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Susan L. Swatski

Susan L. Swatski

PartnerPrinceton, NJ
  • Susan L. Swatski is a partner in the Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Employment Law, Product Liability, Community Associations and Construction Industry practice groups.

    Representative Matters
    • Serves as national litigation coordinating counsel for an international plumbing supply company  
    • Employers and employees dealing with claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, retaliation and invasion of privacy, as well as, corporate disputes with employees over employment contracts, non-compete clauses, non-disclosures and confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants and executive compensation
    • Representation of insurance companies in Qui Tam False Claims Act litigation

    Ms. Swatski also counsels employers on the dynamic cannabis laws and how they impact employee rights in the workplace in terms of whether certain employees are entitled to receive a reasonable accommodation to use cannabis or work under the influence of cannabis and when an employee can require a drug test based on reasonable suspicion and when something more is required. She also drafts employment policies that address drug testing, use of recreational drugs during non-working hours and how the same may impact the workplace. Additionally, she counsels employers employee’s HIPAA privacy rights as they pertain to prescriptions for cannabis.

    Ms. Swatski has represented grocery stores, pharmaceutical companies, medical practice groups, an international waste management service provider, a nursing staffing agency, daycare providers, a national moving company, retailers, landscape companies and technology companies in wage and hour disputes, collective actions and internal workplace investigations.

    Ms. Swatski provides training for large and small employers in areas including sexual harassment and anti-discrimination and workplace sensitivity.

    She also provides defense in products liability mass tort litigation.

    Ms. Swatski is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey (2002), New York (2003), the United States Supreme Court (2017), and in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey (2002), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2003), and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern & Western District of New York (2003).

    Prior to joining Hill Wallack LLP, Ms. Swatski served as Deputy Press Secretary to United States Senator Arlen Specter and was the Manager of Government Affairs for the Shipbuilders Council of America. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law and her B.A. cum laude from Susquehanna University.

    Leadership
    • SERV Behavioral Health Centers, Board of Trustees - present
    • New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, 2017 – 2019
    • Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce - Women in Business Alliance Conference Committee
    • Named to New Jersey Law Journal’s Leaders of the Bar 

    Presentations & Publications
    • Client Alert: Key Issues Related To The Cobra Subsidy, May 4, 2021
    • Presenter:  Wage and Hour Compliance In The Time of COVID-19, New Jersey League of Municipalities, November 2020
    • Client Alert: COVID-19 Workplace Safety Training, October 6, 2020
    • Client Alert: Are Employers Required to Pay for COVID-19 Testing?, October 1, 2020
    • Client Alert: ICE Extends Remote I-9 Verification For 60 Days, September 30, 2020
    • Client Alert: COVID-19 Commonly Asked Questions by Employers, September 29, 2020
    • Client Alert: Notice to Employees of Temporary Social Security Tax Deferral, September 10, 2020
    • Client Alert: Tips To Help Businesses Prepare To Re-Open, May 4, 2020
    • Client Alert: The Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Security Act "CARES Act", March 30, 2020
    • Client Alert: COVID-19 Employment Concerns For Community Associations, March 27, 2020
    • Client Alert: DOL Guidance for the FFCRA, March 27, 2020
    • Presenter, Trends in Employment Law, New Jersey Recreation & Parks Association, February 2020
    • Client Alert: The New Jersey Assembly and Governor Murphy Reached A Deal To Pass Adult Recreational Use Marijuana Legislation Later This Month, March 2019
    • Client Alert: New Jersey's Expansion of Family Leave Entitlements, February 26, 2019
    • Co-presenter, Leadership Strategies to Address Harrasment & Discrimination, Cobblestone Creek Country Club, June 2018
    • Presenter, Continuing Education Seminar regarding Joint Employment for Taylor Management, December 2017                
    • Presenter, Wage and Hour Compliance, New Jersey League of Municipalities, November 2017
    • Presenter, Hot Topics in Employment Law, New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, October 2016
    • Author, Why it Makes Cents for Employers to Evaluate their Performance Review Practices, Community Trends, December, 2015
    • Presenter, Wage and Hour Compliance, New Jersey League of Municipalities, November 2015
    • Presenter, Common Pitfalls in Employment Law, Hamilton Rotary Club, June 2015
    • Presenter, Common Pitfalls in Wage and Hour Compliance, Hill Wallack LLP's Employment Law Series, May 2015
    • Presenter, Best Practices for Hiring Minors, Interns & Seasonal Workers, NJ Parks and Recreation Association, April 2015
    • Presenter, Ins & Outs of Conducting an Internal Workplace Investigation, National Academy of Continuing Education
    • Presenter, Investigating Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace, Community Associations International, Business Partner Seminar
    • Presenter, Best Practices for Hiring Employees, Terminating Employment Relationships and Record Keeping, National Academy of Continuing Legal Education
    • Presenter, Best Practices for Hiring Minors, Interns and Volunteers, National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, January 2014
    • WDVR, Employment Law Commentator on The Many Faces of Life and Tempus
    • Co-Presenter, Employment Law – Employers’ Best Practices seminar, Hill Wallack LLP Seminar Series
    • Presenter, Simple and Efficient Strategies for Addressing Human Resources in a Growing Business, Successful Women Connecting Seminar Series
    • Co-Author, Finding a Needle in an Electronic Haystack: The Science of Search and Retrieval, published in ABA Mass Torts, Fall/Winter 2009
    • Co-Author, Whose Space? Discovery of Social Networking Websites, published in Product Liability Law & Strategy, June 2008
    • In Re ex. Rel. J. Michael Hayes v. Allstate Ins. Co., et al., Docket No. 16-705 (2d Cir. Ct. App. 2017)
    • In Re ex. Rel. J. Michael Hayes v. Allstate Ins. Co., et al., Docket No. 12-CV-1015S (WDNY 2016)
    • Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. v. Morris County Mun. Utilities Authority, 433 N.J.Super. 445 (App. Div. 2013)