XpertHR Editorial Team
Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor
Melissa Gonzalez Boyce is a former practicing employment law attorney with more than 10 years of legal experience. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, she covers topics relating to workplace health, safety and security, including OSHA, workplace violence, smoking, pandemics, cell phone use/texting while driving and data breaches. Melissa also presents XpertHR webinars on health and safety issues affecting the workplace.
Melissa holds a Juris Doctor 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, including those relating to discrimination, retaliation and discipline as well as labor relations.
Melissa Burdorf, JD, Editorial Team Lead
Melissa Burdorf is a former in-house attorney and practicing employment law attorney with over 15 years of experience serving HR professionals. She leads a team of legal editors at XpertHR and oversees the Employee Handbooks tool.
Melissa holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. Before joining XpertHR, Melissa served as in-house counsel for various companies. 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, Senior Legal Editor
Michael Cardman has more than 20 years of experience in publishing and has specialized in employment law for more than 15 years. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, he focuses on wage and hour compliance, including minimum wage, overtime, employee classification, hours worked, independent contractors and child labor.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining XpertHR, he 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.
Amanda Czepiel, JD, Head of Content
With over 14 years of business compliance publishing experience, Amanda Czepiel leads the XpertHR US content team, focusing on the development of content to meet the ever-changing challenges of XpertHR's audience.
Before joining XpertHR, Amanda headed the content team at BLR, overseeing its human resources and environmental, health and safety editorial operations for the company's workflow services, live events, print publications and media and training offerings. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts degree in food studies from New York University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut. She has served on the Program Committee for the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) annual conference.
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Helen He, Legal Knowledge Management Analyst
Helen joined XpertHR in 2021 as a legal analyst. In this role, she works as a liaison between the content team and other departments, such as marketing, UI/UX, technology, and data science, to develop new products and services to meet employers' evolving strategic HR and compliance needs.
Helen studied at Fordham University and holds a BA in economics. She formerly worked at global law firm Ropes & Gray as an information governance analyst. There her responsibilities included training incoming legal support staff on legal technology solutions, monitoring information systems and identifying areas for improvement in information management. Prior to that, Helen worked at a marketing firm as a corporate trainer for sales.
Taylor Lewellyn, JD, Legal Editor
Taylor Lewellyn has over 5 years' experience in legal publishing. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, she covers topics including worker's compensation, immigration, employee communications, HR management, employee handbooks, recordkeeping, and training and development.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law. Before joining XpertHR, she was a senior content specialist at Simplify Compliance. In that role, Taylor coordinated the development and maintenance of all environmental, health and safety (EHS) training content for the BLR-branded websites and products, helping organizations comply with OSHA, EPA and DOT rules. She also covered a variety of EHS topics and presented webinars related to training and compliance issues. Taylor is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
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Laci Loew, MBA, Senior Analyst, HR Strategy & Insights
With more than 25 years of human resources experience, Laci Loew is XpertHR's Senior Analyst HR Strategy and Insights sharing unbiased insights and empirical evidence to inform strategic HR decisions and actions for CHROs and HR professionals globally.
Before joining XpertHR, Laci founded her own HR research services firm advising senior HR leaders in their pursuit to execute HR strategies that make a business difference. Before becoming an HR entrepreneur, she headed HR research practice areas for Bersin & Associates (now Bersin by Deloitte) and held senior HR practitioner and leadership roles for United Airlines, Motorola, and Owens Corning. She is published in Harvard Business Publishing, HR Magazine, Learning Executive, Workforce Expert, SHRM, eLearning Guild, Training Magazine, and other trade journals.
Laci holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She participates in local chapters of SHRM and Networking After Work.
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Tracy Morley, SPHR, SHRM - SCP, Editorial Team Lead
Tracy Morley has more than 25 years of HR experience. She leads a team of legal editors and is actively involved in the HR profession as a member of SHRM at both the national and local levels. She also serves as an appointed volunteer writer for the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
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.
