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The firm provides employment negotiations for employees of New Jersey businesses. Individuals who have recently been separated from employment, or who are looking to terminate their relationship with their employer need a seasoned attorney to help frame important legal issues and use the facts of the individual situation to try to negotiate enhanced severance terms. The firm also helps negotiate limits on post-employment restrictions such as non-compete agreements. Many employers require employees to sign non-compete agreements, either at the beginning of their employment, somewhere along the way, or as part of a separation agreement. New Jersey courts usually enforce non-compete agreements if they are reasonable in scope. However, each situation is unique. The firm can help you understand your non-compete agreement or other post-employment restrictions, and may be able to negotiate more favorable terms. Attorneys are also available to litigate claims for temporary restraining orders, injunctions, and damages. Most employers would prefer to resolve disputes amicably rather than end up in litigation, and the attorneys at Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. are here to help get the best results through advocacy and negotiation. If you have been terminated from employment due to a Reduction in Force (RIF), or for any other reason, the firm may be able to help you negotiate enhanced severance. The attorneys can assist you if you feel you were selected for termination for an impermissible reason (such as your age or disability), or if you have other questions or concerns about your separation from employment,. The attorneys help many employees every year by advocating on their behalf with the goal of obtaining increased severance, additional bonus, extended company-paid health benefits, extra outplacement services, and other valuable benefits.
On June 23, 2022, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, PC, Director, Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., moderated a panel discussion presented by Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey (AHPNJ) concerning the status of affordable housing delivery for the Third Round and preparation for the Fourth Round which commences July 1, 2025. Mr. Schmierer is the President of AHPNJ. The panelists included a representative from the Fair Share Housing Center, former Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Chief of Multifamily Program for NJHMFA and a professional planner who has served as a Special Court Master in 40 plus municipalities for the implementation of Third Round Affordable Housing Plans. Mr. Schmierer chairs the firm's Government Practice Group which represents over 30 municipal governing bodies, land use board and affordable housing committees throughout the State of New Jersey.