Employment and Labor Law

The employment law team at Berenzweig Leonard assists companies and executives in navigating the morass of federal and state employment and labor laws to minimize legal risks and maximize company revenue. The practice is led by managing partner Declan Leonard, who is a former employment law columnist for the Washington Business Journal and has been consistently recognized as a Legal Elite and Superlawyer by respected publications in the Washington Metropolitan region.



To thrive in today’s litigious workplace environment, companies must stay apprised of the most up-to-date developments in employment and labor law. The firm prides itself on working side by side with its business clients and executives to formulate the best strategy on human resource matters to minimize legal risks and help to grow company revenue. As true legal advisors, we play a vital role in our clients’ business success by efficiently and effectively solving complex challenges related to employment and labor law.

Listed below are some of the most common employment and labor law issues that Berenzweig Leonard confronts on a regular basis for its business and executive clients.

HR Training and OFCCP Compliance

Berenzweig Leonard, LLP advises companies performing government contracts work on issues regarding Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) and OFCCP compliance, and provides training to organizations and professionals. The Firm assists contractors through the full spectrum of OFCCP compliance issues, from the development and implementation of an effective AAP to the handling of OFCCP audits.  The Firm also provides HR training on recent developments in the law including ethics training, which in turn helps companies adopt best practices to control their costs and increase efficiencies.

The government’s increased focus on workplace compliance has led to an enhanced enforcement and investigative effort by the Department of Labor.  Noncompliance with such rules and regulations can leave companies and executives susceptible to contract termination, suspension, debarment, and monetary penalties.  It is incumbent on companies and executives to be compliant with the myriad of such laws and regulations, including Executive Orders, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). The Firm is prepared to assist at any stage to navigate through compliance issues and regulations and to help formulate effective AAPs.

The Firm’s attorneys also have extensive human resources training experience.  Terry O’Connor and Seth Berenzweig have spoken to government contract professionals throughout the United States on business law developments, including several sessions of the National Contract Management Association World Congress.  Mr. O’Connor also has decades of experience training federal contract officers, and Seth Berenzweig appears on Bloomberg Television and Fox News to discuss news developments involving compliance issues.  Declan Leonard is a leading employment lawyer who regularly advises companies and executives on all facets of human resource law.  The Firm provides training solutions to companies, management and staff to help them learn about changes in the law and compliance in an ever changing legal landscape.

Berenzweig Leonard has extensive knowledge of the procurement process, HR law and personnel matters. They are attentive to our subcontract and contract teaming arrangements, and keep our best interests in mind and financial interests secure.

- Randy Coppersmith Chairman & CEO Intercom Consulting & Federal Systems

As our organization has grown, we’ve encountered typical personnel and employment issues such as hiring decisions and resignations. During this time of transition, Berenzweig Leonard has provided solid legal advice and guidance that has been vital to our overall growth strategy.

- Daniel Weiss CEO Chartwell Compliance

Berenzweig Leonard is responsive and there when I need them. They provide excellent service and advice on a broad range of business matters, including dealing with HR issues, contracts, intellectual property and how to best structure my business. They always protect my best interests.

- Robert Greenberg CEO GHI International