• May 07, 2019Patrick Collins to Speak on Managing Employment Issues

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, will present “Managing Evolving Employment Issues with Limited Resources” on Thursday, May 9, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., at Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. in Little Ferry.  He will discuss wage and hour issues; paid sick, family, and disability leave; workers compensation; #MeToo issues; anti-harassment training; social media in the workplace; handbook updates; the proposed overtime rule changes; the NJ Pay Equity Law; and New Jersey’s new minimum wage.

    The event is co-sponsored by The Association of Corporate Counsel Small Law Department Network, the world’s largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe, and Meritas® Law Firms Worldwide, the premier global alliance of independent law firms working collaboratively to provide businesses with qualified legal expertise.  To learn more and register, please click here.

    A resident of Branchburg, Collins practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He is experienced 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, Collins represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Collins 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.

    Much of Collins’ practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. Collins 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, as well as drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Collins is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and their Labor & Employment Sections, as well as the Somerset County Bar Association. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey and is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District XIII Ethics Committee and the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court.  He also serves on the Somerset Valley YMCA Advisory Board.

    Collins received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1983 and his B.S. from Glassboro State College in 1979.

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  • Sep 19, 2016Annmarie Simeone to Speak at 2016 Meritas Litigation and Labor & Employment Joint Meeting

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide Labor and Employment Section, will speak on “Non-Compete Agreements:  Considering Competing Concerns of Businesses and Employees” at the 2016 Meritas Litigation and Labor & Employment Joint Meeting to be held October 17-18 at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California.  She will be presenting with Melissa Calhoon Jones, Counsel at the Baltimore, Maryland office of Tydings & Rosenberg, L.L.P.

    Meritas is a law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience.  Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only.  Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction.  The organization’s extensive due diligence process ensures that only firms meeting the tenets of Meritas’ unique Quality Assurance Program are allowed to maintain membership.  Firm quality feedback is reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is available online.

    As Meritas’ only firm located in New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. utilizes Meritas to extend its services to clients in every state and in more than 70 foreign countries.  The firm’s membership in Meritas provides clients with immediate access to high-quality legal services in other jurisdictions.

    Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Her work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses and challenges faced by larger companies.  Simeone also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  She also drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures.

    Simeone earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New Jersey State, Somerset, and Middlesex County Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey.  Simeone is President-Elect of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.

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