PRACTICESEmployment & Labor Law
ERISA and Employee Benefits
Restaurant, Food Service & Hospitality Group
- Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
- Iona College, B.B.A.
- New York
- U.S. District Ct., S.D.N.Y.
- U.S. District Ct., E.D.N.Y.
Regina E. Faul
Regina E. Faul is a partner in and chairs the Employment & Labor Practice at Phillips Nizer LLP. She has distinguished herself for over 30 years representing clients in the areas of employment law and labor law. Ms. Faul’s practice focuses on advising management clients on day-to-day employee relations, representing management in connection with collective bargaining, employment litigation, including wage and hour litigation, acting as insurance defense counsel, and conducting presentations and training for our clients’ workforces.
General Employment LitigationRegina has successfully defended clients before state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings. She also has successfully resolved matters prior to trial through negotiated settlements. Her extensive experience includes litigation involving:
- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- New York Labor Laws
- New York State and City Human Rights Laws
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Fair Housing Act
Regina proactively engages with employers regarding compliance with federal, state and city laws and drafting and implementing effective handbooks, policies and procedures, restrictive covenants, and workplace health and safety programs.
Wage & HourWage and hour litigation has been a cornerstone of Regina’s legal practice. She is frequently called upon by employers to advise companies in connection with:
- Assessing company policies and procedures
- Wage and hour compliance
- Federal and New York Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
- New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act
- Providing effective and efficient counsel in implementing corrective action to avoid potential government investigations and class action litigation.
TrainingProactive and ongoing employer and employee training is a highly effective tool in preventing costly and, sometimes, contentious court proceedings. Regina creates individualized presentations and trainings for employers on workplace topics, including:
- Whistleblowers and retaliation
- Investigating employee complaints
- Employee discharge and discipline
- Fair housing
- Government subsidy programs
- Social media policies
- Various other workplace policies
Private Client and Insurance DefenseRegina has successfully defended private clients as well as acting as Insurance Defense Counsel (EPLI, D&O, E&O) for many national insurance carriers.
Unions and Collective BargainingRegina counsels business owners regarding dealings with unions and union benefit funds. She represents clients from the early stages of union organizing, to collective bargaining negotiations and navigating through collective bargaining agreements, including employee discipline, wage compliance, and staffing needs.
She defends and counsels clients in connection with ERISA litigation by benefit funds to collect contributions or their assessment of withdrawal liability. She often works closely with members of our firm’s Real Estate Practice representing owners and operators of hotels, residential apartment buildings and commercial buildings with respect to the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, sales, reorganization and reductions in staffing.
- ExecuSummit, Wage & Hour Conference (November 2019)
- Phillips Nizer LLP Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program, “Coping Healthily in the Legal Industry: Mental Health Issues That Affect Everyone (A program for practicing attorneys; November 2019 with Dr. Christian Heim)
- Phillips Nizer LLP Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program, “Righting Wrongs – Employers’ Roles in Implementing Change After #MeToo (A program for practicing attorneys; November 28, 2018)
- ExecuSummit, Wage & Hour Conference (November 2018)
- Phillips Nizer LLP Executive Program, “Righting Wrongs – Employers’ Roles in Implementing Change After #MeToo” (A program for business owners, company executives, human resources professionals, accountants and other business advisors; November 14, 2018)
Regina is frequently called upon as a commentator regarding local and federal labor and employment law. She was also elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a Fellow, the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.
- Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Class of 2020)
- Super Lawyers® - New York Metro Edition (Employment & Labor) 2020, 2021
- Crain's New York Business, 2020 Leading Women Lawyers
- Crain's New York Business, 2018 Leading Women Lawyers (Inaugural list)