Jonathan D. Farrell is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Jonathan is Counsel to manufacturing, service, commercial, and management companies, professional practices, non-profit organizations, private educational institutions and insurance companies. An employment and labor relations specialist, Jonathan regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board, federal and state courts, and federal and state human rights’ agencies. He counsels employers on a variety of labor and employment-related laws including the NLRA, OSHA, EEOC, ADA, FMLA and ERISA. He also litigates in these areas.
Jonathan is proud of the many recognitions he has received from members of the Bar and professional community. He is particularly proud to be Vice-Chairman of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission, as Jonathan is provided a unique insight into how administrative complaints are resolved.
He has been selected as a “New York Super Lawyer” for 2010 and 2013 – 2021, in the area of labor and employment law. Only five percent (5%) of New York-metro attorneys have been named to this prestigious list. Jonathan has also earned an “AV” rating from his peers in both skills and ethics, the highest legal rating awarded by the legal rating publisher Martindale-Hubbell. Only two percent (2%) of New York metro attorneys have earned an “AV” rating. Finally, Jonathan was named as one of Long Island’s Leading Labor and Employment Law Attorneys by The Long Island Business News for 2007, 2009-2014, 2016-2020.
Jonathan regularly practices and defends employers before the National Labor Relations Board. He has been counsel to employers in well over three hundred unfair labor practice investigations. Unlike most labor and employment attorneys, Jonathan has litigated several unfair labor practice trials before administrative law judges of the National Labor Relations Board as well as Section 10(j) proceedings of the National Labor Relations Act in federal court. Even rarer, Jonathan has been successful and victorious against the Board. Jonathan represents employers in unfair labor practice investigations and trials, representation hearings and compliance proceedings.
Jonathan has been involved in approximately fourty-five unionization campaigns for various companies. In all but five campaigns, Jonathan has been involved in the employees elected to remain union free. Jonathan also represents unionized employers in their arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and New York State Employment Relations Board, assists unionized employers during their collective bargaining negotiations, or conducts the negotiations for them, and advises unionized employers on a daily basis regarding contract interpretation, union issues, and union grievances.
Because of Jonathan’s experience in traditional labor law, he has developed an expertise in the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act and represents employers in connection with withdrawal liability assessments.
Jonathan has represented employers in over one hundred different withdrawal liability disputes and/or transactions including drafting and effectuating Section 4024 ERISA transactions as well as litigating withdrawal liability assessments before the American Arbitration Association’s and if necessary, Federal Court. Very few management attorneys in the Metropolitan Tri-State area can even claim to have as much experience representing employers in connection with withdrawal liability cases and transactions.
Jonathan has successfully represented various employers in over five hundred wage and hour investigations at the state and federal level in connection with minimum wage, overtime and prevailing wage actions. Jonathan has represented employers before the United States Department of Labor, New York State Department of Labor; Bureau of Public Work and Attorney General’s Office, General Labor Bureau.
Jonathan is panel counsel to insurance companies in the areas of Employment Practice Liabilities Insurance and Directors & Officers Insurance.
Jonathan is admitted to practice before the federal and state courts of New York. Upon graduation from Hofstra University’s School of Law, Jonathan received the University’s “Award for Excellence” in the field of Labor and Employment Law and the Industrial Relations Research Management “Award for Excellence” in Industrial and Labor Relations.