Advice and Counseling
Offering advice and counseling on all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring through termination, including:
Applications and background checks
Policies, handbooks and employment agreements
Disability, leave and paid sick time management
Wage and hour issues
Dealing with difficult employees and responding to employee complaints
Government Audits, Administrative Complaints and Attorneys' Letters
When conflicts cannot be avoided, Sara Kula represents employers in a thoughtful, cost-effective and solution-oriented manner. This includes:
Representing employers in response to audits by government agencies, including the Department of Labor (state and federal), OSHA, and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
Defending employers against claims submitted to administrative agencies, such as the EEOC and New York State or City Department of Human Rights, including investigating complaints, drafting responses, and representing employers in mediations, fact-finding conferences and administrative hearings.
Assisting employers in responding to complaint letters sent by lawyers on behalf of current or former employees.
Investigating employee workplace complaints (including complaints of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and unethical conduct) is a best practice for employers and can limit an employer's legal liability in the event of a lawsuit. Effective investigations can also help a company identify and resolve internal issues before they develop into a lawsuit.
Using an independent and experienced third party to conduct an investigation can increase the credibility of the investigation and its ultimate results.
Sara Kula conducts neutral and thorough investigations.
Dispute Resolution Services
Resolving workplace conflicts internally before they become legal disputes creates good-will, minimizes workplace disruption and saves time and money. In cases where internal solutions are not possible, arbitration is an effective and efficicient alternative to court.
Sara Kula provides advice to employers on how to implement conflict management practices, including internal grievance processes and arbitration procedures.