Employment Counseling and Training

Overview

Businesses grappling with the broad range of challenges in today’s labor and employment landscape look to us for clear, practical counsel in assessing, designing, and implementing effective strategies. With a nationwide presence and a comprehensive understanding of workforce issues, we partner with clients to advise, counsel and train them on a variety of employment-related issues, and our goal is to avoid litigation. This includes advising on day-to-day workplace issues, drafting and revising various types of employment-related forms and agreements, preparing employment policies, conducting internal human resources and wage and hour audits, and providing workplace trainings.

Our holistic approach draws on the experience of more than 90 labor and employment lawyers, but also the insight provided by our nearly 1000 attorneys firmwide with capabilities ranging from tax issues and employee benefits to whistleblowing claims and data privacy concerns. If you have a question, we have someone who can answer it.

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Advice and Counsel on Workplace Issues

We counsel employers of all sizes in a wide range of industries on all workplace issues, including:

  • Hiring and onboarding, including background checks, drug testing, work visas, and employee classification
  • Performance management, discipline, and terminations
  • Leaves of absence, sick time, paid leave, and accommodation issues
  • Employee complaints, including how to properly investigate, document, and respond to them
  • Reductions in force and plant closings, including WARN Act notices
  • Compensation, including minimum wage, overtime, tips, service charges, compensable time, meal and rest periods, travel time, off-the-clock work, rounding practices, pay equity, wage deductions, commissions and bonuses
  • Advice on contingent workforces and avoiding misclassification of employees, independent contractors, joint employment staff, temporary staff, gig workers and interns.

These areas are heavily regulated by federal, state and local laws, and our nationwide team ensures that our clients are in compliance with these oftentimes varying and nuanced laws.

Documents and Forms

We draft and revise all employment-related documents, including:

  • Onboarding/hiring documents, including employment applications, offer letters, and employment agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements, noncompete and non-solicitation agreements, and IP/work-for-hire agreements
  • Leave of absence forms
  • Retention agreements, severance agreements, and termination letters
  • EEO-1 Component 2 filing requirements
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Wage-related forms, including wage notices, wage deduction authorization forms, commission agreements, bonus plans, tip forms, missed punch forms, and more.
Employee Handbooks and Employment Policies

In a time of constant change in employment law, and where unclear or outdated policies and procedures often have costly repercussions, we provide straightforward guidance that reduces risk and protects your business. Our team drafts and revises employee handbooks, policies and notices, in accordance with federal, state and local laws, all while ensuring that the policies and procedures are consistent with our clients’ goals and corporate culture.

Workplace Audits

We partner with our clients to perform a thorough review of their corporate and management documents as well as workplace policies and practices to identify and resolve potential violations of the law before someone else (i.e., an employee, a government agency or a court of law) discovers such violations. We also help clients assess their compliance and readiness regarding hot-button issues such as wage and hour, discrimination, sexual harassment, immigration, social media use and unionization.

Training

We provide training for management and non-managers on various workplace issues, including:

  • Equal employment opportunity, discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment) and retaliation.
  • Performance management and discipline.
  • Leave of absence requirements and processes.
  • Wage and hour issues.

Our team conducts live training sessions in person, by phone or by webinar.

We also offer one-on-one coaching for executives and managers.

Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Partner Orlando
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Columbus
Partner Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Associate Denver
Associate Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Associate Orlando
Partner Atlanta
Partner Columbus
Partner Columbus
Partner Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Counsel New York
Associate New York
Associate New York
Associate Columbus
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Atlanta
Partner Columbus
Associate Los Angeles
Partner Atlanta
Associate Columbus
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Los Angeles
Associate Atlanta
Counsel Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Columbus
Associate Los Angeles
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Orlando
Associate Los Angeles
Associate Columbus
Partner Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Associate Cincinnati
Counsel Denver
Associate Orlando
Partner Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Orlando
Associate New York
Partner Houston
Partner New York
Associate Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Counsel Philadelphia
Associate Los Angeles
Partner Atlanta

Recognition

  • Chambers USA
    • Labor & Employment: Florida (2007 to 2019)
    • Labor & Employment: Ohio (2007 to 2019)
    • Labor & Employment: Texas (2014 to 2019)
    • Recognized Practitioner: Labor & Employment in California (2017 to 2019)
    • Recognized Practitioner: Labor & Employment in Washington, D.C. (2017 to 2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Labor and employment – Labor-management relations (2015 to 2019)
    • Labor and employment – Immigration (2017 to 2019)
    • Labor and employment – Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense (2015 to 2019)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
    • Employment Law – Management: National (2011 to 2020); Cincinnati (2016 to 2020); Cleveland (2011 to 2020); Columbus (2011 to 2020); Denver (2012 to 2020); Houston (2011 to 2020); Los Angeles (2013 to 2020); Orlando (2011 to 2020); Washington, D.C. (2014 to 2020)
    • Labor Law – Management: National (2012 to 2020); Cincinnati (2020); Cleveland (2011 to 2020); Columbus (2011 to 2020); Denver (2012 to 2018); Houston (2011 to 2020); Los Angeles (2017 to 2020); Orlando (2011 to 2020); Washington, D.C. (2017 to 2020)
    • Litigation – Labor & Employment: National (2012 to 2020); Atlanta (2019 and 2020); Cincinnati (2020); Cleveland (2012 to 2020); Columbus (2015 to 2020); Denver (2012 to 2018); Houston (2014 to 2020); New York (2019 and 2020); Orlando (2012 to 2020); Washington, D.C. (2015 to 2020)

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Employment Class Action Blog
California District Denies Certification Race Claim Involving Claimed “English-Only” Restaurant Policy
January 23, 2020
While class actions may prove lucrative for the plaintiffs who bring them, most cases just aren’t suitable for class action treatment and many would likely fare far better if the plaintiffs simply limited themselves to a single employee or...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Update on the TRO Issued in the Case Involving California's AB 51 Anti-Arbitration Law
By John B. Lewis, Joseph S. Persoff
January 16, 2020
On Jan. 10, 2020 Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller further defined the scope, issues and duration of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) she initially issued on Dec. 30, 2019. We blogged about the new California legislation and...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ninth Circuit (Barely) Acknowledges the Dukes Case in Discrimination Class Action Litigation
By Gregory V. Mersol
January 13, 2020
Ten years ago, the Ninth Circuit upheld the certification of a sprawling nationwide class action in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., only to see that decision overturned a year later by the Supreme Court. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131...
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Employment Law Spotlight
What Is Joint Employment? New DOL Rules Take Effect in 60 Days
By Todd H. Lebowitz
January 13, 2020
This week’s post is Family Feud Style. Name Three Things That Sound Like They Would Be “Joint Employment” But Are Not: 1. Long-haired, easy-going product tester at the local wacky tobacky dispensary. 2. Note taker at an orthopedist’s...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Third Circuit Finds Multiple Problems With Certification of Off-the-Clock Claims
By Gregory V. Mersol
January 8, 2020
A recent case from the Third Circuit casts a spotlight on many of the problems inherent in so-called off-the-clock claims for overtime. In Ferreras v. American Airlines, Case No. 18-3143 (3d Cir. Dec. 24, 2019), the plaintiffs claimed that...
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