Mr. McGovern represents management in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, including proceedings involving representation, decertification, unit clarification and unfair labor practices as well as labor arbitrations, collective bargaining and project labor agreement negotiations. He appears in state and federal court and before regulatory agencies in matters arising under fair employment practices laws, labor laws, wage and hour laws and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Before joining the firm, Mr. McGovern was in-house counsel at Allied Corp., AlliedSignal Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. He was at Honeywell for 20 years where one of his senior level posts was Associate General Counsel-Human Resources, where he specialized in labor and employment matters. Prior to this, Mr. McGovern was an attorney in the Manhattan office of Kelley, Drye & Warren, an international law firm.
Mr. McGovern has written numerous articles including: “Banks Must Comply with New Affirmative Action Rules,” New Jersey Banker, Summer 2014; “Expect No Change in OFCCP’s Aggressive Agenda Despite Election Year,” New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Volume 34, No. 2, December 2012; “Rigorous Changes Coming Down the Pipeline for Federal Contractors,” Client Alert, October 2012; “Understand GINA’s New Prohibitions on Misuse of Genetic Info,” HR Specialist, February 2010; “N.J. Supreme Court: Strikers May Be Entitled to Unemployment,” HR Specialist, April 2009 ;“New Jersey Cracks Down on Employers that Misclassify Employees,” HR Specialist, October 2007; and “New Jersey Law on Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace,” Institute of Business Law.
His presentations included: “Affordable Care Act in a Time of Transition,” New Jersey League of Municipalities 2016 Annual Convention, November 17, 2016; “A Management Perspective on the Supreme Court Decision in Penn Plaza v. Pyett,” New Jersey Labor and Employment Relations Association, December 10, 2012; “Where the FMLA, the FLA, the ADA and the NLRA Interact,” Client Briefing, May 15, 2012; “All aTwitter About Social Media,” American Arbitration Association University, April 3, 2012; “Avoiding the Wage-and-Hour Trap and Surviving a Wage-Hour Audit…and Avoiding Something Worse,” New Jersey Business & Industry Association, February 24, 2012; “The Proposed U.S. Department of Labor Rule to Modify the Definition of ‘Persuader Activities’ under the Labor Management Relations Disclosure Act,” New York Labor and Employment Relations Association, October 19, 2011; “Preempting a Corporate Campaign At Your Hospital,” Presentation to Hospital Law Institute, Hospital and Health Systems and Labor and Employment Practice Groups, February 14, 2008; and “Labor and Employment Law Issues Arising from Use of Independent Contractors,” New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, 2008.
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