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LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

The firm handles the broadest range of labor and employment law issues. It provides expert advice in the prevention of employment disputes, including employer counseling and training, drafting of handbooks and other documents and providing preventive advice to avoid costly and dangerous employment disputes. If disputes arise, the firm defends employers in wrongful discharge, breach of employment contracts, harassment, all forms of discrimination actions and every other kind of employee/employer dispute, in arbitration, mediation, trial and appeal. The firm also represents employers in union matters, including preventive steps to create a workforce which does not feel that it needs a union, representing employers in union certification and decertification campaigns, negotiating union contracts, defending unfair labor practice charges and representing employers in union arbitrations.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Prevention

• Day to day advice regarding employment, hiring and discharge matters.

• Development of, and advice on, personnel policies and procedures.

• Preparation of employee handbooks and policy manuals.

• Employment agreements and separation agreements.

• Employer counseling and supervisor management training.

• Downsizings, reorganizations and layoffs.

• State and federal wage and hour compliance.

• Workplace safety issues and OSHA compliance.

• EEOC compliance.

• Obligations of federal contractors with respect to federal executive orders and the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract compliance Programs.

• Advice regarding Americans with Disabilities Act, and integration of that act with state workers compensation and discrimination laws.

• Obligations under the Immigration Reform and Control Act, language rules and national origin discrimination.

• Protection of employer's trade secrets and confidential information.

Litigation and Administrative Practice

• Defense of wrongful termination, discrimination and all other employment related claims, in the trial courts and on appeal.

• Representation before administrative agencies.

• Handling unemployment and labor commissioner claims and appeals.

• Union campaigns, negotiations, grievances and arbitrations.

• Alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation.

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