Employment Law

A business’s workforce can be its greatest asset. But employees can become costly and disruptive liabilities if disputes arise or an employer runs afoul of the complex web of state and federal laws that govern employment relationships. At Carella Byrne, we work with employers of all sizes and across a wide range of industries to keep that from happening.

Our employment law attorneys understand that the best way to avoid problems during or after an employee’s tenure is by having the right policies and practices in place at the start of the relationship. When potential issues do arise, having experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who stand ready to provide sound guidance and counsel can help diffuse situations before they metastasize into litigation or governmental enforcement actions. And if a matter does make its way to the courtroom, employers need skilled and strategic advocacy to reach a favorable resolution as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.

Proactively Insulating Companies From Employment Issues

We help companies establish policies and programs that minimize their exposure to employment-related claims and keep them in compliance with state and federal employment laws. Such efforts only work, however, when they are workable. That is why our employment law counseling focuses on practical, real-world solutions that businesses can successfully implement and manage.

Similarly, we craft documents and agreements designed to clearly define the terms of an employment relationship and the rights and obligations of the respective parties and reduce the likelihood that conflict will arise, including:

  • Employment agreements
  • Employment applications
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Non-solicitation agreements
  • Trade secret protection
  • Separation agreements
  • Employee handbooks, policies, and procedures

Additionally, Carella Byrne attorneys are experienced in conducting investigations of alleged employee misconduct, including sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination. We also provide remediation counseling when appropriate or necessary to properly address and resolve incidents. Our employment attorneys are always available to counsel employers and human resource administrators when unexpected problems or questions arise.

Skilled Advocacy and Creative Resolutions For All Employment Disputes

Carella Byrne’s employment litigators have substantial and varied experience representing employers in state and federal court as well as before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and other administrative bodies. We understand that such disputes and enforcement actions can have significant financial and reputational impacts on a business, which is why we balance our determined advocacy with skilled and creative negotiating strategies and dispute resolution efforts.

Our attorneys represent employers in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere in employment litigation and claims involving:

  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Retaliation
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workplace violence
  • Workplace safety issues
  • Trade secret theft and enforcement of non-competition agreements
  • Employee benefits and ERISA
  • Whistleblower actions
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Employee privacy
  • Executive compensation
  • Drug-related policies
  • Workplace torts, including defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, and conversion.

If your business needs seasoned employment law counsel that can help maximize the value of your workforce and minimize your exposure to employment-related liabilities, we welcome the opportunity to help.


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Agreements and Applications
Policies and Procedures
Sexual Harassment
Trade Secret Theft

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Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

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