Elena Cacavas

Cacavas ADR, LLC
Manhasset, NY

Served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), with jurisdiction over the downstate region, including Long Island, New York City and Westchester. Extensive experience in all aspects of public sector labor relations, including adjudication, as well as mediated resolutions of improper practice charges and bargaining impasses. Presided over more than a thousand cases and issued over 500 decisions addressing topics such as: discrimination and retaliation; unlawful discharge and/or discipline; refusal to bargain; past practice; unilateral change; the duty of fair representation; mandatory and non-mandatory subjects of bargaining; subcontracting; and, joint employer status. In addition, engaged in substantial contract interpretation in the context of improper practice proceedings; and issues such as duty satisfaction; waiver and deferral.

Mediated hundreds of case settlements, including bargaining impasses associated with improper practice charges. Expertise developed at PERB extends to all areas of public sector labor relations including, but not limited to, education, police, fire, all forms of municipal government, and health care. Also through PERB, was appointed as the New York panel representative for the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.

In private practice, specialized in public and private sector representation in all aspects of labor and employment law including: negotiations and collective bargaining; fact-finding; mediation; arbitration; employment litigation; CSL
Section 75 and EL Section 3020-a cases; and matters before PERB, the NLRB, and other administrative agencies.

Lectured and authored numerous papers and articles on labor and employment issues, including: balancing power in the workplace; legislation and regulation affecting the employment relationship; recent court and administrative decisions affecting labor; and, employment and school law. Has served, for many years, as a Contributing Editor for the treatise, "Public Sector Labor and Employment Law."