Wage and Hour Practice

New York Employment Attorneys The Labor and Employment Practice Group advises clients on matters concerning federal and state wage and hour law issues involving the classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt employees; the determination of independent contractor status; the negotiation and execution of executive compensation and other employment agreements; the proper calculation of overtime and other premium pay obligations; the determination of prevailing wage rates for government contractors; the proper recording of employee work time and maintenance of wage and hour records; the establishment of severance pay plans, policies and practices; the review and negotiation of separation agreements and general releases; the review and implementation of plant closing and “mass” layoff notice obligations; the right of employees to receive unemployment compensation; and the establishment and interpretation of vacation, sick leave and other paid leave policies and practices. The Group represents clients in federal and state court litigation and agency proceedings involving these wage and hour issues, including litigation involving class and collective action claims. The Group also represents employers in agency investigations and audits conducted by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the N.Y.S. Department of Labor, among other agencies.

The Firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group represents clients in federal and state court litigation and agency proceedings involving employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, unfair labor practices and union representation cases, and other employment-related causes of actions. Our Group also represents clients before the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the N.Y.S. Department of Labor and the N.Y.S. Division of Human Rights, among other agencies, in proceedings concerning labor and employment related claims arising under federal, state and local laws. In addition, the Group represents clients in arbitrations involving claims arising under collective bargaining agreements and individual employment contracts. For more information concerning the Labor and Employment Practice Group, please visit the Group’s web page at http://www.bpslaw.com/practice-areas/labor-and-employment.aspx.

Attorney Profiles

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Joseph DeGiuseppe, Jr.

Mr. DeGiuseppe is the head of our Labor and Employment and Immigration Practice Groups. He has over 35 years’ experience in representing and advising Fortune 500 companies and other corporate clients in labor, employment and immigration law, including 14 years of experience at Skadden Arps and more than 6 years of experience at Jackson Lewis. Full bio »


T: (914) 287-6144 • F: (914) 683 6956
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New York Employment Attorney
Peter N. Bassano

Mr. Bassano is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and heads our Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Groups. He is also a member of our Corporate, Health Law, and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. Prior to joining Bleakley Platt, Mr. Bassano was Counsel to the New York City firm of Chadbourne & Parke. Full bio »


T: (914) 287-6102 • F: (914) 683 6956
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New York Employment Attorney
John S. Diaconis

Mr. Diaconis is a member of our Insurance and Employment Practice Groups. His more than 30 years of experience includes tenure as Vice President of Hartford Financial Services Group and as a member of the firms of Peterson & Ross and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in New York City. Full bio »


T: (914) 287-6133 • F: (914) 683 6956
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New York Employment Attorney
William M. Murphy

Mr. Murphy is a member of the Firm's Litigation, Corporate and Employment Practice Groups. Admitted to practice in both New York and Connecticut, Mr. Murphy has extensive experience representing corporate clients in complex business disputes and securities related litigation including disputes arising out of merger and acquisition transactions and derivative instruments. He also has experience handling employment matters and representing corporations and individuals in SEC, NYSE and other governmental investigations. Full bio »


T: (914) 287-6187 • F: (914) 683 6956
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New York Employment Attorney
Justin M. Gardner

Mr. Gardner is a member of our Litigation, Employment and Insurance Practice Groups. Prior to joining Bleakley Platt, Mr. Gardner had accepted a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Charles L. Brieant, U.S.D.J., former Chief Judge of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, who unfortunately passed away before the clerkship’s scheduled commencement date. Full bio »


T: (914) 287-6169 • F: (914) 683 6956
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