Harry J. Secaras

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Mr. Secaras counsels and represents employers throughout the country in employment matters including traditional labor matters (compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, collective bargaining and grievance/ arbitration matters), employment law issues (including issues arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act) and employment-related litigation in federal and state courts and before federal, state and local administrative agencies. Most recently, Mr. Secaras has represented several employers in class action litigation brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

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Traditional Labor Relations

Mr. Secaras has negotiated approximately 50 collective bargaining agreements (including agreements on behalf of employer associations). He has represented employers in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in the Appellate Courts. During the last five years, Mr. Secaras has negotiated several collective bargaining agreements for employers in the healthcare, trucking/logistics, and construction industries.

He successfully represented a large manufacturer in the container industry in an unfair labor practice matter alleging that the employer refused to bargain in good-faith and unlawfully locked out its employees. The NLRB reversed the findings of the Administrative Law Judge and ruled that the Company had engaged in “hard bargaining” but had bargained in good faith and lawfully locked out the bargaining unit. The D.C. Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision.

Other examples of Mr. Secaras’ Traditional Labor experience include:

Wage and Hour

Mr. Secaras routinely counsels employer regarding employee classification issues, proper payment of overtime, and proper utilization of tip-credit under federal and state law. He has defended many lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Mr. Secaras represents employers in the restaurant/food service sector regarding proper classification of employees and payment of wages.

Mr. Secaras also represents employers in audits conducted by federal and state wage and hour agencies. Most recently, he represented a restaurant with eight locations being audited by the U.S. Department of Labor and successfully reduced the auditors’ calculations by more than $40,000.

BIPA

Mr. Secaras counsels employers in the implementation of compliant policies and employee consents/releases required by the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act. He also has represented employers in state and federal court class action litigation challenging BIPA compliance.

Employment

Mr. Secaras regularly represents employers in administrative matters before federal, state and local agencies including the EEOC and state/local human rights agencies and the DOL (OSHA and FLSA matters). He also counsels and advises clients on day-to-day employment matters including development and implementation of employment policies, handbooks and manuals.

Education

Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Labor Section; Committee on Practice and Procedure before the NLRB)
  • Former Regional (Midwest Region) Committee Chair (Management) – ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure before the NLRB
  • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (Member; Past President; Past Chairman of the Board of Directors; Founding Member; Board of Directors)
  • Member, Continental Who’s Who
  • Member, COO Forum (Chicago Chapter); Steering Committee Member
  • Instructor, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
  • Labor Relations Training for Manager and Supervisors in a Unionized Setting
  • Successfully Navigating the Grievance and Arbitration Process in the Public Sector

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