Abby M. Warren

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Abby Warren is a member of the firm's Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group, where she represents employers in labor and employment matters. She focuses her practice on counseling private sector employers, including multinational corporations, health care organizations, educational institutions, and manufacturers, in all areas of employment law. Abby also defends employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies. In addition to counseling and litigation, she provides workplace training for clients and conducts workplace investigations.

    Employment Counseling, Compliance, and Training

    Abby counsels employers and human resource professionals in all areas of employment law, including discharge and discrimination issues, workplace investigations, affirmative action compliance, employee discipline, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, unemployment, employment and independent contractor agreements, severance and separation agreements, individual terminations and reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. She also negotiates and drafts employment and separation agreements on behalf of clients, in addition to reviewing and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies. She also conducts training sessions on a myriad of employment issues, including topics such as sexual harassment, workplace civility, and avoiding discrimination claims.

    Employment Litigation and Administrative Advocacy

    Abby regularly defends employers in discrimination, leave, harassment, and a wide range of labor and employment matters. She represents clients in matters from inception to trial and through appeal in federal and state courts.

    She represents clients in administrative agency matters before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Abby represents clients at private and public arbitration hearings and in alternative dispute resolution and mediation sessions with federal, state, and private mediators.

    Workplace Investigations

    As an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder, Abby is a trained workplace investigator, and she regularly conducts, manages, and provides advice regarding workplace investigations involving all types of employment-related issues, including sexual harassment, ethics, interpersonal conflicts, and workplace misconduct.

    Labor Relations and Union Avoidance

    Abby represents employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, such as unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions. She has provided training on labor issues to supervisors and provided advice and strategy related to union avoidance. She also represents employers in arbitrations arising from collective bargaining agreements.

    Pro Bono

    Abby performs pro bono work on behalf of Connecticut non-profit organizations through the Pro Bono Partnership. She serves as a trusted advisor to non-profit organizations with labor and employment issues, including assisting with wage and hour matters, executive transitions, and handbook and policy development.

    She regularly writes and presents on employment and labor-related matters, often focusing on the impact of key court decisions and compliance issues. Abby has been a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law for several years. She was selected as a Rising Star in the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2017 to 2020. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a clerk in the New Haven Superior Court to judges in both the civil and criminal divisions.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Assisted national company in wage and hour compliance issue involving payroll deductions including creating a nationwide program and strategy. 

      • Supervised investigation of a number of workplace complaints received by a company regarding finance, discrimination, harassment, and other issues.

      • Secured dismissal of two separate actions alleging Constitutional claims against a municipality. 

      • Reached favorable settlement in defense of a large company in connection with a wage and hour investigation involving over a thousand employees and multiple locations. *

      • Negotiated non-monetary settlement while defending a company against United States Department of Justice allegations of discriminatory employment practices related to citizenship/immigration status. *

      * Atty. Warren was counsel in these representative matters before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut

      Society for Human Resource Management

      Association of Workplace Investigators
      Certificate Holder

      Connecticut Judicial Branch
      Member, State Bar Examining Committee (2019)

      Connecticut Women's Council
      Member (2020)

      Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Employment Law - Management for 2021.

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2017 to 2020.

      Named a Connecticut Law Tribune 2019 "New Leader in the Law"

       Millennial Move Maker 2015 Award presented by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
      Past Chairperson, Human Resources Steering Committee

      Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
      Board of Trustees
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Taking A Shot At Answering Employers’ COVID-19 Vaccination Questions: Best Practices For Managing The COVID-19 Vaccine In The Workplace," co-authored with Stephen W. Aronson, Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Kayla N. West, Emily A. Zaklukiewicz and Natale V. DiNatale, published in the Massachusetts Bar Association MBA Section Review newsletter (March/April 2021)

      "The ABCs of DEI," co-authored with Rachel V. Kushel, Kayla N. West and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, published in Industry Week (3/12/2021)

      "Employer Best Practices For Diversity, Equity and Inclusion," co-authored with Kayla N. West, Rachel V. Kushel and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, published in Law360 (2/11/2021)

      "One Shot to Get It Right: Navigating the COVID-19 Vaccine in the Workplace," co-authored with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Kayla N. West, Stephen W. Aronson, Emily A. Zaklukiewicz and Natale V. DiNatale, published in Construction Executive (1/6/2021)

      "Use Caution When Testing Physical Abilities," co-authored with Jonathan H. Schaefer and Earl W. Phillips Jr., published in Scrap, the bimonthly magazine of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (September/October 2018)
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      "DOL Joins Joint Employer Craze," BNA (3/9/2016)

      "Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2014-15 from the Connecticut Supreme Court," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (9/8/2015)

      "Reimbursing Employees for Individual Health Insurance Premiums Comes with a $36,000 Per Employee Price Tag," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (1/16/2015)

      "The Developing Law, Sixth Edition," contributing editor to four supplements (2014)

      "States Now Paying the Piper for the Recession-Driven Increase In Unemployment Insurance Benefits," Employment Law Strategist (9/30/2014)

