XpertHR Editorial Team
Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor
Melissa Gonzalez Boyce is a former practicing employment law attorney with 10 years of experience. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, she covers topics relating to workplace health, safety and security, including: smoking, workplace violence, cell phone use/texting while driving, data breaches and OSHA.
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 such as disciplinary procedures, retaliation, harassment and union issues.
Melissa 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. She has also been a speaker at New Jersey's Garden State Council SHRM Conference and Expo.
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 covers a variety of topics including leave of absence, disability, multistate employer and employee handbooks.
Melissa holds a Juris Doctorate 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.
Melissa has been quoted by a number of news outlets, including TheStreet and Entrepreneur. She has also been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
Michael Cardman, Legal Editor
Michael Cardman has more than 20 years of experience in publishing and has specialized in employment law for more than 12 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.
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.
Andrew Hellwege, Surveys Editor
Andrew Hellwege has over nine years of survey research experience, including over six years studying HR, employment, and labor issues. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, he serves as the tool lead for the Benchmarking and Surveys product, and conducts all aspects of the survey lifecycle, including questionnaire design, fielding, data analysis, and reporting.
Before joining XpertHR in January 2020, Andrew was a Survey Research Analyst at Bloomberg Industry Group (formerly known as the Bureau of National Affairs), where he was the principal researcher for a variety of benchmarking and tracking surveys covering topics such as employment, human resources, labor relations and contract negotiations, compensation, and paid leave. Prior to that role Andrew worked in market research.
Andrew holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations, both from the University of Delaware.
Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
Marta Moakley is a dedicated legal professional and licensed attorney with over 10 years of litigation and compliance experience and over seven years of legal publishing experience. Marta covers topics related to HR strategy and management, employee relations and employee communications.
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.
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 and "Guard Against Workplace Scandals" for Workforce.
Tracy Morley, SPHR, SHRM - SCP, Editorial Team Lead
Tracy Morley has more than 25 years 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) and as an Advocacy Captain for SHRM's Advocacy Team.
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.
She authored "How to Deal With an Employee Who is Habitually Late" for Franchising World and "Making the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion" for Strategic HR Review.
Rena Pirsos, JD, Legal Editor
Rena Pirsos has more than 30 years of experience in legal publishing. 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 Doctorate degree from Hofstra University School of Law. 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 Federal Income Tax Guide and State and Local Income Tax Guide, and the CCH/Wolters Kluwer Federal Securities Law Reports.
Rena has written articles for Global Payroll, the magazine of the Global Payroll Management Institute.
Melissa A. Silver, JD, 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 topics including employment contracts, immigration and the onboarding process, in addition to international and global employer issues.
Melissa holds a Juris Doctorate 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.
She 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.
Robert S. Teachout, SHRM - SCP, Legal Editor
Robert Teachout has more than 25 years' experience in legal publishing covering employment laws on the state and federal level. He covers labor relations and related topics and 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 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 leading the communications team of his local chapter.
Robert was the principal writer and editor of the State Wage Assignment and Garnishment Handbook. He has contributed articles to SHRM, HR.Com, TLNT, Corporate Compliance Insight and CustomerThink and been quoted by WSJ, HR Bartender and Dice.
Jessica Webb-Ayer, JD, Legal Editor
Jessica Webb-Ayer has more than seven years of experience in legal publishing and over 10 years of legal experience. As a member of XpertHR's editorial team, she covers topics related to employee benefits including health care benefits, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), COBRA, HIPAA, ERISA and retirement benefits.
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.
Jessica has been quoted by a number of news outlets, including CNBC and HR.com.
David B. Weisenfeld, JD, Legal Editor
David Weisenfeld has more than 20 years' experience covering legal news. He focuses on recruiting and hiring, including preemployment screening and testing, drug testing and the interview process. 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.
David holds a Juris Doctorate 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.
David frequently contributes articles on hot-button employment issues, and has been quoted by SHRM, HR Magazine, Fast Company and other publications. In addition, he supervises XpertHR's award-winning blog.