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Today’s employers face a variety of issues, including federal and state regulations and employee relations and disputes. Bracewell helps employers maintain a competitive and productive workplace by helping clients craft customized solutions that ensure compliance with federal and state labor laws, minimize disputes with employees, avoid litigation, and defend employers strategically and aggressively in individual and collective or class actions when they are involved in litigation.

We recognize that business objectives are the key drivers of responsible labor and employment policies and initiatives. Our lawyers represent public and private employers in industries as diverse as chemicals, schools, energy, financial services, foods, health care, staffing, media and technology.

Our attorneys provide a full range of services regarding:

  • Human resources policies and procedures, including handbooks and communication programs, wage and hour compliance standards, management training programs, and audits of program and policy effectiveness
  • Compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations, including ADA, EEOC, FMLA
  • FLSA, OSHA, ERISA, NLRA, RLA, Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as compliance-related investigations
  • Defense of claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, civil rights violations, affirmative action violations, discipline and discharge challenges, and other workplace claims against employers
  • Labor/management relations, including union elections, union recognition, collective bargaining and proceedings before the NLRB
  • Workplace compliance issues including wage and hour law, plant closing and layoff, and labor antitrust issues
  • Contractual, equity and deferred compensation agreements, and severance agreements for executives
  • Guidance on the privacy, portability, electronic transmission, and security of protected health information under HIPAA
  • Retirement and welfare employee benefit plans, including ERISA ramifications.