Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Managing Challenges that Arise When the Employee Relationship Ends

Monday 1:15 – 2:15 PM

Session Description

Severing an employment relationship, like a personal one, can be hard. Though some break-ups are mutual, others are messy. An employee may think time is needed to salvage the relationship and request a protected leave of absence. If an employee instigates the break-up, but needs time before “moving out,” should they be allowed to stay or told to “pack your things and go”? What does an employer do if it initiates the break-up and owes final wages sooner than expected? In this session, we will discuss how to address these situations when employers or employees just “need their space.”


Todd Church

Todd Church represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters. He is particularly experienced with (1) restrictive covenant and trade secret matters; (2) wage and hour counseling and litigation, including class and collective action avoidance and defense, and (3) employment discrimination litigation.

Todd also worked as the employment law counsel for a national restaurant and hospitality company where he handled issues ranging from day-to-day human resources counseling and managing litigation to labor relations and collective bargaining.











Stephanie L. Mills-Gallan

Stephanie L. Mills-Gallan advises local and multistate employers regarding various employment and personnel matters, including paid sick leave, paid family leave, other leaves of absence, disability and accommodation, discrimination, and harassment. She helps clients stay current and compliant with an ever-changing legal landscape by drafting and auditing employee handbooks, policies, and procedures. Stephanie also represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, focusing her litigation practice on issues of claims relating to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and interference with protected leaves of absence.