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Employment and Labor Law

The Employment and Labor Law Practice, led by Matthew Connell and Brian Leinhauser, provides a full range of services including human resource counseling, employment litigation defense, and representation in labor relations matters. We provide advice and training for public and private sector employers and supervisors on harassment, discipline, discharge of employees, and other workplace issues in order to reduce liability exposure. We have presented at employment seminars both locally for our public sector clients, and statewide and nationally for, among others, Execusummit Employment Practices Liability Insurance National Seminar, the Defense Research Institute, and the County Commissioners of Pennsylvania.

We represent municipal, public, and private employers before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and Pennsylvania and New Jersey unemployment compensation boards in lawsuits and complaints pertaining to every type of employment matter, including:

  • Claims made under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and state employment laws
  • Wrongful discharge claims, defamation, constitutional claims, civil rights claims and other employment related lawsuits
  • Litigation involving wage and hour issues, unpaid commissions, vacation pay, severance pay
  • Contract and labor disputes
  • Employment discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Appeals of unemployment claims

The Employment and Labor Law Practice also provides human resources support for private and public sector employers, including:

  • Reviewing employer policies and handbooks to assist in minimizing exposure to litigation
  • Developing union relations strategies and training employees regarding the do’s and don’ts of union campaigns and elections
  • Training of supervisors and management to increase efficiency and minimize liability exposure
  • Human Resources audits
  • Development of job descriptions
  • Structuring and documenting creative compensation packages for executives
  • drafting and enforcement of employment agreements, restrictive covenants, non-competition, and employee severance agreements

We represent public and private employers in collective bargaining negotiations, union grievance disputes and arbitrations, and before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board in certification, decertification and unfair labor practice proceedings.

A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends,
Like all of you, we have spent much attention and effort to determine the most responsible manner to navigate the challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis. We continue to follow daily developments prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families, while continuing to fulfill our commitment to our clients. Effective Friday, March 20, our physical office will be temporarily closed. Our attorneys and staff will be working remotely and available by e-mail and phone. Please be assured, that we will promptly return all calls that go to our voicemail.

We are confident that the measures we have taken will enable continuous and uninterrupted service to you, while joining in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and meeting our professional commitments. MacMain Connell & Leinhauser remains devoted to fulfilling the needs of our clients, and our team will continue to deliver legal services that are ‘real, practical and excellent’ in this challenging time. Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us.

We thank you all for your anticipated cooperation during this difficult period, and wish you and your family good health, protection and safety.

The Attorneys and Staff of MacMain Connell & Leinhauser