Labor and Employment
Our Labor and Employment Practices Group places a special emphasis on keeping pace with rapidly changing employment laws and providing employers with effective representation in this constantly evolving area. For twenty years, our clients have known that we understand the challenges they face and that we will work with them in assessing risks and developing cost-effective strategies to bring employment matters to prompt and satisfactory resolution.
The Labor and Employment Practices Group serves large and small companies as well as sole proprietors and professional organizations. We service clients from a wide range of industries. We represent companies with organized workforces and those that are union-free. We have considerable experience representing employers that have secured employment practices liability insurance, and, as such, we fully understand the tripartite relationship among insured employers, insurance carriers, and legal counsel and the related responsibilities associated with claims management programs.
Our Labor and Employment Practices Group has broad experience with labor and employment matters and is well versed on the intricacies of the subjects with which we deal. Our Employment Practices attorneys have published numerous articles on a wide range of labor and employment topics and are frequently featured as speakers at seminars and conferences around the country. Equally important, the Group’s attorneys have considerable “hands on” experience in addressing the problems that businesses encounter in managing a workforce and are thus able to offer practical, real-world advice that makes good business sense.
The depth of experience within the Group enables us to provide a full range of services to our clients, from “preventative-maintenance” training and risk management to aggressive representation in all areas of labor and employment litigation. We offer the following services:
- Employment Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Our employment litigators have a broad range of experience in all aspects of employment litigation. We represent management’s interests in a wide variety of employment-related disputes, including those involving claims of discrimination, harassment, disability accommodation, wage-and-hour violations, retaliation, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contracts. We appear regularly before state and federal courts and before government enforcement agencies on behalf of our clients. Our Employment Practices litigators have considerable trial experience, which provides an important option for clients who are committed to pursuing aggressive defenses against employment claims they view as having no merit. We also recognize, though, that employment disputes often are more appropriately resolved through mediation or arbitration rather than through the litigation process. We quickly provide employers with a litigation risk analysis in order to facilitate an up-front determination as to the appropriateness of alternative dispute resolution procedures. As a result, we frequently resolve disputed employment matters to the client’s satisfaction before the defense costs have escalated and the claimant’s expectations have become unrealistic.
- Counseling & Advice: Employers are required to comply with a maze of complex regulatory and legislative requirements and face costly and time-consuming consequences in the event of non-compliance. We provide employers with practical advice on labor and employment issues on a regular basis. We integrate legal compliance with good human resources practices to help our clients find effective, customized solutions to their employment-related concerns. We routinely help employers identify and comply with the many laws that affect the employment relationship, address work performance problems or attendance issues, respond to requests for accommodations and leaves of absence, deal with employee discipline and discharge issues, and develop effective employment policies and procedures. We also review employee handbooks, audit wage-hour practices, prepare affirmative action plans, develop strategies to deal with reductions-in-force or other corporate restructuring, and address the myriad of other issues that arise in the workplace.
- Labor Issues and Collective Bargaining: Our services include negotiations with unions, strike planning, and assisting in the administration of collective bargaining agreements. We represent employers in arbitration hearings and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. We also advise employers faced with union organizing campaigns and related unfair labor practice charges.
- Training: AMC provides training for supervisors and managers to facilitate management’s compliance with federal and state employment laws. We can customize our training programs to meet an employer’s particular needs. Our training programs help managers and supervisors manage their workforces effectively and stimulate the development of preemptive strategies for reducing and preventing costly litigation. The Employment Practices Group provides training on such topics as sexual harassment; addressing poor performance, discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, union avoidance; proper handling of disability issues; and proper interviewing and hiring practices.
Our attorneys work with clients to develop cost-effective and aggressive plans for resolving employment disputes and prudent business plans to address other employment issues. Achieving the best business result for the client is a hallmark of our practice. Our clients have come to expect dedication and responsiveness from the Employment Practices Group, whatever the matter.
Backed by more than 60 years of legal experience, the attorneys at Anderson, McPharlin & Conners LLP defend businesses, banks and other financial institutions, and senior management throughout California and the western United States in employment practice litigation disputes.