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Best Practices for Hiring and Onboarding Employees in New York

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Produced on November 07, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 16m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

Employers often overlook the legal requirements and intricacies involved with hiring and onboarding new employees. There are myriad laws in New York State and New York City that cover these processes and impose certain restrictions on employers.

In this course, Tannenbaum Helpern employment attorneys and partners, Andrew W. Singer and Jason B. Klimpl, will discuss best practices for mitigating the risks of unlawful discrimination claims during the hiring process and compliance with applicable legal requirements when integrating new employees into a company. Andrew and Jason will address what information employers should not seek or obtain from prospective employees; certain rules with respect to background checks; the forms that must be completed and the requirements when onboarding a new employee, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Train hiring personnel on what questions employers can and cannot ask job applicants and employees
  2. Ensure compliance with certain background check rules and procedures
  3. Identify certain forms that must be completed by the employee and the employer during the onboarding process
  4. Develop and implement policies and practices to ensure businesses comply with rules governing the hiring and onboarding of employees

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Andrew W. Singer

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, LLP

Andrew W. Singer leads Tannenbaum Helpern's Employment Law Practice Group, which offers a full spectrum of legal services from everyday counseling to complex employment litigation. With extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, he regularly advises companies with various human resource and compliance issues:


  • draft and negotiate employment agreements and executive compensation structures
  • draft non-competition, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements
  • counsel companies on restrictive covenant enforceability
  • draft and negotiate severance agreements


  • wage and hour compliance, including overtime computation and exemptions from overtime, minimum wage, payment and deduction from wages, commissions and draw structures, bonus and incentive compensation, governmental wage and hour audits, recordkeeping, and federal and state labor laws
  • independent contractors, misclassification analyses, consulting agreements, and governmental audits
  • privacy concerns, including federal and state workplace privacy laws, off-duty conduct laws, drug-testing, and background and credit-checks

HR Policies

  • social media policies and technology and e-mail usage policies
  • anti-discrimination, including sexual harassment, retaliation, accommodating the disabled and religion, and handling internal corporate investigations
  • employee termination, WARN Act compliance, and COBRA
  • human resource and compliance counseling, including drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, drafting job descriptions, vacation and PTO policies, family and medical leave compliance, military leave policies, and issues related to employment applications

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • defend discrimination and retaliation claims based upon sex, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, age and any other protected class in federal and state courts
  • handle discrimination matters filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • A frequent speaker on employment law topics and emerging trends, Andrew regularly conducts training seminars for supervisory and managerial employees covering equal employment laws and sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour laws, independent contractor misclassification, workplace violence, social media policies, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave policies, workforce reduction and the WARN Act, and other employment law developments.

Andrew has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Jason B. Klimpl

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Jason is a partner in the Employment Law Group of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. In this capacity, he advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, such as wage and hour compliance; healthcare; equal opportunity actions and policies; employment agreements and restrictive covenants; independent contractor and consulting issues, reductions in force; technology and privacy concerns; and other human resources counseling.

Jason is also the Associate General Counsel of the New York Staffing Association, and is heavily involved in legal and legislative efforts to support the staffing industry.

Jason has written numerous employment law articles and is a contributing faculty member of both Lawline and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education. Jason is also a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Speakers Bureau and Help Desk.

Awarded Martindale-Hubbell “Preeminent” peer review rating.

Named 2013 -2019 New York Super Lawyer (Rising Star).

Finally, the New York Enterprise Report named Jason the winner of the 2012 Best Attorneys and Accountants “Rising Star Attorney” category.


Joel F.

Excellent course

Judy H.

excellent speakers that were very well prepared and professional in their deliver. Worked well together.

Andrea Kelli H.

The program included useful information and the panelists were definitely knowledgeable.

Cecilia C.

I now work in an operational role in People Operations/HR, so this was very helpful. I have a short list of items to check in with my team with to ensure that we're in compliance with the law.

cindy m.

Excellent speakers; mastered their subject and offered great examples. Thank you.

Victoria S.

Fantastic delivery and practical tips. Very helpful!

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