labor & employment groupIn dealing with employees, businesses face federal, state and local regulations and laws with which they must comply; frequently, those regulations are not consistent across the various agencies.

Managing employees begins even before you hire your first staff member. Before a company hires an employee it needs to:

  • Categorize workers properly as exempt or non-exempt or as independent contractors
  • Interview and hire, including avoiding hiring problem employees, without violating anti-discrimination laws

During the normal course of business, we work with clients on:

  • Creating and using effective employee performance evaluation programs
  • Establishing discipline policies and creating processes for progressive discipline
  • Learning to properly discipline and discharge employees
  • Training supervisory staff to ensure they act within the current laws and regulations and do what is necessary to avoid creating a liability
  • Creating and maintaining employment contracts including compensation, benefits, non-competition agreements and ownership interests
  • Creating employee handbooks that cover topics like sexual harassment and discrimination
  • Employment policies preparation

We believe the best legal advice is that which keeps employers away from litigation because these cases can involve federal and state regulations and litigation is both stressful and costly. But when litigation is necessary, we actively defend our clients regarding:

  • Wrongful terminations
  • Workers’ compensation claims
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination suits filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PAHRC)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Cases filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB)
  • Constitutional violations, including first amendment and due process

Based on their industry, employers may also face:

  • Negotiation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Grievance arbitrations concerning discipline or interpretation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Act 111 arbitration for police and fire fighters
  • Arbitration for court-appointed and court-related employees

We also work with clients on:

  • Collective bargaining negotiation
  • Defense of grievances
  • Labor arbitration hearings
  • Defense of unemployment compensation
  • Workers’ compensation claims