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Staffing Industry

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 business goals.


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.

Employment Law

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 litigation.

Intellectual Property

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 marketplace.

Representative Services

  • 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
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