Joshua D. Seidman is an associate based in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department.  Mr. Seidman represents employers in both single plaintiff and class action litigation, particularly defending management against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under federal, state, and city anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour claims under federal and state laws, and wrongful discharge and breach of contract claims.  He also has experience with employment litigation before New York State administrative agencies, and disputes involving collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. 

Mr. Seidman regularly provides advice and counseling to employers on a wide array of Human Resources topics and issues, including policy development and review, day-to-day HR matters, and complying with federal, state and local employment law.  As part of his counseling, Mr. Seidman assists employers of varying sizes and operational scope, including in the finance, technology, transportation, telecommunications, health care, hospitality, restaurant and retail industries. 

Mr. Seidman extensively advises employers on leave and absence management, most notably on nationwide compliance with federal, state, and local paid sick and family leave laws. Mr. Seidman takes a proactive approach to helping employers develop and update internal paid leave policies and institute best practices based on applicable legal and practical considerations.  He also has experience representing companies during municipal paid sick leave investigations and audits.

Mr. Seidman initially joined the firm as part of the Labor and Employment Department’s Summer Fellowship program, an innovative training-focused program for law students with an affinity for labor and employment law.  Additionally, Mr. Seidman is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to law school, Mr. Seidman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and journalism from Stony Brook University and spent time working for both a national laboratory and major regional newspaper.

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