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Labor and Employment

While virtually every business has employees and encounters labor and employment issues, our team understands that every business is different. We know there are no cookie-cutter solutions to workplace challenges. We cultivate close relationships with our clients, constantly track regulatory and legislative changes in the ever-evolving employment area, and help them craft and implement workplace policies that foster productive work environments and simultaneously minimize risk.

When issues do arise, we deliver quick, practical advice in a matter of days, if not hours. And when litigation is filed, clients say they value our ability to defeat the claim outright or minimize the damages with tactical and creative strategies.

Here are a few examples of the areas in which we serve clients:

  • Across the country, employers have seen a wave of wage and hour lawsuits involving overtime and compensation, often filed as collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Some cases comprise hundreds of employees, and others thousands, in extremely high-stakes litigation that threaten to cost companies millions of dollars, which can cripple them. We have handled many of these complex cases, resulting in either rulings in our clients’ favor or reductions of multimillion-dollar demands.
  • In light of the recent national awareness regarding workplace harassment and discrimination, we have partnered with clients to ensure that their policies are comprehensive and clearly written to help prevent harassment from occurring in the first place. We also have helped them with training their managers and employees about what constitutes sexual harassment, what they should do if they witness it, and who they should report it to so the company can take fast and decisive remedial action.
  • Our team counsels clients about issues centering on compensation disparity between different classes of employees, yet another emerging area of growing national awareness. We have helped clients conduct pay audits, identify pay discrepancies before they become a problem and take corrective action to prevent these lawsuits.

Our team does all we can to know everything about our clients and their businesses, including boots-on-the-ground site visits, when circumstances warrant it. When we see a business in person, we get the full picture and can better serve the individualized needs of our clients.

Summary

The knowledge and experience of our attorneys extends beyond traditional labor and employment law. For example, if an employer encounters an ERISA or a tax challenge, we have people who fully understand both areas, including the ins and outs of any new tax legislation and how it affects ERISA issues. The same is true across the labor and employment spectrum. Our team members are steeped in the workings of and represent clients before the Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Wage and Hour Division (WHD) as well as various state and local workplace agencies.

We serve clients at regionally competitive rates and embrace the use of alternative fee arrangements. Additionally, with talented, experienced attorneys in 18 offices across the South, Southeast and in Washington, D.C., we offer clients one-stop shopping for all of their business’ needs.

Defining Strengths

We counsel clients on a wide range of matters, including:

  • Regulatory Representation: We navigate through the myriad and often changing rules and regulations about job discrimination, union avoidance, overtime, family and medical leave, job safety, federal contract compliance, affirmative action and the Davis-Bacon Service Contract Act.
  • Benefits Design and Compliance: We prepare and administer qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and fringe benefits plans.
  • Union Negotiation and Disputes: We negotiate collective bargaining agreements and represent employers in union grievances, arbitrations and in NLRB unfair labor practice charges.
  • Litigation and ADR: We litigate every type of labor and employment claim. We go to trial when necessary but also seek alternate dispute resolution when appropriate. We know our clients are not in the business of litigation, and we are always mindful of the costs of litigation, financial and otherwise.

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