Matthew M. Collins

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1992
  • Dickinson College, B.A., 1989, magna cum laude;  Phi Beta Kappa
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Matthew Collins is the chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Group.  He has extensive experience representing clients in all aspects of labor and employment law.  Matthew counsels clients on a wide range of labor and employment issues such as discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, discipline and discharge, layoffs, collective bargaining agreements, reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, and compliance with state and federal family and medical leave acts and applicable wage and hour laws. He also conducts training in these areas for executives, directors, managers, supervisors, and employees and conducts internal investigations of employee complaints. Matthew drafts and provides advice on employment contracts, employment manuals, personnel policies and procedures, restrictive covenants, and severance agreements.

Matthew represents clients in state and federal court, in arbitrations and before various administrative agencies including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. In addition to litigating all types of employment-related claims, he represents clients in lawsuits arising from business torts, shareholder disputes, contract disputes, and restrictive covenant violations.

Matthew has been named by New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2017.

LECTURES

  • Speaker, "Handling Harassment, Bullying and Hostile Work Environments," NJBIA, March 14, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Duty to Preserve and Spoliation: Current New Jersey Law," Morris County Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management, November 14, 2012
  • Speaker, "The Pitfalls of Worker Misclassification," Essex County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, October 19, 2012
  • Speaker, "Legal Hot Topics in Dentistry," 2012 Garden State Dental Conference & Expo, June 23, 2012
  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in HR-Your Employees Know the Law, Do You?" Home Care Association of New Jersey Annual Conference, June 14, 2012
  • Speaker, "Employment Law Basics: What Every Employer Needs to Know," Home Care Association of New Jersey (February 22, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Legal Basics and Personal Policies - To Keep You in Compliance and Out of Court," Home Care Association of New Jersey (June 10, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Physician Office Etiquette - What You Can and Cannot Say: Billing, Employment, and Privacy Pitfalls," New Jersey Orthopaedic Society (November 13, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Paid Family Leave Is Here, Are You Ready?," 2009 New Jersey MGMA Practice Management Conference (March 19, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Everything You Need To Know About Harassment In The Workplace," Saint Barnabas Metrowest IPA and the Saint Barnabas Office Managers Association (April 24, 2009)
  • Speaker, "What Every Practice Must Know About New Jersey Family Leave," 2009 Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Convention (April 4, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Avoiding Common Pitfalls: Managing Employment Practice Liability," 2008 New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (September 26, 2008)

PUBLICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Labor & Employment Law Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, Member

RECENT BLOG POSTS

New York City "Freelance Isn't Free Act" Rules Went into Effect July 24, 2017Labor and Employment Blog | July 2017

More Changes to the Federal White Collar Overtime Exemptions are on the WayLabor and Employment Blog | July 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Don't be a Dope About Opioids in the WorkplaceLabor and Employment Blog | July 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Understand The Benefits of Severance Pay, The Law And How To Do It RightLabor and Employment Blog | June 2017

Independent Contractor Protection Law In Effect In New York City As Of May 15Labor and Employment Blog | June 2017

New York City Passes Ban On Salary History InquiriesLabor and Employment Blog | June 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Getting into the Weed(s) with Medical Marijuana in New JerseyLabor and Employment Blog | March 2017

New York State Direct Deposit and Debit Card Wage Payment Regulations Invalidated and RevokedLabor and Employment Blog | March 2017

Appellate Court Reaffirms Importance of Getting Jury Waiver Language RightLabor and Employment Blog | February 2017

Use of New Form 1-9 RequiredLabor and Employment Blog | February 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Harassment: It's Not Just Your Own Employees You Have To Worry AboutLabor and Employment Blog | February 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Handbooks Are Only Useful When UsedLabor and Employment Blog | January 2017

New York Raises Weekly Salary Thresholds for Executive and Administrative EmployeesLabor and Employment Blog | January 2017

Morristown Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Goes Into EffectLabor and Employment Blog | January 2017

New Jersey's Minimum Wage Set to IncreaseLabor and Employment Blog | October 2016

New Overtime Regulations Go Into Effect on December 1, 2016Labor and Employment Blog | October 2016

Morristown Delays Effective Date of New Sick Leave OrdinanceLabor and Employment Blog | October 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Politics in the Workplace, Understand the Legal RisksLabor and Employment Blog | October 2016

HR Tip of the Month: If Retaliation Claims Still Are Not On Your Radar, You Need To Adjust Your AntennaLabor and Employment Blog | September 2016

EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation ClaimsLabor and Employment Blog | September 2016

The Department of Labor’s Response to the Recent Lawsuit Regarding Overtime RegulationsLabor and Employment Blog | September 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Pregnancy Accommodation Requests. . . Are You Responding Properly?Labor and Employment Blog | July 29, 2016

