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Labor and Employment

Bowles Rice's Labor and Employment Practice Group has been recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report and Chambers USA, and also as a "Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies" in labor litigation by American Lawyer Media in Fortune magazine. We assist employers in all industries, with every aspect of the employer-employee relationship, including matters involving labor, employment, employee benefits and occupational injury law.

Our Group understands the impact labor and employment issues have on the operations of a business. This allows us to use our comprehensive experience to develop tailored strategies to achieve client-defined results.

Employment Litigation
We routinely represent employers in hearings, trials and appeals in both state and federal courts, and before federal and state administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals. This representation includes claims of discrimination, retaliation or harassment based on age, race, gender, religion, ancestry, national origin, veterans' status and disability; workers' compensation discrimination; sexual harassment; wrongful and retaliatory discharge; wage and hour; ERISA; Family and Medical Leave Act; breach of contract and noncompetition covenants; defamation and invasion of privacy; and unemployment compensation.

Labor-Management Relations
Our extensive experience in handling unfair labor practice charges, union organizing campaigns and elections, as well as collective bargaining and other labor matters, enables us to assist employers whose workers are represented by labor unions as well as those employers who are striving to remain union free. We frequently assist our clients who have organized workforces with collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitrations.

Counseling for the Success of Our Clients
We regularly partner with our clients to assist them in preventing or managing problems in the workplace. Some of the preventative measures our Group provides include human resource audits, conducting employee training, drafting and revising personnel policies and procedures, drafting and modifying employment contracts, and providing advice on complex employment decisions.

Training and Seminars
Our Group conducts training for employers on many diverse labor and employment topics. Our training is tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients. Some examples of the topics covered in our training include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Workers' Compensation Act
  • Reasonable accommodation
  • Wage and hour law compliance
  • Employee discipline and discharge
  • Workplace privacy issues
  • Employee benefit issues and developments
  • Alcohol and drug testing policies
  • Military leave issues
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