labor and employment law

  • 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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  • Apr 10, 2019Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Labor and Employment Member

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Rashmee Rayna Sinha as a Member of the firm.  She joins the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.

    As a logical, strategic, and pro-active employment defense attorney, Rashmee has a proven track record of extricating clients from suit in the early stages of litigation. She primarily handles claims under Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Directors and Officers and Errors and Omissions polices related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, whistle-blower, and wrongful discharge on the basis of protected categories (i.e. age, sex, disability, race, gender, national origin, religion, pregnancy etc.).

    Sinha represents employers from industries including healthcare, construction, financial services, property management, insurance, technology, transportation, building services, hotel and hospitality, retail, manufacturing, power and energy, and pharmaceutical.

    Sinha has extensive experience in all areas of employment litigation in both federal and state courts. She has defended administrative proceedings and regulatory compliance investigations before numerous employment practice agencies including the EEOC, and the federal and state Department of Labor and the Department of Health. Sinha counsels employers on employment and compliance issues including employment policies, contracts, discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, accommodations, complaints, investigations, benefits, proprietary information, restrictive covenants, reorganizations, and executive compensation.

    Sinha earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.A. from Boston University. She is a member of the Labor of Employment Section of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce, the Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey, and the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, and the Legal Committee, Fairways Community Condominium, Teaneck, New Jersey.

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  • Sep 04, 2018Norris McLaughlin to Present I-9 Compliance Seminars for Employers

    Raymond G. Lahoud, Esq., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, is pleased to present a two-part seminar series for all human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, administrators, and management at organizations and companies in every industry of every size on how to complete the I-9 process correctly, prepare for random immigration inspections, and be proactive in avoiding devastating employer immigration compliance penalties.

    The seminars are free of charge and open to the public.  HRCI and SHRM credits are available.  Lahoud will present “How to Handle Form I-9 When Hiring and After” on Friday, October 19, and “Best Practices for ICE Audits When It Comes to Form I-9” on Tuesday, November 13.  Both sessions will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Norris McLaughlin’s office in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  SHRM and HRCI credits are available. For more information and to register, click here or RSVP by email to Jacqueline Ehrenkranz, Marketing Coordinator, at .

    “Daily, employers are caught off guard when Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents come knocking at Human Resources’ door, seeking to conduct random Form I-9 audits.  We want you to be prepared, proactive, and represented.  I am relieved that so many employers see the value in this seminar, as the topic is timely and emergent,” said Lahoud.

    A resident of Easton, Pennsylvania, Lahoud focuses his practice primarily on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  His practice includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, and VAWA applications.  Lahoud also has a long history of political and business management expertise.

    Lahoud also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.  His practice focuses specifically on Deportation Defense at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  In state and federal appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to deportation proceedings.  He also represents individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally.  He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.  Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm with 130+ attorneys serving the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, uniquely positioned to represent Fortune 500 corporations, middle-market companies, and individuals, since 1953.  Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey.  The Pennsylvania office has been named “Best of the Valley” for Overall Attorney by Lehigh Valley Magazine, selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace, and among the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

    Norris McLaughlin also enjoys an international reputation for excellence through its membership in Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms.  Through Meritas and the Firm’s multidisciplinary team approach, clients both local and abroad receive the services of counselors, advisors, strategists, and advocates.  These dedicated professionals have one mission – to be the firm of choice for clients seeking the most creative, comprehensive, and effective legal services available.

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