December 7, 2022

Volume XII, Number 341

John A. Rubin

John Rubin is a member of the Labor and Employment Section, with a management-side practice. John provides comprehensive human resources (HR) representation, from advice to litigation of HR law claims, including:

  • Union issues and labor relations

  • HR law compliance in hiring, discipling, and terminating employees

  • HR policy and procedures

  • Disability accommodation obligations

  • Religious accommodation requests

  • COVID-19 workplace safety and compliance

  • Vaccine mandate obligations

  • OSHA law and litigation

  • Workplace injuries and accidents

  • Employee handbook design and development

  • FMLA policies and forms

  • CARES Act/ARPA Funding

A former National Labor Relations Board investigator and trial attorney, John has an intimate understanding of the “in’s and out’s” of how labor law functions on a day-to-day basis. This first-hand experience allows John to provide a unique perspective in advising clients, aiming for practical, business-oriented, and strategic solutions customized to meet the individualized goals of businesses of all sizes and complexities. Whether it comes to labor negotiations, strike preparation, union organizing campaigns, grievances, arbitrations, or unfair labor practice proceedings, John is ready to deploy the necessary measures to outflank the opposition.

In addition to a unique traditional labor relations background, John is an experienced and proactive employment law practitioner. John works closely with Human Resource departments to devise and implement litigation avoidance strategies. He frequently represents employers in matters involving discrimination, FMLA, wrongful termination, and religious and disability accommodation claims.

John’s practice encompasses workplace health and safety matters, and he has advised clients throughout the pandemic on all manner of COVID-19 issues, including vaccine mandate compliance.

John is also a member of the firm’s Government Law Group, advising public sector clients on issues such as ARPA expenditure obligations and compliance.

Articles in the National Law Review database by John A. Rubin


 The National Law Review selected von Briesen's COVID-19 Task Force as a Go-To Thought Leader for 2021 for the group’s coverage of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. As the coronavirus vaccine became widely available, many employers debated whether to require vaccines for their employees or if such mandates were legal. In particular, the group’s coverage of OSHA and CMS guidance on federal vaccine mandates provided must-read insights for employers navigating compliance with the rules.  Authors who contributed insights into this area include John A. RubinCraig T. PapkaRobert J. Simandl and Audrey R. Merkel.

The National Law Review recognizes John A. Rubin as a Go-To Thought Leader for his regular coverage of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and COVID-19 updates from the Department of Labor (DOL). Mr. Rubin’s experience as a Field and Trial Attorney for the NLRB provides real-world insight to his thought leadership, and his articles distill NLRB decisions for employers into efficient, actionable insights. Concerning the DOL, his analysis of revisions to the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) rules including the healthcare provider exemption, the work availability requirement, and notice and documentation requirements under the EPSLA (Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act) provides employers needed guidance on how to update their leave policies to be compliant.