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James R. Hays

New York
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  • J.D., New York Law School, 1990
  • B.A., Catholic University, 1982
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • Western District of Michigan
  • District of Connecticut
Publications & News

James Hays is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the firm's New York office and is a co-team leader of the firm's Traditional Labor Law Team.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Hays' practice focuses on management labor and employment law. He represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, and all stages of the labor election process, including election campaigns and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board. He also represents clients in employment litigation in federal and state courts, as well as various arbitration forums, and in proceedings before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and state agencies throughout the United States.

Mr. Hays advises and has represented clients in litigation concerning breach of non-compete agreements and theft of trade secrets. He advises employers on strategies for handling workplace harassment, internal investigations, reductions in staff, discipline and termination actions, and wage and hour issues. Mr. Hays devotes significant time to the defense of complex wage and hour class action litigation.  He regularly counsels clients on preparation and administration of personnel policies and employment strategies and compliance with WARN, FMLA, ADA, COBRA and other federal and state labor statutes.

  • New York Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2013-2016


Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "Key NLRB Developments for Non-Union and Union Employers," Strafford CLE Webinars, February 3, 2016
  • "Where Is the National Labor Relations Act? Non-Traditional Organizing and Technology," Symposium on Technology in the Practice and Workplace, New York Law School, April 30-May 2, 2014
  • "Labor & Employment Law: 2012 Year In Review," New York, New York, November 15, 2012
  • "Key NLRB Developments for Non-Union and Union Employers," Strafford CLE Webinars, November 14, 2012
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Spring 2012 Seminar," New York, New York, May 9, 2012
  • "Labor & Employment Law: 2011 Year In Review," New York, New York, November 3, 2011
  • “U.S. Labor Laws—What You Need to Know to Avoid Problems,” Institute of International Bankers and Conference of State Bank Supervisors, August 2010, July 2011 and November 2012
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Spring 2011 Seminar," New York, New York, May 19, 2011
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: 2010 Year in Review," New York, New York, November 10, 2010
  • “Training for Supervisors—How to Limit Liability for Employment Issues,” Lorman Education Services, July 2010
  • “Employment-Related Records,” Lorman Education Services, October 2007
  • “How to Conduct an Internal Investigation,” December 2006
  • “2006 Employment Law Update—A Review of Recent Developments,” November 2006
  • “How to Maintain an Effective Human Resources Department,” Lorman Education Services, September 2006
  • “Advanced Workplace Investigations,” Lorman Education Services, April 2006
  • “New Employment Law From A to Z,” Lorman Education Services, November 2005
  • “Payroll Management in New York,” Lorman Education Services, May 2005
  • “Mastering the FMLA Puzzle,” Council on Education Management, April 2005
  • “The FairPay Regulations—New Overtime Challenges,” The Tower Club Breakfast Seminar Series, November 2004
  • “2004: A Dynamic Year In Employment Law—Recent Developments,” September 2004
  • “Unions—How to Deal with Them,” 46th Annual Professionals In Human Resources Association Conference, September 2003
  • “Human Resource Audits in New York,” Lorman Education Services, August 2001