Labor disputes often include disagreement regarding fringe benefits, tenure, wages, conditions of employment, hours, and organizational procedures. Barton attorneys represent a variety of employers (both unionized and non-unionized) during labor disputes and/or the collective bargaining process, with the goal of minimizing financial exposure and avoiding costly strikes or lockouts. We have extensive experience liaising between companies and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Employment issues can encompass minimum wage requirements, overtime pay, employee classification, family/disability leave, harassment, discrimination, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and more. There is a litany of laws and regulations governing the employer-employee relationship and compliance with all of them is critical. Barton conducts its own internal investigations when needed, and helps guide employers through the negotiation, grievance resolution, arbitration, or litigation processes as necessary. We work to achieve favorable solutions as quickly as possible while also ensuring our clients remain compliant under local, state, and federal law. Our attorneys also offer “risk reviews” as well as training to administrators and employees alike to help reduce the likelihood that disputes will arise in the future.