Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group includes more than 85 lawyers who represent public and private employers, senior executives, and managers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Our mission is to provide clients with practical, cost-effective solutions that maximize the employer-employee relationship and minimize the financial, operational, and regulatory risks associated with labor and employment disputes.
With decades of experience working at the forefront of emerging legal issues, we understand the vast legal challenges of the work environment. We are proactive and responsive in equal measure, conveying our knowledge to clients through clear, timely, and open communications and helping employers to anticipate and avoid potential problems whenever possible and reasonable. However, when litigation provides the better path to resolution, we are forceful advocates and effective managers of legal resources.
Employment Counseling and Training
We counsel clients on the full spectrum of workplace and employment-related issues, from day-to-day employee management and discipline, to the development, implementation, communication, and enforcement of employment policies, contracts, and agreements. We also provide counsel on the full range of federal and state regulations that affect the employment relationship, including equal employment and affirmative action, occupational health and safety, wage and hour compliance, and HIPAA and other data privacy requirements.
We conduct a variety of comprehensive training programs, webinars and seminars designed to bring clients up to date with changes in employment and labor laws. Our training programs are designed to provide human resources and management-level employees with a practical understanding of the law so that they can recognize potential problems and address them swiftly, effectively and appropriately. Our training goes hand-in-hand with our counseling efforts that focus on preventing problems before they arise. Our training sessions are specifically tailored to each client's objectives and use innovative techniques to hold the audience's attention. We have attorneys specially trained to provide anti-harassment training to management and employees to comply with California law.
Clark Hill Labor & Employment attorneys represent employers in employment claims before federal and state district, appellate, and supreme courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Labor (DOL), and their state counterparts. In addition to our services to corporate employers, we have a well-established team providing legal defense to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers across the country.
Our experienced litigators and trial attorneys handle a wide variety of employment-related claims and litigation, including multi-plaintiff, multi-jurisdictional and class action matters involving the following:
- Breach of contract
- Constitutional and statutory civil rights violations
- Fair Labor Standard Act, including collective actions
- Negligent hiring, retention, and supervision
- Non-compete/Non-solicitation agreements
- Private Attorney General
- Protection of proprietary information
- Unfair competition and trade secrets
- Wage and hour disputes
- Whistleblower and False Claims Act
- Workplace violence
- Wrongful discharge and termination claims
Traditional Labor Law
We advise employers of all sizes and across virtually all industries in connection with union representation campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, administering collective bargaining agreements, strikes and lockouts preparations, labor arbitrations, and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings.
Employment Benefits and Benefits Litigation
Clark Hill’s employee benefits team combines knowledge and experience in ERISA and state-law employee benefits issues with skills honed in a variety of related practice areas, including tax and tax controversies, trusts and estates, and insurance, among others. Members of our commercial litigation and appellate teams have a full understanding of benefit and retirement plan design and administration, multiemployer plans, benefit claims, and fiduciary duties. We are active members of employee benefits-related industry and bar association groups, and have authored numerous articles, hosted webinars, and spoken frequently on benefits issues facing employers and plan sponsors. We have substantial experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), DOL, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
HR/Advantage, powered by Clark Hill, provides clients a cost effective full-service perspective on their legal, compliance and business strategy. By bringing together a suite of interactive tools, resources, and practical solutions, clients can sharpen their employment and benefits law knowledge. Our knowledge can go with clients anywhere, anytime with online learning and mobile access. HR/Advantage allows our clients to stay current with the complex requirements and demands of employment and benefits law.
Explore our current platform:
- Compliance Toolkits to provide a wide range of solutions in areas such as FLSA, FMLA, HIPAA, and employer policies;
- A full catalog of in person training or online training for employees and/or HR management;
- An E-Learning course on Discrimination, Harassment and Other Inappropriate Conduct in the Workplace via an online portal, with participation via desktop computers or mobile devices;
- Resources including common employment documents and a suite of links designed to assist employers; and
- Other unique offerings such as a Workplace Anti-Violence program where Clark Hill partners with a retired FBI agent to provide policies, training, and advice so employers are prepared in the event of an active shooter in the workplace.