Cole Schotz P.C.




We value our close working relationship with clients and the trust they place in us to address and resolve complicated and often sensitive employment issues. Our attorneys provide preventive counseling and guidance to both large and small employers on a wide range of compliance issues and evolving statutory and common law requirements. This includes those related to wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, sexual and other forms of harassment, family and medical leaves of absence, disability, substance abuse, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant trade secret and other related issues.

When disputes arise, we stand ready as our attorneys are experienced litigators. We appear regularly in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States and State Departments of Labor, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and the New York State Division of Human Rights. Many of our attorneys have been members in the prestigious Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court, the first Inn of Court in the nation to exclusively focus on labor and employment issues.

From its inception, Cole Schotz has been known for its labor and employment law expertise. One of the firm's founders, David Cole, a noted labor arbitrator and mediator, served as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and counseled every U.S. President from Harry S. Truman to Gerald R. Ford in national labor crises. We continue that fine tradition today.

Our employment attorneys are involved in, among other things:
  • Employment litigation defense
  • Complex litigation, such as class and collective actions and multi-party suits
  • Representation before administrative and collective agencies
  • Negotiation of separation/severance packages
  • Preparation of employment contracts, including restrictive covenants and nondisclosure agreements 
  • Preparation and review of employee manuals and employment policies
  • Counseling with regard to personnel matters
  • Investigation of harassment complaints
  • Conducting training regarding sexual and other unlawful harassment
  • Restructuring, downsizing and other corporate transactions
  • OSHA compliance and other safety and health issues
  • Wage-hour and other labor standards issues

Representative Clients

  • Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
  • Brosnan Risk Consultants, Ltd.
  • BNV Home Care Agency, Inc.
  • Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services
  • Farrells Limousine Corp. 
  • Goya Foods, Inc.
  • Inserra Supermarkets
  • Lotito Foods, Inc.
  • MBI Group
  • Uniteller Financial Services
  • V. Paulius & Associates
  • Van Ness Plastics 
  • Vitaquest International LLC


Department Chair




5 Employee Handbook Issues to Watch in 2018

As published in: SHRM January 2, 2018

NLRB Ruling Provides More Flexibility for Employer Handbook Policies

As published in: Society for Human Resource Management December 18, 2017

New regulations will affect everything from scheduling to waste disposal

As published in: Crain's New York Business December 11, 2017

Trump Plans To Kill An Obama Regulation Protecting Restaurant Servers

As published in: The Huffington Post December 5, 2017

NYC Salary History Inquiry Ban Reverberating Nationwide

As published in: Bloomberg BNA December 5, 2017

Break Policy that Had Workers Sprinting to Bathroom Struck Down

As published in: SHRM November 21, 2017

Randi Kochman Comments on Stalled Overtime Rules

As published in: December 2, 2016

Randi Kochman was quoted in an article titled, "Student-Athletes Aren’t Employees"

As published in: Society For Human Resource Management March 11, 2016


Recent Events

Recipe for a Successful Mediation, NJ State Bar Association Convention, Paris, France
Attorney Speaking: Steven R. KleinNovember 3, 2014
Annual Human Resources Conference
Attorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanOctober 16-17, 2014
A Primer on Adult Guardianship Actions, CLE presentation at the Bergen County Bar Association
Attorney Speaking: Jenny R. FlomOctober 8, 2014
Panelist, Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law: The EEOC's Guidance on Employers' Use of Criminal History and Credit Report Background Checks
Attorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanJune 14, 2013
Panelist in "Negotiating and Drafting the Environmental Provisions of Real Estate and Commercial Agreements."
Attorney Speaking: Catherine E. BostockSeptember 20, 2012
Dealing with the Problem (Former) Employee, WestLegal Education CLE, Cole Schotz, Hackensack, NJ
Attorneys Speaking: Jamie P. Clare and Randi W. KochmanSeptember 11, 2012
New EEOC Guidance on Background Checks TeleBriefing, Phone Conference Panel, Law Seminars International
Attorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanJune 13, 2012