Labor and Employment
Every day, employers are confronted with new, varied and frequently thorny workplace challenges. Going well beyond traditional contract disputes and allegations of discrimination, businesses today are faced with an ever-changing regulatory and legislative environment in areas such as social media, wage and hour compliance, expansion of anti-discrimination laws, and health care reform to name just a few. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Labor and Employment Group represents clients, both domestically and internationally, across the spectrum of industries, including insurance and reinsurance, government contracting, financial and professional services, lower and higher education, restaurant and hospitality, life sciences, health care, technology, retail, manufacturing, construction, maritime, printing, recreation, and many others. Our clients range in size from Fortune 100 publicly traded companies with tens of thousands of employees, to closely held family businesses, not-for-profit organizations, charities, academic institutions, sole proprietors, entrepreneurs, and everything in between.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s management lawyers regularly provide labor and employment counseling and handle a broad array of matters before administrative agencies and state and federal courts throughout the country including discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, affirmative action and governmental contractor, SOX, OSHA, FMLA, asset and trade secret protection, class and collective actions, disability issues, employment-related immigration, human resource administration and training, workplace safety and health issues, wrongful discharge, whistleblower claims and common law claims. Our team, which includes fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Law and the American College of Trial Lawyers and leaders of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and many other organizations, has significant depth in traditional labor matters. We help clients draft non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and other restrictive covenant agreements to protect against unfair competition and we regularly litigate these cases across the country. We are also cognizant of legislative and regulatory changes that impact our clients, and our Washington, D.C. office allows us to readily assist clients with federal regulatory and legislative issues.
When a client has a legal question involving its workforce, it is likely that our labor and employment attorneys have previously handled a similar issue and guided our clients to a resolution. Our knowledge, experience, depth and creativity allow us to assist clients in responding to new and novel labor and employment issues. Unlike specialty boutiques, we are also able to back our labor and employment services with the added resources of a full service business law firm.
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Lawyers from our Higher Education, K-12 Schools and Labor & Employment Practices discuss issues facing educational institutions in connection with the return of students, faculty and employees, as well as the financial implications upon returning or not returning to campus.
The group includes attorneys who have received the following recognition:
- BTI Honor Roll
- Chambers USA
- Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers selects Fellows who have been in the field for at least 20 years and have proven to peers that they possess a high level of professional qualifications and character.
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers is extended only by invitation to trial lawyers whose professional careers have been marked by high standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
- “Best Lawyers in America" list
Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review, employing a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.
- "Super Lawyers" list
- Benchmark Litigation: Under 40 Hot List
- American College of Employee Benefit Counsel
- Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Employee Benefits Committee
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Policy Committee
- Greater Washington Board of Trade
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-NCA)
- American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration