Jenner & Block

Labor and Employment

Our attorneys combine a vast knowledge of labor and employment issues with exceptional trial skills and extensive experience in a wide variety of labor, employment and benefits matters. We have the ability to understand complex issues and develop proactive and cost-effective solutions for public and private employers.

We represent major corporations, public entities and not-for-profit entities across a broad range of industries, including automotive, advertising, defense, distribution, education, gaming, high tech industries, manufacturing, professional services, sales, and commodity trading. For our work with Fortune 500 businesses, we were honored as a 2013 “Go-To Law Firm” in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media (ALM), the company that publishes Corporate Counsel, The American Lawyer, and The National Law Journal Magazines. The recognition illustrates our high-level of performance for the nation’s top companies.

Our attorneys counsel employers in a myriad of sensitive personnel decisions, such as hiring, promotion, performance evaluation, discipline, compensation and discharge issues, reductions in force, exit incentive programs, releases, leaves of absence and harassment issues. We conduct internal investigations of alleged harassment or other employee misconduct claims and also conduct litigation avoidance counseling and training.

Employers seek our help drafting and litigating employment, severance and restrictive covenant agreements, as well as auditing and drafting employment policies and practices.  We work with labor economists to provide employers with statistical analyses of personnel practices and decisions, such as compensation, promotions, representation and termination analyses.  We also advise employers on the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as union/management issues.

Our attorneys also defend all varieties of labor, employment and benefits claims brought by individuals and government agencies as well as class actions nationwide.  We defend claims brought in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in administrative, arbitration and mediation proceedings.

We have experience with claims alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violations of federal and state wage/hour laws, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, WARN and OWBPA, and common law claims such as breach of contract, interference with contract or prospective economic advantage, invasion of privacy, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  We also represent federal contractors regarding affirmative action plans and obligations, and in OFCCP audits and proceedings.