Labor and Employment Counseling and Compliance
Labor and Employment Counseling and Compliance
Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment counseling team is “knowledgeable, responsive, keeps up to date on current matters, engaging, [and] informative.”  Legal 500, 2021
We provide strategic counseling and comprehensive representation on the full spectrum of workplace issues, from employment law compliance to organized labor.  Winning litigation is a good thing, but avoiding litigation is much better.  To that end, our work has been firmly anchored for more than 60 years in a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute understanding of employment and labor relations law.  We pass that expertise on to our clients in the form of pragmatic, cost-effective, solutions-oriented advice that solves problems before they start.

We take the time to understand our clients’ business and operational goals, and the economic, regulatory and practical pressures their businesses face.  We provide answers and options, not formulaic or academic legal analyses.

Advice and Counsel

The costs of litigation go well beyond its expense and distraction to the reputational and public-relations damage that lawsuits often cause.  Our goal is to prevent disputes from arising in the first place, and we serve that goal by providing highly responsive, business-focused advice on a full range of employment issues:

  • Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Recruitment, compensation, benefits and Equal Pay Act compliance

  • Compliance with the state and federal wage/hour laws, as well as skilled representation to employers facing wage and hour litigation

  • Performance management, discipline and termination

  • Reductions in-force and redundancies

  • Employment contracts, non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants

  • Workplace and human resources policies, and the preparation and review of employee handbooks

  • Sexual harassment and hostile workplace training

  • Preparation of affirmative action plans

Organized Labor

Our attorneys help companies navigate the challenges and opportunities they face with organized labor.  We practice extensively before the National Labor Relations Board in regions across the country.  We also work closely with leaders across industry sectors to develop and drive company-wide strategies for responding effectively to organized labor.  Our attorneys’ extensive experience translates into a deep, practical knowledge of the real-world, real-time tactics that make a labor strategy effective.

We know how to work effectively with stakeholders not only in the boardroom, but on the shop floor.  We also help our clients work with unionized workforces, including in major collective bargaining, unfair labor practice disputes and labor arbitrations.  Above all, our labor relations attorneys know how to tie legal strategy to business goals, recognizing that the real value of labor relations advice is to minimize the risks and costs of organized labor, while maximizing the relationship an employer has with its employees.

Global Human Resources Law

We understand the challenges of an international workforce and bring a distinctly cross-border perspective to multinationals on employment law, regulation and compliance, employee benefits and incentives, global mobility, pensions, redundancies and reductions-in-force, and organized labor.  Because our clients are multinationals engaged in cross-border ventures, we work with a global network of trusted counsel to address our clients’ global employment law challenges wherever they arise, providing pragmatic, cost-effective solutions with an emphasis on reducing risk and maximizing employee relations.

Internal Investigations

We help employers identify and effectively manage the considerable risks associated with internal complaints, including whistleblower complaints, in matters that both stay under the radar and end up in The New York Times.  We specialize in crisis management (including through public relations), which enables employers to address allegations head-on while minimizing disruption in the work place.  Whether it is determining if a full-fledged investigation is warranted or conducting an exhaustive investigation in response to allegations of harassment, our team handles all aspects of the most complex investigation efficiently and effectively.

 
 

Overview

Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment counseling team is “knowledgeable, responsive, keeps up to date on current matters, engaging, [and] informative.”  Legal 500, 2021
We provide strategic counseling and comprehensive representation on the full spectrum of workplace issues, from employment law compliance to organized labor.  Winning litigation is a good thing, but avoiding litigation is much better.  To that end, our work has been firmly anchored for more than 60 years in a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute understanding of employment and labor relations law.  We pass that expertise on to our clients in the form of pragmatic, cost-effective, solutions-oriented advice that solves problems before they start.

We take the time to understand our clients’ business and operational goals, and the economic, regulatory and practical pressures their businesses face.  We provide answers and options, not formulaic or academic legal analyses.

Advice and Counsel

The costs of litigation go well beyond its expense and distraction to the reputational and public-relations damage that lawsuits often cause.  Our goal is to prevent disputes from arising in the first place, and we serve that goal by providing highly responsive, business-focused advice on a full range of employment issues:

  • Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Recruitment, compensation, benefits and Equal Pay Act compliance

  • Compliance with the state and federal wage/hour laws, as well as skilled representation to employers facing wage and hour litigation

  • Performance management, discipline and termination

  • Reductions in-force and redundancies

  • Employment contracts, non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants

  • Workplace and human resources policies, and the preparation and review of employee handbooks

  • Sexual harassment and hostile workplace training

  • Preparation of affirmative action plans

Organized Labor

Our attorneys help companies navigate the challenges and opportunities they face with organized labor.  We practice extensively before the National Labor Relations Board in regions across the country.  We also work closely with leaders across industry sectors to develop and drive company-wide strategies for responding effectively to organized labor.  Our attorneys’ extensive experience translates into a deep, practical knowledge of the real-world, real-time tactics that make a labor strategy effective.

