Heather P. Harrison focuses in labor and employment law, representing employers in all aspects of litigation, arbitration and mediation. While working with clients to avoid workplace disputes, Heather provides preventative advice and strategies. She advises clients on a multitude of employment issues, including wage and hour matters, non-compete agreements, hiring, disciplinary and discharge processes, family and medical leave policies, employee handbooks, Title VII and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also conducts and advises clients with respect to employment audits from state and federal agencies. Heather is admitted to practice in New York State, the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
How do you help clients through the process?
One of the first questions I always ask is, “What would you like to see happen?” Once we understand the client’s goals, we then figure out a strategy to get them there. Sometimes, the result the client wants to achieve is simply not possible at that moment. So we have to guide them through the legal impact of their personnel decisions and how these will impact their goal. We continue to engage with clients, even when we believe the situation is resolved, in order to make sure the strategy was successful.
“Success is providing thoughtful and efficient employment advice, which allows an employer to focus on the underlying business.”
What attracted you to employment law?
I enjoy employment law because I like helping to resolve the day-to-day issues that employers and employees face in the workplace. It can be challenging for employers to navigate through, and understand, the various employment laws; I enjoy helping clients through that process.
You’re active in the Queens community and are the recipient of an award from The Queens Courier. Why is giving back so important to you?
I like to be active in my community. I live in Forest Hills, so Queens is a natural fit. I serve on the board of directors for Flushing Cultural Council for the Arts, also known as Flushing Town Hall. It’s a wonderful way for me to give back to my community and connect with people through the arts, music and education.
What makes Farrell Fritz successful?
Our lawyers are smart and sophisticated, as well as down to earth and accessible. We genuinely appreciate our clients and the challenges they face.