Ernest is the deputy managing member of the firm's New York City office and co-chair of the firm's municipalities practice. He practices labor and employment law exclusively on behalf of management.
Ernest's practice includes all aspects of public and private sector labor and employment law. He has negotiated well over a hundred collective bargaining agreements for various employers. Ernest counsels his clients on a day-to-day basis on the interpretation of those agreements, discipline and promotion of employees, reductions of the force and numerous other issues. He also performs workplace investigations of employees. Ernest provides advice about the wide variety of federal and state statutes affecting the ability of employers to manage their employees, such as the Family Medical Leave Act and COBRA.
A large part of his practice is litigation in state and federal court, and before employment discrimination agencies in various states and the EEOC. Ernest represents his clients in litigation from the discovery phase up to and including jury trials. He frequently provides training to managers and employees of his clients on issues such as sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination in the workplace.
Ernest's experience in the public sector includes negotiations with all types of collective bargaining units, including police, firefighters, and blue and white collar employees. He represents towns, villages and cities in mediation, as well as factfinding and public interest arbitration. Ernest also has extensive experience before the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.
Ernest also has years of experience representing public employers in collective bargaining agreement grievance arbitrations as well as employment litigation, including discrimination claims brought in both state and federal court, as well as before the New York State Division of Human Rights and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, he represents his municipal clients in disciplinary proceedings pursuant to Section 75 of the Civil Service Law.