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New York Employment Law Letter

New York Employment Law Letter

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New York Employment Law Letter

When you subscribe to your Employment Law Letter, you get a newsletter specifically designed for employers and HR professionals in your state. It's written by attorneys in your state who know the unique challenges and laws you must deal with every day.

Access to Subscribers-Only Area — You'll find a wealth of helpful information, available to subscribers only, at no additional cost:

  • Online Archive: You can search for articles on any topic from your state, nearby states, or all 50 states.
  • Policies: Our Sample Policy & Procedure Manual, including dozens of sample policies and explanations.
  • Forms: Government forms and sample forms you can use in your HR practice.
  • Your state's statutes and regulations on employment law.
  • Federal statutes and regulations on employment and labor law.
  • Survey results from our Surveys of HR professionals nationwide.
  • Reports: Access to in-depth Mastering HR Reports.
  • Employers Forum: A vibrant online community that answers your toughest questions. For HR professionals and their counsel.


Your Editors

Charles H. KaplanCharles H. Kaplan is a member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Employment and Labor Practice Group and works in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Kaplan represents employers in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Department of Labor, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Mr. Kaplan counsels management in public and private companies and other organizations, in a broad range of industries, on a wide variety of employment and labor law issues. His experience includes employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, wage and hour, and collective and class action defense; employment-at-will; wrongful discharge, defamation, and other workplace torts; employment mediations and arbitrations; labor relations, union organizing and corporate campaigns, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, unfair labor practices, strikes, picketing, boycotts, and labor injunctions; human resources administration, personnel policies, and employee handbooks; disability, family and medical leave, employee dishonesty and disloyalty, drug testing, workplace violence, social media, privacy, independent contractor, whistleblower, occupational safety and health, government contracting and prevailing wage matters; foreign-owned employer issues; plant closings, downsizings, and mass layoffs; employee benefits issues and ERISA litigation; executive employment contracts, trade secrets, confidentiality agreements, and restrictive covenants; partnership disputes; manager and supervisor training; unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation; immigration law compliance; and public-sector workplace law matters.

His practice also includes advising management on labor and employment law issues in mergers, acquisitions, sales, corporate reorganizations, and bankruptcies; also, successor liability, collective bargaining obligations, accretion, withdrawal liability, and shutdown effects negotiations. Handling related workplace law matters that arise in business transactions has long been a significant component of Mr. Kaplan’s practice.

Mr. Kaplan also represents fiduciaries and other parties in trusts and estates law proceedings in New York’s Surrogate’s and appellate courts.

Paul J. SweeneyPaul J. Sweeney joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, in Binghamton in 1992, following active duty as a Marine Corps judge advocate. He is a partner and member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He concentrates in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. As co-chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, he defends employers against liability, discrimination and disability claims, and represents employers in contract negotiations, arbitration, discipline and administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. In addition, he represents clients in complex business, construction, and real estate disputes.

Mr. Sweeney is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Broome County Bar Association, and Northern District of New York – Federal Court Bar Association. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section and is the Treasurer of the Northern District of New York – Federal Court Bar Association. He has been named for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and the New York Super Lawyers. Mr. Sweeney was selected by the Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of New York to serve as a mediator for the Northern District’s Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program and to serve on the Northern District’s ADR Committee.

Mr. Sweeney’s community involvement includes his current service on Congressman Richard Hanna’s Military Service Academy Committee and his past service on the Broome County Board of Ethics, the board of directors of the Family & Children’s Society of Broome and Tioga Counties and the board of directors of the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mr. Sweeney is also a bagpiper with the Broome County Celtic Pipes & Drums.

Mr. Sweeney retired as a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve with more than 29 years of active duty and reserve service, including a combat deployment to Fallujah, Iraq. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Senior Marine Reserve Judge Advocate in the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star device.

Mr. Sweeney received his Bachelor of Arts degree, in cursu honorum, from Fordham University and his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Full Product Details

New York Employment Law Letter provides a three-part subscription package to deliver the practical, hands-on advice you need to manage your New York workforce safely and in compliance with New York and federal laws. That's because the newsletter's editors are New York attorneys who defend and counsel employers statewide.

Each issue also keeps you on top of New York court and U.S. Supreme Court decisions that affect your workforce, all reported with New York's local laws and policies in mind. You get the information you need to stay in business — and out of the courtroom.

Your complete subscription package includes:

  1. New York Employment Law Letter — 12 monthly issues mailed to you and also available online. (Digital-only versions are available with an HRLaws subscription) You also receive email notifications once a month and periodic News Alert by email as needed.
  2. Access to Subscribers-Only Area — You'll find a wealth of helpful information, available to subscribers only, at no additional cost:

    • Employment Law Letter articles from states you subscribe to
    • Sample policies
    • Your state's statutes and regulations affecting employers
    • Federal statutes and regulations on employment and labor law
    • Results from monthly surveys of HR professionals
    • Hot Topics
    • Employers Forum online community for HR professionals, employers, and their counsel.
  3. Mastering HR Reports — In-depth reports covering topics that are too complex to be fully covered in your monthly newsletter. Some 15-20 Mastering HR Reports are available in the Subscribers-Only area, and we update them regularly so you will always have the most up-to-date information.

New York Employment Law Letter

Read a sample of our Employment Law Letter Newsletter here.