Our labor and employment lawyers provide day-to-day counseling and compliance assistance to employers in the following areas:
Hiring, Discipline and Termination
Locke Lord lawyers possess extensive experience helping employers draft and negotiate employment and severance agreements, including those for senior executives in the United States and abroad. We help employers implement hiring procedures, onboarding documentation, and personnel policies and employee handbooks, including codes of conduct and Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower mechanisms.
When implementing preventative programs, our lawyers provide employers with effective, targeted training. Our training programs include comprehensive lessons on:
Locke Lord lawyers regularly advise employers regarding privacy issues, drug testing, workplace violence, reasonable accommodations for disabilities, religious customs and practice, and the interpretation of paid time off and leave statutes.
We also are seasoned in guiding employers through the employee separation process, whether the separation is due to misconduct, poor performance, layoff or early retirement programs. Our lawyers routinely assist companies in addressing the legal aspects of RIFs, including non-discrimination issues and compliance with federal and state layoff notice requirements.
From multinational corporations transferring key personnel from overseas to small businesses wanting to hire foreign nationals with particular technical skills, companies turn to Locke Lord for quality assistance on immigration matters. We work closely with employers to develop plans to select the most appropriate U.S. visa category by taking into account the needs of the company, the education and experience of the candidate, and the time and numerical threshold and likelihood of success.
We give clients our personal attention and practical guidance throughout the complex visa qualification process, including the:
From Locke Lord's U.S. footprint and our office in the United Kingdom as well as our colleagues in the Employment Law Alliance, our labor and employment litigators act quickly and effectively to defend employment claims in any state in the United States and any industrialized nation in the world. We provide clients with experience in courtroom advocacy combined with our knowledge of complex procedural and substantive intricacies of labor and employment law. Our reach extends to all venues — federal, state, mediation and arbitral — and encompasses multidistrict, class and collective action lawsuits and appeals.
Our experience covers a variety of employment litigation matters, including: