Jon Zimring is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Workforce Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement group. He practices management-side labor and employment law, representing clients before both the courts and administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), numerous state and local counterparts to these agencies, and additional other federal, state, and local agencies that investigate, audit compliance with, and enforce labor and employment laws. Drawing on this experience, he also has an active practice assisting employers with prevention through proactive audits, compensation analyses, investigations and consultation, and the development of policies, procedures, systems and training. Jon's practice includes the representation of employers through virtually all workplace issues, including traditional labor relations with unions, affirmative action compliance, wage and hour, leave and disability, and all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Jon recognizes that most employers would prefer to find a way to favorably resolve their employment-related problems rather than spending vast resources in litigation. He focuses on best strategies for avoiding litigation and entanglements with administrative agencies and unions, where such litigation, agency, or union entanglements are ongoing and unavoidable, and how best to resolve them with the least expenditure of time and resources.
For employers who are new as well as established government contractors and/or subcontractors, Jon regularly guides clients in designing and self-auditing affirmative action programs to demonstrate compliance in light of increasingly aggressive OFCCP enforcement efforts, and represents such clients in OFCCP audits.
For employers who have unions, or who find themselves targets of union organizing efforts, Jon works closely with clients in their labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor disputes and resolution of grievances. He has also counseled employers in many industries facing, among other difficult challenges: high-level sexual harassment complaints; mental health workplace violence and ADA accommodations issues; wage and hour and independent contractor/employee misclassification and payment system problems; and the interplay among the ADA, FMLA, and workers' compensation laws. Jon regularly provides training on these topics to employer audiences ranging from highest level officers and boards of directors to entry level rank and file.