Martin Brook focuses his practice on representation of employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and advising employers on litigation avoidance and positive employee relations. Additionally, Martin’s practice regularly involves representing and advising employers regarding payroll compliance issues which include, for example, wage garnishments, voluntary wage assignments, other wage attachments as well as electronic pay and tax protestors issues.Martin has developed business-minded solutions for complex employment challenges with the aim of risk management and litigation avoidance. He developed, implemented and/or managed various labor relations programs and human resources programs. This includes voluntary and involuntary reduction-in-force programs, employment-related due diligence, contract negotiations and grievance administration, responses to multiple union organizing campaigns, internal wage and hour audits, user and provider co-employment and independent contractor issues, OFCCP compliance programs and audit responses, in-bound and out-bound restrictive covenant matters, payroll and attachment/garnishment compliance programs and employment policies and procedures and training programs.
Experience — Martin has extensive litigation/arbitration experience defending employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour and WARN Act matters. He has also successfully defended and enforced non-compete agreements. Martin has also been first and second chair in numerous labor negotiations and labor arbitrations. Martin has worked six years as Corporate Counsel to a large office furniture manufacturer and a large staffing company responsible for employment and benefits law. Law is Martin’s second career. During his first career, Martin worked as a Human Resources professional in the chemical and automotive industries at the plant level in both the United States and Canada. During this time he was responsible for union and employee relations, college recruiting programs, OFCCP compliance, and safety programs.