Practice/Industry Group Overview
Liskow & Lewis advises clients in the complex and evolving world of labor and employment law. Our attorneys act as an extension of the clients’ management and human resource teams, providing advice and training for executives and employees, and helping companies avoid the unintended legal consequences that can occur from business decisions.
Our diverse group of clients includes businesses of all sizes, both locally and nationally. Their businesses operate across a range of industries, such as energy, chemical, maritime, technology, hospitality, manufacturing and health care companies. The practice background of our labor and employment attorneys includes:
Counseling and Advice
Our labor and employment attorneys advise management on the best practices for handling day-to-day personnel issues and compliance with federal, state and local laws. We draft employee handbooks and policies, as well as employment, non-compete and confidentiality agreements. We advise clients regarding the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and assist them with grievance proceedings. For companies considering mergers and acquisitions, we conduct due diligence related to labor and employment issues. And our labor and employment attorneys work closely with our ERISA and employee benefits team.
Despite a client’s best efforts at prevention, employee lawsuits are inevitable. Our lawyers represent clients in individual and class action employment-related litigation in administrative, state and federal forums. Our litigation experience includes matters relating to:
- All forms of discrimination and harassment
- Whistleblower and retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other federal and state statutes
- Disability and leave issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and USERRA
- Wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state statutes
- Protection of trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information
- Defamation/intentional infliction of emotional distress
- OSHA and workplace safety issues
We have secured defense verdicts in numerous trials and arbitrations, and have obtained summary judgments and dismissals for employers at the pre-trial stage of many lawsuits. In matters where our clients are interested in alternative dispute resolution, Liskow & Lewis attorneys are well prepared to negotiate favorable settlements.
Early intervention by our labor and employment attorneys in litigation matters, or at the administrative level, permits our clients to make informed decisions related to employment disputes. Our clients insured under employment practice liability policies often instruct their insurers to appoint our firm as defense counsel. This gives our clients the security of being represented in litigation by seasoned employment lawyers with a deep understanding of their specific business needs.
Our experience before administrative agencies enables us to walk clients through a government investigation efficiently and productively. We have handled numerous matters involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state commissions, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), state and federal Departments of Labor (DOL), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Disaster Recovery Issues
In the aftermath of major natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, our attorneys can assist employers facing unique challenges. These include locating employees, establishing effective means of communication, planning for the reopening of the business, assessing staffing needs, considering layoffs or plant closings, and addressing benefits questions. Liskow & Lewis’ attorneys can inform business owners and managers about available hurricane relief programs, as well as ensuring that federal and state laws, wage and hour statutes, and unemployment statutes are properly considered when confronting these issues.