Employer Services Group
Managing a workforce amid a tangle of federal and state laws and regulations can be a challenge. The McKenna Long & Aldridge (MLA) Employer Services Group offers experienced and informed counsel in all aspects of the labor and employment relationship. When disputes do arise, we provide skilled and zealous representation.
Labor Relations Today
MLA attorneys also provide up-to-date analysis, resources and commentary on developments in traditional labor law at their blog, Labor Relations Today (http://www.laborrelationstoday.com/).
On November 2, 2010, Georgia voters approved a sweeping revision to the legal framework for the enforcement of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants. MLA Employer Services Group attorneys are closely following developments in this area, and have assembled a resource page on this topic, including a white paper explaining key aspects of the new law.
Employers deserve legal advice and guidance they can trust, from attorneys who understand their business and industry. Your managers cannot wait while outside counsel gets up to speed. We strive to understand the risks and opportunities your company faces every day. When a question arises or a crisis erupts, our attorneys are prepared to act.
While we stand ready to help respond to a crisis, our goal is to help you establish a foundation that will deter disruption. Our attorneys provide our clients advice, counseling and training on all aspects of labor and employment law.
Federal and state procurement regulations that affect the workplace
Compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws
Compliance with workplace safety laws and regulations
Employee handbooks and personnel policies
Non-competition, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality, and invention agreements
National Labor Relations Board and other administrative proceedings
Management training on preventing harassment, avoiding hostile workplaces, handling EEO cases, dealing with problem employees and conducting performance reviews
Employment agreements, executive compensation, and stock options
Employee discipline, terminations, severance agreements, and reductions in force
Establishment and maintenance of internal dispute resolution mechanisms
We also help our clients develop methods to protect trade secrets and data from computer theft and other forms of misappropriation. We work with clients to audit their confidential, proprietary assets that are stored electronically and to identify where those assets are located in their systems, who has access to those assets, how those assets are accessed (remotely, internally or otherwise) and what methods should be used to track movement of those assets. We conduct internal audits and forensic investigations for our clients to determine the security of their current technology systems and to help our clients detect a breach in those systems.
We assist clients to develop confidentiality agreements with employees, suppliers and customers, and to develop internal procedures, security measures and other methodologies necessary to keep proprietary information "secret." Once policies and procedures are created, we help our clients institute and enforce these policies and procedures with their employees. We also help our clients revise their exit interviews to make sure that assets and data are collected from employees during their departure and that our clients are asking the right questions to prevent theft and the damage to the corporation that results from such theft.
Our employment litigation takes many forms — from routine discharge and discipline disputes, to complex state and federal wage-and-hour claims, to protection of crucial competitive data, and handling employees who “switch sides” to a competitor. MLA Employer Services Group attorneys practice in federal and state courts, federal and state administrative agencies, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution settings.
Our approach to labor relations is to put the emphasis on "relations." We build close working relationships with our clients in order to help them develop strategies for dealing with both union and non-union environments. Stable labor-management relations require trust, so we strive to uphold our clients' credibility in the workplace as well as our own. Employers and labor respect our firm for the integrity we bring to the process and the results we achieve.
In addition to advising employers on labor matters and contract negotiations, we regularly handle a full range of labor relations matters, including:
Union organizing drives — campaigns and elections
Unfair labor practice charges
Collective bargaining and contract administration
Union issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions, successorship and business or plant shutdowns
By working closely with our clients and learning about their businesses in-depth, we are better able to anticipate and prevent labor and employment disputes. By offering seminars and training on an array of workplace legal issues, we help our clients learn to better protect themselves against disputes.
Employee benefits and executive compensation are critical to the successful retention of a company's talent. The group handles all types of benefit disputes with its extensive experience litigating ERISA and other executive compensation matters on a national basis. The group is prepared to assist clients in ERISA administrative procedures, litigation, mediation and/or arbitration of employee benefits matters. The employee benefits experience of the group, in conjunction with the litigation bench strength, offers our clients a well-positioned representation on all types of employee benefits or executive compensation matters that may arise between employers and employees or between employers and vendors.
Planning for temporary and long-term employment of foreign nationals in the U.S. can be a complex matter. MLA’s Immigration Law practice works in tandem with the Employer Services Group, representing both domestic and multinational corporations, and regularly working with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC and the U.S. Department of Labor.
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