Public Sector Labor and Employment

Goldberg Segalla has extensive experience representing public authorities, counties, cities, school districts, towns, villages, public hospitals, and other municipal entities in every capacity involving labor and employment law issues. Our team has proven time and again its leadership in this area through success in complex and high-profile cases, with results that have saved our clients millions of dollars. 

We assist public sector clients in a number of critical areas, including: 

Administrative proceedings — We handle the full range of administrative proceedings for public employers, including arbitrations, New York Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) proceedings, disciplinary hearings, as well as other proceedings such as those under Civil Service Law Sections 71 and 72 and New York General Municipal Law Section 207-c hearings regarding disability status. 

Collective bargaining negotiations — We frequently represent public employers in all aspects of collective bargaining, from developing agreement language and bargaining strategies through serving as chief negotiator. 

Compulsory interest arbitrations — Our experience representing municipal entities in compulsory interest arbitration matters includes handling particularly complex cases with proceedings involving large police and fire departments. 

Contract administration and disciplinary proceedings — We frequently walk clients through all aspects of contract administration and personnel issues, including employee discipline and discharge, layoff and recall, and other aspects of the public employment relationship. We have a track record of obtaining favorable outcomes for employers in disciplinary and grievance arbitration. 

Litigation — We represent public employers in discrimination and other claims in federal and state court, as well as before state human rights divisions and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We have extensive experience handling wage and hour litigation and other disputes often faced by public employers. 

Special proceedings — Our team regularly handles complex special proceedings, including Article 78 proceedings in New York, as well as petitions to stay and vacate arbitration, in which we have had noteworthy successes. 

Practice Group Chairs: 
Sean P. Beiter
Matthew C. Van Vessem