Our large labor and employment team provides counsel on unions, workplace disputes and litigation, executive compensation, wage and hour issues, and workplace safety. We keep you ahead of regulations and issues, respond when thorny issues crop up, and serve as passionate defenders when disputes arise. While many of our clients are located in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, an equal number have headquarters elsewhere and employees throughout the U.S. and abroad.
- Labor relations and unionization response
- Policies and handbook preparation/review
- Harassment, discrimination and diversity training
- Workers’ compensation
- Wage and hour practices and defense
- Reductions in force and plant closures
- Discipline and discharge
- Leaves and disability accommodation
- Confidentiality, restrictive covenants and non-competition
- Internal Investigations
- DOL/OFCCP audits
- Litigation prevention/risk management strategies
- Workplace safety and health
Advice & Counsel
Employers wrestle with questions and issues as diverse as their settings and populations. You deal with everyday concerns including recruiting and hiring processes, union matters, supervisor training, wage and hour management, workplace investigations, and the ADA, FMLA and similar state and local protected leave laws, as well as the complicated interplay between them all. At times you experience additional burdens that come with claims of discrimination or harassment, disability and religious accommodations, and reductions in force or workers’ compensation claims. We partner with you on resolving all of these issues and focus on keeping your business moving. We keep your compliance strong and your costs for legal counsel in check and will work with you to arrange a system of ongoing counsel that fits with your business objectives.
Policies, Handbooks and Training
It is just as important to establish effective workplace employment policies and procedures as it is to keep the workforce informed about and trained on them. We’ll help you update policies and share best practices for organizing and providing easy access to them. We also deliver training programs—in person or using technology—so appropriate team members are proficient with performance management, termination, appraisal, harassment and discrimination avoidance, interviewing, and hiring practices.
Workplace Safety and Health
We have substantial experience with the nuances of safety and health regulations, both from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state agencies, as they relate to your environment and operations. Our clients are involved with wood products, metals, mining, energy, manufacturing, construction, health care, high tech and more. Your workers weld, operate cranes and heavy equipment, handle hazardous materials, lift patients, scale scaffolding, wear protective equipment and work with blood-borne pathogens. We help protect your workers, keep you in compliance with OSHA regulations, and help you prepare for inspections and respond to citations.