XpertHR Editorial Team

Melissa Gonzalez Boyce

Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD

Legal Editor

Melissa covers topics related to unionization, collective bargaining, strikes, OSHA, workplace safety and security.

Melissa has authored "NLRB Actions Increasingly Target Nonunion-Employer Policy Provisions" for Employment Relations Today and has been quoted in numerous publications such as Fast Company, TheStreet and Equal Times. Melissa has been a speaker at New Jersey's Garden State Council SHRM Conference and Expo. Read Melissa's blogs on the award-winning XpertHR blog.

Melissa holds a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. Before joining XpertHR, she was an employment law attorney representing private and public employers on a diverse docket of employment-related matters with a focus on unions, collective bargaining, grievance and disciplinary procedures and unfair labor practices.

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Melissa Burdorf

Melissa Burdorf, JD

Editorial Team Lead

Melissa Burdorf leads a group of legal editors on XpertHR and covers topics including disability and leaves of absence, handbook and multistate employer issues.

Melissa has been quoted by a number of news outlets, including TheStreet and Entrepreneur. She has also been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Read Melissa's blogs on the award winning XpertHR blog.

Melissa holds a Juris Doctorate degree from American University, Washington College of Law. Before joining XpertHR, Melissa served as in-house counsel for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. In that role she provided advice to HR on a multitude of employment-related issues. Prior to working in-house, Melissa worked as an employment law associate, where she handled a diverse docket of employment-related matters, such as retaliation, harassment and discrimination.

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Michael Cardman

Michael Cardman

Legal Editor, michael.cardman(at)xperthr.com


LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/ko5gvv5

Michael Cardman is the legal editor for the wage and hour content in the employee compensation section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Michael was the managing editor for Thompson Publishing Group's library of HR publications.

Peggy Carter-Ward

Peggy Carter-Ward

Head of Content, peggy.carter-ward(at)xperthr.com

Peggy Carter-Ward is the head of content for XpertHR - US.

She has 20 years of business compliance publishing experience, most recently as the editor-in-chief for 9 years at Business and Legal Resources, Inc., managing their HR, compensation, workplace safety and environmental compliance editorial operations.

Peggy has also judged for several prestigious publishing awards, including the WebAwards, SIIA CODiEs, and the AZBEEs.

Mark Crail

Mark Crail

Head of Salary Surveys and HR Data Benchmarking Services, XpertHR UK; mark.crail(at)rbi.co.uk


LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/kdlbt9t

Mark Crail oversees the collection and publication of pay data through the Salary Surveys business and manages XpertHR UK's wider HR research program, which forms the core of XpertHR Benchmarking.

Mark has written on a wide range of employment issues, but has a particular interest in the organization and structure of the HR function itself.

Mark's other interests include collective employment relations and the role of trade unions, and the rather broad topic of innovation: how organizations respond to change and either manage it or are reshaped by forces beyond their control.

Michael C. Jacobson

Michael C. Jacobson

Legal Editor, michael.jacobson(at)xperthr.com


LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/lf2hrnr

Michael C. Jacobson is the legal editor for the organizational exit and investigations and litigation sections of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Michael worked as an attorney in Manhattan for six years where he defended employers and healthcare providers against wrongful termination, discrimination, medical malpractice and general liability claims.

Michael obtained his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the notes and comments editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal.

Marta Moakley

Marta Moakley

Legal Editor, marta.moakley(at)xperthr.com


LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/l6as5ge

Marta Moakley is the legal editor for the training and development, employee retention, performance appraisals, promotions, employee communications, managing employees in special situations, employee discipline, and recordkeeping and minimizing liability content in the employee management section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, she worked as an assistant attorney general with the Florida Attorney General's Office, and as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Marta also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul C. Huck, Senior US District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Tracy Morley

Tracy Morley

Legal Editor, tracy.morley(at)xperthr.com


LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/ms4xhgd

Tracy Morley is the legal editor for the employee benefits section of XpertHR.

She has over 25 years of HR experience encompassing multiple HR disciplines including employee relations, benefit plan administration, payroll administration and performance management and compensation.

Tracy is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and facilitates the SHRM Learning System, a course designed to help prepare HR professionals for their PHR/SPHR certification exam.

