Employment Services

Reductions in Force

Help managers define and focus on business goals and objectives; identify relevant, appropriate, and lawful decision criteria in furtherance of identified objectives; and craft effective and demonstrably lawful business decisions based on the identified criteria.

Situation Management & Claim Prevention

Work with managers, supervisors, and employment practice professionals to manage potential risk and exposure and comply with obligations under federal and state laws, such as Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, the Equal Pay Act, ERISA, USERRA, the FLSA, the NLRA, the FCRA, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, state child labor laws, wage and hour laws, wage payment and collection laws, wiretapping statutes, whistleblower statutes, and common law privacy and other principles.   As examples:

Diffused threatened ADA and FMLA claims of long-term employee discharged for poor performance on the eve of scheduled surgery.  Advised employer to reinstate employee and guided managers through development and implementation of objective and measurable performance improvement plan, which resulted in employee’s acknowledging his performance deficiencies, abandoning his threatened claims, and moving on to other employment.

Coordinated prompt response to employee’s sexual assault complaint and resignation.  Guided client through removal of alleged harasser, prompt, thorough and discrete investigation, and offer of immediate reinstatement and information regarding victim assistance resources to employee, which resulted in employee’s not asserting threatened claims and the blunting of alleged harasser's claims. 

Employee Performance & Conduct Management

Develop solid understanding of client’s business goals, culture, and philosophy and strong relationships with management, legal, and human resource teams.  

Instruct managers, supervisors, and human resource professionals in effectively managing employee expectations through clear communication of duties, requirements, rewards, and potential consequences.

Steer managers, supervisors, and employment practice professionals through resolution of employee performance and conduct issues by balancing and applying business, management, legal, and human resources interests and principles, with the goal of reaching demonstrably lawful business decisions with minimized risk of challenge.

Contract Negotiation & Drafting

Negotiate and draft executive and other employment agreements, restrictive covenants, nondisclosure agreements, independent contractor agreements, severance and settlement agreements, releases, and other employment related agreements and provisions.

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