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Our Labor and Employment Law Practice Group offers a comprehensive range of labor and employment law services to clients ranging from closely-held businesses to Fortune 100 companies . While our goal is litigation avoidance by regularly consulting with our clients concerning their personnel policies and practices, our lawyers have the expertise and experience to handle any type of employment lawsuit or union issue that may arise.


Employment Law Counseling and Human Resources Consulting

We take a proactive approach to counseling employers in an effort to avoid problems before they occur.
We also regularly conduct state-of-the art, interactive training sessions for employers on a wide variety of employment law topics, such as:

  • Harassment
  • Diversity and Workplace Discrimination
  • Performance Management
  • Union Avoidance
  • Wage and Hour Compliance

In fact, to obtain the most defensible position against litigation, many of our clients seek our advice before their human resources decisions are made. The dynamic training we provide, coupled with personnel policies that comply with the current and ever-changing legal requirements, has allowed us to well-position our clients in today’s litigious workplace.


Employment Litigation Defense

Regardless of preventive measures taken, it is not uncommon these days for employers to be sued. We strive to minimize the impact of such litigation and to resolve such disputes expeditiously. Our employment litigation practice also includes representation of employers before the United States Department of Labor and State Departments of Labor in wage and hour matters, and before the EEOC, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the New York Human Rights Commission and other agencies on administrative charges.

A key to our success has been our pragmatic approach toward the defense of employment litigation. As seasoned employment defense counsel, we recognize the need for an early assessment of the merits, potential damages as well as litigation strategy. These assessments are important not only to employers and their in-house legal counsel, but to business owners and insurance carriers.

Often cases cannot be settled, and we are proud of the reputation we have earned as aggressive and skilled advocates. As defense counsel for employers, we have litigated hundreds of employment cases to successful conclusion in federal and state courts, before administrative tribunals and in arbitration. Some of these cases have resulted in groundbreaking decisions and have involved class and collective actions and other complex employment issues. These cases cover such issues as age, disability, race and sex discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower liability, restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets and wage and hour claims.


Traditional Labor

In the area of traditional labor law, our attorneys represent employers in union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, arbitration, strike and picket line issues, including federal and state court actions for injunctive relief, defense of unfair labor practice charges and investigations, as well as all forms of NLRB proceedings.


Representative Clients

Over the years our attorneys have represented clients such as Berkshire Hathaway, Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars, Volkswagen Group of America, Aon, Audi, Tumi, High 5 Games, Valley National Bank and other prominent employers.

October 29, 2018Dennis Alessi and Raj Gadhok to Present at the New York County Dental Society

Mandelbaum Salsburg attorneys Dennis J. Alessi, Esq. and Raj Gadhok are teaming up with Cristina L. Amyot, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR of EnformHR, LLC to present a 3 -hour CE course to dentists at the New York County Dental Society's upcoming program on New York's new anti-harassment law. Click here to learn more or register....

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October 9, 2018Dennis Alessi Published an Article in Medical Economics on "Bringing Value-Based Compensation To Your Medical Practice"

Dennis J. Alessi, Esq., Member and Co-Chair of both the Healthcare Law and Labor and Employment Law Practice Groups, recently authored an article for Medical Economics on "Bringing value-based compensation to your medical practice." Click here to read the full article....

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September 12, 2018Bill Barrett To Present at the New York County Dental Society Program on October 4

William Barrett, Esq. will be presenting to dentists at the New York County Dental Society's upcoming CE program on October 4th entitled, "Know Before You Sign: Associate Dental Agreements" where he'll help young dentists and residents better understand dental contracts. This program is open to members and non-members of the NYCDS. Click here to learn more....

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September 4, 2018Steven Adler Authored Article For ROI-NJ Entitled "Secretly recording work chats: Not cut-and-dried"

Thinking of secretly taping someone at work? The legality of doing so may not be as cut and dry as you think. Steven Adler, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Salsburg's Employment Law Practice explains how times have changed following the #Metoo movement in regards to secretly recording work chats and cautions employers on updating their policies in their employee handbooks....

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August 21, 2018Bill Barrett Quoted In Dentists Money Digest on Importance of Understanding Employee Overtime Rules

William Barrett, CEO and Chair of Mandelbaum Salsburg's Professional Practice Transitions Group was quoted in an article in Dentists Money Digest on the "Importance of Understanding Employee Overtime Rules."...

