Charles H. Kaplan

Charles H. Kaplan


Charles H. Kaplan is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Employment and Labor Practice Group and is resident in the Firm’s New York Office.  Mr. Kaplan represents employers in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Mr. Kaplan counsels management in public and private companies and other organizations, in a broad range of industries, on a wide variety of employment and labor law issues.  His experience includes employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, wage and hour, and collective and class action defense; employment-at-will; wrongful discharge, defamation and other workplace torts; employment mediations and arbitrations; labor relations, union organizing and corporate campaigns, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, unfair labor practices, strikes, picketing, boycotts, and labor injunctions; human resources administration, personnel policies and employee handbooks; disability, family and medical leave, employee dishonesty and disloyalty, drug testing, workplace violence, social media, privacy, independent contractor, whistleblower, occupational safety and health, government contracting and prevailing wage matters; foreign-owned employer issues; plant closings, downsizings and mass layoffs; employee benefits issues and ERISA litigation; executive employment contracts, trade secrets, confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants; partnership disputes; manager and supervisor training; unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation; immigration law compliance, and public sector workplace law matters.

His practice also includes advising management on labor and employment law issues in mergers, acquisitions, sales, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcies; including successor liability, collective bargaining obligations, accretion, withdrawal liability, and shutdown effects negotiations.  Handling related workplace law matters that arise in business transactions, has long been a significant component of Mr. Kaplan’s practice.

Mr. Kaplan also represents fiduciaries and other parties in trusts and estates law proceedings in New York’s Surrogate’s and appellate courts.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Kaplan was a partner in another well-established law firm.

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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Supreme Court



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Rankings & Recognition

Legal Era - Legal Media Group "Leading Employment Lawyer of the Year" 2018   

The Best Lawyers in America®* 2015-2020, Labor Law - Management

New York Metro Super Lawyers®* 2010-2019, Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor   

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Professional Affiliations

Editor, New York Employment Law Letter 
Member, American Employment Law Council
Member, Management Attorneys Conference
Member, International Bar Association
– Global Employment Institute
– Committee on Employment and Industrial Relations Law
– Committee on Discrimination and Gender Equality
Member, American Bar Association
– Labor and Employment Law Section
– Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
– International Law Section
Vice Chair for Policy, International Employment Law Committee of the International Law Section
Member, New York State Bar Association
– Labor and Employment Law Section
Member, New York City Bar Association
– Committee on Labor and Employment Law (1984-1987)
– Committee on Employee Benefits (1990-1992)
– Committee on State Legislation (1993-1995)
Member, New York County Lawyers’ Association
Member, Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel (WESFACCA)
Member, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member, French-American Chamber of Commerce
Member, German American Chamber of Commerce
Member, BritishAmerican Business
Member, Employment Lawyers Association (U.K.)
Member, Advisory Board, New York City Chapter, Labor & Employment Relations Association
– President (1998-1999)
Member, Society for Human Resource Management
Member, American Arbitration Association (1989-1996)
– Labor Arbitration Practice Committee
Member, New York State Lieutenant Governor’s Task Force on Plant Closings (1984-1985)

Community Affiliations

Member, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Member, Commission on Contemporary Jewish Life, AJC
Member, National Jewish Committee on Scouting, BSA
Member, Advisory Board, Greater New York Councils, BSA
Member, Council, Gomez Foundation for Mill House