Michael Katzen, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and member of the firm’s Employment and Labor, and Business and Commercial Practice Groups, devotes his practice to representing businesses and organizations in employment law matters.
Mike routinely defends employers, both directly and as Employment Practices Liability (EPL) panel counsel, in employment litigation matters brought in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums like the American Arbitration Association. Mike also represents employers before a wide variety of administrative agencies, including the U.S., New Jersey, and New York State departments of labor; the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights; the New York State Division of Human Rights; and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
While much of his practice involves defending employers once a dispute has arisen, Mike also focuses a great deal of his practice on providing employers with practical advice to avoid lawsuits. Mike routinely counsels employers on day-to-day human resources (HR) and employment law issues, including employee discipline, terminations, discrimination/harassment, leaves of absence, overtime, independent contractor and unpaid intern/volunteer classifications, workplace accommodations, trade secrets, social media, and protected union-related activity. He audits employment practices, delivers management training, and assists employers in investigating allegations of employee misconduct such as theft and discrimination/harassment. Mike also prepares HR policies, employee handbooks, and employment contracts, as well as confidentiality, non-solicitation, and non-compete agreements.
Mike represents employers from a wide variety of industries, including retail, health care, manufacturing, transportation, and higher education. Mike’s focus on the retail industry in particular has gained him experience representing retailers and developers in “public accommodation” cases under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He also has significant experience representing religious non-profit entities in workplace issues.
Mike frequently trains and presents to attorneys, business groups, and clients on a variety of topics, including accommodating employees with disabilities under the ADA; the interaction of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ADA, and workers’ compensation; conducting effective workplace investigations; and avoiding wage/hour pitfalls.
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•New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2015-2017 (Thomson Reuters)
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•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers
April 1, 2016
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers
April 20, 2015
•Goldberg Segalla Named a New Jersey Powerhouse by Law360
June 26, 2014
•Michael S. Katzen Quoted in NJ Justices' Unemployment Ruling Invites Changes to Law, Law360
February 15, 2018
•Goldberg Segalla Congratulates 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers
March 14, 2017
•Goldberg Segalla Names New Partners
January 1, 2016
•Michael S. Katzen Joins Goldberg Segalla
February 25, 2013
•Quoted, NJ Justices' Unemployment Ruling Invites Changes to Law, Law360, February 15, 2018
•Presenter, How to Comply with the FLSA, Applying HR Law to Everyday Issues: An Interactive Workshop CLE, National Business Institute (NBI), Princeton, NJ, December 6, 2017
•Co-Presenter, Ethics in Employment Law - 'Hot Button' Issues, Lawline CLE Webinar, September 18, 2017
•Presenter, Creating Effective Workplace Policies, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) New Jersey Chapter Summer 2017 Session, Long Branch, NJ, June 15, 2017
•Presenter, “Human Resource Law from A to Z - Workplace Behavioral Issues: Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations,” National Business Institute, Princeton, NJ, December 7, 2016
•Quoted in “Attorneys React to DOL’s Final Overtime Exemption Rule,” Law360, May 18, 2016
•Author, “ The Fair Chance Act: Understanding Key Provisions and Impact on Employers, ” New York Law Journal, February 29, 2016
•Quoted in Attorneys React to DOL Misclassification Guidance, Law360, July 16, 2015
•Moderator, “Demystifying the PPACA: Potential Management Liability Pitfalls Faced by Employers,” presented by Professional Liability Underwriting Society - Hartford Chapter, Hartford, CT, December 9, 2014
•Presenter, “Workplace Investigations in New Jersey,” presented by Lorman Education Services, Mount Laurel, NJ, February 28, 2014
•Author, “NJ Nursing Homes May Be Liable Under Consumer Fraud Act,” Law360, January 6, 2014