Polacheck HR Law LLC

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Judy is an HR lawyer who helps companies comply with employment laws and regulations. After litigating with larger firms, Judy began working as outside employment counsel to companies in the technology sector, life sciences and other industries through Polacheck HR Law. Judy’s special focus is on the many businesses whose workforce is not structured in a uniform way. Remote workers, part-timers, independent contractors and gig workers are all providing labor. Some people work on occasional projects and a few may be employed by affiliated entities. Judy helps bridge the gap between sometimes-outdated rules governing the workforce and the realities of worker relationships in the digital economy.

Speaking & Publishing

Judy is a frequent speaker, with a particular focus on contingent workers and the global workforce. Recent presentations include:

  • Employment Law World Tour 2017/18, American Bar Association Section of International Law teleconference series, manager
  • “Overseas Work Assignments: The Legal and Tax Repercussions for Employees,” Boston Bar Association, October 31, 2017
  • “Lessons from the Gig Economy: A Briefing for the HR Professional,” New England Human Resources Association (NEHRA) Conference, September 27 – 29, 2017, North Falmouth, MA
  • “Best Practices for Legally Hiring and Managing Independent Contractors and Gig Workers,” WeWork Empire State, New York, NY, June 13, 2017
  • “Terrorism & The Workplace: What Is an Employer to Do … or Not?” American Bar Association Section of International Law conference,Washington, D.C., April 26-28, 2017
  • “Hiring the Global Workforce,” WeWork, Boston, MA, April 20, 2017
  • “Respecting Differences and Preventing Workplace Discrimination,” Kendall Square Association, Cambridge, MA, February 15, 2017
  • “Best Practices for Legally Hiring and Managing Independent Contractors and Gig Workers,” WeWork, Boston, MA, January 19, 2017
  • “A Briefing on Independent Contractors,” NGIN Workplace, Cambridge, MA, November 10, 2016
  • “Managing the Global Workforce: The Intersection of Export Controls, Employment, Immigration and Data Privacy Laws,” Boston Bar Association, October 5, 2016
  • “The Hybrid Workforce: A Unifying Approach to Managing Contingent Workers and Employees,” MassTLC (Technology Leadership Council) webinar, June 1, 2016
  • “A Workforce on Demand: Does the Uberization of the Workforce Spell the End of Employment As We Know It?,” American Bar Association Section of International Law conference, New York, April 13, 2016
  • “Diversity and Inclusion Workshop,” North Shore Chamber of Commerce HR Roundtable, Danvers, MA, March 1, 2016
  • “The Treacherous Road to a Global Workforce: The Complex Intersection of Export Controls, Employment, Immigration and Data Privacy Laws,” American Bar Association Section of International Law conference, Montreal, October 21, 2015
  • “The Accidental Tourist: How Domestic Laws May Affect Global Employment Policy and Practice”, American Bar Association Section of International Law Annual Conference, Washington D.C., April 11, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association International Section’s Employment Law Committee
  • Steering Committee Member, Boston Bar Association International Section
  • Member, Talent Advisory Board, MassTLC (Technology Leadership Council)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Co-chair, International Startups Forum, American Bar Association Section of International Law, September 12-13, 2019, San Francisco

Admissions

  • Massachusetts and New York

Education and Training

  • Certification courses on leading workplace trainings and on conducting investigations, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • J.D., Columbia Law School; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A., cum laude, in psychology, Harvard University

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