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August 14, 2018Dennis Alessi Comments on Recent Events at Jenkinson's Aquarium in the Asbury Park Press

Employment Law Co-Chair Dennis J. Alessi, Esq. comments in the Asbury Park Press today on the recent events at Jenkinson's Aquarium and cautions employers to properly train their staff before an incident, not wait until one occurs! If you have questions about employee training programs and ensuring you are in compliance with employment laws, please contact us and our Employment law team can help....

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August 8, 2018Steven Adler Authored Article for New Jersey Law Journal Entitled "The Times They Are a-Changin' for NJ Employers"

Steven Adler, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Salsburg's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group wrote an article for the New Jersey Law Journal which looks at the state of employment laws in New Jersey since Governor Murphy took office in January. Times certainly are a-changin'!...

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June 8, 2018Steve Adler Interviewed by ROI-NJ on Gov. Murphy's Worker Protections

Steven Adler, Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group, was interviewed by ROI-NJ on "Are Gov. Murphy's worker protections eliminating the need for unions?"...

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May 16, 2018Steven Adler Authored Op-Ed Piece for ROI-NJ

Steven Adler Member and Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group authored an op-ed piece for ROI-NJ entitled "The times they are a-changin' for N.J. employers." If you're an employer, this is a must read!...

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April 25, 2018Steve Adler Quoted in Asbury's Park Press on NJ Equal Pay Act

Steven Adler, Member and Co-Chair of the Firm's Employment Law Practice Group was quoted in Asbury Park Press in an article about the NJ Equal Pay Act. See what Steve has to say here: https://www.app.com/…/nj-equal-pay-act-phil-murp…/545325002/...

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22 MarDennis Alessi Interviewed on NJ 101.5 Employment Law Segment on "Working From Home"

Dennis J. Alessi, Member and Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group was interviewed on Nj 101.5 for a segment on issues arising when employees "work from home"...

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21 MarSteven Adler Authors Star Ledger Piece on Nondisclosure Agreements in Light of Latest Stormy Daniels News

Mandelbaum Salsburg's Labor and Employment Law Co-Chair Steven Adler explains #nondisclosureagreements in this op-ed piece for NJ.com and the Star Ledger. #StormyDaniels #Employmentlaw...

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5 MarRecent Labor and Employment Law Wins

The Firm's Labor and Employment Law Department has been active in 2018 with two major wins in the first quarter of the New Year....

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13 Feb2017 Mandelbaum Salsburg Year in Review

We are pleased to share our 2017 Year in Review which highlights some of the Firm's notable successes during the last year. We are thankful to our clients who have allowed us to continue doing what we love. We continue to expand our practice areas and bench to reflect our clients needs....

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24 JanJoin Us for our 2018's Hot Topics: Employment Law Issues for the New Year on March 16, 2018

Trying to keep up with this year's hot button issues in the news from sexual harassment to disparate pay can be dizzying! Our panel of attorneys will explain what you must know to protect yourself and your business in today's climate....

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16 JanDennis Alessi Quoted in January 2018 Healthcare Risk Management Magazine on "Communication-and-Resolution Programs"

Dennis J. Alessi, Esq., Member and Co-Chair of the Firm's Healthcare Law and Employment & Labor Practice Groups, was quoted in the January issue of Healthcare Risk Management Magazine. The article discusses Communication-and-Resolution Programs for hospitals and health systems and improvements that can be made....

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18 DecSteven Adler Interviewed by WBGO on "How to Protect Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"

Steven Adler, Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Law Practice was interviewed last week on WBGO on "How to Protect Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace."...

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6 DecSteven Adler Authors Article for ROI-NJ on "Sexual Harassment and How Employers Can Protect Themselves

Steven Adler, Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group authored an article for ROI-NJ on Sexual Harassment and how employers can protect themselves. In the wake of news of Matt Lauer, Steve advises on the types of sexual harassment and ways employers can take actions to prevent it from occurring in their office....

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6 DecSteven Adler Quoted in The Economist Executive Education Navigator on Workplace Sexual Harassment and the Culture of Silence

Steven Adler was also recently quoted in an article appearing in The Economist Executive Education Navigator on "Workplace Sexual Harassment and the Culture of Silence." To read what Steve has to say about the use of confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses and his warning to companies click...

