Practice/Industry Group Overview
We understand your business.
Employee-related issues can steal time and drain energy from progress towards achieving your business goals. Mintz Levin’s Employment, Labor and Benefits attorneys focus on providing clients with a consolidated approach to their complex human resource and employment law issues. By working together, our team brings diverse capabilities to help you maximize one of your most important assets— your employees—while minimizing risks.
From recent legal developments to current trends in employment and compensation practices, we provide clients with informed advice that can help you resolve thorny issues and get you back on track. The counseling and advice we provide, and programs we help you implement, reflect the best practices in dealing with an ever-changing, and challenging, landscape of statutes, regulations and court decisions.
At the same time, we understand that one size does not fit all. We learn about each client’s business and culture so that we can help with strategies, practices, and policies that best fit your unique needs and style. Often the best results—based on this acquired knowledge—are invisible; for example, in many cases a dispute is averted because a successful strategy or best practice is devised and implemented early on.
Mintz Levin’s clients represent a broad cross-section of the business community, encompassing a wide spectrum of industries including manufacturing, retail and consumer products, high tech, energy and clean technology, life sciences, healthcare, education, hospitality, financial services, construction, immigration, and professional services.
Cost-effective service to employers.
Because disputes can be expensive, we put a premium on helping clients resolve disputes quickly and cost effectively through practical and creative solutions. If a dispute reaches litigation, winning early and decisively can translate into saving thousands of dollars and dozens of hours in management time. Some matters on which we regularly assist clients include:
- Assessing and mitigating risks, including those relating to wage/hour and discrimination laws.
- Drafting HR policies and procedures such as those relating to discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, drug and alcohol testing, medical examinations, workplace conduct, progressive discipline and dispute resolution, and other policies that protect your business prerogatives without creating unintended legal rights for employees.
- Providing advice on all phases of the employment “life cycle,” including recruiting, hiring, promotion, discipline, termination, and benefit entitlements.
- Preparing and maintaining qualified and other retirement, welfare and other benefit plans and programs
- Implementing equity and other compensation arrangements.
- Drafting critical employment documents such as employment agreements, offer letters, and confidentiality, non-compete, and separation agreements.
- Representing employers in union matters, including union avoidance, collective-bargaining negotiations, disputes before the NLRB, and contract administration.
- Enforcing non-compete restrictions and trade secret protections.
- Employment, labor, and benefits-related due diligence for transactions.
- Responding to Department of Labor, EEOC, OSHA and other government agency inquiries and investigations.
- Defending discrimination, wage hour and other allegations by employees.
Available audits, training and other programs
- Wage-Hour and other Employment Practices Audits, which identify, assess, and help minimize employment practices risks.
- Dispute Resolution Policy design and implementation, which maximizes the use of conciliation, mediation, and arbitration, and minimizes the costs and risks associated with jury trials.
- HR Basics training that focuses on the legal nuts and bolts of becoming an employer during your start-up phase.
- Professionalism in the Workplace program, which trains all employees to avoid workplace conduct fraught with risks, including harassment and discrimination, and teaches management and supervisory personnel how to deal with complaints.
- Breakfast briefings and other seminars on new developments and timely topics to keep you and your HR management current with the law.