Labor + Employment

Management teams of all sizes and across a broad spectrum of industries rely on Goodwin for advice and representation in all areas of labor and employment law. We provide practical advice to employers on hiring and disciplinary practices, compensation, workplace violence, privacy concerns, issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, loyalty issues, and protection of employer good will and proprietary information via restrictions on post-employment competition.

Our lawyers have extensive employment litigation experience involving all significant employment law issues, including reasonable accommodation of disabilities; sexual harassment; discrimination claims arising out of reductions in force; individual disparate treatment claims; wrongful discharge/public policy claims; employment contract and employee benefits claims; wage and hour disputes; and enforcement of noncompetition obligations.

We represent management before the National Labor Relations Board in union organizing and unfair labor practice cases. We represent employers in collective bargaining negotiations with unions and in labor arbitration proceedings. We also assist clients in maintaining or reinstating a union-free atmosphere.

We have extensive experience in Department of Labor investigations and litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and Executive Order 11246. We help clients develop affirmative action programs and represent them during DOL audits of those programs.

Our lawyers counsel local, regional and national companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including high technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation, printing, public utilities, banking, financial services, retailing, health care, and construction.

We combine in-depth legal knowledge with focused, practical experience to help managers make real-world judgments while minimizing potential exposure.

 

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Robert M. Hale

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