Employment and Labor Law

The number of federal, state, and local laws that employers must grapple with on a daily basis is staggering, but you don’t have to go it alone. Employers of all types and sizes turn to Stafford Rosenbaum’s Employment and Labor Law attorneys for clear and practical advice.

We have significant experience across a broad range of employment-related laws and issues, including:

  • Anti-discrimination and harassment laws
  • Overtime, minimum wage, and child labor laws
  • Collective bargaining
  • Human resource practices audits
  • Employee handbooks
  • Employment policies
  • Family and medical leave laws (FMLA)
  • Employee benefit laws (ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, PHSA)
  • NLRB proceedings
  • Workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance issues
  • Labor/management relations
  • Plant closing and layoff notification laws
  • OSHA and state safety laws
  • Management training
  • Union contract disputes
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Negligent hiring, firing, supervision, and retention
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Non-compete, trade secret, and other employment agreements
  • Public sector employment

Whenever Possible, Prevention

Because we know that avoidance of employment-related litigation is a priority for employers, we draw on our experience to offer a full range of preventative services, from helping employers find common-sense solutions to day-to-day discipline and discharge problems, management education in anti-harassment and disability anti-discrimination laws, to best-practices audits and policy development.

We also know that, in today’s litigious society, there are times when litigation simply cannot be avoided—which is exactly why our Employment and Labor Law team members are skilled litigators who can handle employment and labor-related disputes in a variety of settings, from state administrative proceedings to federal jury trials and everything in between.

Measurable Results

Stafford Rosenbaum offers proactive counseling and training, best-practices development, and litigation services to private and public-sector employers of all sizes, and our Employment and Labor Law team is committed to providing employers with preventative strategies and effective solutions. A few recent success stories:

  • Bringing health plans into compliance with the privacy, security and other requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Successful defense of a disability discrimination claim in high-stakes litigation where the plaintiff was seeking over four years of back pay and reinstatement
  • Development of a creative payment system for providers of counseling services that stayed within applicable overtime and minimum wage requirements, yet still permitted maximum flexibility for both the employer and the employees
  • Negotiation on behalf of employers of favorable terms of resignations and separations of employment of employees threatening to bring discrimination claims
  • Audit of employer’s system for classifying jobs as exempt from overtime and minimum wage requirements, resulting in identification of significant weaknesses in the system and correction of misclassifications
  • Obtaining dismissal of numerous discrimination and other employment-related claims without trial