Workplace Policies, Procedures & Training



Our predictive and proactive employment counsel helps corporations forecast upcoming workforce challenges and capture the opportunities that lie ahead.

Our approach

Work has transformed—mobile accessibility, flexible work schedules and a global, round-the-clock mentality continue to shape how employers manage their workflow and workforce.

Developing workplace policies sets the tone for how your business operates and evolves. Well-crafted procedures promote priorities and encourage new behaviors.

If left untouched, though, poorly planned policies and procedures can lead to costly and damaging disputes. We’ve seen the benefits of proactive planning and training and help our clients hone best practices in the workplace.

How it works:

Taking the time to understand how your workplace functions, we draw from your culture to develop employment practices that strengthen your business goals. We’re there from start to finish, guiding you through the entire employee life cycle.

From creating employment handbooks, to offering advice and counsel, to providing training on emerging trends, we’re on call to provide accessible and real-world advice 24/7.

Who we work with

  • In-house counsel, senior management and HR professionals looking for cost-effective guidance, as well as supervisors, team leads and others who will benefit from increased legal awareness

Business leaders: Get ready for new union-friendly labor policies

Rochester Business Journal | March 19, 2021

Rochester Labor & Employment partner Stephanie Caffera contributed this article highlighting employer considerations related to the Biden administration’s union organization changes. Stephanie developed the article with Providence senior counsel Andrew Prescott and Long Island associate Rose Nankervis, both of the Labor & Employment group.

California Poised For Growth Despite Pandemic Impacts, Regulations

Engineering News-Record | December 10, 2020

In this article on the workplace requirements for contractors and other employers in the construction industry, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted for her outlook on Cal/OSHA’s definition of “exposed workplace” and the potential overlap of notifications requirements with AB 685.

In Depth

KNX-AM | December 10, 2020

San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn appears as a guest in this radio news segment to discuss the dilemma employers are facing and what they should consider—Cal/OSHA, California sick leave laws and other advisories—as they navigate how to provide a safe workplace for their employees during the holidays.

Your Boss Can Restrict Your Holiday Plans in the Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal | December 07, 2020

In an article covering what employers can and cannot enforce when employees are outside of the workplace, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn explains how off-duty conduct laws in some states and union contracts could prevent employers from taking action against employees.

4 Ways Firms Are Trying to 'Move the Needle' on Diversity

Law360 | December 04, 2020

This article covering a recent Move the Needle Fund town hall highlights NP’s “Mansfield Rule for workflow allocation“ and quotes Professional Personnel Partner and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier on how our firm is building a more inclusive culture by equalizing access to work opportunities for all lawyers.

Signet furloughs workers, appoints accounting officer

JCK Magazine | March 31, 2020

This leading trade publication in the jewelry industry quotes San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Hillary Baca, who explained in a recent industry webinar why many employers prefer furloughs to layoffs during this time of economic uncertainty.

Employers with skeleton crews are on the hook for their safety

Bloomberg Law | March 26, 2020

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discusses some of the methods employers are using to keep essential employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak—from staggered shifts to reconfigured work spaces.

Coronavirus sparks workplace legal questions

WXXI News | March 13, 2020

Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding says that travel, communicable illness, and sick leave policies should be top of mind for employers as they adjust to the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Boston Fed message on pandemic prevention is getting through

The Boston Globe | March 13, 2020

This column features Boston Labor and Employment partner David Rosenthal discussing advice for clients who have questions about implementing work-from-home policies as part of social distancing strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Rochester Business Report

WHAM-AM (Rochester) | March 13, 2020

This story highlights Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding’s guidance on what is required of employers during the coronavirus outbreak.

One of your employees is diagnosed with coronavirus What now

CNN Business | March 13, 2020

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discusses the steps employers should take if they learn that an employee has contracted coronavirus, including reaching out to local health authorities and notifying employees, customers, and vendors.

