Ms. Cafarella has over ten years of experience in the fields of public sector labor, employment and education law.
Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner in a boutique education law firm that serviced over 55 public school district clients, as well as universities and colleges. While working as a management-side lawyer, Ms. Cafarella acquired expertise in labor law, employment law, contract law, and municipal law, as well as extensive knowledge of the New York State Education Law.
She was heavily involved in the negotiation of scores of collective bargaining agreements between management and unionized employees, including school district administrators, instructional personnel, support staff, and non-instructional personnel. Further, she regularly handled proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board, grievance arbitrations, and various disciplinary matters, including Education Law Section 3020-a proceedings against tenured employees and Civil Service Law Section 75 proceedings.
Ms. Cafarella also has experience working in the higher education setting. During the two-year period prior to her joining the firm, she served as the Assistant Vice President of Labor Relations for a community college. While serving in this role, she was primarily responsible for the administration of the various collective bargaining agreements in place, as well as management of relations between the college administration and the unions on campus.
Since joining the firm, Ms. Cafarella’s practice has been focused on representing employees in disciplinary matters, discrimination claims, and employment contract negotiations. She has helped employees navigate through various types of disputes with their employers. She also effectively represents parents and students in the context of student disciplinary issues, residency disputes and other types of disputes parents might have with the school district. Further, Ms. Cafarella continues to conduct various types of investigations on behalf of municipalities as special counsel.
Ms. Cafarella is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She is also a member of the Long Island Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.