Practice/Industry Group Overview
Today, perhaps more than ever, the employer community faces significant challenges from Congress and the new Administration, as well as from state and local governments. At this critical time, the Jackson Lewis Government Relations Practice Group - comprised of highly accomplished labor and employment lawyers with extensive lobbying and "Washington practice" expertise - is uniquely positioned to advocate for fair and appropriate policy-making in the employment law area at the legislative, regulatory, and judicial levels.
Over the past decade, our attorneys have filed amicus curiae briefs on many occasions to the U.S. Supreme Court, and to other Federal and state courts and the National Labor Relations Board; have filed comments during rule-making to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Government Services Administration, and the National Labor Relations Board; have testified on numerous occasions before U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives committees and subcommittees; have lobbied extensively – and successfully – in defense of employer and employee rights in the employment area; and have been active on policy-making issues before the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.
Among the many issues on which Jackson Lewis attorneys have taken a prominent leadership role are the rights of employers and employees to engage in arbitration of employment disputes, the rights of employers to make fully informed hiring decisions by conducting criminal-records checks, and secret-ballot elections regarding union representation.
Our Government Relations Practice Group, led by Mark de Bernardo, Garen Dodge, and Aloysius Hogan, can assist clients with all of the following:
- Articulating the employer community's positions forcefully and effectively on Capitol Hill;
- Ensuring that Senators and Representatives defending employer and employee rights against pro-employee and pro-union special-interest groups, and supporting balance in our employment and labor laws, receive the legal and technical support and resources critically necessary to their efforts;
- Gaining access to Government officials on Capitol Hill, in the Administration, at general-interest trade associations and other business organizations, and with other policy groups and natural allies on labor and employment issues;
- Influencing major court decisions on employment and labor issues by filing amicus curiae briefs;
- Ensuring that employer views are considered during formal rule-makings by Federal regulatory agencies; and
- Supporting positive initiatives, and opposing and/or improving initiatives that would inappropriately restrict employers.
Jackson Lewis Government Relations Practice Group attorneys have founded and currently serve as leaders of The Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace, a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving employer and employee rights in drug- and alcohol-abuse-prevention programs, and to positively influencing the national debate on these issues.