Ernest has practiced labor and employment law exclusively on behalf of management for almost 30 years. He is the deputy managing member of the firm's New York City office.
Ernest has represented management for over 30 years in industries such as health care, banking, construction and manufacturing. In addition, a substantial portion of his practice is devoted to representation of public employers, such as state authorities, towns, cities and villages.
Ernest represents his clients in the full range of labor and employment matters, including arbitration, collective bargaining, defense of employment discrimination claims, drafting of employment policies and training, employment agreements, wage and hour issues under state and federal law, and workplace investigation. He counsels his clients on a daily basis on collective bargaining agreement interpretation, as well as the evaluation, promotion and discipline of employees and reductions in force. Ernest provides advice about federal, state and city statutes affecting the ability of employers to manage their employees, such as the FMLA, COBRA, disability statutes and overtime and employee classification issues under federal and state law.
A large part of his practice is litigation in state and federal courts, and before state, city and county employment discrimination agencies and the EEOC. Ernest represents his clients in litigation from the discovery phase up to and through jury trials. His litigation experience includes cases involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the New York City Human Rights Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York State Labor Law and the National Labor Relations Act.
Ernest has lectured at the request of the New York State Bar Association and other management groups on a variety of employment related topics.