An experienced labor and employment attorney, Wayne helps in-house counsel, HR executives, and company leadership identify and solve a full range of workplace legal challenges, particularly those involving safety and health issues.
OSHA Compliance and Defense
Wayne provides strategic advice and conducts Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) compliance audits that help employers in a wide range of industries, including health care, manufacturing, services, construction, retail, and technology, mitigate compliance risk, avoid violations, and respond effectively to OSHA inspections and investigations.
In the event of a workplace incident, Wayne provides pragmatic, comprehensive representation. He conducts thorough internal investigations to arm clients with the facts, helps them determine their best course of action, and acts as their liaison with OSHA investigators. A tenacious advocate when the best option is to contest a citation or enforcement action, Wayne is also adept at finding avenues to reduce fines and penalties and improve clients’ long term relationship with OSHA.
In addition, clients benefit from Wayne’s far-reaching employment law experience, which allows him to see the broader implications of workplace safety and health on other employment-related issues.
Labor and Employment Counsel
Wayne is experienced in developing strategies to contain costs associated with employee relations, personnel, and labor issues. He advises clients on leave and disability matters at the federal and state level and on employment discrimination, diversity, sexual harassment, wage and hour compliance, and workforce reductions. He also conducts in-house training sessions on topics including leave and disability, hiring practices, employee discipline, terminations, investigations, harassment prevention, and supervisory skills and practices.
Wayne defends employers in federal, state, and administrative courts in claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, employee whistleblower, and wage and hour collective actions. In addition, Wayne handles disputes concerning restrictive covenants and trade secrets and assists clients with the creation of noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.
Wayne speaks on topics such as OSHA compliance and dealing with investigations, the interplay between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), addressing workplace harassment, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance and internal investigations. Wayne is a Board Trustee of Meals on Wheels of Mercer County.