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13 NovSteven Adler & Lauren Topelsohn Author Article on Confidentiality and Non Disclosure Agreements for New Jersey Law Journal

Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Steven Adler and Member Lauren X. Topelsohn authored an article for the New Jersey Law Journal on "Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Provisions in Employment Settlement Agreements Now Coming Under Fire."...

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6 NovSteven Adler Speaks on Law Firm Harassment on Rocket Matter's Two-Part Podcast

Steven Adler, Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group was recently interviewed as part of a Rocketmatter.com podcast on sexual harassment in law firms....

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25 OctSteven Adler Authors Article for NJBiz on "The Use of Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Provisions in Employment Contracts"

Steven I. Adler, Co-Chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group published an article in the October 25, 2017 NJBiz regarding the Use of Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Provisions in Employment Contracts. This article discusses a topic which has a renewed interest in light of the adverse publicity surrounding the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes....

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27 FebLauren X. Toplesohn Featured in NJBiz Triple Play About Protecting Company Information

Lauren X. Toplesohn, a Member in the Firm's Employment & Labor and Cybersecurity Practice Groups recently authored an NJ Biz Triple Play feature that discussed ways to help employers protect their company information. The article, which ran on February 26 and 27th in NJ Biz, can...

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4 JanEmployment Department Members Lauren X. Topelsohn and Steve I. Adler's Article, A Survival Guide to the Office Holiday Party published in New Jersey Business Magazine

An informative and amusing guide for employers by members Lauren X. Topelsohn and Steve I Adler as published in New Jersey Business Magazine available here: https://njbmagazine.com/njb-news-now/survival-guide-office-holiday-party...

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1 DecEffective December 1, 2016, New Law Increases Minimum Salary Thresholds for Overtime Pay Exemption

To read article, please CLICK HERE...

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30 JunMembers Steven I. Adler and Lauren X. Topelsohn Victorious in Five Related Lawsuits Confirming a $4 million Arbitration Award

Members Steven I. Adler and Lauren X. Topelsohn victorious in five related lawsuits confirming a $4 million Arbitration Award on behalf of client Asta Funding, Inc. On June 30, 2016, the District Court in Newark in a forty-page decision affirmed a $4 million arbitration award...

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1 JunMember Steven Adler Quoted on 2016 Edition of Mid Jersey Business

Steven Adler, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Department, was quoted in the June, 2016 edition of Mid Jersey Business, a publication of the MID Jersey Chamber of Commerce, concerning summer internship programs. To read, please CLICK HERE (Page 36-39)...

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14 MayMember Steven Adler Will Present at Gsc Shrm Annual Conference in Atlantic City

Steven I. Adler, Co-Chair of the Law Firm’s Employment Law Department, was selected to speak at the 25th Annual Garden State Chapter of SHRM (the Society of Human Resource Management) Conference in Atlantic City. His presentation, “Internal Investigations—What’s New and What Have HR Professionals Learned...

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12 MayMember Steven Adler Featured in NJ Biz

Member Steven Adler, Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Department, was interviewed as part of the NJ Biz Triple Play series. Steven spoke about tips for employers concerning internships which you can read HERE...

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20 FebCounsel Michael Kalmus Featured Speaker at National Labor & Management Conference

On February 13, 2016 Michael Kalmus, Counsel to the Firm and General Counsel to Firm client GAR Disability Advocates, which handles social security disability claims, was the featured speaker at the National Labor & Management Conference held at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Fla. Michael...

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15 FebMember Steven Adler Authors Op/Ed Piece in 2.15.2016 New Jersey Law Journal

BE PROACTIVE IN 2016 OR REACT AT YOUR CLIENTS’ PERIL* Lawyers typically don’t act until faced with a problem. All too often we react as the result of our clients not contacting us until an issue arises. Having served as both acting and quasi general counsel...

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2 JanTraveling a Long Road with Tumi

Tumi, Inc., the worldwide premiere brand of high-end luxury luggage, leather goods, bags and business accessories, continues to be one of Mandelbaum Salsburg’s most well-known clients. Tumi has engaged the firm as outside counsel for more than 20 years, under the direction of relationship manager...

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1 JanLauren X. Topelsohn Authors Article for CNBC on Holiday Party Dos and Don'ts

Lauren X. Topelsohn has authored an article for CNBC on the Do's and Dont's for Holiday Parties this season to avoid sexual harassment law suits....

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