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Meira Ferziger

With more than 25 years of employment law experience, Meira Ferziger has provided legal counsel to hundreds of Israeli start-up companies hiring employees in the United States. Meira has accompanied such companies from their first step into the U.S. market, through the process of remotely managing U.S. employees on a day to day basis in accordance with applicable laws, and she has provided invaluable professional and practical counsel to such clients during merger, acquisition, and IPO stages.

Located in Greenberg Traurig’s Tel Aviv Office, Meira focuses on the individual needs of particular companies, preventative strategies and litigation avoidance. She guides clients through the development and implementation of employment policies and practices in light of applicable local, state, and federal laws, and advises clients as to minimizing the risk associated with terminating employees, including potential discrimination, unjust dismissal, and/or breach of contract claims. Meira also plays a central role in advising clients with respect to the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including the preparation and negotiation of employment and retention agreements for key employees pursuant to such transactions.

Meira represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including data privacy & cybersecurity, eCommerce, medical devices, biotechnology, health care and pharmaceuticals, media and telecommunications, financial services, hospitality, defense, information technology, agriculture and water technology, transportation and automotive technology, aviation & aerospace, health & beauty, market research, marketing & advertising, and retail.

Concentrations

  • Executive employment agreements
  • Bonus incentive plans and employee benefit packages
  • Non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements
  • Employee handbooks and employment policies
  • Offer letters, consulting agreements, sales representative contracts, and incentive plans
  • Terminations, reductions in force, separation and release agreements
  • Harassment, discrimination and sensitivity training

Kompetencje

Doświadczenie

  • Guided clients with respect to impact of COVID-19 pandemic on work force, including in connection with reduction in compensation, benefits and work hours, furlough and layoff of employees, trigger of COBRA on account of modified employee status, change in employee classification due to reduction in hours and compensation, as well as eligibility for unemployment compensation; advised clients regarding employer obligations and employee rights in light of COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to upon employee or family member illness or unavailability of child care, limitations on working in light of shelter-in-place laws, parameters with respect to employee COVID-19 testing and privacy issues; guided clients regarding return to work procedures, including design of employee work space, wearing of face coverings and staggered work force attendance.
  • Advised start-up, small, medium, and large companies with respect to the structuring of key executive employment agreements, sales representative contracts, bonus incentive plans, relocation packages, and employee benefit programs for U.S.- based employees and foreign employees relocating to the United States.
  • Counseled small, medium, and large companies as to employment issues related to mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs, including but not limited to evaluation of seller liabilities and buyer exposure; prepared and negotiated employment and retention agreements for key employees pursuant to such transactions.
  • Advised clients as to proper development and implementation of employment policies under applicable local, state, and federal law, particularly when employees are located in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Counseled clients as to furlough process, unemployment compensation eligibility, triggering of COBRA and other benefits pursuant to local, state and federal laws.
  • Guided corporate clients through process of employee layoffs and terminations, including drafting of separation letters, severance agreements, waivers and releases, and advising clients as to avoidance of discrimination, unjust dismissal, and breach of contract claims.
  • Formulated legally enforceable non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation restrictions agreements protecting client intellectual property rights developed in non-US.
  • Defended multiple companies upon Department of Labor audit of independent contractor (as opposed to employee) worker classification.
  • Conducted harassment, discrimination and sensitivity training for client employees.
  • Assistant General Counsel, Employment Division, City University of New York, 2000
  • Author, American Law Reports, 2001-2004

Sukcesy i wyróżnienia

  • Ranked, LegallyIsrael100 2020, Labor & Employment
  • Ranked, BDICode 2020 (Israel), Labor & Employment

Kwalifikacje

Wykształcenie
  • J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 1994
    • Member, Northwestern University Journal of International Law & Business
  • B.A., cum laude, Barnard College, 1991
Posiadane uprawnienia
  • Israel
  • New York
^ Attorneys in the Tel Aviv office do not practice Israeli law.
Znajomość języków
  • Hebrew, biegle