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Since 1911, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce has been working with and supporting the business environment in New Jersey and is proud to present this updated HR publication to assist you in your daily work. We hope it will help you operate your business more efficiently and avoid the hidden pitfalls that lurk among the maze known as HR.

Targeted, timely and comprehensive, this manual is considered the cornerstone guide of any compliance library. It covers more than 30 primary topics directly related to the employment process, from job descriptions through termination and beyond. Each includes practical advice on what should be done, solid advice on how to do it and a complete explanation of why it is important.

This series was not written as a response to employee-related problems, but to help you avoid them. The guidelines and checklists will make that easier and the examples, FAQs and step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to know that you are on solid ground.

This manual is part of a series of publications prepared exclusively for New Jersey employers and made available by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the business community in New Jersey.

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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.