The firm's Staffing Industry Department possesses the legal and business acumen essential to provide advice to the dynamic and rapidly expanding staffing industry. Our clients range from single office operations to publicly and privately held national and international multi-office operations and franchised locations. The group, under the supervision of Joel A. Klarreich, who has over thirty-five years' experience representing staffing firms, offers our clients services relating to corporate matters, finance and capital formation, acquisitions and divestitures, employment law, operational issues, unfair competition, labor and EEO matters, non-competition agreements and restrictive covenants, all within the context of the staffing industry's special needs. Mr. Klarreich is a sought-after speaker to industry groups on staffing industry mergers and acquisitions, employment law and EEO matters and other issues affecting the staffing business.
Tannenbaum Helpern’s Staffing Industry practice has over three decades
of experience representing staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions
(outsourcing) firms, ranging from single office operations to publicly
and privately-held national and international multi-office operations
and franchised locations. With decades of legal and business insights
gleaned from advising firms in the staffing industry, Tannenbaum Helpern
attorneys understand the unique legal issues facing firms operating in
this space. Tannenbaum Helpern’s Chair of the Staffing Industry
practice, Joel A. Klarreich, has over 40 years of experience representing
staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions firms and is recognized as
one the leading attorneys in this field in the country.
Legal services include: unfair competition claims, labor and employment
issues, administrative law compliance, EEO claims, wage and hour claims,
intellectual property matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures,
licensing, franchising, governmental investigations, confidentiality agreements,
restrictive covenants, litigation and various corporate matters.
As legal advisors, Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys work as an extension of
a client’s team and strategize with each client to formulate practical
and workable solutions that meet each client’s short and long-term
Tannenbaum Helpern represents staffing firms in mergers, acquisitions,
reorganizations, joint ventures, license agreements, public and private
offerings, lending transactions as well as business formation, operating
agreements, contract negotiations and a wide range of corporate matters.
Labor laws are constantly evolving and it is important for companies to
stay compliant. Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys advise companies on strategic
compliance with an array of employment laws and regulations and provide
daily counsel on issues such as pre-employment inquiries, wage and hour
planning, overtime, unlawful interview questions, disability accommodations,
drug testing, background checks, discrimination, harassment investigations,
human resource policies and procedures, social media and the Family and
Medical Leave Act. Our attorneys are adept in counseling, drafting, negotiating
and structuring employment agreements, incentive plans and severance agreements
and guiding companies through workforce reductions. Tannenbaum Helpern
attorneys handle and address all forms of employment dispute resolution
and regularly advise companies on audits by the US and NY Department of Labor.
Franchising is complex and is highly regulated. Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys
have extensive experience in developing plans for franchise programs,
drafting franchise and disclosure documents, pre-sale registration and
working within the regulatory framework affecting franchising activities.
Additionally, our attorneys help resolve disputes between franchisors
and franchisees and, if necessary, represent clients in arbitration or
At Tannenbaum Helpern, we understand the commercial importance of properly
protecting and maximizing the value of intellectual property assets. Tannenbaum
Helpern's Intellectual Property practice covers patents, trademarks,
copyrights and trade secrets. With an average of 25 years in advising
domestic and global clients on intellectual property matters, our attorneys
are skilled in protecting, evaluating and helping clients maximize their
intellectual property portfolios as well as successfully resolving and
litigating domestic and global infringement disputes.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
We handle all forms of commercial, employment, intellectual property and
franchise dispute resolution. Litigation can be costly when there is not
a cohesive strategy. Tannenbaum Helpern’s skilled litigators work
closely with clients to design an approach that puts their business first
while achieving their litigation goals and effectively competing in the
- Advice on all aspects of staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions firm
operations, drawing on many years of practical experience in this area
of law, including employment law matters.
- Employment, shareholder and operating agreements and related contract matters,
consulting arrangements and the like.
- Negotiation and drafting of operational forms, client agreements, and prime
vendor, outsourcing and similar agreements.
- Financing and capital formation, banking relationships, loan agreements
and related financial aspects of the staffing industry.
- New ventures, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts,
and other complex corporate transactions related to the staffing industry.
- Assisting industry members with Internet operations and with domain name
and trademark issues.
- Real estate and leasing matters, unique to the staffing industry.
- Representation and advice in connection with regulatory, licensing, franchising
and similar matters.
- Negotiating, drafting and enforcing non-competition agreements, confidentiality
agreements and restrictive covenants.
- Employment law matters, such as pre-employment inquiries, complaint procedures,
benefits, defense of employment and equal employment opportunity claims,
claims, policy implementation, wage and hour planning and overtime issues,
and drug and alcohol programs, peculiar to the staffing industry.
- Wage and hour and EEO claims
- Unfair competition litigations