Labor & Employment

Overview

Liskow & Lewis advises clients in the complex and evolving world of labor and employment law. Our lawyers act as an extension of our clients’ management and human resources teams, providing advice and training, and helping them avoid liabilities that can result from well-intentioned business decisions.

Our diverse group of clients includes businesses of all sizes, both locally and nationally. They operate across a range of industries, such as energy, chemical, maritime, technology, hospitality, manufacturing and health care.

Compliance and Best Practices

Our labor and employment attorneys advise management on best practices for handling day-to-day personnel issues and compliance with federal, state and local laws. We pride ourselves on listening to the facts and our clients’ wishes and charting a course to achieve their objectives.  We draft employee handbooks and policies, talking points for supervisors to use in employee meetings, and management communications to the workforce regarding a variety of issues. And we audit clients’ human resources practices and files to help them fill compliance gaps.

In a competitive workplace, the pursuit and retention of top talent increasingly includes the acquisition of employees from competitors and the loss of employees to competitors.  Our attorneys assist clients with onboarding procedures to minimize risk, drafting policies, employment agreements and confidentiality agreements designed to protect proprietary information and trade secrets, and communications to competitors when employees depart to join forces with them.  

Litigation

Despite a client’s best efforts at prevention, employee lawsuits and grievances are inevitable. Our labor and employment attorneys represent clients in individual and class action litigation in administrative, state and federal judicial, and arbitral forums.

Our litigation experience includes matters relating to:

  • All forms of discrimination and harassment
  • Whistleblower and retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other federal and state statutes
  • Disability and leave issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and USERRA
  • Wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state statutes
  • Protection of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and other employment-related agreements
  • Unfair Labor Practice Charges
  • OSHA and workplace safety issues

We target our discovery efforts and frequently obtain summary judgments and dismissals for employers at the pre-trial stage of lawsuits.  

We also have extensive experience in arbitration of grievances under collective bargaining agreements. Whether the claim relates to interpretation of a contract provision with far-reaching consequences or discipline related to a single employee, our hearing presentations and post-hearing briefs are superior.

In matters where our clients are interested in alternative dispute resolution, Liskow & Lewis attorneys are well prepared to negotiate favorable settlements.

Government Investigations

Our experience before administrative agencies enables us to walk clients through a government investigation efficiently and productively. We handle matters involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Homeland Security (I-9 proceedings), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and their state counterparts.

Business Transactions

For companies considering mergers and acquisitions, our labor and employment lawyers work closely with our ERISA and employee benefits team to conduct due diligence related to labor and employment issues and structure appropriate deal terms.