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Employment Law Area of Practice at Watson Spence, LLP

This area of the law is one of the most dynamic of all practice areas. Recent legislation in addition to a more active judiciary and administrative enforcement agencies have resulted in a constantly evolving legal landscape that employers must navigate at great potential risk. Social media, combined with recent rulings of the National Labor Relations Board and opinions from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, have increased the public visibility of employers’ practices and subjected employers to public criticism by employees at unprecedented levels. Employment procedures previously accepted as sound legitimate business practices may now be in violation of federal or state law.

We stay abreast of these constantly evolving legal developments affecting employers, insurers, and individuals. We are fully prepared to litigate employment disputes, but we also offer risk management advice and training to minimize the need for litigation. Our partner in charge of the Labor and Employment Law practice section is a former corporate ombudsman with a wealth of legal and practical experience to draw upon. As with many of our attorneys belonging to other litigation practice areas, our attorneys in the Labor and Employment Law section have extensive proven experience in defending and successfully prosecuting these complicated claims. Our experience includes claims of wrongful termination, claims for race, national origin, gender, pregnancy, age and disability discrimination, and claims pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act. We advise clients regarding company policies, procedure manuals, employee handbooks, record keeping, hiring practices and procedures, and all other facets of compliance with state and federal employment, discrimination, and wage and hour laws.

It is our battle-tested litigation and business experience that we draw upon to offer superior advice and services with rates and efficiencies that simply cannot be replicated by big city firms.

Experience:

  • Alcohol and Drug testing/background checks/pre-employment testing
  • Americans with Disabilities Act litigation and training
  • Class action litigation
  • Disabled access and accommodations
  • Discrimination litigation and training
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proceedings
  • Employment agreements
  • Employment arbitrations
  • Family and Medical Leave Act litigation and training
  • Handbook drafting and revision
  • Harassment litigation and training
  • Independent contractor/employee classification issues
  • Internal corporate investigations and compliance training
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation, and other restrictive covenants
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigations and proceedings
  • Privacy in the workplace and other privacy issues
  • Record retention policies
  • Reductions in force
  • Retaliation actions
  • Trade secret protection and misappropriation
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights
  • Wage and hour counseling and litigation, including class action
  • Warning, Alert and Response Network Act