While You Are on Vacation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is Staying Busy This SummerLabor and Employment Blog | June 2016

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That Unlawful Marital Status Discrimination Includes Employees Who Are In the Process of Getting DivorcedLabor and Employment Blog | June 2016

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Against Shortened Statute of Limitations for Employment Discrimination ClaimsLabor and Employment Blog | June 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Do You Remember the Last Time You Reviewed Your Company’s Handbook?Labor and Employment Blog | June 2016

HR Tip of the Month: The New Overtime Regulations Are Here . . . Are You Prepared?Labor and Employment Blog | May 2016

New Federal Trade Secrets Law Signed Into EffectLabor and Employment Blog | May 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Autism Awareness MonthLabor and Employment Blog | March 2016

The U.S. DOL’s Revised White Collar Overtime Rule is Closer to Being EffectiveLabor and Employment Blog | March 2016

HR Tip of the Month: When Taking Adverse Employment Actions, Don’t Forget To Consider The Risk Of A Whistleblower Retaliation ClaimLabor and Employment Blog | February 2016

Employer Policy Prohibiting Employee Recordings in the Workplace Found Unlawful by NLRBLabor and Employment Blog | February 2016

New Jersey Legislators Seek Constitutional Amendment to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per HourLabor and Employment Blog | February 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Retaliate Against Employees You Say? Not Me.Labor and Employment Blog | January 2016

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on the Joint Employer StandardLabor and Employment Blog | January 2016

New York State and City – New Regulations on Unlawful Harassment and DiscriminationLabor and Employment Blog | January 2016

New Jersey Legislature – Pending Legislation UpdateLabor and Employment Blog | January 2016

HR Tip of the Month: A New Year’s Resolution . . . Implementation of Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Company Property AgreementsLabor and Employment Blog | December 2015

NYC Commission on Human Rights issues guidance on the Fair Chance ActLabor and Employment Blog | December 2015

New Jersey Gender Equity Pay Notice - Annual Distribution ReminderLabor and Employment Blog | November 2015

OSHA - Proposed Update to Voluntary Safety and Health Program Management GuidelinesLabor and Employment Blog | November 2015

New York City Commuter Benefits Law - Effective January 1, 2016Labor and Employment Blog | November 2015

HR Tip of the Month: The Company Holiday Party – ‘Tis the season to be naughty?Labor and Employment Blog | November 2015

HR Tip of the Month: Overtime Exempt? Overtime Non-Exempt? Which one is it?Labor and Employment Blog | October 2015

Minimum Wage Rates and Overtime Salary Level for 2016 in New Jersey and New YorkLabor and Employment Blog | October 2015

US DOL Will Begin Enforcement of the New Home Care Final Rule on January 1, 2016Labor and Employment Blog | October 2015

HR Tip of the Month: Employee Performance Reviews... Are You Doing It Right?Labor and Employment Blog | September 2015

Federal Court of Appeals Reinforces the Critical Importance of Employer Compliance with All FMLA RegulationsLabor and Employment Blog | September 2015

Is Your Employee's On-Call Time Compensable Work Time or Not?Labor and Employment Blog | August 2015

Expanded Joint Employer Standard by the NLRBLabor and Employment Blog | August 2015

HR Tip of the Month: DOL Warning . . . Your Independent Contractors Probably Are EmployeesLabor and Employment Blog | July 2015

New Jersey Supreme Court Unanimously Rules that “Watchdog” Employees Are Entitled to Whistleblower ProtectionsLabor and Employment Blog | July 2015

NYC Ban the Box Law PassedLabor and Employment Blog | June 2015

US DOL Issues Revised FMLA Leave Designation NoticesLabor and Employment Blog | June 2015

HR Tip of the Month: Are You Sure Your Company is Complying With Family Leave Laws?Labor and Employment Blog | June 2015

HR Tip of the Month: Llamas, Alpacas and Birds, Oh My! Allowing Animals In The Workplace May Be A Reasonable Accommodation For Disabled EmployeesLabor and Employment Blog | April 2015

OSHA Issues New Guidelines to Prevent Violence in the Workplace for Healthcare WorkersLabor and Employment Blog | April 2015

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule Addressing Employer Wellness ProgramsLabor and Employment Blog | April 2015

Trenton Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Restricted to City LimitsLabor and Employment Blog | April 2015

HR Tip of the Month: New Guidance on Employer Handbook PoliciesLabor and Employment Blog | March 2015

Proposed Regulations Issued under New Jersey’s “Ban the Box” LawLabor and Employment Blog | March 2015

Order by Acting Labor Commissioner on Tipping Practices in the Hospitality Industry in New York State and CityLabor and Employment Blog | March 2015

Definition of “Spouse” Under the FMLA Now Includes Same-Sex Spouses No Matter Where They LiveLabor and Employment Blog | March 2015