Rachel M. Manne leads the Firm’s Counseling Practice Group and Training and Development Practice Group. Rachel has extensive expertise in partnering with employers on a broad range of employment law issues. She regularly advises on employer policies, hiring, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, leaves of absences, performance management and terminations, relying upon her deep experience and knowledge of the law in these areas. Her practical approach to workplace solutions has led to the development of long-lasting relationships with her counseling clients and Rachel continues to seek meaningful partnerships to help businesses thrive.
Rachel is also a leader in the firm’s employment law training practice, providing training to C-suite executives, supervisors, Human Resources professionals, and employees at large and mid-sized companies as well as small businesses on a variety of topics, including: prevention of harassment and discrimination, FMLA, ADA, respect in the workplace, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, upstander conduct, and effective performance management. She has developed innovative materials to interact and connect with varied audiences and has received significant praise from clients on her practical training approach and demeanor.
In advising clients on potential legal risks and training workforces, Rachel brings an extensive background in employment litigation through which she has successfully handled matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, executive compensation, contractual agreements, defamation, and wage and hour laws. In addition to her representations in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York, she has represented clients before arbitration panels, including FINRA, and has defended claims brought before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Division of Human Rights and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights.
In her leisure time, Rachel enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. She can also be found watching her kids on basketball courts or baseball and soccer fields. Rachel has been a lifelong athlete and sports fan, and is proud to have coached youth baseball, softball and basketball. She is currently the pitcher for her Millburn Recreation Women’s Softball team. In addition, she has recently served on various boards of her synagogue, assisting with key decisions and policymaking.