Businesses and organizations face increasing complexity in nearly every aspect of employment relations. Case law and regulations, particularly in the areas of discrimination and employee communications, are constantly changing and demand focused attention. The Employment and Labor Law Group at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote concentrates in specific and critical areas of employment law, including regulatory compliance, contract drafting, labor law, and litigation services.
The most effective way to avoid litigation is to prevent it through appropriate action. The Employment and Labor Law Group assists employers in understanding and complying with relevant federal and state regulations, specifically focusing on compliance with the requirements of employment-related statutes, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, OSHA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, ERISA, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Our compliance programs outline policies and procedures regarding interviewing and screening processes, disciplinary procedures, employee handbooks, appropriate communications, and hiring and employment termination. In addition, extensive training to assist management and supervisors in reacting to conflicts, and coaching to fully document and respond to complaints are included in our compliance programs. With the proper strategies in place, employers can work from a position of knowledge and strength, rather than vulnerability.
Contracts can be critical tools for employers, whether they are used to reinforce a decision, solidify a relationship, or to protect an idea or product. The Employment and Labor Law Group assures that contracts assist employers in employment relationships, including hiring and promotion, and in issues involving non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality. We regularly draft employment agreements, separation agreements, covenants not to compete, privacy agreements, and other contract documents that protect our clients’ interests to the fullest extent of the law.
At Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, we assist employers in union environments to negotiate collective bargaining agreements, develop and implement grievance procedures, and manage strikes and other crisis situations to minimize risk and limit work stoppages. Further, we work closely with non-unionized clients to help them maintain union-free environments by bolstering employee satisfaction and providing communication strategies. If union elections are underway, we work with employers to develop union-free campaigns that fully comply with all labor regulations. Our group understands that union avoidance and negotiations require a strategic and cautious approach that fully complies with the standards of the National Labor Relations Board and the State Labor Relations Boards.
The attorneys of the Employment and Labor Law Group are experienced litigators in employment-related issues, including contracts, labor law, compensation and benefits, and health and safety issues. In the event that employment conflicts must go to trial, we work closely and effectively with our clients to develop and implement strategic, aggressive, and well-documented trial strategies that minimize risk and maximize outcome for the client.