George A. Voegele, Jr.

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-5595

(215) 701-2443

George has been advising employers in labor and employment matters for more than 20 years, with a focus on traditional labor matters such as collective bargaining and union-management relations, employment litigation, and wage and hour advice and litigation in both the public and private sectors.

George represents businesses, municipalities, nonprofits, and educational institutions in all aspects of labor and employment law, including federal and state court trial proceedings involving equal employment opportunity laws, such as Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. He has extensive experience handling wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws, including the defense of class and collective actions, as well as investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor and similar state and local agencies.

George has advised employers facing workforce reductions and handled claims under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. George also drafts and negotiates executive and other employment contracts, advises on workplace policies and internal investigations, and handles OSHA investigations and unemployment claims. He has represented clients facing whistleblower claims under various statutes, common law claims including defamation and wrongful discharge, and First Amendment, due process, and other Constitutional claims. He has also represented railroads and airlines in litigation under the Railway Labor Act. 

George is recognized for his experience advising employers on complying with Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana law. He is a frequent speaker on the topic and has testified about complying with the law before a committee of Philadelphia’s City Council.  

A sampling of the matters George has handled include:

  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreements for public and private-sector employers, and handled dozens of labor arbitrations.
  • Advised employers facing unionization efforts, counseled clients on union avoidance, and handled strikes and picketing.
  • Handled proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board and similar agencies.
  • Represented a national construction company in litigation against a group of unions seeking to interfere with a project being done with both union and non-union labor and obtained a strong injunction prohibiting union interference, which was upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. 
  • Handled labor and employment matters for emergency service providers, including volunteer fire and ambulance companies.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a major municipality facing more than $3 million in potential liability in an FLSA collective action claim brought by its prison guards seeking additional overtime pay for clothes-changing time, and successfully handled the appeal before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained dismissal of a class action brought by the U.S. Secretary of Labor against a major telecommunications and cable television provider, where the government alleged the company had improperly classified over 300 workers as independent contractors.
  • Obtained dismissal of all state law overtime claims asserted against a group of defense contractors facing a class action over allegedly improper lunch time pay deductions.
  • Represented a local trucking company in an Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit, and negotiated a favorable settlement for the company after aggressively pursuing discovery of the plaintiff.
  • Represented a national trucking company in a DOL investigation and prevented certification of nationwide class actions in related lawsuits over alleged misclassification of dispatchers and other employees, thus severely restricting the scope of the case and potential exposure to the client.
  • Represented a nursing home chain in a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for off-the-clock work during lunch breaks.
  • Represented a major bank in litigation by former executives.
  • Represented municipalities in Act 111 interest arbitration proceedings involving police and fire personnel.
  • Represented an international chemical company in a state law class action seeking compensation for pre- and post-shift activities.
  • Represented food distributors, construction companies, and manufacturers in OSHA investigations.
  • Represented AllOne Health Resources, Inc., a provider of workplace solutions for employee health and well-being, in its acquisition of the Ohio-based employee assistance business (a/k/a the ease@work program) assets of The Centers for Families and Children.

Beyond his regular client practice, George serves as a member of the board of directors of Philadelphia’s Homeless Advocacy Project and also spends significant time providing pro bono service at homeless shelters and to various organizations and individuals unable to afford representation.

News

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

NYC Proposed Rules Would Allow More Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

May 20, 2020

George Voegele was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing a proposed changed to New York City's ban on pre-employment cannabis testing.

‘Work Sharing’ Offers Lifeline to Companies Eyeing Virus Rebound

April 23, 2020

George Voegele was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing employer concerns with "work sharing" that allows employees to tap into jobless benefits when their hours are reduced.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Marijuana Legalization Raises Workplace Safety Worries

February 13, 2019

George Voegele discussed with Politico how the legalization of marijuana in states will likely make it more difficult for cannabis employers to find trained staff, who must pass certain background checks and receive approval by state's marijuana regulatory bodies.

Six Cozen O'Connor Labor & Employment Attorneys Recognized by Benchmark Litigation

January 28, 2019

Benchmark Litigation has named six attorneys from Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment department as Labor & Employment Stars for their respective regions.

Pennsylvania Legislation and Regulation To Watch in 2019

January 01, 2019

George Voegele, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in Law360 discussing the changes to the Pennsylvania overtime rules in 2019.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Philly Council panel wants to develop workplace guidelines on medical marijuana

March 14, 2018

George Voegele, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was invited to discuss the intersection of medical marijuana and the law during a session at Philadelphia City Hall.

Publications

Philadelphia Mandates Two Weeks of Paid Sick Leave for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 [Alert]

September 17, 2020

George Voegele discusses the city of Philadlelphia's new ordinance that makes two weeks of paid sick leave available to thousands of Philadelphia workers impacted by COVID-19.

Court Finds Implied Wrongful Discharge Cause of Action Under PA Medical Marijuana Act [Alert]

January 30, 2020

George Voegele and Adam Gutmann discuss the Palmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems, et al., case and what employers in Pennsylvania need to know.

New Jersey Federal Court Finds That Employee Medical Marijuana Use Need Not Be Accommodated at Work

January 17, 2019

George Voegele and Ben Shechtman discuss a New Jersey court's dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation and what this could mean for other states including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Connecticut.

Pennsylvania Proposes Significant Changes to Its Minimum Wage And Overtime Rules [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 29, 2018

George Voegele discusses Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s Executive Order that raises the minimum wage for employees of the Commonwealth and its agencies, as well as for employees of certain government contractors and lessors of Commonwealth property.

The Impact of Pennsylvania's New Medical Marijuana Act [The Pennsylvania Lawyer]

August 29, 2016

George Voegele, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses the impact of Pennsylvania's new medical marijuana act on employers.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

2018 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

2017 Health Law Year In Review

December 06, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Labor and Employment Relations Association

November 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Legal Guide to PA Medical Marijuana Act

October 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Temple University School of Law, LL.M., 1997
  • Boston College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992

Awards & Honors

Alumni Board of Governors for St. Joseph's Preparatory School

Pro Bono Honor Roll of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania 2007-2008

Best Lawyers in America 2019-2022

Benchmark Labor & Employment Star for the Northeast

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn Jr., U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania