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Patrick T. Collins is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice 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 the Chair of the Somerset County Business Partnership Human Resources Roundtable. He 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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EEOC Updates Its COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication to Address Vaccinations

New Jersey Revises Travel Restriction Guidelines

Daily Health Checks Under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 192

NJ Supreme Court: Arbitration Agreements Are Enforceable Even If They Do Not Designate an Arbitral Forum or Process for Choosing an Arbitration Mechanism or Setting

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New FMLA Forms and Guidance on Return-To-Work Issues

EEOC: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

Got Room for Another Poster?

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Employees Who Refuse to Come Back to Work

More Changes in New Jersey Employment Law

More Changes in New Jersey Employment Law Potentially on the Way

DOL and IRS Release Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The U.S. DOL Updates Its Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Once Again

Inside the CARES Act: Five-Year Carryback for Net Operating Losses and Taxable Income Offset

More Answers About the FFCRA From the U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. DOL Issues Guidance and Poster on Families First Coronavirus Response Act; Governor Murphy Expands TDI, FLI, and Sick Leave Benefits in Response to COVID-19

The Updated Rules on Joint Employment: A More Direct Approach and With Less Worry

Families First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Act

State and Federal Government Pressed to Meet Unemployment Demands Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

New Jersey’s Plant Closing Law Significantly Expanded and Now Mandates Severance Pay

Employers Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors: A Six-Pack of Employee Misclassification Laws

2019: A Very Busy Year For New Jersey Employers

New Jersey Continues to Expand Employee Protections by Enacting a New Law Prohibiting Hairstyle Discrimination

New EEOC Digest Released on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

New Jersey Passes Wage Theft Law: Employers Beware

NJ Medical Marijuana Laws Expand Employee Protections

New Jersey Law Bans Employers from Asking About Salary History

Norris in the Workplace

This Blog Is on the Move!

Managing Evolving Employment Issues with Limited Resources

EEOC Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Data on Charges and Litigation

New Jersey’s Legislature Continues to Alter Employment Law Landscape

EEOC Is Up and Running after the Shutdown, Reporting on Settlements and New Litigation Involving Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

New York Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

NLRB Reinstates Employer-Friendly Independent Contractor Standard

NLRB Reinstates Employer-Friendly Independent Contractor Standard

EEOC Reports Success in Sexual Harassment Litigation

Employers Face Increased Cybersecurity Obligations

NJ Sick Leave Act Confusion Continues

New Definition of “Sex” Eliminates Protection for Transgender Individuals

EEOC Recommends Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment

NJ Paid Sick Leave Poster Published

The Future of Bathroom Accommodations for Transgender Employees in Pennsylvania

Updated Harassment Policies Anticipated for NJ Legislators and Staff

Pay Equity Litigation

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

Annual Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Now Required in New York

New Jersey Moves to Bar Confidentiality in Certain Settlements

Third Circuit Eases Employees’ Path to Trial in Sexual Harassment Cases

The Importance of Maintaining Detailed Job Descriptions

The Importance of Maintaining Detailed Job Descriptions

EEOC Reconvenes Task Force on Preventing Harassment in the Workplace

Governor Murphy Signs New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law

New Jersey Governor Signs Into Law Long-Awaited Pay Equity Legislation

Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Necessarily Result in Disqualification for Unemployment Benefits

Supreme Court Classifies Service Advisors as Exempt under FLSA

EEOC Announces Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

EEOC Announces Annual Enforcement and Litigation Statistics

Annual Digest of Decisions From the EEOC

Harassment Stops With You

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

Santa’s Naughty List Continues to Grow

Do Employers Need to Pay for Short Rest Breaks?

Do You Know The ABC’s About Independent Contractors?

Third Circuit Addresses “Willful” Violations of Fair Labor Standards Act

The Pay Data Collection Aspects of the “New” EEO-1 Form Put On Hold

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

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

Expansion of Paid Family Leave Vetoed By Governor

A Generic Doctor’s Note, Without More, Will Not Support A Claim Under The NJLAD

Is It Only A Matter Of Time Before New Jersey Employees Using Medical Marijuana Gain Legal Protections?

Two Significant Employment Laws Await Governor’s Decision

What The Change In Course By The USDOL On Worker Classification Means For NJ Employers

Could a new overtime rule be in our future?

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

EEOC’s Most Current Decision Digest is Available On-Line

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

Could Comp Time be Coming to the Private Sector?

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

Dispelling the 10 Biggest Wage and Hour Myths

Employers Must Use New I-9 Form

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2016

While USDOL’S Overtime Regulations are Held Up on Appeal, New York Presses on With its Own Salary Level Increase

Federal Court Preliminarily Enjoins New FLSA Overtime Regulations

Ruling on Challenge to New FLSA Overtime Regulations Expected Tomorrow

How does Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law compare to NJCUMMA?

