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As a business owner, you are faced with an overabundance of decisions. Many of those decisions can raise potentially complex legal questions:

  • What impact does the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 have on non-disclosure agreements?
  • When planning layoffs, what considerations do you need to take in to account for employees over the age of 40?
  • How can severance agreement provisions be written to decrease the chance of them being invalidated?
  • Can one of your employees quit, but still collect unemployment compensation?
  • What constitutes an “equivalent position” for an employee returning from Family Medical Leave Act leave?
  • What are the consequences of misclassifying employees as independent contractors?
  • Can you refuse to promote an employee because of their sexual orientation?
  • What three elements are required in a non-solicitation agreement?
  • Do pre-offer drug tests to determine the use of illegal drugs violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?
  • Do I need an employee handbook?
  • Is the ADA applicable to my business and what do I need to do to comply with it?
  • Can I classify an employee as a salaried employee and avoid paying overtime?
  • Fortunately, business lawyer Lars Anderson assures you that “If you’re represented by HKQ Law, you don’t need to answer these questions yourself. Our highly experienced labor law and employment law attorneys can assist your business with a wide range of legal issues.”

Labor Law

Our labor lawyers handle all traditional labor-management activities, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, labor arbitrations, National Labor Relations Board and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board proceedings, wage and hour matters, conduct of union elections and campaigns, unemployment compensation cases, and all aspects of union and non-union labor-management relations in the public and private sectors.

Here are just some of the matters handled by HKQ Law’s Labor Attorneys:

  • Arbitrations of grievances
  • Labor disputes
  • Labor negotiations
  • Non-compete agreements
  • PHRC claims
  • Union elections and campaigns
  • Labor relations

Employment Law

We represent private- and public-sector employers in all aspects of Pennsylvania employee relations, including labor relations and negotiations; litigation in state and federal courts involving Pennsylvania employment law matters; claims involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment or discrimination based upon sex, race, age, religion, disability or nationality; and matters before state and federal agencies, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Here are just some of the matters handled by HKQ Law’s Employment Attorneys:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Discrimination claims
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • EEOC claims
  • Employee handbooks, manuals and company policies
  • Employee/independent contractor classification
  • Employment and non-compete agreements
  • Family Leave and Medical Act
  • Injunctive relief
  • Separation agreements
  • Sexual harassment claims
  • Unemployment compensation cases
  • Wage Payment and Collection Law claims
  • Wrongful discharge claims

Have questions about labor and employment laws, and how they impact your business? Call HKQ Law at (800) 760-1529. Regardless of the size of your business, no one will work harder for you.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.

These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.


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