Christopher T. Cognato advises public and private employers on a range of labor and employment issues. He helps clients develop employment policies relating to personnel and employment law issues and advises clients regarding compliance with various employment and labor laws, including Title VII, PHRA, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, and NLRA. He also counsels on hiring, firing, and disciplinary practices as well as restrictive covenant matters.
Mr. Cognato also has advised clients in connection with collective bargaining negotiations and has assisted in representations before the National Labor Relations Board and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board..
Pro Bono Experience
Mr. Cognato's pro bono experience includes work with immigrants who have been victims of crime, assisting them in obtaining employment authorization through U visas. He also works with a team of lawyers at Ballard Spahr and students from the Penn Law chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project to help Afghan and Iraqi nationals obtain refugee or immigrant status. Mr. Cognato has drafted employee handbooks for nonprofits and provides regular counseling for one of those organizations on a wide range of employment issues.
He also works with the Homeless Advocacy Project to represent claimants applying for Social Security benefits in administrative proceedings before the Social Security Administration and in helping clients obtain copies of important documents, such as birth certificates, and with filing change of name petitions.