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, restrictive covenant/trade secret protectors, and other related issues.

When disputes arise, we stand ready to vigorously pursue our clients' rights as our attorneys are  also experienced and aggressive 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
  • Wage-hour and other labor standards issues including defense of collective and class activity
  • Representation before administrative 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

Representative Clients

  • Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, Inc.
  • Brosnan Risk Consultants, Ltd.
  • BNV Home Care Agency, Inc.
  • Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals
  • Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services
  • Goya Foods, Inc.
  • Hillcrest Gardens, Inc.
  • Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.
  • Lotito Foods, Inc.
  • MBI Group
  • S & A United Home Care Services
  • Unique Photo, Inc.
  • Uniteller Financial Services
  • V. Paulius & Associates
  • Van Ness Plastics, Inc.
  • Vitaquest International LLC


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What Can Employers Do If Former Employees Can't Be Reached?

As published in: HR Magazine February 22, 2021

The Do's & Don'ts of Hiring and Firing

As published in: New Jersey Business Magazine December 1, 2020

Marijuana Legalization Is on the Ballot in 5 States

As published in: SHRM October 15, 2020

School Closings Shaping Up As Next Headache For Employers

As published in: Law360 July 17, 2020

Workplace Medical Pot Protections At Stake In NJ High Court

As published in: Law360 February 3, 2020

Employers ban vaping as the trend's reputation goes up in smoke

As published in: HR Dive December 13, 2019

Don't just add 'other': How to make employment forms inclusive

As published in: HR Dive November 27, 2019

What About Contract Negotiation?

As published in: The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons October 28, 2019

Pay transparency: How much should you share with employees?

As published in: HR Dive July 24, 2019

Coping With a $15 Minimum Wage

As published in: New Jersey Business Magazine May 2019

Tips for Finding Former Employees Who Are Key Witnesses

As published in: SHRM March 25, 2019

Should Employers Stay Friendly with Former Employees?

As published in: SHRM February 25, 2019

NJ's Earned Sick Leave Law Will Cost Employers If Violated

As published in: Law360 November 2, 2018


Recent Events

Women in Medicine: Contracts and Negotiations
Attorney Speaking: Marissa A. MastroianniDecember 11, 2019
NYC Business Risk & Reward
Attorney Speaking: Marissa A. MastroianniJune 5, 2019
Recipe for a Successful Mediation, NJ State Bar Association Convention, Paris, France
Attorney Speaking: Steven R. KleinNovember 3, 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



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