Labor and Employment

Client and Industry Challenges

All employers, from emerging businesses to Fortune 500 companies, face complex and ever-changing legislation and regulations pertaining to their workplace. Disputes with employees are also a regular concern. Employers often turn to knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel for effective, cost-efficient and current advice on, or defense for, employment and traditional labor matters.

Snell & Wilmer's employment and labor attorneys assist clients through all phases of employment and labor-related counseling and litigation. We routinely provide management training in the areas of sexual harassment, workplace diversity, employee retention, hiring practices, wrongful discharge, internal investigations and numerous other areas intended to educate and motivate supervisory personnel in the proper handling of workplace issues. We also regularly advise clients on non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality issues designed to protect their significant investments in people, territories and proprietary information.

Our employment and labor attorneys also provide exceptional and experienced employment litigation representation for our clients. If litigation is not in their best interest, we strive to help our clients avoid the courtroom through counseling and investigation, as well as through cost-effective alternative dispute resolution strategies such as arbitration and mediation.

Areas of Service

The following is a list of areas in which our attorneys are available to provide counseling, dispute resolution and litigation assistance:

  • Affirmative Action plans and audits
  • Age discrimination
  • Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings
  • ADR creation and implementation
  • Class-action litigation
  • Collective bargaining
  • Compliance
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Constructive discharge
  • Contingent workforce
  • Contract disputes
  • Disability discrimination
  • Drug testing
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation 
  • Employee discipline, corrective action and termination 
  • Employment litigation/ADR and litigation avoidance
  • Employment taxes 
  • Equal employment opportunity/discrimination, including responding to charges and complaints filed with federal, state and local agencies 
  • Equal Pay Act issues
  • Executive and other employment agreements
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act issues
  • Hiring, restrictive covenants 
  • Immigration and worksite enforcement
  • Labor-management relations
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • OSHA issues
  • Policies and handbooks
  • Privacy and data security
  • Reductions in force
  • Representation before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Sarbanes-Oxley issues
  • Sexual discrimination/harassment
  • Union election campaigns and proceedings
  • Unfair business practices
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Whistleblower issues
  • Workplace investigations 
  • Wrongful termination

Clients We Serve

Our employment and labor practice group has assisted a broad spectrum of employers, ranging from small businesses to large corporations, for over 75 years. We have helped clients in virtually every sector of business establish policies, write handbooks, resolve employee disputes, handle terminations and dispute legal claims. We have defended and prevailed on class and collective actions involving all types of employment claims, including those involving employee classifications, wage-hour compliance, governing pay practices and benefits claims.

Why Clients Select Us

Comprehensive Service and Client Focused: With employment and labor attorneys located in the eight Snell & Wilmer offices throughout the United States, we can provide comprehensive, cost-effective solutions for all types of employment related issues. We offer seamless resources across multiple offices. We have depth, and rely on the experience of our colleagues practicing in a range of legal areas throughout our firm. Thus, we strategically and efficiently advance our clients' broad business interests and goals. We strive to learn our clients’ businesses and industries to better assist in devising solutions to employment problems that affect the efficiency and productivity of their workforce.

Knowledgeable and Invested: Many of our attorneys have developed areas of special concentration in complex areas of employment and labor law such as immigration, data privacy and security and OSHA, and frequently work with agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the National Labor Relations Board. Our attorneys are regular speakers and authors on employment and traditional labor matters. Our group also offers seminars and management training sessions that can be customized for specific clients’ industries and needs.

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