Edward J. Easterly, a founding member of Hoffman Hlavac & Easterly, graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2003. Edward subsequently graduated from Villanova Law School, cum laude, in 2006 and since that time has focused his practice on labor and employment law and civil and commercial litigation. Edward practices before federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Third Circuit Appellate Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Edward represents clients on a wide range of matters related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. He assists clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with their labor and employment matters.
Edward advises clients, including human resources representatives and business owners, on a range of labor and employment matters including the enforceability of employment agreements, wage and hour matters, discrimination and harassment issues, OSHA issues, I-9 compliance, and covenants not to compete. He drafts and revises employee handbooks/manuals, as well as employment and separation agreements. Edward also advises business on immigration related matters. Edward further presents training programs to clients about many of these same issues, specifically including harassment and general supervisor training.
Edward has handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification hearings, and grievance arbitrations. He counsels employers in union avoidance and has helped his clients successfully defeat union representation elections. Edward also assists public and private employers in negotiations during collective bargaining. He has represented several clients in interest arbitrations during the collective bargaining process. Additionally, Edward advises his clients in all aspects of strikes, lockouts, and mass picketing.
While Edward focuses on labor and employment related matters, he also practices in civil and commercial litigation and has represented various professional and homeowners associations. Edward’s practice in civil and commercial litigation has included representing clients in breach of contract claims, disputes between partners, class action matters, and business torts. Edward also represents clients in various personal injury matters.
Edward frequently authors articles for local and national publications, as well as law alerts on new labor and employment law matters and presents programs on these subjects to audiences including the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Edward is a on the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown and is a member of the Muhlenberg Board of Associates. He is on the Executive Board of the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Board of Advisors for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.