Managing relationships with employees grows more complex and critical every year. From workplace investigations to leave management to workplace safety and security, employers need a strong array of resources to navigate these complex issues and avoid the costs of litigation that ensue when mistakes are made. Virtually every aspect of the relationship between employers and employees is governed by some statute, contract, or principle of law.
Employers can rely on Epstein Becker Green attorneys to provide advice and counsel in order to comply with, and abide by, applicable rules and regulations. Our compliance and training attorneys serve as thought partners and business partners to a lengthy list of clients—and our experience is both deep and broad. We assist in creating and maintaining positive employment relationships and mitigating overall legal compliance.
Epstein Becker Green attorneys also supply advice and on-site training concerning many of the issues employers encounter from day to day.
We work closely with company executives, in-house counsel, and human resource departments on preventative measures that help protect against workplace problems before they occur. Our services include:
- Creating and refining personnel policies, procedures, manuals, and grievance procedures to address potential employment problems before employees seek outside assistance from plaintiffs' attorneys, governmental agencies, and unions
- Ensuring wage and hour compliance, conducting audit, and, where necessary, recommending reclassification of various job functions to comport with the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state wage and hour laws
- Addressing issues concerning higher-level executives, including:
- Negotiating and drafting employment agreements
- Providing compensation planning, including stock options and other non-cash compensation arrangements
- Negotiating severance agreements for departing executives and others
- Planning, implementing, and reviewing cost-saving mechanisms, such as reductions in force, on both a local and nationwide basis
- Conducting high-level, sensitive sexual harassment and other employment-related investigations
- Implementing effective employee counseling and discipline processes and procedures, and crafting best practices attendant thereto
- Designing strategies toward protecting trade secrets and preventing theft of proprietary employer information, including practices and policies that pertain to employee mobility, data privacy and cybersecurity, BYOD, and cloud-based technology issues
- Structuring the hiring process to avoid liabilities, including drafting compliant applications and addressing issues concerning applicant testing and other pre- and post-employment inquiries
- Designing, managing, and containing costs with respect to fringe benefit plans
- Advising on issues surrounding job safety and security
- Structuring affirmative action programs for government contractors
- Dealing with employee privacy issues
- Designing and implementing programs to avoid workplace violence
- Assisting in the successful navigation of audits and investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Wage and Hour Division, and OSHA
- Responding effectively to requests for Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, military, and other leaves of absence or workplace accommodation
- Conducting training for managers, supervisors, and human resource professionals on topics such as prevention of unlawful harassment, diversity in the workplace, effective performance management, effective handling of discipline and terminations, and managing leaves of absence and requests for accommodation
- Assuring compliance with federal, state, and local employment-related laws and regulations