Labor and Employment
Every day, employers are confronted with new, varied and frequently thorny workplace challenges. Going well beyond traditional labor disputes and allegations of discrimination, businesses today are faced with an ever-changing regulatory and legislative environment in areas such as medical marijuana and drug testing policies, wage and hour compliance, collective bargaining, and an expansion of anti-discrimination laws, to name just a few.
Counseling on a wide variety of matters, attorneys in Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Labor and Employment Group advise companies, organizations and individuals, both domestically and internationally, ranging from publicly traded companies with tens of thousands of employees to middle-market companies, closely held family businesses, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, sole proprietors and entrepreneurs.
We handle a broad array of matters before administrative agencies and state and federal courts throughout the country and assist U.S. employers and government contractors with their operations outside the U.S. in areas such as:
- Employment and disability discrimination (e.g., under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA))
- Harassment and retaliation
- Wage and hour violations
- Restrictive covenants, trade secrets and unfair competition
- Plant closings and reductions in force
- Class and collective actions
- Wrongful discharge claims
- Whistleblower claims
- Breach of contract
- Common law claims
Traditional Labor Relations
We represent management in all aspects of traditional labor law under the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and related state and municipal laws in areas such as:
- Union organizing
- Collective bargaining
- Grievance and arbitration
- Strikes and lockouts
- Unfair labor practice charges
- Practice before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), public employee relations boards and courts
- Joint labor management committees
- Apprenticeship training programs
- Jointly trusteed benefit plans and withdrawal liability
Our Labor and Employment Group attorneys regularly provide counseling and advice across a variety of areas, such as:
- Regulatory compliance and internal and external investigations under federal, state and local statutes, laws and ordinances, including sexual harassment, whistleblower and retaliation issues
- Workplace policies, practices and procedures, including medical marijuana and drug testing policies
- Employee handbooks and policy manuals
- In–house training
- Affirmative Action Plans and audits
- Wage and hour audits
- Security, risk management and privacy
- Downsizing, mass layoffs and reductions in force
- Non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and other restrictive covenant agreements to protect against unfair competition
- Employee benefits and executive compensation, including Affordable Care Act compliance consulting
Our team’s knowledge, depth of experience, and creativity enables us to assist clients in responding to new and novel labor and employment issues. We have been nationally and regionally ranked by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment. Our labor and employment lawyers also have been recognized for years and again in 2020 by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers and numerous other publications. Our team includes Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers, and leaders of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and the Hispanic Bar Association.
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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