Public Sector Employment and Labor

Public employers, in addition to the special scrutiny they face from all directions, must move delicately through rules and regulations that often apply exclusively to them. Goldberg Segalla has proven itself a trusted partner to many municipal employers by protecting their interests and their reputations through day-to-day compliance advice and successful representation through high-exposure, high-profile disputes.

Our Employment and Labor team has extensive experience representing public authorities, counties, cities, school districts, towns, villages, public hospitals, and other municipal entities in every capacity involving employment and labor law issues, including:

  • Administrative proceedings — We are equipped to handle the full range of administrative proceedings for public employers, as appropriate for the type of institution and its location. As one example to highlight the depth we bring to certain jurisdictions, in New York this includes arbitrations, New York Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) proceedings, disciplinary hearings, proceedings under Civil Service Law Sections 71 and 72, New York General Municipal Law Section 207-c hearings regarding disability status, and more.
  • Litigation — In addition to the broad expanse of employment claims almost any employer can face, we have exceptional experience handling disputes faced particularly by public employers, including those involving constitutional law and civil rights claims, issues concerning governmental immunity, discrimination, and more.
  • Education law — We counsel public K-12 and higher education institutions through the myriad laws that govern and impact everything they do. For example, we counsel institutions on state laws regarding tenure, discipline, student and staff investigations, board governance and compliance, collective bargaining, Education Law, successful interaction with state Education Departments or other regulatory agencies, and other challenges faced by public schools as well as colleges and universities.
  • 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.
  • 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.