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Members of our Labor Practice are experienced in all aspects of labor-management and employee relations, including collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, disputes regarding multi-employer pension funds, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the defense of employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims, defense of wage and hour claims, restrictive covenants and providing general advice and counseling concerning day-to-day employment-related issues on behalf of management.

We have long been recognized as having one of the nation's quality labor practices representing management. Attorneys active in this area represent corporations, professional associations and businesses of every size. Our attorneys are proficient in dealing with union organizing efforts, employee benefit and pension matters, executive compensation programs and law compliance matters. We prepare well planned strategies, skillfully drafted briefs and thoroughly researched legal opinions without forgetting our clients' desires for efficient and economical performance.

We have a personal style that is responsive. In the courtroom and across the bargaining table, we aggressively represent our clients' interests; but we also see our role in the broader perspective as counselors to our clients regarding their business concerns. We believe that our special attention to the urgency of labor matters is a key ingredient to our success. Our aim is to build a long term relationship of trust and confidence with each client and to work side-by-side with clients in achieving their business goals.

Employment Law Litigation. We have developed a substantial practice in defending individual and class action claims arising under Title VII, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and state laws alleging race, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, color, and reverse discrimination; and statistical class claims arising under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Equal Pay Act. We have represented clients in sexual harassment litigations before juries and have helped clients implement policies to reduce the risk of future harassment claims.

Labor Relations and Labor Litigation. Our experience includes extensive responsibility for rendering daily advice to employers engaged in union avoidance, corporate mergers, the preparation of personnel policies, and supervisory training programs. We have expertise in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in complaint cases involving the validity of certification proceedings, plant relocations, subcontracting, furnishing of information, union security matters, picket line misconduct, application of seniority, assistance to unions, secondary boycotts, trespass, successor liability, bargaining obligations, solicitation and distribution of literature, plant closings, severance obligations, expanding units, arbitrability, work stoppages, and striker replacement. We are also involved in many representation cases and are experienced in the handling of certification proceedings, issues pertaining to unit classifications, contract bar, jurisdictional disputes, multi-employer and multi-location units, objections to conduct affecting elections, alter ego status, accretion and recognitional picketing.

Counseling and Training. We pride ourselves on our ability to counsel and train our management clients effectively to assist them to avoid lawsuits, or in the alternative, to put them in the most advantageous position to defend against such lawsuits ahead of time. We routinely conduct seminars for our clients to train and refresh our clients in areas of equal employment opportunity, harassment and discrimination, grievance and arbitration, wage and hour and effective employee discipline and union avoidance.


 

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New York City Employers Must Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees Effective April 1, 2014
, April 03, 2014
The New York City Earned Sick Time Act (the “Act”), which takes effect on April 1, 2014, requires employers of five or more employees (or one or more domestic worker) working in New York City for more than 80 hours in a calendar year to provide such employees with paid sick time off:...

New York Law Amended to Protect Child Models' Conditions of Employment and Education Requirements
Regina E. Faul,Marc B. Zimmerman, November 11, 2013
This Legal Alert highlighting a new New York State Labor Law affecting the fashion industry signed by Governor Cuomo will take effect on November 20, 2013. As runway and print models have become younger--leading to concern that girls are being used to sell clothing to women--there has been a...

The Temporary Deployment of German Employees in the U.S. - Contractual Work and Social Security Design (German)
Steven H. Thal,Florian von Eyb, November 11, 2013
Our summer issue of “For Your Information” discusses questions that German companies will face when sending their employees to a US subsidiary for a temporary assignment. The article outlines the advantages and disadvantages of different ways of structuring employment and social...