Labor and Employment Law

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, from complex litigation to routine advice on human resource matters.  Our attorneys are experienced at advising and representing employers and employees in a variety of work environments in both the private and public sectors in arbitration, negotiating and representing clients in administrative hearings.

Employment Litigation

We are relentless advocates for clients in complex litigation in both state and federal courts involving the employee/employer relationship.  We have appeared before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals numerous times to advance our client’s positions and have represented clients before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR).

We understand that just because you have a right as a litigant to pursue a particular remedy, it might not be in your best interest to do so.  We help you prioritize the plan most likely to achieve your goals, honestly and pragmatically weighing the costs and benefits of each of your options.

We have represented clients in claims arising under labor and employment laws and regulations including:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • NYS Human Rights Law
  • Older Worker Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • Title VII
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Human Resources Law Consultation

As an employer, one of the best strategies for avoiding litigation is to have comprehensive policies and procedures in place.  State and federal employment law changes so rapidly that it is imperative to develop written employment policies, procedures and practices and have them regularly reviewed for continued compliance.

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. provides a full range of human resources law consultation services on behalf of our clients.  Our employment and labor attorneys regularly develop, review and revise employment policies, job descriptions, job placement advertisements and other work-related policies to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.  We provide training to managers and employees on topics such as anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, workplace violence prevention, the National Labor Relations Board and hiring and firing procedures.

Our attorneys can assist in advising on all your human resources related issues, including:

  • Department of Labor investigations and audits
  • Conducting internal investigations
  • Conducting new hire orientation
  • Drafting non-compete and severance agreements
  • Drafting progressive discipline policies
  • Drafting social media policies
  • Ensuring compliance with all NYS and federal wage and hour laws
  • Reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and operations manuals

Municipalities, Government Agencies and School Districts

Public agencies are faced with unique labor and employment challenges.  Our attorneys are intimately familiar with applicable laws, such as the Taylor Law, Civil Service law and General Municipal Law.  We have experience representing municipalities in negotiations, arbitrations, impasse proceedings, Section 75 hearings, disciplinary hearings and before administrative agencies such as the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Additionally, we provide training and advice to clients in workplace violence prevention, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.