Employment Law

The Employment Law Practice Group supports employers with the daily struggle of running an effective and efficient operation while complying with an ever-increasing array of federal, state and local laws.  

We advise on all aspects of the employment relationship, from the recruiting stage through termination and beyond.  We provide practical solutions to compliance issues and employee disputes so that companies can avoid the time, expense and disruption of litigation.  When conflicts do arise, we aggressively defend our clients, including in administrative matters and individual, collective, and class action litigation.

The Firm’s expertise in this area includes:

  • Wage and hour
  • Leave and disability accommodation management
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Employment and separation agreements
  • Harassment and discrimination training
  • Investigations of alleged work-place misconduct
  • Advising on employment decisions, including performance management and termination
  • Representing employers in administrative hearings, government audits, arbitrations and litigations

New York Forward: Returning to the Workplace 10 Questions to Answer Before Reopening Your Business

Businesses in New York State are beginning to reopen. While we are not yet able to reopen non-essential businesses in New York City or Westchester, we can and should start to think about what reopening will look like and prepare our plans and policies so that we can reopen safely and lawfully when permitted. Below are 10 questions any New York employer should be able to answer before reopening its workplace.

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Senate Passes Paid Leave Coronavirus Relief

Today the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among other things, the law includes an emergency expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act and a requirement for paid sick leave related to COVID-19 . Both of these new and temporary laws only apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees. In addition, the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority to issue regulations exempting small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the paid leave requirements if such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.

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Department of Labor Issues Guidance and Poster for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires employers with  fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 . The Act will take effect on April 1, 2020.

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Are You Prepared for New York’s Paid Family Leave Law?

New York’s Paid Family Leave law (PFL) will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Although that date is still several months away, there are things employers can and should do now to prepare.

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Employer Alert – Ban on Salary History Information

In October 2015, New York City employers were banned from asking about applicants’ criminal conviction history during the application and interview process. This required many employers to update their employment applications, interview practices and background check process.

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