John T. Bauer has more than 30 years of experience representing and advising employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His practice includes:

  • Wage and hour compliance and litigation
  • Employment discrimination and harassment issues
  • Labor relations, collective bargaining and other union/management issues
  • Wrongful termination
  • Personnel policy review and development
  • Employee discharge and discipline
  • Employment contracts
  • Restrictive covenants and trade secrets
  • Labor and employment issues related to mergers, sales and acquisitions of businesses

John also has an active litigation practice, representing clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Additionally, he regularly speaks to business groups on labor and employment law topics.

In law school, John was articles editor of the Albany Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Hauppauge Industrial Association

Member, Advisory Board

Island Harvest


New York State Bar Association


Suffolk County Bar Association


Nassau County Bar Association


Named, The Best Lawyers in America®


Named, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Labor and Employment

Long Island

The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Top Labor and Employment Lawyers on Long Island

Long Island Business News

Named, One of the Ten Leaders in Labor and Employment Law on Long Island

The Ten Leaders Cooperative

News, Analysis & Press

Suits and Armor

Long Island Business News

August 12, 2016

Around the world in 80 depositions

Long Island Business News

June 16, 2014

Speaking Engagements

Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law in New York

HIA-LI HR Committee

June 29, 2023

2023 Tri-State Regional Employer Conference

New York, NY

June 20, 2023

New York State Paid Sick Leave Law and Suffolk County’s “Ban-the-Box” Ordinance

Client Presentation

June 11, 2020

Top 10 Employment Law Tips for a Successful 2019

Melville, NY

March 19, 2019

Preventing Workplace Harassment in the Age of #MeToo

HIA-LI Human Resources Committee, Hauppauge, NY

June 14, 2018

Are You Ready for the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law?

Melville, NY

October 26, 2017

Hot Topics for New York Employers

New York, NY

October 27, 2016

DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule - New York

Melville, NY

June 30, 2016

Preparing for Change: DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime

Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island (HIA-LI) Human Resources Committee, Hauppauge, NY

June 9, 2016

2015 Tri-State Employer Conference

New York, NY

November 5, 2015

DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

Melville, NY

July 16, 2015

Littler’s Annual Report on the EEOC

Melville, NY

March 12, 2015

Managing Leaves of Absence: The Interplay of the FMLA and ADA

Melville, NY

December 3, 2014

Hiring and Firing: Best Practices and Avoiding Litigation Landmines

Melville, NY

September 10, 2014

Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes

Fairport, NY

February 27, 2014

Hot Topics: Current Employment and Labor Issues Affecting New York Employers

Melville, NY

October 23, 2013

The Affordable Care Act — Critical Next Steps for Employers

Melville, NY

April 2, 2013

Adapting to the New NLRB, Containing Costs, and Managing Workforces in Today’s Environment

NLRB & Labor Law Disputes and Litigation Conference - American Conference Institute

March 21, 2013

Leave Me Alone: Handling FMLA Leave Abuse and Post-FMLA Accommodation

New York, NY

October 25, 2012

Bullying & Violence in the Workplace: The Playground Syndrome

Human Resources Committee - HIA-LI, Hauppauge, NY

October 16, 2012

A Look Back / A Look Forward Legal Update: The Top Employment and Labor Issues Affecting New York Employers

Melville, NY

June 6, 2012

Unionized or Not, Changes at the National Labor Relations Board Affect ALL Employers

Melville, NY

March 6, 2012

Arbitration of Employment Disputes as an Alternative to Litigation

Suffolk County Bar Association

February 10, 2012

Conducting Lawful Workplace Investigations

Human Resources Committee - Hauppauge Industrial Association

February 9, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Employee Protections Against Retaliation

Nassau County Bar Association

October 12, 2011

What You Need to Know About Flex Work, Telecommuting and Other Alternative Work Arrangements

September 14, 2011

The Employee from Hell

May 12, 2011

The Top Employment & Labor Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead

February 16, 2011

Employee Misclassification: The Risks and How You Can Avoid Them

November 19, 2010

Weathering the New Wave of Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions

May 21, 2010

New York Employment Law Update

March 9, 2010

Sex Offenders, Terrorists and Video Resumes: How Far Can You Go to Get Information on Prospective and Current Employees

September 16, 2009

Managing Leaves of Absence

March 17, 2009

Conducting Lawful Investigations of Employment Related Claims

October 16, 2008

Managing Personnel to Avoid Expense and Litigation - Developing an Employee Handbook and Workplace Training

January 11, 2008

Discrimination and Retaliation

September 20, 2007

Employee Benefits

July 19, 2007

Religion at the Workplace

May 17, 2007

Military Leave

March 22, 2007

FMLA / ADA Update

January 25, 2007


  • J.D., Albany Law School, 1986
  • B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982With Honors

Bar Admission

New York


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York