Bruce J. Kasten practices in the areas of employment law, labor relations and employment litigation. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Mr. Kasten is a member of the Labor and Employment Law sections of the American and Pennsylvania bar associations and the Labor Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a 1979 graduate of the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America and a graduate of the University of Scranton.
Areas of Practice
•Personnel Management: employee handbooks and personnel policies; substance abuse testing and control; effective discipline, maintenance of work performance standards and absenteeism management; managing risks in employment terminations.
•Wage and Hour: overtime calculation and payment, minimum wage, prevailing wage, and wage payment counseling for compliance and litigation under applicable federal, state and local statutes.
•Employment Litigation: employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, whistleblower cases, ERISA claims, employment contract and wage claims.
•Occupational Safety and Health: compliance advice, assistance with OSHA investigations and litigation in citation proceedings.
•Mass-Picketing: manage worksite logistics to minimize interference of picketing by organized labor, obtain court ordered injunctive relief to facilitate uninterrupted operations.
•Collective Bargaining: negotiate labor agreements on behalf of employers with labor organizations; handle strikes and other forms of economic pressure in the collective bargaining process.
•Harassment Training: conduct training for employees and management on workplace harassment and in-house resolution of disputes involving harassment claims.
•Managerial/Supervisory Training: conduct training on numerous aspects of a manager/supervisor's responsibilities under applicable employment laws, with emphasis on aggressive, proactive, efficient and effective management of employment issues to promote compliance and minimize the risk of costly litigation.
•Family & Medical Leave: compliance and litigating claims under federal and state statutes
•Employees With Disabilities: counseling regarding the interactive process of reasonable accommodations and litigation of discrimination claims under federal, state and local statutes.
•NLRB Litigation: represent employers in unfair labor practice litigation at the National Labor Relations Board.
•Arbitrations: represent employers in grievance and interest arbitrations under applicable labor contracts and labor codes.
•Management Labor Relations: representation of employers in dealings with unions and attempts by employees to seek union representation.
•Union Representational Matters: counsel employers in maintaining a union-free environment and respond to union efforts to organize the employer's employees.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 1987-present
•Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey, Newark, New Jersey
- Associate, 1979-1981
Honors and Awards
•Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015
•Listed in Who's Who in Executives and Professionals
• AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Author, Federal Court Rules NLRB's Union Posting Rule Unlawful, Duane Morris Alert, April 16, 2012
•Co-author, The Employee Free Choice Act - What's an Employer to Do? New York State Bar Association Journal, September 2009
•Co-author, Employee Free Choice Act Moving Forward Ahead of Schedule: Is Your Company Ready? Duane Morris Alert, March 13, 2009
•Co-author, President Issues Executive Order Encouraging the Use of Project Labor Agreements on Federal Construction Projects, Duane Morris Alert, March 9, 2009
•Author, The Employee Free Choice Act-Is Your Organization Prepared? Employment Law Strategist, March 2009
•Author, The Employee Free Choice Act-Is Your Organization Prepared? Duane Morris Alert, December 3, 2008
•Co-Author, Court Leaves Arbitration Issue Open, The National Law Journal, January 11, 1999
•Co-Author, Domestic-Partner Benefits Plans Raise Legal Issues, The National Law Journal, June 8, 1998
•Co-Author, Recent Cases Brought Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Hinge Upon Interpretations of 'Disability' as Well as 'Essential Functions' of a Particular Job, The National Law Journal, September 30, 1996
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Selected Seminar Presentations:
•Speaker, Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2014, Philadelphia, May 8, 2014
•Developments in Workplace Privacy and Email, Wage-and-Hour Law, and Occupational Safety and Health, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2010, Philadelphia
•Effective Hiring Practices, ADP Hiring Workshops, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey
•Americans with Disabilities Act, Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley Hospital Council, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, PA
•Personnel and Employment Law in New Jersey, Federal Publications, Inc., Princeton, NJ
•Pennsylvania Labor and Employment Law, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
•Business Law Update (Labor Relations and Employment Law Developments), Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, PA
•Managing in the Era of Emerging Employee Rights, Federal Publications, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, NV
•Remaining Union Free, Pennsylvania Nursing Home Association
•At-Will Employment in Pennsylvania, Federal Publications
•At-Will Employment in New Jersey, Federal Publications
•Wrongful Discharge Litigation, Federal Publications
•Managing in the Era of Emerging Employee Rights, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association
•At-Will Employment Doctrine, Montgomery County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Conference
•Emerging Employee Rights, Bux-Mont Industrial Relations Group
•Controlling Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace, International Bridge, Turnpike and Tunnel Authorities, San Diego, CA
•Emerging Employee Rights, Area Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury, MD
•Managing in the Era of Emerging Employee Rights in Delaware, National Business Institute
•Living With The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), PENJERDEL Employee Benefits & Compensation Association, Philadelphia, PA.
•The Top Ten Employment Law Issues in a Challenging Economy, Fluid Power Distributors Association, Plain Desert, CA; Orlando, FLA.