Labor & Employment

Workplace Counseling and Policies

Roetzel had significant experience in working closely with employers to develop and implement practical and sound employment policies and procedures. We know that in the workplace, an ounce of prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure, and that compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws and regulations is a critical element of the positive work environments our clients seek.

We help employers create effective systems for responding to sensitive, high-risk employment situations before they happen.

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on a broad range of day-to-day activities, including establishing workplace policies, updating and disseminating employee handbooks, structuring and monitoring employee complaint hotlines, and developing standards and processes for performance evaluations. We guide companies through robust and effective self-audit techniques to identify and eliminate risks stemming from inappropriate or improperly implemented workplace policies and procedures.

In addition, we help employers create effective systems for responding to sensitive, high-risk employment situations before they happen, like contentious terminations, harassment and discrimination claims, layoffs and reductions in force, workplace accidents, and similar challenges. When such situations occur, our attorneys quickly guide HR and management through processes and responses that minimize the threat of litigation and potentially adverse effects on employee morale.

Our lawyers also have extensive experience in helping clients navigate myriad local and state employment regulations, as well as federal rules on immigration and I-9 requirements; Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) policies and procedures; Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines; wage-and-hour regulations; employee privacy; workforce restructuring; and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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