Charles H. Kaplan is a Member of Sills Cummis & Gross’s Employment and Labor Practice Group and is resident in the firm’s New York Office. Charles represents employers in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York State Department of Labor, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Charles counsels management in public and private companies and other organizations, in a broad range of industries, on a wide variety of employment and labor law issues. He has experience in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation, Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Wage and Hour, and Collective and Class Action Defense; Employment-at-Will; Wrongful Discharge, Defamation and Other Workplace Torts; Employment Mediations and Arbitrations; Labor Relations, Union Organizing and Corporate Campaigns, Collective Bargaining, Labor Arbitrations, Unfair Labor Practices, Strikes, Picketing, Boycotts, and Labor Injunctions; Human Resources Administration, Personnel Policies and Employee Handbooks; Disability, Family and Medical Leave, Employee Dishonesty and Disloyalty, Drug Testing, Workplace Violence, Social Media, Privacy, Independent Contractor, Whistleblower, Occupational Safety and Health, Government Contracting and Prevailing Wage Matters; Foreign-Owned Employer Issues; Plant Closings, Downsizings and Mass Layoffs; Employee Benefit Issues and ERISA Litigation; Executive Employment Contracts, Trade Secrets, Confidentiality Agreements and Restrictive Covenants; Partnership Disputes; Manager and Supervisor Training; Unemployment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation; Immigration Law Compliance, and Public-Sector Workplace Law Matters.
Charles’s practice also includes advising management on labor and employment law issues in Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, Corporate Reorganizations, and Bankruptcies, including Successor Liability, Collective Bargaining Obligations, Accretion, Withdrawal Liability, and Shutdown Effect Negotiations. Handling related workplace law matters that arise in business transactions has long been a significant component of Charles’s practice.
Charles also represents fiduciaries and other parties in trusts and estates law proceedings in New York’s Surrogate’s and appellate courts. Prior to joining the Firm, Charles was a Partner in another well-established law firm.