in both federal and state court, including claims before the following:
New York State Division of Human Rights;
Department of Labor (DOL);
Unemployment Insurance Board (UIB); and,
Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).

Michael also handles disciplinary hearings in the union, municipality, school district, and civil service areas, as well as contract negotiations, severance negotiations, and advising employees and employers regarding disciplinary investigations.

In addition to his practice in New York State and federal employment, Michael focuses his practice on all aspects of civil litigation. Whether handling contract disputes, business agreements, corporate formation, employment agreements, small claims, collections, landlord tenant disputes, or criminal law, Michael is always the strongest advocate for his client’s best interests.

On a personal side, Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Union College, with a concentration in English literature and a minor in German. He has studied and lived abroad, learning German and architecture in Vienna, Austria and growing up in Switzerland as a child. After receiving his baccalaureate from Union, Michael went on to earn a graduate certificate in foundations in business from the University of Massachusetts. Michael earned his juris doctorate from Albany Law School, graduating cum laude.

Michael currently serves as chairperson of the Schenectady Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee, and he gets frequent requests from local and regional media outlets to respond to relevant legal issues. He has written on emerging legal issues, including an article on USERRA reported on the Reserve Officers Association’s Web site. Michael was featured in the Times Union “My Other Life” column, focusing on the work him and his wife, Deanndra, volunteer to a local rescue agency, “Help Orphan Puppies.”

Currently, Michael and Deanndra live in the Capital Region with their daughter, four dogs, and two cats. When Michael is not busy practicing law, he coaches freestyle skiing on the weekends in Vermont. In their spare time the family enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, running, or a round of golf.

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