Clearing a Path Through Employment Laws so Your Business Can Move Forward.

Is your workforce comprised of employees or contractors? Gig workers or freelancers? A combination? No matter what the answer is, there are laws to follow and responsibilities that come with hiring workers. Helping companies meet those obligations and resolve problems that arise in the day-to-day management of people is Judy Polacheck’s work.

Judy advises on employment law issues involving:


Traditional / Full-Time Employees

Contingent Workers

Independent Contractors


Temporary Employees

Gig Workers

Blended Workforce

Global Employees

  • Safety in the workplace
  • Hiring procedures and documents
  • Interview skills and strategies
  • Employee classification
  • Independent contractors
  • Remote workers, part-time workers, interns
  • PEO relationships
  • Wage and hours compliance
  • Compensation, executive compensation, incentive compensation, commission plans
  • Overtime
  • Performance management
  • Employee terminations and layoffs
  • Global mobility
  • Cross-border employment
  • Deemed export rule compliance
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Social Media policies
  • Time off policies
  • Electronic systems and computer usage policies
  • Audit of HR policies and procedures
  • Paid sick leave, policies and compliance
  • Data privacy policies
  • Employment contracts
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Secondment agreements
  • Severance agreements
  • Workers compensation questions
  • Unemployment benefits questions
  • Leaves of absence
  • Workers with health or medical issues
  • Accommodation for disabilities, medical conditions and religious practices
  • Investigating worker complaints
  • Harassment prevention
  • Discrimination prevention
  • Workforce training
  • Organizational restructuring

Judy specializes in helping businesses whose workforce is not structured in a uniform way. Remote workers, part-timers, independent contractors and gig workers are all providing labor. Some people work on occasional projects and a few may be employed by affiliated entities. There may be gaps between the laws and regulations governing the workforce and the realities of worker relationships in the digital economy. An HR Lawyer can help protect your company.

  • Advice on employee global mobility
  • Employment agreements and secondment agreements for cross-border assignments
  • Global policies and procedures
  • Relationships with non-U.S. parent companies and subsidiaries


  • Save time
  • Focus employees
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Reflect company realities
  • Comply with laws and regulations


  • Protect intellectual property
  • Safeguard business goodwill
  • Prepare for buyouts, mergers and other corporate


  • Prevent misunderstandings
  • Satisfy wage and hour law requirements
  • Enhance recruitment and retention
  • Ensure fair and consistent treatment of workers


  • Avoid discrimination
  • Manage leaves of absence and employee illnesses
  • Give productive feedback
  • Establish workplace safety
  • Maintain morale
  • Accounting
  • Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Education
  • Electronic devices
  • Employee benefits
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Food service
  • Health care/medical/dental
  • Technology
  • Landscaping
  • Legal
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Not-for-profit
  • Printing
  • Publishing
  • Retail
  • Skilled trades, including construction and contracting
  • Software
  • Start-Ups
  • Waste and recycling