Labor & Employment

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Savvy employers, large or small, understand their employees are key to their business success. They also understand that conflicts between management and the workforce can severely affect a company’s bottom line and morale. These companies turn to Foley for guidance and legal counsel on labor and employment issues ranging from compliance with federal, state, and local regulations to preventing and resolving disputes with comprehensive counsel and advice and through litigation, when necessary.

Whether clients need help with affirmative action plans, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, wage and hour compliance, collective bargaining, discrimination claims or suits, counsel on or enforcement of restrictive covenants, labor and employment class action defense strategies, or myriad other labor and employment-related matters and issues, our 85+ attorneys bring a wealth of experience to companies across several sectors and many industries. We offer diverse services tailored to meet the ongoing employment concerns our local, regional, and nationwide clients face every day.

Our Approach

From the outset of our relationship, we learn everything we can about your workforce, business, competition, and industry so that we can offer strategic, targeted advice. Our client-centric work style enables us to function as an extension of our clients’ human resource and in-house counsel teams. This invaluable deep dive ensures continuous and timely communication on each issue discussed and matter throughout every stage while maintaining transparency on budgets, timelines, and fees. We build the team that best suits your needs.

Foley excels in four critical sectors: Health Care & Life Sciences, Energy, Innovative Technology, and Manufacturing, and provides legal counsel to clients in other industries as well, including retail, hospitality & leisure, food & beverage, and airport & aviation. We regularly collaborate with our industry and sector colleagues to address the labor and employment issues companies must tackle. Our team brings top-notch labor and employment knowledge and experience while our industry and sector teams provide the inside track on relevant issues or trends. Clients count on us for depth in legal, industry, and sector knowhow.

Should our clients face state, federal, or local issues in labor and employment, our local and national footprint helps us serve you and your interests before regulatory agencies and in courts coast to coast.

Our Experience

Our comprehensive Labor & Employment services cover every area of concern employers encounter as they run their businesses. From affirmative action and wage and hour compliance to reductions in force or employment litigation, we provide critical advice, legal counsel, trial experience, and training to help our clients navigate these issues. Our Best Practices Guidebook, available upon request, addresses some of the most common labor and employment law issues facing human resources professionals and in-house employment attorneys.

Employment Trial Experience

Foley boasts one the most experienced employment trial teams in the United States. Our Labor & Employment attorneys have significant experience in arbitration, jury trials, administrative proceedings, injunctions, and expedited court proceedings. We assemble efficient and aggressive trial teams, representing companies and executives in jurisdictions throughout the country. We also handle the work after a trial, from appeal through post-judgment enforcement actions as well. Foley’s Labor & Employment attorneys have appeared in hundreds of courts, all federal appellate courts, and the Supreme Court on labor and employment matters. We also have appeared before various agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, the Mine Safety & Health Review Commission, state non-discrimination agencies, and more.