EMPLOYMENT LAW

SBRS has established its Employment Law Group as a leader in issues that affect its clients in numerous industries. Employment law falls under the umbrella of both federal and state statutes, as well as administrative regulation and judicial precedent. When workers file claims for employment discrimination, unemployment compensation and workers’ compensation, these claims fall under employment law. Likewise, overseeing workplace safety and standards, fair wages, retirements and pensions, employee benefits, and much more are part of this wide-ranging legal area. Employment law deals with both the employer and the employee’s actions, rights and responsibilities, as well as their relationship with one another. Because of the breadth and scope of the subject matter which falls under the classification of employment law and the diversity of employees engaged in our clients’ businesses, our clients rely on SBRS’ attorneys to guide them through the extensive regulations which impact on their companies. The attorneys in SBRS’ Employment Law Group are experts on:

  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
  • The Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA);
  • Employee Retirement Income Act (ERISA);
  • Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959;
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA);
  • Americans with Disability Act (ADA);
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994;
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA);
  • Immigration and Nationality Act;
  • Reporting requirements of the Department of Labor;
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Collective bargaining;
  • Duty of Fair Representation; and Restrictive covenants.

The clients of SBRS’ Employment Law Group depend on us to counsel them in essential areas such as:

  • Developing employee handbook and policies and procedures;
  • Drafting employment contracts;
  • Analyzing and drafting job descriptions to ensure employees are properly classified as “exempt” or “non-exempt” under the FLSA;
  • Investigating allegations of harassment and/or discrimination and evaluating the merits of these claims for proper resolution before costly litigation is commenced;
  • Negotiating with labor unions and resolving labor grievances;
  • Determining whether employees should be classified as Independent Contractors versus salaried employees;

Many areas of employment law such as sexual harassment and employment discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability are areas which have extensive legal history and precedent. While SBRS’ Employment Law Group are experienced and well versed on these topics, we also strive to be thought leaders at the forefront of new issues such as accommodations for nursing mothers, policies regarding the use of social media by employees and discrimination based on sexual orientation. SBRS’ clients count on our extensive experience handling employment matters and vision to identify emerging issues coupled with the knowledge of our clients’ businesses to help minimize risk and exposure for them.