Practice Area Details

Labor Law

Cost savings and efficiency in the workplace – these are the goals we seek to attain for our clients in the area of labor law.  Successful labor relations require savvy negotiations, aggressive representation when disputes arise, and preventive measures to avoid costly legal disputes. Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo has a wide range of extensive experience in labor law to attain these goals for our clients.

GENERAL LABOR ISSUES:  We regularly counsel clients regarding the administration of labor contracts.  We understand collectively bargained agreements and their impact on operations, and we are able to advise our clients on day-to-day issues so they are able to maximize efficiencies and avoid costly labor disputes.  We have extensive experience in the proper handling of disciplinary issues and know how to avoid poorly planned and executed discipline which can result in costly employment litigation.  We develop strategies and guide clients in proper documentation, evaluation and progressive discipline to help avoid these costs.  Our attorneys conduct customized training for clients and seminars on these issues.  We also advise clients on how to plan for and implement reductions in force.  We have handled issues before the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission involving managerial prerogative versus negotiable issues (“scope” matters), unfair labor practice charges, and conciliation and arbitration matters.  The Firm’s attorneys also are experienced in all matters within the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, including eligibility, testing, appointment, promotions, appeals, layoffs and disciplinary matters.  The Firm’s success and experience also extends to defending complaints filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and under the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act.  We have a wealth of experience in defending both disciplinary and contractual grievances and arbitrations.  We also draft and advise clients regarding individual contracts, separation agreements, and retirement issues.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING:  We have successfully engaged in negotiations with numerous unions, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME),  The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), and the International Union of Operating Engineers.  We have attained financially sound, health care responsible and administratively favorable results for our clients.  In negotiations, we are adept at critically analyzing collective bargaining agreements, understating how they can impede management either operationally or financially, and we creatively formulate strategies for clients during current negotiations while setting a foundation for future negotiations.  Our collective bargaining experience involves both rank and file and supervisory unions.  When matters cannot be resolved through negotiations,Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo has extensive experience with mediation, fact-finding, and binding interest arbitration, where we have attained ground breaking decisions for employers.  We are also experienced in handling strikes and picketing situations, and invoking the emergent injunction powers of the Court to terminate these scenarios.