Employment & Labor

Employment & Labor is an integral part of Rhoads & Sinon's practice. Our goal is to provide our clients - in both the private and public sectors - with timely and practical advice they need to comply with state and federal laws governing employment and personnel practices. We counsel our clients as they draft and administer policies on a variety of personnel issues including:

  • equal employment opportunity,
  • drug and alcohol abuse,
  • family and medical leave,
  • employee handbooks and applications,
  • safety and grievance procedures,
  • sexual harassment,
  • affirmative action,
  • overtime and wage requirements,
  • trade secrets,
  • covenants-not-to-compete, and
  • unemployment compensation.

In addition, clients frequently ask our counsel in structuring terminations and layoffs so as to minimize the potential for litigation.

Employment Law Litigation.

Employment-related lawsuits are a reality for all employers, public and private, with or without union employees. Counseling our clients to achieve their business objectives - while minimizing the threat of litigation - has become the primary goal of our practice. Nevertheless, when our clients are sued, we are ready to provide a vigorous defense. We have established a successful track record in defending our clients in the federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies. Our employment-law litigation practice includes defending employers against employment discrimination and constitutional claims brought under a variety of statutes:

  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Act,
  • Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,
  • Americans With Disabilities Act,
  • Age Discrimination In Employment Act,
  • Family & Medical Leave Act, and
  • Fair Labor Standards Act.

Labor Law Counsel and Litigation. Our labor law practice has also included negotiating collective-bargaining agreements on behalf of employers in the public and private sector, representing management on grievance arbitration and mediation procedures, and helping employers to comply with the prevailing wage statutes.

We represent employers in union organizing campaigns and defending employer's rights in union election and unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

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