Labor and Employment Counseling and Compliance
Labor and Employment Counseling and Compliance
Our Labor and Employment attorneys provide employers with bespoke solutions to every employment issue they face.

Our attorneys know the law.  As it has for more than 60 years, our work for clients is firmly anchored in a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute understanding of employment and labor relations law.

We take the time to understand our clients’ business and operational goals, and the particularities—economic, demographic, regulatory and practical—of employee hiring and management in their markets and industries.

But we know that’s not enough.

We know that clients don’t want exhaustive dissections of legal issues.  They want practical solutions to their problems.

So we provide answers and options, not formulaic legal analyses.

And we never forget that the legal advice we provide has implications far beyond the issue or problem at hand – an impact on employees and management, the company’s reputation and good will, and its business and operational objectives.

Client Counseling

Our Labor and Employment attorneys know the heavy cost of employment litigation—costs that go well beyond potential damages and the expense of defending against lawsuits to the emotional, reputational and public relations costs that employee lawsuits can cause.  And we believe that prevention is most the cost-effective, long-term solution.

We provide timely, business-focused advice on the full range of employee-relations 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

  • 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

  • Drug and alcohol issues


Traditional Labor Relations

Our attorneys help companies navigate the challenges and opportunities they face with organized labor.  We work closely with leaders across industry sectors to develop and drive company-wide strategies for promoting union-free workplaces, and for responding effectively to union organizing and public relations campaigns.  We practice extensively before the National Labor Relations Board in regions across the country.  Our attorneys’ extensive experience also means that our clients benefit from our 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 positive employee relations.

Global Labor and Employment Network

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.  The firm’s work is recognized around the world; indeed, Legal Era Magazine named Kelley Drye the “Best International Law Firm of the Year” for 2016

 
 

Overview

Our Labor and Employment attorneys provide employers with bespoke solutions to every employment issue they face.

Our attorneys know the law.  As it has for more than 60 years, our work for clients is firmly anchored in a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute understanding of employment and labor relations law.

We take the time to understand our clients’ business and operational goals, and the particularities—economic, demographic, regulatory and practical—of employee hiring and management in their markets and industries.

But we know that’s not enough.

We know that clients don’t want exhaustive dissections of legal issues.  They want practical solutions to their problems.

So we provide answers and options, not formulaic legal analyses.

And we never forget that the legal advice we provide has implications far beyond the issue or problem at hand – an impact on employees and management, the company’s reputation and good will, and its business and operational objectives.

Client Counseling

Our Labor and Employment attorneys know the heavy cost of employment litigation—costs that go well beyond potential damages and the expense of defending against lawsuits to the emotional, reputational and public relations costs that employee lawsuits can cause.  And we believe that prevention is most the cost-effective, long-term solution.

We provide timely, business-focused advice on the full range of employee-relations 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

  • 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

  • Drug and alcohol issues


Traditional Labor Relations

Our attorneys help companies navigate the challenges and opportunities they face with organized labor.  We work closely with leaders across industry sectors to develop and drive company-wide strategies for promoting union-free workplaces, and for responding effectively to union organizing and public relations campaigns.  We practice extensively before the National Labor Relations Board in regions across the country.  Our attorneys’ extensive experience also means that our clients benefit from our 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 positive employee relations.

Global Labor and Employment Network

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.  The firm’s work is recognized around the world; indeed, Legal Era Magazine named Kelley Drye the “Best International Law Firm of the Year” for 2016

Partner
Email (212) 808-7628(212) 808-7628
Barbara Hoey is chair of Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment practice group, and a member of the firm’s executive committee.  In her third decade of practice, Barbara’s exper...
Partner
Email (203) 351-8028(203) 351-8028
Richard Chargar chairs the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group.  He advises public and private companies, institutions and other organizations, senior executives a...
Partner
Email (310) 712-6140(310) 712-6140
Michael Gallion is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment practice group, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. For over two decades, Michael has focused exclusively on ...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7980(212) 808-7980
Pamela Kaplan represents Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit entities and other organizations on their employee benefits and compensation-related initiatives.  She advises on the full arr...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7959(212) 808-7959
Mark Konkel is committed to protecting and maximizing the interests of employers of all sizes, from the major multinational to the startup.  Whether Mark is helping his clients with seasoned,...
Partner
Email (310) 712-6185(310) 712-6185
Kate Visosky’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment-related litigation and proactive counseling of management-side clients. Kate represents her c...
Special Counsel
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...
Special Counsel
Email (310) 712-6184 (310) 712-6184
David Van Pelt is special counsel in the Labor and Employment practice group at Kelley Drye & Warren’s Los Angeles office. With more than 20 years’ experience, David repr...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7511(212) 808-7511
John Mattiace is a litigator who advises businesses on how to achieve cost-effective solutions to complex employment problems.  John litigates on behalf of clients who are faced with all types...
Senior Associate
Email (312) 857-2568(312) 857-2568
John Pirra advises clients on a variety of business matters, including commercial litigation, general liability, and tort defense in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  Joh...
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 co...
Associate
Email (312) 857-2507(312) 857-2507
Janine Fletcher is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Janine brings a comprehensive background, experience and skill-set having worked in all branches of federal government prior to ...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7908(212) 808-7908
Allison Gottlieb is an associate in the firm’s New York office and a member of the Labor and Employment practice group. Allison advises businesses on a wide range of labor and employmen...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7962(212) 808-7962
Steven Nevolis is an associate in the firm’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.  His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of servic...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7527(212) 808-7527
Alyssa Smilowitz concentrates her practice on counseling clients in employment law matters.  As a member of the Labor and Employment practice group, she represents employers in litigation invo...