Rena Pirsos

Rena Pirsos, JD

Legal Editor

Rena Pirsos covers topics related to payroll, including: income and employment tax withholding, depositing and reporting; taxation of  benefits; payment of wages; child support and garnishment order compliance; and international payroll issues.

Rena is a contributing author to Global Payroll, the magazine of the Global Payroll Management Institute. Read Rena's blogs on the award-winning XpertHR blog.   

Rena has more than 25 years of experience in legal publishing. Prior to joining XpertHR, she was Managing Editor for the American Payroll Association and developed and co-authored of many of its core publications. In earlier years, Rena was Managing Editor of the UCC Law Journal and Banking Law Journal at Warren Gorham Lamont/Thomson Professional Publishing, and a legal editor for Thomson Reuters' Payroll Guide, Prentice Hall's Federal Income Tax Guide and State and Local Income Tax Guide, and the CCH/Wolters Kluwer Federal Securities Law Reports.

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Susan Schoenfeld

Susan Schoenfeld, JD

Legal Editor

Susan covers topics including affirmative action, disability and leaves of absence, as well as multistate employer issues.

Susan has been quoted by a number of news outlets, including the New York Times, National Public Radio, NBC news.com and Human Resource Executive Online. Susan has been a speaker for webinars, podcasts and live events, including speaking for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT). Read Susan's blogs on the award-winning XpertHR blog.

Before joining XpertHR, Susan served as a legal editor for Business & Legal Resources (BLR). In that role she created employment-related newsletters, books, reports and training materials. Prior to working for BLR, Susan worked as an employment law associate in private practice and as an attorney for the US Department of Labor (DOL), where she provided legal counsel and litigated cases for the DOL's Office of Civil Rights, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Mine Safety and Health Administration. In her work with the DOL, Susan also drafted and reviewed federal regulations, designed training programs for federal enforcement officers and created program policy statements for federal labor agencies.

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Melissa A. Silver

Melissa A. Silver, JD

Legal Editor

Melissa covers topics related to recruiting and hiring, such as immigration, employment contracts and the onboarding process.  Melissa also covers international and global employer issues.

Melissa has been quoted in SHRM and Dice and authored a column titled "The Front Burner: Yes: Database for workers' authorization operates well" for the Orlando Sentinel. Read Melissa's blogs on the award-winning XpertHR blog.

Melissa holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to joining XpertHR, Melissa defended clients in a variety of employment-related matters involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, as well as the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

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Alicia D. Smith

Alicia D. Smith

Product Manager, alicia.d.smith(at)xperthr.com

Alicia D. Smith is the product manager for XpertHR - US, with responsibility for customer-driven product strategy, planning and development, as well as content and production management.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Alicia was a legal editor with LexisNexis, another Reed Elsevier company, where she worked to develop new content and customer-focused solutions in the LexisNexis litigation and alternative dispute resolution product lines.

Before joining LexisNexis, Alicia practiced law for four years as a civil litigation associate in New York City.

David B. Weisenfeld

David B. Weisenfeld

Legal Editor, david.weisenfeld(at)xperthr.com


LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/mko3u4t

David B. Weisenfeld is the legal editor for the preemployment background check, job advertising, and interviewing and selection content in the recruiting and hiring section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, he served as US Supreme Court correspondent and editor-in-chief of a nationwide legal news service, as well as co-anchor of the company's newscasts and editor of its employment law product.

David's work also has appeared in the ABA's Supreme Court Preview, Employee Rights Quarterly, USA Today and The Washington Times.

Beth P. Zoller

Beth P. Zoller

Legal Editor, beth.zoller(at)xperthr.com


LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/mefz5ce

Beth P. Zoller is the legal editor for the discrimination, affirmative action, harassment, retaliation, employee privacy, and employee handbooks/work rules/employee conduct content in the employee management section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Beth practiced law for more than 10 years representing employers with respect to employment discrimination and harassment claims, contractual disputes, restrictive covenant issues, family and medical leave, wage and hour disputes and a variety of other employment-related claims.

Our Sources

The XpertHR team consults several well-regarded and authoritative sources in preparing content for the site.

This includes the suite of legal research products published by LexisNexis, such as lexis.comTM and the Employment Law Deskbook, authored by employment law firm Shawe Rosenthal LLP.