Counseling Employers

There are a wide array of labor and employment laws that regulate employment relationships in New York. Effective management of today’s workforce often requires advice of experienced counsel. We provide advice and counsel to employers on day-to-day decisions concerning employment relationships. Typical areas of advice include responding to issues of discrimination, determining whether circumstances warrant an employee’s discharge, addressing leave issues, and addressing questions that start with “will we get in trouble if . . .”

In forty years of practice, including as in-house labor counsel for the New York Daily News, Lou Pechman has counseled employers in a wide variety of industries about how to avoid litigation. Prior clients have included fortune 500 companies, Broadway theaters, health care institutions, restaurants, and “mom and pop” businesses. The keystone to avoiding lawsuits by employees is getting the proper guidance before making the employment decision. Pechman Law Group assists employer in developing up to date employment policies and handbooks and giving insightful advice on employer relations issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the absence of an employment contract, an employee is “at-will,” which means she can be terminated at any time, without warning, for any reason or no reason at all, so long as the termination does not violate the anti-discrimination laws.
New York has a paid sick leave law that requires employers with five or more employees or a net income of more than $1 million to provide paid sick leave to employees. For employers with fewer than five employees and a net income of $1 million or less, they are required to provide unpaid sick leave to employees. Workers accrue leave at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.
While the law does not require an employee handbook or manual, that is an effective method of ensuring that employees are aware of company policies. Every employer should have an antidiscrimination/antiharassment policy and ensure that pay and benefits practices are clear to employees.

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