Our Labor & Employment Group represents both employees and employers in all types of employment disputes, including state and federal court actions, administrative charges and hearings, arbitrations, class and collective actions, and informal mediations. Our clients in this area operate in a wide range of industries, such as health care, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, not-for-profit and academic institutions, and in the public sector. Our key to success is the depth and breadth of our team’s experience combined with our ability to collaborate with attorneys from other practice groups within the firm.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
We regularly represent clients in litigation involving a variety of claims, including employment discrimination of all kinds, sexual and other types of harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, wage and hour disputes, family and medical leave, breach of contract, non-competitions agreements, emotional distress, and negligence. Our lawyers have appeared before state and federal courts, state and local human rights agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, OHSA, arbitration panels, and various administrative tribunals. We also offer clients the resources to handle employment class actions and other complex litigation matters.
Counseling, Training, and Risk Avoidance
Our lawyers also counsel and train employers on the most effective litigation avoidance practices. We keep our clients informed of the latest developments in labor and employment law, which is constantly changing and varies by locale. By working as a team with our clients, we help ensure compliance. Our efforts enable them to limit, and sometimes completely avoid, exposure to liability in costly lawsuits and government audits. With this goal in mind, our employment lawyers are dedicated to reviewing and advising clients on their employment and pay policies and practices. Our efforts include assistance with drafting and implementing employment policies and procedures; preparing employment, non-competition and severance agreements; training supervisors, managers, and human resource professionals on employment law compliance; and audits of overtime and other pay practices. We tailor our services to the individual needs of each client.
Internal Investigations and Employee Relations
Our lawyers’ accessibility, guidance, and advice enable our clients to address workplace problems in “real time.” We conduct internal investigations for clients when a workplace incident has occurred that requires a thorough and confidential investigation. The speed with which an employer responds to workplace problems, and how effectively it remedies them, frequently determines whether a lawsuit is filed and the resulting liability exposure.
Our clients rely upon our Labor & Employment Group for responsive representation in connection with:
- Employment Contracts
- Discipline & Internal Investigations
- Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
- Employee Data, Monitoring & Privacy
- Employment Litigation
- Health & Safety
- Leave Law
- Policies & Procedures
- Recruitment & Hiring
- Restrictive Covenants, Confidentiality & IP
- Termination, Layoffs & Plant Closings
- Wage & Hour Law
- Unemployment Compensation
- Public Accommodations
Meet the Team
- The New 3.8% Medicare Tax on Unearned Income: What You Need to Know
- Employers- are you using the correct I-9 and FMLA forms?
- CRONIN’S CORNER – The Executive Employment Agreement
- Facebook Firings: Disciplining Employees for Social Media Posts
- Johnson Pope is a Silver Sponsor for the 50th Annual Art Harvest
- No “Finders Keepers:” Uncashed Paychecks Are Subject to Florida’s Unclaimed Property Law
- Joan Vecchioli Receives Award
- Employee Handbooks: Shields or Swords?
- Orange is the New Trap: Considering Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions
- Employment issues in the event of a hurricane
- Joan Vecchioli speaks to myLawCLE about Facebook Firings
- Colleen Flynn speaks to myLawCLE about Breastfeeding in the Workplace
- Employers – Non-competition and Confidentiality Agreements Are Tremendous Tools to Protect You Business
- Supreme Court Update
- Fifty Shades of Gray: Employment Discrimination is Not Black and White
- Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations Are Changing
- Countdown to Compliance: Are You Prepared for the New Overtime Regulations?
- What Employers Need to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act
- Best Employment Practices: Conducting Self Audits and Protecting Trade Secrets.