Labor Law General Counsel
Our labor attorneys use an interdisciplinary approach, involving both business attorneys and litigators, to draft policies and agreements that manage risk and help our clients achieve their goals.
Employment Defense Attorneys
An employer can do everything “right” but still face an employment claim. A disgruntled employee may easily file a claim with the Division of Human Rights, the EEOC, or the Department of Labor. When that happens, time is short, and it helps to have an advocate who guide the employer through a just and speedy resolution. Our employment defense lawyers can help.
Rochester Labor and Employment Lawyers
The employment lawyers in our practice cover a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters. Our clients come from the Greater Rochester area and other parts of Upstate New York.
General Counsel and Risk Management
General corporate counseling involves advising our clients on a wide variety of labor and employment matters, as well as helping our clients assess and manage risks associated with employment matters. We advise our clients to ensure that the employment-related decisions they make comply with the multitude of employment statutes that may apply to their particular business. Our clients consult with our employment attorneys about wage and hour issues, benefits, disciplinary and termination matters.
We help guide our clients in planning for, documenting, and making important hiring, discipline or discharge decisions. Consultation with an employment attorney in advance of such a decision may avoid unnecessary litigation and help ensure that such decisions are in compliance with discrimination statutes and other fair employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (the "ADA"), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (the "ADEA"), and the New York State Human Rights Law, as well as other fair employment statutes, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA").
Policies, Agreements and Restrictive Covenants
One of the easiest ways to minimize the risks associated with having employees, while ensuring compliance with the myriad of employment regulations governing the employer/employee relationship, is for the business or organization to have well-drafted policies, handbooks and agreements in place. Unfortunately, many employers learn this the hard way.
We regularly draft employee handbooks, as well as general employment and independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements to protect trade secrets and other proprietary information for our clients.
Our employment attorneys can assist you in drafting the clear, enforceable policies and agreements that you may need to protect your business assets and to minimize the risk of your organization being involved in litigation with a present or former employee. If litigation occurs, having such a policy or agreement may enhance your odds of prevailing.
Defense of Labor and Employment Claims
We represent employers in state and federal court, and before various state and federal agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the "EEOC"), the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York State Department of Labor. Our team has successfully defended numerous claims involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and hostile environment under state and federal fair employment laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act (the "FMLA"), and other employment laws.