A Week of Developments at the EEOC

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Use a Private Agreement to Shorten the Two-Year Limitations Period for Filing an Action Under the NJLAD

DOL Announces New “White Collar” Exemption Regulations

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

Dept. of Labor Issues New FMLA Poster

Dept. of Labor Announces New FMLA Publications

NYC Institutes Ban on Pre-Employment Credit Checks

EEOC Changes Policy on Releasing Position Statements

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

N.J. Appellate Division Again Rules That An Arbitration Clause Within a Company’s Employee Handbook Is Not Enforceable

New Jersey Employers Prepare for 2016

Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook Found Not Enforceable

Court to BorgataBabes: “No Dice!”

You May Be a Joint Employer and Not Even Know It

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Independent Contractor Misclassification

Anti-Harassment Policies Must Be Communicated To Temporary Employees

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

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision Addressing Pregnancy Accommodations

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

Check out the EEOC’s Annual Discrimination Statistics

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

Supreme Court Delivers Blow to Public-Sector Unions

Supreme Court Rules for Employers on Contraceptive Mandate

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

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

New Jersey Inching Closer to Another Law Prohibiting Employer Discrimination Against the Unemployed

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Governor Christie Signs Law Prohibiting Pregnancy Discrimination

Highlighting 2013 and Looking Ahead to 2014 for New Jersey Employers

New Employment Obligations for the New Year

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

New Law Allows Employees to Freely Discuss Pay, Compensation, and Benefits

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

Will New Jersey Mandate Paid Sick Leave?

CEPA Claim Cannot Be Based on Code of Ethics Not Applicable to Employer

Another Facebook Firing Decision by the National Labor Relations Board

Sanctions Imposed for Deletion of Facebook Account

New Family and Medical Leave Act Poster

New Jersey Legislation Employers Should Watch

Recent Mealbreak Case Upholds Employer’s Auto-Deduct Policy

Another Posting Requirement on the Horizon in New Jersey

District Court Reminds Employers That Candid and Thorough Performace Evaluations Can Be Used to Justify Termination of an Otherwise Profitable Employee

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Hurricane Sandy – FMLA and ADA Issues

New Jersey Appellate Court Permits CEPA Claim for Hours Reduction in Alleged Retaliation for Worker’s Overtime Wage Complaint

Reason to Reexamine Drug and Alcohol Policies

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules that a “Willful” OSHA Violation Does Not Necessarily Overcome the Workers’ Compensation Bar

New Jersey Restores Exemption for Commissioned Sales Employees

EEOC Issues New Guidelines on the Use of Criminal Background Checks

EEOC Final Rule on Disparate Impact and “Reasonable Factors Other than Age” Under the ADEA

More Recordkeeping Requirements for Employers

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

Caregivers and Family Responsibility Claims Once Again Before the EEOC

New Jersey Enacts “Trade Secrets Act”

Providing Employment Verifications

New Poster Requirement For New Jersey Employers

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Publications

  • “Don’t Miss Your Shot: Vaccine Information and Your Role as an Employer,” Somerset County Business Partnership, Webinar, March 17, 2021
  • “COVID-19 Vaccine: Legal Issues You Need to Navigate,” New Jersey Food Processors Association, Webinar, March 4, 2021
  • “HR Roundtable: Independent Contractors and the Continuing Dangers of Misclassifying Workers,” Somerset County Business Partnership, Webinar, November 18, 2020
  • “HR Roundtable: The Current State of Family Leave,” Somerset County Business Partnership, Webinar, October 21, 2020
  • “HR Roundtable: Return to Work Issues During the Pandemic,” Somerset County Business Partnership, Webinar, September 16, 2020
  • Coffee with Dan,” Somerset County Business Partnership, Video, September 9, 2020
  • “Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues,” Somerset County Business Partnership, Webinar, May 21, 2020
  • Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Webinar, May 20, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Guidance: A Discussion about FFCRA and Other Employment Laws Impacting Medical Practices,” New Jersey Medical Group Management Association, Webinar. May 8, 2020
  • “VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: COVID-19 Q&A Telehealth & Employment Law,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Zoom Meeting, April 28, 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A, New Jersey Food Processors Association Virtual Town Hall, April 7, 2020
  • “Responding to Coronavirus Orders and Adapting My Business – Is This the NEW NORMAL?,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Call-In, March 31, 2020
  • What the Family First Act Means for You and Your Business,” Somerset County Business Partnership, Zoom Meeting, March 26, 2020
  • “Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training, ” Onondaga County Medical Society,  Zoom Meeting, February 27, 2020
  • “2019 Employment Law Breakfast Series: Hot Topics,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, December 10, 2019
  • “2019 Employment Law Breakfast Series: Hot Topics,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, December 5, 2019
  • “2018 Employment Law Breakfast Series: Hot Topics,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, December 13, 2018
  • “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., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 25, 2010
  • Current Wage & Hour Challenges, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, February 24, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2009,” Norris McLaughlin, 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., Bridgewater, New Jersey, February 24, 2009
  • Urgent Employee Medical Leave Updates for 2009,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, January 30, 2009 and February 6, 2009
  • “2008 Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law,” Norris McLaughlin, 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

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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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