Claims brought against employers by employees represent a large part of the cases filling our court’s dockets. As a result, we focus on assisting our clients to be positioned to avoid claims, and if the claims are brought, to be prepared to defend against them. We are equipped to assist the wide spectrum of employment issues, including the following:
- Interviewing and hiring practices
- Non-compete and restrictive covenant agreements
- Employee handbooks
- Wage and hour issues
- Discrimination claims
- Employee discipline and discharge
- Reductions in force
- Labor/Union issues including bargaining, grievance and arbitration, and NLRB claims
- Safety issues
- Separation letters
- Severance and release agreements
- Unemployment compensation
- Reference responses
- Affirmative action programs
- Training of managers in preventing problems
We have a successful record in defending employers before federal and state courts, as well as federal and state government agencies both in and outside Pennsylvania, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) (and its divisions such as the Wage & Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance, the Veterans Employment & Training Service).
We are also active in the union arena, representing management in both union matters and union avoidance. We like to help employers do things right and efficiently so employees do not feel that they need protection from their employer. A notable portion of our clients have union represented workforces, thus we are regularly involved in labor arbitrations, NLRB administrative matters (including unfair labor practice charges, unit clarifications, and union certification and decertification elections), collective bargaining or union negotiations, as well as general advice and counsel on business decisions (e.g., subcontracting, reductions in force, changes in operational measures, purchases and divestitures, etc.).
In addition to representing employers, we also serve individuals in reviewing and negotiating employment contracts and non-compete agreements, reviewing both the terms and negotiating improvements to severance agreements, advising employees on the legality of pending or actual terminations, and bringing claims over employee terminations.