The employment law firm of Jules Halpern Associates LLC can advise on compliance with multistate and federal employment laws and regulations

Our employment law firm attorneys can assist your business by:

  • Advising on compliance with multistate and federal employment laws and regulations relating to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).
  • Counseling on attendance, leave and accommodation issues, including development and application of policies pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), state/local leave laws and workers’ compensation laws.
  • Providing guidance on federal, state and local wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA).
  • Developing and implementing federally-mandated policies, including Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity policies.
Employment Discrimination
The workplace has experienced a widening of protections in the individuals that are covered by the array of discrimination laws. We study the evolving federal, state, and local discrimination rules carefully and advise our clients on how to present discrimination issues from arising in the first place. We protect our clients from creating issues that may lead to discrimination charges that may be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or other state or local agency responsible for anti-discrimination enforcement. Through our counsel clients maintain sensitivity to compliance, and develop and utilize policies that are fair and consistent with the law.

We counsel our management clients on specific discrimination protections, including age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, partnership status, alienage, disability, citizenship status, consumer credit history, criminal history, genetic information, and other protected classes.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a complex area and there are many degrees and types of conduct that constitute harassing behavior. Sexual harassment may arise due to “quid pro quo” exchanges, or a hostile environment, even when an employer does not intend to create these issues. We monitor the laws and educate our clients in this very critical area, thus preventing costly claims of harassment.
Employee Attendance
There are key policies every employer must be familiar with in order to conform to the laws regarding monitoring attendance and punctuality. We advise clients on these issues and design policies and practices that allow them to enforce their internal guidelines. Some states, and several municipalities have created their own laws or ordinances.
Disability Accommodations (ADA)
Our firm is involved frequently with interpreting and applying the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state and municipal disability laws. The laws are extremely protective of employees who are entitled to “reasonable accommodation” for temporary or permanent disabilities.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act applies to employers with 50 or more employees and contains several rather complicated provisions. Among its provisions are specific steps to be followed to document the number of days an employee takes off for an FMLA-approved leave. In addition, we advise clients on applicable state law that may provide employees with more rights than are granted by the FMLA.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The core federal law that controls wages, overtime, and hours worked is the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor vigorously enforces the FLSA, and frequently issues regulations that modify the law. [“State and local governments may also create their own legislation or agency regulations to expand the rights of employees beyond the requirements of the FLSA.”] We remain current on these laws and regulations to ensure that client policies are compliant with the complexities of wage and hours law.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for the enforcement of federal anti-discrimination laws affecting the workplace. To ensure policies are compliant, employers must remain up to date on federal legislation, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Additionally, states may create their own state laws or enforcement agencies, such as the New York Division of Equal Opportunity Development. Our expertise in this field allows us to help clients avoid incidental violations when taking actions regarding employees or applicants.
OSHA and Workplace Safety
We assist clients in creating policies that comply with the legal safety requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. By conforming to workplace safety mandates, employers eliminate the potential for future litigation or administrative charges from OSHA. We stay current on legal developments that may change the requirements of employment policies.
Affirmative Action Plans
Covered employers who engage in federal contracts may be required to advance opportunities for minorities, females, veterans, or disabled applicants and employees. Sometimes the requirements may vary by state. We assist clients in assessing whether they are covered by affirmative action laws and help develop plans that are in accordance with legal requirements.

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