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Breaking Down Employment Law Myths with Doug Rowe (Ep. 149)

Breaking Down Employment Law Myths with Doug Rowe (Ep. 149)

Is your business at risk due to employment law misunderstandings?

In this captivating episode of Life Unlimited, host Larry Heller, CFP®, CDFA®, is joined by Doug Rowe, an acclaimed labor and employment law partner at Certilman Balin, and a New York Metro Super Lawyer and The Legal Eagle award recipient. Doug delves into the critical aspects of employment law, offering indispensable insights for business owners. He also discusses new employment laws that have been implemented and how they can affect employers in dealing with their current employees as well as new hires.

Key Points Covered:

  • The importance of adhering to employment laws in all industries
  • Dispelling overtime myths for salaried employees and explaining exemption qualifications
  • The importance of expert HR guidance in complex legal landscapes
  • The necessity of self-audits for legal compliance in larger firms
  • Navigating the intricacies of modern workplace dynamics, including hybrid work models
  • The evolving role of AI in HR and the need for unbiased hiring practices
  • Plus, additional strategies for mastering employment law!


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About Doug Rowe:

Douglas E. Rowe is a Partner in our Labor and Employment Group.

His broad range of expertise includes claims alleging discrimination based upon race, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability, as well as sexual harassment, wage and hour issues, labor arbitrations, and defense of employment-related claims under federal and state statutes. He is frequently quoted in the media about the #MeToo movement and legislation affecting employers and employees.

He counsels on and litigates issues relating to restrictive covenants and trade secrets. By initiating preventive counseling on company policies and other personnel matters, Mr. Rowe helps clients keep costs down and avoid litigation. He also prepares and negotiates employment agreements.

A seasoned litigator at the state and federal level, Mr. Rowe has significant appellate experience. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Mr. Rowe was first named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list in 2011 and has earned the distinction consecutively from 2013 until 2018. Only five percent of lawyers in the New York Metro are honored each year.   

He was awarded a “Legal Eagle” by Long Island Pulse Magazine.

He serves on the Board of Directors at Rock and Wrap it Up, an anti-poverty think tank based in New York.

He graduated from Brooklyn Law School and earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the New York and Nassau County Bar Associations.

An Employer’s Guide to 401k Plans: A Four-Part Series (Part I)

An Employer’s Guide to 401k Plans: A Four-Part Series (Part I)

Is it possible for 401(k) plans to work harder for you?

Join Larry Heller, CFP®, CDFA®, in this essential mini-series where Larry unravels the intricacies of 401(k)’s. This episode covers crucial topics such as the significance of proper plan design, the diverse types of 401k plans, and the advantages of offering these plans for business owners. From perspectives on contributions and matching to navigating investments and educational aspects, this podcast equips you with the knowledge to navigate the complexities of 401(k) plans.

Larry Discusses:

  • Various 401(k) plan types like Regular, Safe Harbor, and Matching Contribution plans
  • The substantial tax benefits for business owners and grasping the real value of comprehensive 401(k) plans, transcending mere costs
  • How adaptable 401(k) plan designs cater to evolving company needs
  • The significance of early involvement in plans and the critical choice between Roth and traditional contributions
  • Emphasizing the necessity of specialized education and tools like retirement calculators for making well-informed decisions
  • Heller Wealth Management’s benchmarking service to compare 401(k) plans against industry norms
  • And much more!



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