We know how to work effectively with stakeholders not only in the boardroom, but on the shop floor.  We also help our clients work with unionized workforces, including in major collective bargaining, unfair labor practice disputes and labor arbitrations.  Above all, our labor relations attorneys know how to tie legal strategy to business goals, recognizing that the real value of labor relations advice is to minimize the risks and costs of organized labor, while maximizing the relationship an employer has with its employees.

Global Human Resources Law

We understand the challenges of an international workforce and bring a distinctly cross-border perspective to multinationals on employment law, regulation and compliance, employee benefits and incentives, global mobility, pensions, redundancies and reductions-in-force, and organized labor.  Because our clients are multinationals engaged in cross-border ventures, we work with a global network of trusted counsel to address our clients’ global employment law challenges wherever they arise, providing pragmatic, cost-effective solutions with an emphasis on reducing risk and maximizing employee relations.

Internal Investigations

We help employers identify and effectively manage the considerable risks associated with internal complaints, including whistleblower complaints, in matters that both stay under the radar and end up in The New York Times.  We specialize in crisis management (including through public relations), which enables employers to address allegations head-on while minimizing disruption in the work place.  Whether it is determining if a full-fledged investigation is warranted or conducting an exhaustive investigation in response to allegations of harassment, our team handles all aspects of the most complex investigation efficiently and effectively.

Partner
Email (212) 808-7959(212) 808-7959
Mark Konkel is a nationally recognized advocate for employers across industries and chairs the firm’s Labor and Employment practice.  He has a long track record of winning judgments and ...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7621(212) 808-7621
Victoria Anderson focuses her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation – namely, qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements under 409A, 4...
Partner
Email (213) 547-4906(213) 547-4906
Kimberly Carter is managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kimberly focuses her practice on a wide array of employment law matters including defense of high-stakes single plaintiff...
Partner
Email (203) 351-8028(203) 351-8028
Richard Chargar advises public and private companies, institutions and other organizations, senior executives and boards of directors on complex benefits and compensation matters.  Richard ser...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7628(212) 808-7628
Barbara Hoey is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  In her third decade of practice, Barbara’s experience includes counseling clients in all areas of employment law, and d...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7980(212) 808-7980
Pamela Kaplan chairs the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group.  Pam represents Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit entities and other organizations on their empl...
Special Counsel
Email (212) 808-7697(212) 808-7697
Maria Biaggi’s practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including workplace litigation, dispute resolution, and counseling.  Her broad scope of experience makes her a...
Senior Associate
Email (213) 547-4915(213) 547-4915
Ronnie Arenas focuses his practice on all areas of labor and employment law, including litigation, advice and counsel, and preventative training. Ronnie’s extensive litigation experience...
Senior Associate
Email (312) 857-2311(312) 857-2311
Tyler Bohman focuses his practice on all aspects of labor and employment law and commercial litigation.  He defends employers against various employment claims filed in state and federal court...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7681(212) 808-7681
Alison Frimmel is a senior associate in the Labor and Employment practice.  Alison focuses her practice on employment and labor counseling and litigation, dispute resolution, and defense strat...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7908(212) 808-7908
Steven Nevolis is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.  His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of services for management-side clients, including employm...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7935(212) 808-7935
Richard Solomon is a senior associate in the firm's New York office. He focuses his practice on immigration and nationality law. Richard represents multinational corporations, domestic com...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7568(212) 808-7568
Sebastian Clarkin is a third-generation labor and employment attorney, and focuses his practice in all areas of labor and employment law.  He represents a diverse client base with matters invo...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7646(212) 808-7646
Rachel Goot is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice. Rachel represents employers in a variety of employment law matters, including harassment and discrimination claims, tr...
Associate
Email (212) 808-5021(212) 808-5021
Nicholas Kromka is an associate with the firm’s Labor and Employment group.  Nick focuses his practice in all areas of labor and employment law, with a specific emphasis on defending cli...