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Employment & Employee Relations

Our national Employment & Employee Relations Practice Group (the Group) provides consulting and litigation services to employers and management in all aspects of employment law. The Group’s attorneys have actively litigated employment suits nationally as lead trial counsel, in numerous states including Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. In addition to their representation of clients before state and federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies, the Group’s attorneys regularly provide consulting and risk management services with regard to a broad spectrum of workplace matters.

Counsel & Representation

Our attorneys provide advice, counsel and representation to employers in all aspects of employment law including issues relating to and claims brought pursuant to the following statutes:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state family leave statutes
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • The Rehabilitation Act
  • Civil rights statutes including 42 U.S.C. §§1981, 1983 and 1985
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and other state human relations statutes
  • The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, and other state wage and hour laws
  • The Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law and other state whistleblower laws
  • The Pennsylvania Equal Pay Act
  • Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act and other state trade secrets laws

In addition to defending federal and state statutory claims, along with employment-related tort and contract claims in state and federal courts, our employment law attorneys also represent employers before administrative agencies in the following contexts:

  • Before the EEOC and various state and local human relations commissions
  • Before state unemployment compensation authorities

Employment & Employee Relations

In terms of employment and employee relations, the attorneys in our Employment & Employee Relations Practice Group regularly provide advice, counsel and representation on a range of employment, employee, litigation and compliance related issues, including the following:

  • The drafting and interpretation of employee handbooks/manuals
  • Formulating, drafting and interpreting human resources policies and procedures
  • Employee privacy/individual employee rights issues
  • Federal and state statutory/regulatory compliance
  • Conducting internal investigations/responding to complaints of discrimination, including the investigation of and response to complaints of harassment including sexual harassment
  • Conducting training concerning discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment generally and retaliation, as well as labor relations, including union avoidance 
  • Employee disciplinary, compensation and termination issues
  • Drafting appropriate releases and separation agreements in connection with employee departures
  • Drug testing
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Reductions in force and downsizing issues
  • Drafting, interpreting, and litigating employment contracts, covenants not-to-compete, and confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements
  • Litigating claims arising from the theft or threatened theft of trade secrets
  • Providing advice and counsel regarding the interplay of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state workers' compensation laws
  • Providing advice and counsel with respect to employee return to work issues
  • Responding to requests for references and handling prospective employer inquiries
  • Maintenance, retention and access to personnel and medical files and records