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.
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.
Michael covers topics related to wage and hour including minimum wage, overtime, employee classification, hours worked, independent contractors and child labor.
Michael has been quoted by a number of news outlets, including HRDive, TechInsurance.com, Massage Magazine and CUES.org. He authored Employing Minors 101: FLSA Rules and Regulations and has served as an editor for several other publications. Read Michael's blogs on the award-winning XpertHR blog.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining XpertHR, Michael was the managing editor for Thompson Publishing Group's library of HR publications. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing books, manuals and online tools covering a variety of topics such as wage and hour, employee leaves, employee benefits and compensation.
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.
Head of Salary Surveys and HR Data Benchmarking Services, XpertHR UK; mark.crail(at)rbi.co.uk
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.
Legal Editor, michael.jacobson(at)xperthr.com
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 covers topics related to HR strategy and management, employee relations and employee communications.
Marta has been a speaker at PIHRA's California HR Conference and HR Houston's Gulf Coast Symposium. She has been quoted by a number of news outlets including Forbes, InfoWorld, The Street and SHRM.org. Marta authored "Encourage Internal Whistleblowing in an Evolving Legal Landscape" for Corporate Compliance Insights. Read Marta's blogs on the award-winning XpertHR Blog.
Marta holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of Arts in English from Florida International University. Prior to joining XpertHR, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General with the Florida Attorney General's Office, where she litigated a number of cases regarding business ethics, whistleblowing and compliance; 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.
Editorial Team Lead
Tracy Morley leads a team of legal editors for XpertHR and oversees topics related to employee benefits and business and HR strategy.
Actively involved in the HR profession, Tracy is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at both the national and local levels. She gives back to the profession by serving as an appointed volunteer writer for the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and also serves as an Advocacy Captain for SHRM's Advocacy Team (A-Team). She authored "How to Deal With an Employee Who is Habitually Late" for Franchising World. Tracy's blogs can be found on the award winning XpertHR blog.
Tracy holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling/HR Development from the University of Bridgeport. Before joining XpertHR, she held a variety of roles in multiple HR disciplines including employee relations, benefit plan administration, payroll administration and performance management and compensation.
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.
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.
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.
Robert covers a range of employment law and human resources topics at the federal, state and municipal levels, with a focus on the intersection of compliance with HR strategy and practice.
Robert was the principal writer and editor of the State Wage Assignment and Garnishment Handbook. He also has written articles for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and has been quoted by HR Bartender. Actively involved in the HR profession, Robert is a member of SHRM at both the national and local levels, and gives back to the profession by serving on the communications team of his local chapter.
Robert has more than 25 years' experience in legal publishing. Before joining XpertHR, he was the senior HR editor at Thompson Information Services. In this role, he was responsible for managing digital and print employment law publications covering a variety of topics, such as FMLA, ADA, federal and state leave laws, EEO issues, and employee handbook issues. Prior to that he was the primary editor of Bloomberg BNA's State Labor Laws binders. He also served as a union unit leader and shop steward in the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild (WBNG) of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Jessica covers a variety of state, federal and municipal employment law and human resources topics.
Jessica holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. Before joining XpertHR, Jessica worked as a legal editor for Business & Legal Resources (BLR). In that role, Jessica created many labor and employment law publications and was the editor of the Benefits Compliance Advisor online newsletter and the benefits manual, Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies. She also served as the point person for many employment legal issues, including the Affordable Care Act, health care insurance, COBRA, HIPAA and employee benefits.
David B. Weisenfeld covers topics related to recruiting and hiring, including preemployment screening, drug testing and interviewing and selection.
David also hosts XpertHR's award-winning podcast series, for which he won a first-place national award from the American Society of Professional Business Editors, as well as our employment law webinar series. In addition, he supervises XpertHR's award-winning blog and frequently contributes articles on hot-button employment issues. He has been quoted by SHRM, HR Magazine and other publications.
Prior to joining XpertHR, David served as US Supreme Court correspondent and editor-in-chief of a nationwide legal news service while also co-anchoring the company's newscasts and editing its employment law product.
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Beth covers topics related to discrimination and harassment, diversity, employee privacy, employee handbooks and workplace conduct.
Beth has been quoted in numerous publications such as the Huffington Post, Fast Company and Switch and Shift. She has also been a guest on Marketwatch Radio and Wall Street Journal Radio and has been a speaker at New York State SHRM's Go for the Gold Conference and HR Houston's Gulf Coast Symposium. Read Beth's blogs on the award-winning XpertHR blog.
Beth holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Prior to joining XpertHR, Beth represented employers in a variety of employment-related matters involving discrimination and harassment claims, contract disputes, restrictive covenant and trade secret issues, and wage and hour disputes.