Patrick T. Collins is Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Group.  He practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel.  He has a wide range of experience in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.  In addition, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

Pat has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies.  He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining.  He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions, which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation.  Pat regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings.  He has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, and has drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies.  Pat has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

Pat is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, District XIII Ethics Committee, and the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court.

Articles

Publications

  • “Labor & Employment Year In Review,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, December 7, 2017
  • “Bullying, Harassment & The Law, ” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, September 14, 2017
  • “How To Handle Employee Complaints & Investigations,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, December 7, 2017
  • “DOL Hot Topics,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, July 12, 2017
  • “EEOC Guidance on Retaliation and Report on Harassment in the Workplace,” NM&M Year In Review, Bridgewater, NJ, December 1, 2016
  • “New Employees,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, July 14, 2016
  • “Wage & Hour Issues,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, July 14, 2016
  • “Managing Leaves,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, May 19, 2016
  • “Smartphone Technology and the Risk in Business,” IMA NJ Regional Council, Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, Iselin, NJ, May 16, 2016
  • “Smartphone Technology and the Risk in Business,” Raritan Valley IMA, Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, Iselin, NJ, March 17, 2016
  • “Employee Handbooks,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, March 10, 2016
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2015,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, May 21, 2015
  • “Acceptable Behavior in the Workplace,” R3M Engineering, Old Bridge, NJ, December 2, 2014
  • “Acceptable Behavior in the Workplace,” Ferrero U.S.A., Inc., Somerset, NJ, December 1, 2014
  • What’s Your Policy? Human Resource & Employee Benefit Issues,” Crowne Plaza Fairfield, Fairfield, New Jersey, June 24, 2014
  • What’s Your Policy? Human Resource & Employee Benefit Issues,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, New Jersey, April 29, 2014
  • “Performance Management,” Rutgers School of Business, November 14, 2013
  • Social Media and Technology in the Workplace,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, New Jersey, July 27, 2011
  • Employee Handbook Workshop,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, New Jersey, October 20, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2010,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 10, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2010,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 15, 2010
  • Best Practices For The Growing Business,” NM&M Client Seminar, June 3, 2010
  • Beware! The “Other” Side of the LSRP Program, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 25, 2010
  • Current Wage & Hour Challenges, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, February 24, 2010
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2009,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 18, 2009
  • Employee Free Choice Act: Where It Stands and What It Means to Employers,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, February 24, 2009
  • Urgent Employee Medical Leave Updates for 2009,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, January 30, 2009 and February 6, 2009
  • “2008 Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 17, 2008
  • How To Respond To An Employment Related Lawsuit,” Business Bits Podcast
  • “Acceptable Behavior In The Workplace,” Client Presentation, Tengion, East Norriton, Pennsylvania, April 1, 2008
  • Operational, Transitional and Exit Strategies for Closely-Held & Entrepreneurial Business Owners,” Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater, New Jersey, January 17, 2007
  • Moderator, “Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2006,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Seminar, June 1, 2006, Bridgewater, NJ
  • YMCA’s 5th Annual HR and Risk Management Conference, November 17-18, 2005, Morristown, NJ

Patrick T. Collins has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® status. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

2017 Safe + Sound Somerset Jackie Wiegand Founder Award

1999 Legal Services of New Jersey Equal Justice Medal.

1999 Outstanding Board Service Award.

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