Summary Of Service:
Representation for Individuals
CMS’ Employment Law Practice primarily consists of counseling and representing individuals who are facing legal issues in the workplace or who have been subject to a wrongful termination. Having to deal with legal issues in the workplace and or having been subject to a wrongful termination is very complicated, challenging and often, very traumatic for individuals. CMS employment lawyers understand this and strongly advocate for their clients while also providing their clients with narrowly tailored practical strategic legal counseling that is specifically designed to meet their clients’ individual needs. CMS employment lawyers also have significant experience representing management, which benefits their employee clients in litigation and negotiations.
CMS employment lawyers provide representation for clients in a wide variety of employment law matters, including actions involving the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New Jersey Conscientious Employment Protection Act, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, Family & Medical Leave Act, and the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law. CMS’ Employment Law Practice includes the following services:
- Discrimination (Including Age, Race, Gender, National Origin, Disability, Pregnancy, Religious and Sexual Orientation Discrimination)
- Disability Accommodations
- Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements
- Federal and State Family and Medical Leaves of Absence
- Harassment and Hostile Work Environment
- Restrictive Covenant Agreements (Including Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements)
- Severance Agreements
- Wage and Hour Violations
- Workplace Retaliation and Whistleblower Retaliation
- Wrongful Termination
Representation for Employers
CMS also offers representation for employers who are faced with complicated employment law issues or who have to defend claims made by current or former employees. Indeed, employers face challenging employment law issues on a day-to-day basis. As such, it is important for employers to understand how to put themselves in a position to limit potential liability under federal and state law.
CMS provides employment law services for employers that is designed to minimize the risk of employment litigation, including providing day-to-day counseling regarding pertinent employment law issues such as the discipline and discharge of employees, preparing policies and handbooks, drafting agreements (including employment, restrictive covenant, and separation agreements), conducting workplace investigations, and conducting anti-harassment training.
In addition, CMS employment lawyers provide representation for employers in all types of employment litigation, including actions involving discrimination, retaliation, disability accommodations, leaves of absence and restrictive covenants.
Employment Law Mediation Services
Mediation is an informal process designed to help parties resolve disputes. The role of the mediator is to facilitate dialogue and communication between the parties, with the goal of assisting the parties to amicably resolve their dispute.
Employment law disputes tend to be complicated. As such, it is essential that the parties utilize a mediator with extensive knowledge of substantive employment law as well as an understanding of the sophisticated employment law issues that may be present in a particular case.
Frank A. Custode, the Chair of CMS’ Employment Law Practice Group, is a New Jersey Court Rule 1:40 qualified mediator. With significant experience representing both employees and management, Mr. Custode has a strong understanding of the issues that are important to both sides in an employment law dispute, which helps him facilitate dialogue between the parties in contentious employment law matters.