Thomas is a Labor and Employment Law attorney and Deputy Chair of the firm's
Labor and Employment Law Department. He exclusively represents private and
public sector management in labor relations, employment law and immigration
matters. For more than 25 years, Thomas' national practice has included defense
of employment discrimination claims before the EEOC, State Human Rights agencies
and in state and federal courts, and the representation of employers in
collective bargaining negotiations, strikes and picketing disputes, labor
arbitrations, NLRB unfair labor practice and election proceedings, 10(j)
injunction actions, labor audits, workplace investigations and
employee/independent contractor disputes. He counsels public sector clients on
Civil Service Law matters, and represents municipalities and school districts in
labor matters, including improper practice proceedings, mediation, fact finding,
and interest arbitration under New York's Taylor Law.
Thomas supports his clients with employment law counseling, training, handbook
and policy development and litigation avoidance strategies in partnership with
their human resource managers, executives and general counsel. He also advises
employers on harassment issues, disability law and FMLA compliance.
Thomas represents employers that participate in multi-employer benefit pension
plans throughout the United States including: (i) defense of delinquent
contribution actions under ERISA; (ii) MPPAA withdrawal liability disputes and
arbitrations; and (iii) counseling on merger and acquisition issues involving
MPPAA withdrawal liability and 4204 asset sales.
Thomas serves as the co-Chair of the firm's Immigration Law Practice Group and
represents management in the employment and retention of foreign national
employees. His Immigration Law practice focuses on employment-based applications
and petitions (particularly non-immigrant work visas and permanent residency),
and related labor condition and certification applications for employers with
foreign national employees working in the United States. Thomas counsels human
resource managers on employment authorization, E-Verify, I-9 compliance issues
and Social Security no-match investigations. He represents employers facing
audits and enforcement actions by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Labor and the
Department of Justice.