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Labor and Employment

Jackson Walker has extensive experience representing management in a comprehensive range of employment and labor law issues. These include, among others, counseling with management, defending employee claims, workers' compensation issues, and traditional labor relations.

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Counseling with Management
Members of the section routinely provide counsel and assistance to their clients on numerous employment related issues including the following listed below:

  • Employment issues relating to employee training, workforce reductions, corporate acquisitions, reorganizations, and relocations

  • Appropriate discipline of employees

  • Drafting and enforcement of employment contracts, including non-competition agreements

  • Preparing and auditing employee handbooks and personnel policies

  • Unemployment compensation claims

  • Wage-hour obligations

  • Workers' compensation claims

  • Occupational safety and health issues

  • Immigration control procedures

  • Affirmative action plans and OFCCP compliance issues

Defending Employee Claims
The section members also offer to our clients expertise in mediating, arbitrating, and litigating the defense of individual and class action employee charges and suits involving a wide range of matters and issues.

  • Race and sex discrimination claims

  • Sexual harassment claims

  • Age discrimination claims

  • Disability discrimination claims

  • Family and medical leave claims

  • Defamation claims

  • Wrongful discharge claims

  • Workers' compensation retaliation

  • Claims asserting violations of various other federal and state employment related and civil rights statutes

Traditional Labor Relations
Jackson Walker's labor and employment law attorneys also provide substantial experience and expertise in management's dealings with labor unions. Their expertise encompasses such areas as those listed below:

  • Strategies for implementing effective labor relations policies and practices

  • Comprehensive analysis regarding collective bargaining rights and obligations

  • Compliance advice regarding National Labor Relations Board rules and decisions

  • Union election contests

  • Negotiation of collective bargaining agreements

  • Arbitration of disputes arising under collective bargaining agreements

  • Responding to unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and related statutes

Employee Benefits / Executive Compensation
Section members also assist clients in a variety of matters related to ERISA, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, including the following:

  • Counseling regarding plan governance procedures and best practices designed to minimize fiduciary liability risk; and

  • Assistance in dealing with compliance and administrative considerations related to plans, including matters pertaining to participants and governmental agencies.

Workers' Compensation Issues
Section members, in conjunction with the firm's employee benefits attorneys, also assist employer subscribers and non-subscribers under the Texas Workers' Compensation Act.

  • Review and analysis of employers' existing workers' compensation insurance arrangements

  • Evaluation of legal risks associated with becoming a non-subscribing employer

  • Rejection of the Texas Workers' Compensation Act

  • Evaluation and implementation of employee benefit programs in lieu of workers' compensation, including design and drafting of employee benefit plans; analysis of insurance policies, safety consultants, and medical providers; and coordination with insurance advisors

  • Establishment of litigation minimization procedures, such as hiring policies, safety procedures, and claims processing

  • Representation of employers in claims disputes

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