John P. Furfaro is the chair of Skadden’s Labor and Employment Law Group. He assists clients in a variety of employment matters and advises on employment aspects of corporate transactions. In addition to his practice, he co-authors the labor law column for the New York Law Journal.
Firm clients regularly seek Mr. Furfaro’s services in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, he defends clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in employment litigation involving all forms of discrimination, as well as in claims for breach of employment agreements and wrongful discharge. He also advises employers responding to allegations that executives and other senior level personnel have engaged in harassment, retaliation or other inappropriate conduct.
Employers seeking to prevent problems in the workplace through training and counseling turn to Mr. Furfaro and Skadden’s Labor and Employment Group for compliance programs covering an array of topics such as workplace violence, sexual harassment, family leave, layoff notification, union representation campaigns, independent contractors and accommodations for disabled workers. Mr. Furfaro helps to structure sophisticated employment agreements, separation agreements and severance pay arrangements. He has significant experience advising corporations in executive terminations.
Mr. Furfaro has represented such companies as American Express Company; Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Black Diamond Capital Management, LLC; Circuit City Stores, Inc.; Delphi Corporation; OAO Severstal; and Wisconsin Energy Corporation.
Mr. Furfaro was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and 2014,U.S. News & World Reports 2011-2012 and the PLC Cross-border Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook (2011).