Helena Oroz, JD, Legal Editor
Helena Oroz is an attorney with 19 years of employment law counseling and litigation experience. She joined XpertHR in 2022 as a legal editor covering various leave topics such as paid sick leave and FMLA as well as disability, multistate employer issues and other emerging HR trends.
Helena earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication and English from Denison University and a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.
Before joining XpertHR, Helena worked as a law firm associate counseling and defending employers with respect to a wide variety of employment law issues, including leave management, restrictive covenants, harassment and discrimination, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and COVID-related compliance issues. She also wrote and edited legal content concerning critical employment law issues for firm friends and clients. Helena also previously worked as in-house Employment Counsel for a global consumer goods company.
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Rena Pirsos, JD, Legal Editor
Rena Pirsos has more than 30 years of experience in legal publishing. At XpertHR, she covers topics related to payroll, including income and employment tax withholding, depositing and reporting; taxation of employee benefits; payment of wages; child support and garnishment order compliance; and international payroll issues.
Rena holds a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and French literature from Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. Prior to joining XpertHR, she was managing editor for the American Payroll Association and developed and co-authored many of its core publications. In earlier years, she 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 guides to federal, state and local income tax, and CCH/Wolters Kluwer Federal Securities Law Reports.
Emily Scace, Legal Editor
Emily Scace has more than 10 years of publishing experience, including more than seven years in legal publishing. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, she covers topics including employment discrimination and harassment, recruiting and hiring, and workers' compensation.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology from Northwestern University and is currently a JD candidate at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to joining XpertHR, she was a senior content specialist at Simplify Compliance. In that role, she covered a variety of workplace health and safety topics, was the editor of the OSHA Compliance Advisor newsletter, and frequently delivered webinars on key issues in workplace safety.
Melissa A. Silver, JD, Senior Legal Editor
Melissa Silver is a former practicing employment law attorney with 10 years of experience. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, she covers a variety of leave-related topics, such as FMLA, USERRA and paid sick leave, as well as disabilities and accommodation, and multistate employer issues. In addition, Melissa is a frequent presenter of XpertHR webinars on employee leaves.
Melissa holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Before joining XpertHR, she defended clients in a variety of employment-related matters involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, as well as the enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Robert S. Teachout, SHRM - SCP, Legal Editor
Robert Teachout has more than 30 years' experience in legal publishing covering employment laws on the state and federal level. At XpertHR, he covers labor relations, performance appraisals and promotions, HR professional development and employment contracts. He often writes on the intersection of compliance with HR strategy and practice.
Before joining XpertHR, Robert was a senior HR editor at Thompson Information Services, covering FMLA, ADA, EEO issues and federal and state leave laws. Prior to that he was the primary editor of Bloomberg BNA's State Labor Laws binders and was the principal writer and editor of the State Wage Assignment and Garnishment Handbook. Robert also served as a union unit leader and shop steward in the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild of the Communications Workers of America. 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 as the communications vice president on the board of his local chapter.
David B. Weisenfeld, JD, Legal Editor
David Weisenfeld has more than 20 years' experience writing, broadcasting and reporting on legal news and employment law. He currently covers topics related to termination and investigations, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion. David hosts XpertHR's award-winning podcast series, for which he won a first-place national award from the American Society of Professional Business Editors, leads our news team, and hosts or presents webinars on a range of employment law issues.
David holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. 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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Natasha K. A. Wiebusch, JD, Legal Editor
Natasha K. A. Wiebusch is a former practicing attorney, HR compliance and training specialist, and content marketer. At XpertHR she covers a variety of topics, including benefits, compensation, training and development, workplace flexibility, and the future of work.
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Science in communication science and rhetorical studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining XpertHR, Natasha provided content marketing services to HR tech companies and legal professionals. As a content marketer, Natasha covered topics such as benefits, compensation, financial wellness, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).