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    The relationship between employers and employees is highly regulated and is becoming more so with the enactment of complex laws and the issuance of various court decisions. Both public and private organizations must operate under an unprecedented level of scrutiny. Noncompliance carries the risk of government investigation, administrative penalties and costly litigation.

    Locke Lord's labor & employment lawyers are recognized as seasoned counselors in the details of the federal and state employment statutes and common law, including statutes such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and similar state and local laws. Locke Lord's employment lawyers also routinely represent employers before the agencies and courts that enforce those laws. We routinely advise clients on all matters affecting the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, management, retention, discipline and termination. Our practical day-to-day advice is geared toward helping employers achieve both operational and human resources goals while reducing the potential for costly litigation. We frequently provide our clients with counseling and compliance assistance in the following areas:

    • Developing corporate policies and practices that minimize the risk of successful claims
    • Conducting company-wide audits on a variety of topics, including wage and hour and EEO compliance and personnel policies
    • Designing and implementing downsizing and corporate restructurings, including exit incentive programs under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
    • Counseling on labor and employment law issues associated with sales, mergers, acquisitions and due diligence
    • Training management and supervisory employees in areas such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation and discipline and discharge
    • Helping employers prepare for and respond to government audits and investigations and providing representation throughout the process
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