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 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
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 Law Spotlight
California Employers Receive Favorable Interpretation of "Regular Rate of Compensation" in Labor Code Provision Concerning Meal and Rest Period Premium Pay and Guidance Regarding Lawful Rounding Practices
By Sabrina L. Shadi, Eric W. Witt
October 18, 2019
Earlier this month, a California Court of Appeal issued an opinion that is good news for California employers. The opinion addressed the meaning of “regular rate of compensation” in California Labor Code section 226.7, which requires...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California Court of Appeal Applies Dynamex Retroactively
By Joseph S. Persoff
October 14, 2019
This week, a California Court of Appeal concluded in a class action case that the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision applies retroactively. In another case, Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, the Ninth Circuit Court of...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California Enacts Anti-Arbitration Legislation, but Will the FAA Limit Its Potential Impact? Not Entirely.
By John B. Lewis, Joseph S. Persoff
October 11, 2019
On Oct. 10, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law an attempt by California’s Legislature to limit arbitration of claims under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). FEHA prohibits harassment, discrimination and...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Seventh Circuit Holds That Opt-Outs Lack Standing To Challenge Settlement
By Gregory V. Mersol
October 7, 2019
What were they thinking, anyway? Eighteen months ago, a group of African American financial advisors brought suit against JPMorgan Chase for alleged race discrimination and retaliation. They sought to assert claims on behalf of a class of...
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Employment Law Spotlight
California Court of Appeals Concludes That Claims Under Labor Code 2800 and 2802 Not Excluded From Coverage by "Wage and Hour" Exclusion in Lloyd's of London Insurance Policy
By Marcus McCutcheon
October 1, 2019
In a win for California employers, the California Court of Appeals for the Fourth District held in Southern California Pizza Co., LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London Subscribing to Policy Number 11EPL-20208, 2019 WL 4572859...
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