Labor and Employment Law
ur Labor and Employment attorneys have the breadth and depth of knowledge to help you manage your workforce issues. We work with large and small businesses, schools, colleges and other employers to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, to handle investigations, and when unavoidable, to litigate disputes through hearing or trial. From labor disputes before the Public Employee Labor Relations Board to federal lawsuits filed by disgruntled employees, we have the skill, experience and sound judgment needed to handle your case so that you can get back to managing your business.
Our approach to managing workplace relations will focus on helping you avoid litigation in the first place. We can work with you to make sure that you have strong, enforceable policies in place. We can train your staff on harassment, discrimination and equal opportunity employment policies. We can help you draft or review employment contracts, position descriptions, handbooks and applications, as well, all with the goal of complying with the multitude of laws that govern your relationship with your employees.
Sometimes it is not enough to have good policies and well-trained staff in place, and administrative complaints and lawsuits are filed against even the most well-prepared employers. When that happens, our employment litigators are comfortable taking cases through hearing or trial and can use their experience with the litigation process to provide a strong and cost-effective defense.
Our labor and employment attorneys also thrive at the bargaining table, where they relish the challenge of reaching collective bargaining agreements even when the parties start miles apart. We have an unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience representing public sector employers in contract negotiations, grievance processing and arbitration, but we also have the skills and knowledge to negotiate on behalf of the private employers whose workforces are unionized. We also have an in-depth knowledge of the state and federal laws governing union organization drives and elections, and can help you manage attempts by outside organizers to unionize your workforce.
Whether you need help dealing with a union, training your workforce to avoid litigation, or are in need of seasoned and capable litigators to deal with an administrative complaint or a lawsuit, our labor and employment group can give you the service and advice that allows you to get back to the work of running your business.
Attorneys in this Practice Area
Stephen M. Bennett
Kathleen C. Peahl