In addition to health concerns, coronavirus a legal and employment issue

The Daily Record | March 12, 2020

This coverage features the insights of Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding on how companies should address the growing coronavirus outbreak—including developing remote work guidelines and protecting the confidential health information of employees.

Rochester-area employers preparing for spread of coronavirus

Spectrum News | March 11, 2020

This coverage features the insights of Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding on how companies should address the growing coronavirus outbreak—including developing remote work guidelines and protecting the confidential health information of employees.

The Coronavirus checklist: Nine steps to protect your company

Bloomberg Businessweek | March 03, 2020

In this article, San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn suggests that employers coping with coronavirus impacts create a communicable illness policy that outlines what illnesses are covered, employees’ obligation to report them, and employers’ communications practices during an outbreak.

News 8 at Five

WROC-TV | March 02, 2020

Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding talks about how employers can effectively address the coronavirus outbreak, including weighing short-term staffing needs, analyzing sick leave policies, and limiting employee travel to severely impacted areas.

Coronavirus has employers examining policies around employee illness

WHEC-TV | March 02, 2020

Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding talks about how employers can effectively address the coronavirus outbreak, including weighing short-term staffing needs, analyzing sick leave policies, and limiting employee travel to severely impacted areas.

California nears enactment of nation’s first workplace violence prevention regulation for general industry

Recorder (Law.com) | September 17, 2019

Los Angeles partner Ben Kim and San Francisco associate Rachel Conn, both of the Labor and Employment practice group, co-wrote this contributed article analyzing California’s latest effort to prevent workplace violence through regulations.

What makes you work harder? Strap on a sensor and find out

Boston Globe | July 16, 2019

In this story, Rochester Corporate associate Jenny Holmes discusses privacy concerns raised by employers who are leveraging wearable devices such as fitness trackers to learn more about workplace productivity.

Worker fired for concealed weapon wins appeal

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 15, 2019

Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column about a labor dispute related to Ameren Illinois Co.’s decision to fire an employee for violating the company’s workplace violence policy when a firearm was found in the employee’s vehicle.

UPS egress citations, settlement could put logistics firms on notice

Bloomberg Environment | January 10, 2019

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article on a recurring set of safety issues identified by OSHA at a UPS distribution center in Ohio.

New York gets more worker-friendly

Long Island Business News | December 09, 2018

Long Island Labor & Employment associate Tony Dulgerian is quoted extensively in this story on several recent worker-friendly policies enacted in various New York municipalities, including paid family leave and anti-sexual harassment trainings.

EEOC's Costco case sheds light on Title VII liability

Law360 | November 14, 2018

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon and Labor & Employment associate Brittany Bogaerts, co-wrote this contributed article analyzing a Seventh Circuit ruling that held Costco responsible for a hostile work environment created by a customer harassing an employee.

New sexual harassment rules now in effect

The Daily Record | October 17, 2018

Rochester Labor & Employment associate Kim Harding is quoted extensively in this article about New York state’s new rules to curb workplace sexual harassment and how employers are taking a more proactive approach.

When the national discourse of sexual abuse seeps into the office

Long Island Business News | October 04, 2018

Long Island Labor & Employment associate Tony Dulgerian is quoted in this story about how employers can respond to the current national dialogue by having conversations with employees about workplace harassment.

Businesses need policies in place on workers with side jobs

Newsday | September 22, 2018

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Jeff Meyer is quoted in this story offering his advice on creating workplace policies that acknowledge the rising trend of employees who moonlight in second jobs.

Demotions can often lead to departures but also to fresh starts

Society for Human Resource Management | August 21, 2018

Chicago Labor & Employment partner Brian Alcala is quoted in this story on how employers choose to handle poor performers—whether by demotion, firing, or discharging those passed over for promotions.

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  • In addition, many Nixon Peabody practices received U.S. News/Best Lawyers Tier 1 rankings at the regional level in the following geographies: Albany, NY; Boston; Buffalo; Chicago; Long Island; Los Angeles; Manchester, NH; New York City; Providence, RI; Rochester, NY; San Francisco; and Washington, DC.
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications
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