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Patrick T. Collins is Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Group.  He practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel.  He has a wide range of experience in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.  In addition, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

Pat has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies.  He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining.  He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions, which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation.  Pat regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings.  He has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, and has drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies.  Pat has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

Pat is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, District XIII Ethics Committee, and the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court.

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Blog - NJ Employment Law Blog

NJ Sick Leave Act Confusion Continues

NJ Paid Sick Leave Poster Published

Increase to Paid Family Leave Back on the Radar Screen

New Jersey Allows Striking Workers to Collect Unemployment Benefits

Reminder! Paid Sick Leave Coming to New Jersey on October 29, 2018

Harassment Stops With You

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Expanded To Include Breastfeeding As A Protected Class

Do You Know The ABC’s About Independent Contractors?

UPS Maximum Leave Policy Results In $2 Million Settlement With The EEOC

Expansion of Paid Family Leave Vetoed By Governor

Two Significant Employment Laws Await Governor’s Decision

Is New Jersey Next In Line To Ban Questions About A Job Applicant’s Salary History?

New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Act Definition Of “Simple Misconduct” Deemed Arbitrary And Capricious

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

If You Checked The Box, You’re Bound By The Contract

Increased Benefits Proposed For New Jersey Paid Family Leave Insurance

Leaves of Absence As a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”)

The Anonymous Employee Complaint Letter. What’s An Employer To Do?

New Jersey Employers Prepare for 2016

Court to BorgataBabes: “No Dice!”

Anti-Harassment Policies Must Be Communicated To Temporary Employees

OSHA Publishes “A Guide To Restroom Access For Transgender Workers”

Definition of “Spouse” Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Expanded to Include Same-Sex Marriages

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s New Decision On Harassment In The Workplace – What Employers Need To Know

Expert Medical Evidence Needed To Establish The Extent Of A Person’s Disability

Department Of Labor Anticipates Increasing The Number Of White-Collar Employees Entitled To Overtime Pay In 2015

Shortening Of Statute Of Limitations By Agreement Contained In Employment Application Deemed Enforceable

Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD): Policies and Practical Considerations

New Employment Obligations for the New Year

The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment (NJ SAFE) Act Poster

New Employee Leave Law for Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault

Another Facebook Firing Decision by the National Labor Relations Board

New Family and Medical Leave Act Poster

Get The Release!

EEOC Issues New Guidelines on the Use of Criminal Background Checks

NLRB “Quickie Election Rule” Set For April 30, 2012

New Jersey Enacts “Trade Secrets Act”

New Poster Requirement For New Jersey Employers

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Publications

  • “You’re No Longer a Start-Up! Now What?” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, October 10, 2018
  • “Protecting Confidential & Proprietary Information,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, September 6, 2018
  • “Know Your Labor & Employment Basics,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, June 20, 2018
  • “Social Media & Technology Issues in the Workplace,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, June 7, 2018
  • “Navigating the Hiring Process,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, April 12, 2018
  • “Labor & Employment Year In Review,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, December 7, 2017
  • “Bullying, Harassment & The Law, ” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, September 14, 2017
  • “How To Handle Employee Complaints & Investigations,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, December 7, 2017
  • “DOL Hot Topics,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, July 12, 2017
  • “EEOC Guidance on Retaliation and Report on Harassment in the Workplace,” NM Year In Review, Bridgewater, NJ, December 1, 2016
  • “New Employees,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, July 14, 2016
  • “Wage & Hour Issues,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, July 14, 2016
  • “Managing Leaves,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, May 19, 2016
  • “Smartphone Technology and the Risk in Business,” IMA NJ Regional Council, Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, Iselin, NJ, May 16, 2016
  • “Smartphone Technology and the Risk in Business,” Raritan Valley IMA, Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, Iselin, NJ, March 17, 2016
  • “Employee Handbooks,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, March 10, 2016
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2015,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, May 21, 2015
  • “Acceptable Behavior in the Workplace,” R3M Engineering, Old Bridge, NJ, December 2, 2014
  • “Acceptable Behavior in the Workplace,” Ferrero U.S.A., Inc., Somerset, NJ, December 1, 2014
  • What’s Your Policy? Human Resource & Employee Benefit Issues,” Crowne Plaza Fairfield, Fairfield, New Jersey, June 24, 2014
  • What’s Your Policy? Human Resource & Employee Benefit Issues,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, April 29, 2014
  • “Performance Management,” Rutgers School of Business, November 14, 2013
  • Social Media and Technology in the Workplace,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, July 27, 2011
  • Employee Handbook Workshop,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, October 20, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2010,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 10, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2010,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 15, 2010
  • Best Practices For The Growing Business,” NM Client Seminar, June 3, 2010
  • Beware! The “Other” Side of the LSRP Program, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 25, 2010
  • Current Wage & Hour Challenges, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, February 24, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2009,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 18, 2009
  • Employee Free Choice Act: Where It Stands and What It Means to Employers,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, February 24, 2009
  • Urgent Employee Medical Leave Updates for 2009,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, January 30, 2009 and February 6, 2009
  • “2008 Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 17, 2008
  • How To Respond To An Employment Related Lawsuit,” Business Bits Podcast
  • “Acceptable Behavior In The Workplace,” Client Presentation, Tengion, East Norriton, Pennsylvania, April 1, 2008
  • Operational, Transitional and Exit Strategies for Closely-Held & Entrepreneurial Business Owners,” Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater, New Jersey, January 17, 2007
  • Moderator, “Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2006,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Seminar, June 1, 2006, Bridgewater, NJ
  • YMCA’s 5th Annual HR and Risk Management Conference, November 17-18, 2005, Morristown, NJ

Patrick T. Collins has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® status. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

2017 Safe + Sound Somerset Jackie Wiegand Founder Award

1999 Legal Services of New Jersey Equal Justice Medal.

1999 Outstanding Board Service Award.

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