Business Council of New York State, Inc
Your Voice, Our Voice, One Voice

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is the leading business organization in New York, representing the interests of large and small firms throughout the state.  Its membership is made up of thousands of member companies, as well as local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.

The primary function of the organization is to serve as an advocate for employers in the state political and policy-making arena, working for ahealthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs.

The Business Council has partnered with American Chamber of Commerce Resources, LLC to assist New York employers to act in accordance with NewYork’s state employment laws.  This manual was developed by employment law experts and will assist you in accessing answers to key questions you may have on a day-to-day basis.  The reference guide will help you quickly find pertinent information on a number of subjects including:

  • Child labor laws
  • Discrimination
  • Employment-at-will
  • Employee screening
  • Labor relations
  • Parental leave
  • Recordkeeping
  • Wages and hours
  • Workplace health and safety

We help our members cut costs and provide important benefits to their employees, with group insurance programs that are known for competitive costs and high-quality service.  And we serve as an information resource center for our members, providing an array of news and update services, seminars, networking, and individualized regulatory and legislative assistance to members who need it.

If you are not a member and would like to know more about The Business Council and how we can help your business, please visit our website at  The Business Council looks forward to welcoming you as a member and invites you to let your voice be heard.


Jeffrey Pasek

    Jeffrey I. Pasek is a Member of Cozen O'Connor and served as chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group from 1995 to 2007. He has a national practice representing employers concerning the entire field of labor and employment issues, from collective bargaining to employment-related litigation with particular emphasis in the areas of employment discrimination and non-competition agreements.


    Jeff has extensive experience in advising clients on how to avoid litigation and to better position themselves if claims are made. He is frequently consulted when "bet-the-company" legal issues arise or to step in and take over a case on appeal. Representing management in all facets of labor and employment law, Jeff has tried cases and argued appeals in the federal courts throughout the United States, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.


    In addition, Jeff co-chairs the firm's Executive Services Practice, which handles the special legal issues surrounding the recruitment, employment and transition of senior executives in publicly and privately held companies. Besides negotiating employment and separation agreements, Jeff also oversees internal corporate investigations involving, whistleblower and harassment allegations.






    University of Pennsylvania, 1976, J.D.



    University of Pittsburgh, 1973 B.A.



    Bar Admissions






    New York



    New Jersey



    U.S. Supreme Court






    The Best Lawyers in America (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)



    Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)



    Chambers and Partners (USA) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)



    A featured speaker before legal and business groups, Jeff has been cited as an authority by the media, including NPR Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, the National Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.



    Jeff is the author of numerous articles, including:



    ? An Obama Administration's Impact on Labor and Employment Issues, International Review of Employment (Dec.08/Jan.09), co-author with Kimya S.P. Johnson and Andrew J. Rolfes);



    ? "Sexual Harassment under American Law," 20 Journal of the Chinese Women's University (April, 2008, No. 2);



    ? "Addressing the Needs of Clients," in The Roles and Motivations of Key Players in Labor Law Situations: Leading Lawyers on Best Practices for Advising Clients, Communicating Effectively, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds), Aspatore Books (2007);



    ? "Corporate Investigations: Their Hidden Traps...And How to Avoid Them," The Corporate Counselor (2003);



    ? "Crisis Management: Human Resource Issues Before and After Catastrophe Strikes," HR Magazine (2002);



    ? "Competing in the Information Age: Protecting Your Company Against Unfair Competition," Human Resources Emerging Trends and Hottest Issues, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Educational Foundation (1999);



    ? "Religion in the Workplace," Human Resource Professional, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan./Feb. 1997);



    ? "Risks Associated With Hiring Independent Contractors," Philadelphia Construction News, Vol. 17, No. 64 (Oct. 27, 1993);



    ? "Compliance By the Private Sector with the Americans with Disabilities Act," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly (1991);



    ? "The New Immigration Law: What a General Practitioner Needs to Know," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly (1987).



    From 1998-2002, he co-edited the chapter on Religious Discrimination in Lindholm & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law published by the Bureau of National Affairs and has participated in researching, drafting, or editing the annual supplements to this text ever since. Jeff also authored chapters on Employment Law and Employment Practices Liability Insurance in @Risk Version 2.0 - The definitive guide to legal issues of insurance and reinsurance of Internet and e-commerce and cyber perils, R. Hammesfahr editor (C) 2002, Reactions Publishing Group Ltd., London. Jeff also served at the editor of the New York Human Resources Manual (2009-2012) and the New Jersey Human Resources Manual (2010-11), published by American Chamber of Commerce Resources, LLC.