Profile

Theresa is a labor and employment adviser representing employers across New York State. Her relationship with clients is paramount to her practice, as she strives to assist employers in a practical, cost-effective way. 

Theresa’s practice includes counseling employers in all aspects of legal compliance. She has experience in the following areas:

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  • Listed in:
    • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2022
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Employment and Labor, 2020-2021
  • Legal Excellence Award, Up and Coming Lawyer, Rochester Business Journal, 2021
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • National Human Resources Association, Rochester Affiliate 
  • Articles Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Member, Task Force on the Treatment of Transgender Youth in Sports, New York State Bar Association

  • "New York Publishes Final Paid Sick-Leave Regulations," Central New York Business Journal, January 10, 2022
  • "IRS Updates American Rescue Plan Act Guidance," Central New York Business Journal, August 23, 2021
  •  Quoted, "Cuomo’s No Stranger to Scandal: Why is This Moment Different?," syracuse.com, August 6, 2021  
  • "COVID-19 Vaccinations: Can Private Sector Employers Require Employees To Be Vaccinated?," nsyba.org, February 4, 2021
  • "DOL Issues Temporary Regulations on Families First Coronavirus Response Act," Central New York Business Journal, April 17, 2020
  • Theresa E. Rusnak and Tyler T. Hendry, "Survey: Labor and Employment Law," Syracuse Law Review, Spring 2019
  • Interviewed for "SCOTUS decisions could impact unions," Rochester First, June 27, 2018
  • Interviewed for "What the Janus decision means for New York's workforce," Spectrum News Rochester, June 27, 2018 
  • Interviewed for "#MeToo movement is changing how companies deal with harassment," Rochester Business News BizCast, March 22, 2018
  • Interviewed for "#MeToo is changing HR approach," The Daily Record, March 21, 2018
  • Theresa E. Rusnak and James Holahan, “No Help Wanted: The Regulation and Elimination of Retail Positions,” New York Law Journal, February 26, 2018
  • “How Do You Spell P-A-I-D F-A-M-I-L-Y L-E- A-V-E?: An Exploration of New York’ s Paid Family Leave Act,” New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Journal, Fall 2017
  • Theresa E. Rusnak and James Holahan, “Increasing State and Local Government Activism Creates Compliance Minefield,” New York Law Journal, February 27, 2017

  • Labor & Employment Legal Update, CDPAANYS 18th Annual Conference, October 27, 2021
  • An Interview with Theresa Rusnak, Gender Identity, Legally Bond Podcast, June 14, 2021
  • The Impact of Legalized Marijuana on New York State Employers, CNY SHRM, April 15, 2021
  • NYS Paid Sick Leave, Greater Rochester Chamber HR Professional Forum, February 9, 2021
  • Recruiting in a Pandemic, Professional Recruiters of Rochester, January 28, 2021
  • Panelist, Employment Litigation in the Wake of COVID-19, NYSBA, January 22, 2021
  • New York Paid Sick Leave: Impact for Employers, MACNY, September 15, 2020
  • The Impact of the New State Sick Leave Law for New York Employers, CNY SHRM, July 29, 2020
  • COVID-19 In the Workplace: Where We Are and Where We Are Headed, Monroe County Bar Association, May 7, 2020
  • 2019 Legal Update, Finger Lakes Tourism Association, January 28, 2020
  • 2019 Legal Update, Thompkins County SHRM, January 22, 2020
  • 2019 Legal Update, GAPA, November 25, 2019
  • 2019 Legal Update, Southern Tier Human Resources Association Crossover Event, November 6, 2019
  • 2019 Legal Update, JSEC, October 24, 2019
  • Gender Identity in the Workplace, Human Resources Association of the Twin Tiers, October 10, 2019
  • Gender Identity in the Workplace, Rochester Chapter of the National Human Resources Association, September 10, 2019
  • “Marijuana: Impacts on the Workplace,” QUEST HR, June 27, 2019
  • "Marijuana: Impacts on the Workplace,” ARC Collaborative, May 8, 2019
  • “Preventing Sexual Harassment in an Evolving Legal and Cultural Landscape,” New York State Rotary Club Chapter Meeting, April 14, 2019
  • "Sexual Harassment in Not-for-Profit organizations," Multi District President Elect Training Seminar, March 15, 2019
  • “Training The Trainer: Everything You Need to Know for the New Harassment Training Required by Law,” Central New York SHRM, January 24, 2019
  • “New York’s Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Requirements,” GAPA Human Resource Association, November 7, 2018
  • “9 to 5 No More: Regulating Employee Off- Duty Conduct,” New York State Public Housing Authority Association, October 24, 2018
  • “2018 Legal Update, GAPA Human Resource Association,” October 8, 2018
  • “Continuing Paid Family Leave,” Independent Bankers Association, June 12, 2018
  • “Navigating Sexual Harassment in an Evolving Legal and Cultural Landscape,” Manufacturing Association of Central New York, May 5, 2018
  • “New York Paid Family Leave: Are You Ready?” New York State Automobile Dealers Association, February 22, 2018
  • “Sexual Harassment After Harvey Weinstein: Options for Navigating and Evolving Legal Landscape,” New York State Automobile Dealers Association, January 11, 2018
  • “New York Paid Family Leave: Top Five Tricky Issues,” Job Service Employer Committee, Inc., October 18, 2017

  • Hope for Two … the Pregnant with Cancer Network, Board Member