      "Labor and Employment Law Decisions in 2013-14 from the Connecticut Supreme Court," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (9/15/2014)

      "Obamacare – Delayed but Not Dead; Are You Analyzing Your Options and Traps?" Employment Law Strategist (December 2013)

      "Supreme Court Year in Review: Sexual Harassment Ruling May Have Lasting Impact," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (9/26/2013)

      "Gerrymandering Hours to Avoid the Obamacare Mandate," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (7/19/2013)

      "Supreme Court Employment Law: Decisions Limit Employee Free Speech Rights," published in Connecticut Law Review (9/20/2012)

      "Can Your Employees Come to Work High – Connecticut's New Medical Marijuana Law," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (7/23/2012)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "A Look at Workforce, Hiring Practices, and Management Challenges in Today's AEC Environment," as moderator of a joint Society of American Military Engineers and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) New England Chapter's webinar. (3/16/2021)
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      "Ringing in 2021 & Maintaining a Happy and Healthy Workplace During the Pandemic," co-presented with Rachel V. Kushel and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson (1/15/2021)
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      "Special Issues in Healthcare Workplace Investigations," co-presented with Natale V. DiNatale, during the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Health Law Section 2020 Health Law Conference. (12/4/2020)
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      "The Next Chapter of COVID-19: How Employers Can Remain Vigilant About COVID-19 This Fall," co-presented with Rachel V. Kushel and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson (11/12/2020)
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      "Investigating Workplace Safety Concerns in the Age of a Pandemic," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, during the Association of Workplace Investigators 2020 Annual Conference. (11/5/2020)
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      "Getting Back To Work: Key Legal and Regulatory Considerations as your Employees get Back to the Office," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Rachel V. Kushel, during Stamford Innovation Week 2020. Robinson+Cole was pleased to sponsor this event. (9/24/2020)
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      "Back to School?…for Employers and HR!," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Rachel V. Kushel, a Robinson+Cole-hosted webinar. (8/25/2020)
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      "How Does HR Prepare for High Court’s Decision Interpreting Sex Discrimination?" co-presented with Rachel V. Kushel, at the Tri-State SHRM Conference. (8/11/2020)
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      "The Trifecta of Paid Family and Medical Leave: CT, MA, and RI," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, at the Tri-State SHRM Conference. (8/10/2020)
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      "Getting Back To Work During COVID-19: Top Legal HR Considerations for Employers," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Rachel V. Kushel, which reviewed seven important questions many employers are asking when it comes to implementing a return-to-work-plan. (6/18/2020)
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      "A Deep Dive for HR Professionals Administering Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Rachel V. Kushel, which offered a close look at the FFCRA and the various nuances employers should be aware of. (5/29/2020)
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      "Re-Opening Your Workplace During COVID-19: Top HR Considerations for Employers," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Rachel V. Kushel, as a webinar hosted by Robinson+Cole. (4/24/2020)
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      "COVID-19 Pandemic: The Workplace Now and in 30 Days," co-presented with Rachel V. Kushel and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, presented as part of the Clear Law Institute's "Meeting Unprecedented Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2.0" series. (4/2/2020)
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      "COVID-19 Pandemic: The Workplace Now and in 30 Days," co-presented with Rachel V. Kushel and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, presented to three online audiences in March 2020. (3/26/2020)
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      "Has Confidentiality Returned to Workplace Investigations?" co-presented with Natale V. DiNatale, as an Association of Workplace Investigator's webinar. (3/24/2020)
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      "Retaliation-Proofing Your Investigation," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, presented at the Association of Workplace Investigators 2019 Annual Conference. (9/27/2019)
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      "Can I Work From Home? - Managing the New Wave of Employees," presented at the 2019 HR Professional Development Summit & Law Symposium (9/19/2019)
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      "Hot Topics in Employment: Discrimination & Harassment," co-presented with Alisha N. Sullivan, for the CT Bar Association in New Britain, CT (5/14/2019)

      "No Ghosting Allowed: Perfecting the Art of Effective Communications with Employees During Investigations," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, during the the 2018 Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) Annual Conference in Burlingame, California (10/12/2018)
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      "If I Could Turn Back Time...Getting Workplace Harassment Investigations Right," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Rachel V. Kushel, presented by the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (2/28/2018)
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      "Flu Prevention in the Workplace," co-presented with Andy Tarutis of the Mary Wade Home and Deirdre Gruber and Terry Cooper of the City of New Haven's Health Department, hosted by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce's Health Care Council and Human Resource Council (9/30/2016)
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      "Employee Handbooks," program, co-presented to the GNHCC HR Council (July 2015)

      "Wage Theft," roundtable, co-presented to the GNHCC HR Council at the Chamber's Annual Expo (November 2014)

      "Legislative Review," co-presented to the GNHCC HR Council (September 2013)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 9, 2021

        Labor and Employment Group Lawyers Author MBA Article on Managing COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace

