Fredric C. Leffler is a senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Employment Law Counseling & Training Group. He represents major private and not-for-profit employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.
As a trusted business advisor, Fred counsels employers on the whole gamut of employment decisions, on a crisis and day-to-day basis, in an effort to avoid litigation or minimize the risks of liability. Recognized by US Legal 500 as having “a very good understanding of business units,” Fred routinely advises clients on issues related to wage-hour laws, disability law and reasonable accommodations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, discrimination law, reductions in force, employment agreements, and personnel policies.
Over the last decade, Fred’s practice, particularly in the wage-hour and disability law arenas, has grown significantly. He is regularly called upon to assist employers with USDOL or state DOL wage-hour investigations, company-initiated nationwide compliance and classification audits under federal and state wage-hour laws, and represents employers in the defense of actions alleging misclassification and overtime, regular rate, meal period, and record-keeping violations. Similarly, Fred counsels employers through the maze of legal issues involving leaves of absence. He devotes significant time to proactively working with clients to design strategies to avoid litigation and achieve successful employee relations outcomes.
Turning to litigation, Fred has a proven record of successfully defending employers in all kinds of employment actions, ranging from agency investigations to single and multiple plaintiff cases, class actions and collective actions, and pattern and practice cases. He has litigated cases in federal and state courts, courts of appeals, arbitration proceedings, and before administrative agencies involving a full range of workplace issues, including race, sex, age, and disability discrimination claims. In addition, Fred advises management in connection with union organizing, collective bargaining, and has handled representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the NLRB.
Fred has written and spoken extensively on workplace issues for both practicing lawyers and human resources professionals. He is the Senior Editor of HR Advisor, a Thomson Reuters journal devoted to employment law and human resources issues. Fred is also co -author of the chapter "Expert Witnesses and Special Evidentiary Issues" in the BNA Treatise Workplace Harassment Law. In addition, Fred has taught a variety of employment law topics at Proskauer seminars and webinars. A sought-after speaker, Fred has made presentations before the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Meeting, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, The Southwestern Legal Foundation, The College Board, UJA Federation, The InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Agencies, and The Council on Education in Management.