Labor Management & Traditional Labor Relations
The labor relations practice at Jackson Walker covers the spectrum of management representation in matters covered by the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act, including unfair labor practice charges and representation and compliance proceedings.
Our attorneys offer practical counseling designed to prevent potentially disruptive labor and employment disputes. We are especially adept at developing innovative strategies for creating a positive work environment with satisfied employees who do not feel the need for union representation. Should union-organization attempts arise, we work closely with management to provide customized, lawful, and effective advice to see the employer through the union effort.
Likewise, we work closely with our clients through the collective bargaining process to negotiate practical labor contracts that are operationally effective while ensuring the organization remains competitive. We develop and drive strategic proposals to meet client goals and effectuate a solid and successful labor contract.
Our attorneys have considerable labor relations experience in a wide variety of industries, including defense, energy, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and transportation. We care deeply about our clients and work hard to foster relations that inure to the benefit of the labor-management relationship and, therefore, the overall success of the company.
September 30, 2019
Effective January 1, 2020, the Final Rule culminates over three years of activity surrounding proposed updates to the salary threshold for the FLSA’s executive, administrative, and other exemptions that eliminate an employee’s entitlement to overtime premiums.
March 28, 2019
The March 2019 edition features insights on two decisions in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, a long-awaited revision to the Fair Labor Standards Act related to salary and compensation thresholds, and an interim guidance regarding Section 4960 of the Internal Revenue Code.
March 7, 2019
New Fifth Circuit Decision Upholds Independent Contractor Status for Directional Driller Consultants Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit interjected itself into this ongoing skirmish last week in Parrish v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P.
January 23, 2019
In Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Texas Legislature, employers can expect developments that will impact their policies and employee relations practices.
October 24, 2018
The October 2018 edition features Preview of Employment Cases Pending Before the Supreme Court and the 2018 Labor & Employment Law Symposium.
- Advice, counseling, and representation in union organizing campaigns and in decertification cases initiated by employees
- Defense of unfair labor practice charges and employer representation in charges against labor unions
- Representation in grievance arbitrations and advice on contract interpretation and compliance
- Active participation in collective bargaining contract negotiations and as legal counsel to company negotiation committees
- Litigation defense in cases involving labor unions and in employee law suits under federal labor law
- Advice and counseling regarding compliance with the NLRB’s interpretations of the National Labor Relations Act
- Development and administration of positive employee relations programs