Timothy J. Ford is a partner in the firm’s Business/Corporate group and focuses his practice on employment law and commercial litigation. He has significant experience advising assisted living facilities on regulatory, collection, and employment issues related to their business operations including licensing, resident agreements, involuntary discharges and risk management. Also, he advises construction company owners, managers, and supervisors on adherence with New Jersey’s Prevailing Wage Act, and negotiates with the Department of Labor when audit letters, notices of assessments, or debarment hearings are sought.
Tim works with employers and management to establish and maintain ongoing compliance with state and federal statutes that impact relationships with employees, independent contractors, and vendors. In addition to reviewing existing employee handbooks for compliance, he writes handbooks for business clients to address processes and policies for a multitude of employment law matters. He represents clients on disputes including wage and hour claims, discrimination, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, non-compete agreements, employee benefits, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment issues, and is a skilled advisor, negotiator and litigator on these and other employment law issues. He has written legal update articles and given educational presentations to human resource professionals on employment topics including the steps of progressive discipline, establishing and enforcing performance standards, and understanding the nuances of termination.
Tim developed the law firm’s Assisted Living and Senior Residential Legal Issues practice, and regularly presents legal updates to the Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ), the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, the American Healthcare Association/National Center of Assisted Living, and LeadingAge. His personal connection to family members who were residents of senior healthcare communities prompted his interest in the operational aspects of assisted living facilities. As an advocate for clients in this area, he helps protect these communities, their staff, residents, and the residents’ families and friends, by guiding administrators, managers, and owners through compliance requirements of state and federal laws and developing policies to keep their communities safe. He has been published in leading industry publications including Skilled Nursing News, Provider Magazine, and McKnight’s Senior Living, and is a Member of the Education Committee of Leading Age NJDE and the HCANJ.