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      • March 16, 2021

        Labor and Employment Members Author Industry Week Article on “The ABC’s of DEI”

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      • March 10, 2021

        Evan Seeman and Abby Warren Selected as James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

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      • February 19, 2021

        Abby Warren Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune Article on Lawyers Guiding Employers Through Coronavirus-related Issues

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      • February 16, 2021

        Labor and Employment Members Author Law360 Article on Employer Best Practices for DEI

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      • January 15, 2021

        Labor and Employment Group Lawyers Author Construction Executive Article on COVID-19 Vaccine in the Workplace

      • August 13, 2019

        Abby Warren Appointed to the Connecticut State Bar Examining Committee

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      • May 28, 2019

        Firm Attorneys Host AWI New England Local Circle Meeting in Boston

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      • May 17, 2019

        CT Law Tribune Honors Four Firm Lawyers at 2019 CT Legal Awards Event

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      • May 15, 2019

        Abby Warren and Alisha Sullivan Speak at CBA's Young Lawyers Section Event

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      • March 23, 2019

        Firm Attorneys Host Inaugural Meeting of AWI’s New England Local Circle

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      • February 12, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Supports Annual CBA-YLS Diversity Award Dinner

      • October 19, 2018

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson and Abby Warren Co-Present Program on Effective Communications with Employees During Investigations

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 28, 2018

        Earl Phillips, Jon Schaefer, and Abby Warren Author Scrap Magazine Article on Physical Ability Tests

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      • March 13, 2018

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, Rachel, Kushel, and Abby Warren Conduct Hypothetical Workplace Harassment Investigation, Role-Playing the Major Aspects of a Workplace Investigation

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      • September 26, 2016

        Abby Warren Spoke at New Haven Chamber's Flu Prevention in the Workplace Event

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      • August 30, 2016

        New Haven Chamber of Commerce's Human Resource Council Hosts Teamwork Presentation

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      R+C News Releases

      • November 18, 2020

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

      • October 15, 2020

        47 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in Super Lawyers®

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      • August 20, 2020

        61 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

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      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • July 3, 2018

        Abby Warren Elected to Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Board of Trustees

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      • March 30, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Employees Lend a Hand to Foodshare

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      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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    • Legal Updates/Newsletters

      Legal Updates/Newsletters

      "Status of Noncompete Agreements in 2021: Consider Alternatives to Protect Your Business Interests" co-authored with Stephen W. Aronson, Natale V. DiNatale, Jean E. Tomasco, Kayla N. West and Emily A. Zaklukiewicz (3/17/2021)

      "The CROWN Act: What Connecticut Employers Need to Know" co-authored with Stephen W. Aronson, Kayla N. West and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson (3/9/2021)

      "Employers and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Getting it Right in 2021" co-authored with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Rachel V. Kushel and Kayla N. West (2/10/2021)

      "Outlook for 2021: Key Topics for Manufacturers to Monitor" co-authored with Megan E. Baroni and Jeffrey J. White

      "Running a Successful COVID-19 Testing Program: Considerations for Employers Using Third-Party Vendors" co-authored with Emily A. Zaklukiewicz, Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Conor O. Duffy and Alisha N. Sullivan (1/7/2021)

      "Work from Anywhere? Telecommuting and Tax Obligations for Employers: Practical Considerations and Tips for Human Resources and Management" co-authored with Bruce B. Barth, Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Ryan V. Leichsenring, Alisha N. Sullivan and Kayla N. West (12/18/2020)

      "CDC Develops Guidelines for a Happy Holiday Season: What Employers Need to Know" co-authored with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Emily A. Zaklukiewicz and Jean E. Tomasco (11/30/2020)

      "Amid Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations: Reminder to Health Care Employers on FFCRA’s Exclusion for “Health Care Providers”" co-authored with Emily A. Zaklukiewicz and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson (10/19/2020)

      "New FMLA Model Notices and Forms Issued by the U.S. DOL Reflect Significant Changes" co-authored with Stephen W. Aronson, Emily A. Zaklukiewicz, Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Jean E. Tomasco (9/18/2020)

      "Regulating Political Speech and Expression in the 2020 Workplace" co-authored with Natale V. DiNatale and Emily A. Zaklukiewicz (9/11/2020)

      "Connecticut Executive Order Presumes Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation for Certain Employees Diagnosed with COVID-19" co-authored with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Matthew T. Miklave and Emily A. Zaklukiewicz (8/13/2020)

      "Time’s Up for Connecticut Companies: Employers Must Comply with Significantly Expanded Sexual Harassment Prevention Requirements" co-authored with Alexander Friedman and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson (10/1/2019)

      "Clarity Comes to Compensation Data Collection: EEOC Guidance and Notices Issued for EEO-1 Filers" co-authored with Rachel V. Kushel and Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson (7/11/2019)

      "Major Shift in Connecticut’s Leave Landscape: What Employers Need to Know About the New Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Law" co-authored with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Rachel V. Kushel and Alexander Friedman (July 2019)