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Employment Law

Tannenbaum Helpern's team of employment lawyers possesses the legal expertise and business insight necessary to provide comprehensive and practical employment law advice to employers to ensure the smooth operation of their businesses and minimize their fiscal exposure in the face of day-to-day employment related decisions.

As a mid-size firm, we offer a personalized relationship between our clients and our attorneys. We understand each of our clients' unique business culture, goals and objectives and use this knowledge as a foundation for the counsel we provide. A key component of our effective provision of legal services is our ability to coordinate the ever changing world of employment law with our clients' existing human resources protocols and practices.

Our attorneys strategize with clients to formulate plans of action to deal with all issues affecting their workforces. We understand the importance of quick responses when dealing with fluid employee situations. Our clients span all industries and include all types of businesses, from restaurants to real estate companies, from staffing firms to technology companies, and from retailers to hedge funds.

Employment Manuals & Policies

Businesses are well-served by our expertise in crafting and implementing policies and procedures designed to further their strategic goals while not interfering with the business necessities of their workplace. Our attorneys are experienced at drafting employee handbooks, manuals, policies and procedures, as well as counseling our clients on how to implement these policies.

Human Resource Compliance

We provide support and guidance to human resource and business professionals struggling with the legal aspects of their employee policies. We advise clients on strategic compliance with the vast array of employment laws and regulations and provide daily counsel on issues such as pre-employment inquiries, unlawful interview questions, disability accommodations, drug testing, background checks, harassment investigations, social media and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Employment Agreements

Clients rely on our attorneys to structure executive compensation packages and advise on special circumstances companies face when attracting and retaining executives. We are experienced in the negotiation and preparation of executive employment agreements, incentive plans and severance agreements. We negotiate, draft and provide counsel on employment agreements, commission agreements, non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and sale bonus agreements.

Workforce Restructurings

Our team assists businesses in the strategic addition to and reduction of workforces, including the preparation of employment and severance agreements. We guide clients through reductions in force, including the requirements of COBRA, the WARN Act and the ADEA.

Our employment law group also regularly provides advice in connection with corporate transactions. We participate in the due diligence process by analyzing the personnel policies, human resource practices and outstanding and potential employment related liabilities of target companies. We assist clients in combining and reducing workforces as a result of mergers and acquisitions.

Dispute Resolution & Investigations

We handle all forms of employment dispute resolution, including matters before federal and state courts and agencies. We regularly assist clients subject to audits by agencies such as the U.S. and New York State Departments of Labor. Our attorneys have litigated the enforceability of hundreds of restrictive covenants in different jurisdictions providing a unique expertise in this area. We conduct workplace investigations, including the investigation of harassment and workplace misconduct, without undue disruption to the workplace. We are able to analyze our clients' situations and effectively assist them in determining whether an aggressive defense, quick settlement or course of action somewhere in between is the best option.

Representative Services

•Advice on all aspects of employment law, including pre-employment inquiries, wage and hour planning, overtime issues, social media, federal and state labor law compliance and employment discrimination.

•Negotiating, drafting and enforcing employment agreements and related contract matters, including non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants.

•Representation and advice concerning employee manuals, complaint procedures, policy implementation and benefits programs.

•Drafting, amending and implementing employee handbooks, manuals, policies and procedures.

•Assisting in the strategic reduction of workforces and preparing effective separation agreements.

•Structuring executive compensation packages.

•Conducting informational and training seminars on topics such as sexual harassment, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, state human rights laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, wage and hour compliance and Social Media in the Workplace.

•Guiding clients through the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act, equal employment opportunity legislation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and sexual harassment matters, including litigation and dispute resolution.

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