Kelley Drye's Labor and Employment attorneys have represented the interests of employers for more than 60 years. We appear on their behalf before federal, state and local agencies in matters involving traditional labor relations, wage and hour issues, employment contracts, wrongful discharge, harassment and hostile environment, and employment discrimination claims. Additionally, we have represented numerous financial advisors, law firms and other entities in high-stakes partnership disputes, including dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty allegations.
Because cost-efficiency begins with the prevention of workplace disputes, we encourage clients to involve us in the preventative aspects of counseling on employee relations. We stand ready to provide timely, practical advice regarding a wide range of employee relations issues including compliance with the FLSA, FMLA and ADA, performance management, recruitment, compensation and Equal Pay Act compliance, benefits, discipline and termination.
We also advise our clients with respect to reductions in force, employment contracts and non-compete agreements, sexual harassment policies and the review of employee handbooks and human resources policies. Our practice also includes the preparation of affirmative action plans and counsel regarding drug and alcohol issues.
We regularly appear before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state and local fair employment practice agencies in response to administrative charges of discrimination. Our practice includes the preparation of position statements, appearances at fact findings and participation in alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.
When legal action is unavoidable, we vigorously defend our clients' interests before state and federal courts. Our experience encompasses scores of single plaintiff and class action cases involving, among other allegations, age, race, gender, disability and national origin discrimination.
Kelley Drye’s labor relations attorneys have extensive experience in helping companies navigate the challenges and opportunities they face with organized labor. We work closely with leaders across industry sectors to develop and drive company-wide strategies for promoting union-free workplaces, and for responding effectively to union organizing and public relations campaigns. We practice extensively before the National Labor Relations Board in regions across the country. Our attorneys’ extensive experience also means that our clients benefit from our deep practical knowledge of the real-world, real-time tactics that makes a labor strategy effective. We know how to work effectively with stakeholders not only in the board room, but on the shop floor. We also help our clients work with unionized workforces, including in major collective bargaining, unfair labor practice disputes, and labor arbitrations.
Above all, our labor relations attorneys know how to tie legal strategy to business goals, recognizing that the real value of labor relations advice is to minimize the risks and costs of organized labor, while maximizing positive employee relations.
Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment lawyers understand the challenges of an international workforce. We unite lawyers from our teams in the United States and the EU, along with our global network of trusted counsel, to address our clients’ global employment law challenges wherever they arise. Kelley Drye brings a distinctly cross-border perspective to multinationals on employment law, regulation and compliance, employee benefits and incentives, global mobility, pensions, redundancies and reductions-in-force, and organized labor. Because our clients are multinationals engaged in cross-border ventures, we provide employers of an international workforces with pragmatic, cost-effective solutions to their global employment law needs, with an emphasis on reducing risk and maximizing employee relations. The firm’s work is recognized around the world; indeed, Legal Era Magazine named Kelley Drye the “Best International Law Firm of the Year” for 2016.