Heather A. Adelman is a member of HDRB&B’s Women’s Initiative (WIN). She is the Chair of HDRB&B’s Employment Law Department and counsels employers and employees on a broad range of workplace and employment-related matters. Learn more about Heather Adelman’s practice here.
Q&A with Heather
What are your clients’ major pain points?
H.A.: The pandemic has created a perpetual stream of rapidly changing employment law issues and workplace challenges for all-sized employers relating to federal and state sick, disability and emergency leaves, closures, hiring and firing decisions, and general workplace policies. My clients depend on my guidance to ensure their workplace is in compliance and to provide proactive recommendations when possible so they can utilize any federal or state aid and benefits available to them.
How do you earn your clients’ trust?
H.A.: I understand how important it is to keep my clients up to date on legal developments that may impact their business. My clients come to me when faced with complex employment issues because they know I will provide quick, accurate, and level-headed guidance.
What sets you apart from other attorneys in your practice?
H.A.: I am uniquely positioned at HDRB&B to consult with both employers and employees on their various employment law concerns. While focused primarily on consulting with corporate clients on their hiring and firing decisions, onboarding, separations, and compliance with the ever-changing landscape of employment laws, I regularly assist executives and other employees by reviewing and negotiating their employment and consultant agreements and separation packages.
The ability to consult for both employers and employees provides me with the perspective and credibility to resolve complex workplace issues productively and efficiently, achieving the best possible results for all parties.
Are there any community organizations that you are passionate about?
H.A.: I am on the Board of the National Council of Jewish Women Essex County chapter (NCJW Essex) and serve on the Personnel Practices and Bylaws committees. In those roles, I provide pro bono employment law advice. I love assisting NCJW Essex because it allows me to give back to the community in a very hands-on way. In addition to legal advice, I have been participating in their signature program, the Back to School Store, for many years. The Back to School Store provides children the ability to “shop” for brand new back-to-school necessities such as clothing, winter coats, sneakers, backpacks, and personal hygiene items. While going virtual the last two years, the program has serviced over 8,300 children in Essex County, NJ, since 2008.
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