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New Jersey Employment Attorneys
CMS provides counsel to both individuals and employers in the State of New Jersey. Our employment law attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in matters involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment and hostile work environment, unlawful retaliation and whistleblower claims, family and medical leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, and breach of restrictive covenants.
Employment Law Services For New Jersey Employees
It is traumatic for an employee to be subject to unlawful practices in the workplace or to be unlawfully terminated. It creates financial instability and often impacts an individual’s emotional well-being. CMS employment lawyers understand this and utilize their substantial experience to strongly advocate for individuals by providing strategic legal advice to help them navigate through their complex legal issues. CMS provides employment law services for individuals in the following areas: severance negotiations; review and negotiation of employment-related agreements (such as employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements); counseling on workplace-related issues (including discrimination, retaliation, discipline issues, workplace accommodations, and leaves of absences); employment litigation in areas such as employment discrimination involving age, race, national origin, disability, pregnancy, gender discrimination as well as other legally protected categories; wrongful termination; workplace sexual harassment and hostile work environment; unlawful retaliation and whistleblower claims; family and medical leaves of absence; workplace accommodation requests; wage and compensation issues; and breach of restrictive covenants).
When there is a layoff or termination of employment, employers will frequently offer employees severance pay. Generally, this will be memorialized in an agreement that requires the employee to, among other things, release any and all legal claims that the employee may have against the employer in exchange for the severance pay. In many instances, such agreements include non-disparagement, confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicitation clauses. As such, it is vital that employees retain legal counsel to ensure that they fully understand their obligations under the agreement as well as any rights that they may be waiving. CMS employment law attorneys have significant experience counseling employees on severance agreements and negotiating severance packages, and are here to guide you through these complex legal issues.
Review and Negotiation of Employment-Related Agreements
In today’s economic environment, it is very common for employers to present employees with various types of agreements that attempt to protect their business interests and/or insulate them from potential liability. The most common agreements presented to employees are employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements (including non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements), and severance agreements. Accordingly, it is important for employees to retain legal counsel before signing any such agreements to ensure they fully understand the terms and conditions of any such agreements, including any post-employment obligations. CMS employment lawyers have extensive experience counseling employees on issues related to employment, restrictive covenant, and severance agreements.
Counseling for Employees on Workplace Issues
During the course of employment, there are many potential legal issues that may arise for employees, including but not limited to, questions pertaining to leaves of absence, how to make workplace accommodation requests, how to report workplace harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, questions pertaining to legal issues that may arise due to participation in a workplace investigation, and questions about various agreements presented to them (including non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements). Employees should retain legal counsel to help navigate them through these types of complicated legal issues. The employment law attorneys at CMS are here to assist employees with these issues.
Representation in Employment Litigation
Employees in the State of New Jersey have broad protection of legal rights. Employees who are subject to unlawful misconduct in the workplace and/or who are subject to unlawful employment termination need legal assistance to help them assert their rights. CMS lawyers are strong advocates for their clients and have wide-ranging experience representing employees in various types of employment litigation, including but not limited to, the following: employment discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, hostile work environment, unlawful retaliation and whistleblower claims, family and medical leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, wage and compensation issues, and breach of restrictive covenants.
Employment Law Services For New Jersey Employers
Keeping track of the dynamic and evolving changes in employment laws is an important part of running a successful business. CMS lawyers understand how critical employment matters are to keeping your business running smoothly and with business goals in mind, CMS lawyers provide employers and business owners with important practical and preventative strategic legal advice to minimize risk and help them avoid potential liability. And, if necessary, our employment attorneys act as strong advocates in defending employers when litigation arises. CMS provides employment law services to employers in the following areas: preventative day-to-day employment law counseling; employee handbooks and manuals; employment agreements; non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements; severance agreements; conducting workplace investigations; and defending employers in various types of employment litigation (including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, and hostile work environment, unlawful retaliation and whistleblower claims, family and medical leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, wage and compensation issues, and breach of restrictive covenants).
Preventative Day-to-Day Counseling
With the plethora of laws, regulations, and guidelines that govern New Jersey employers, it is important for employers to have dependable, responsive, and reliable legal counsel. The CMS employment attorneys are here to assist employers to navigate through complex legal issues involving their personnel. CMS regularly provides preventative day-to-day employment law counseling to clients on a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to, employee handbooks, manuals, and policies; leaves of absence; workplace accommodation requests; workplace investigations; discipline and discharge issues; wage and compensation issues; and employment-related agreements (including non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements).
Employee Handbooks and Manuals
In today’s litigious environment, it is vital for employers to have written policies in place that set forth their protocols with regard to a wide variety of legal issues, including but not limited to, a complaint mechanism to handle claims of workplace harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation; a mechanism to process workplace accommodation requests and leaves of absence; protection of the employer’s confidential and proprietary information; and workplace safety. These policies may also serve as important defenses in the event of litigation. Our employment lawyers regularly assist clients with drafting and updating employment manuals, handbooks and policies in New Jersey.
With the ever-increasing rights and protections for individuals in the workplace, employers have a legal responsibility to investigate both informal and formal complaints of unlawful workplace activity made by their employees, which include but are not limited to, allegations of discrimination, harassment, and hostile work environment, and workplace retaliation. Such investigations generally result in a written report containing findings and conclusions, and may serve as an important defense for the employer in the event there is ensuing litigation over the subject of investigation. In addition, the investigator may become a fact witness in the event of litigation. Accordingly, it is important for employers to hire legal counsel to conduct the workplace investigation. The CMS employment lawyers have extensive experience conducting independent fact-finding workplace investigations and are here to assist employers with this process.
Employment Litigation Defense
In today’s litigious environment, employers have to increasingly deal with litigation brought by their former employees. Our employment litigation defense attorneys have a wide array of experience defending employers in various types of employment litigation, including but not limited to, the following: employment discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, and hostile work environment, unlawful retaliation and whistleblower claims, family and medical leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, wage and compensation issues, and breach of restrictive covenants.
Employment Law Mediation
Frank A. Custode, Chair of CMS’ Employment Practice, is a New Jersey Court Rule 1:40 qualified mediator. In addition to serving as a court-appointed mediator, Mr. Custode also conducts private mediation sessions for parties. Mr. Custode is a seasoned employment law practitioner with extensive experience representing both employees and employers, and therefore, understands the issues that are important to both sides in an employment law dispute. This experience is an asset that helps Mr. Custode facilitate settlement dialogue as a mediator.
Speak With a Seasoned New Jersey Employment Law Attorney
If you are in need of legal representation to assist you with an employment law matter and/or are in need of the services of an experienced and well-versed New Jersey employment lawyer, please contact Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC.