Today's global workforce is evolving by the day. To stay ahead of the pack, businesses need legal counsel that successfully combines experience-based insight with a keen perception of future trends. With more than 35 lawyers practicing across the United States and in Europe — and a client list that includes Advantage Sales & Marketing, Gate Gourmet, MedStar Health, and Western Union — Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group provides effective, creative counsel in the full range of traditional and emerging labor and employment issues.
Our practitioners are highly skilled litigators and effective trial lawyers. Whether disputes involve individual employees and executives, groups of employees and class actions, organized labor or government agencies, our lawyers provide rapid, effective representation designed to minimize negative repercussions and strengthen our clients' position in courts of law and the court of public opinion. In mediation and arbitration, at trial, and before law enforcement and administrative agencies, we have a strong record of success resolving, for example, employment discrimination disputes, wage-and-hour class and collective actions, trade-secret litigation, labor disputes, ERISA and fiduciary duty litigation, and whistleblower claims.
Among numerous highlights, our practice co-chair was profiled recently in EmploymentLaw 360 as a labor and employment "practice leader" and was interviewed in BNA's Federal Contracts Report for his thoughts on Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforcement activities. The firm's managing partner was highlighted in a recent Washington Business Journal special report, "View From the Top: Law Firm Executives," where she discussed legal trends and the firm's innovative approach to alternative fee arrangements. We couple our industry leadership with "boots on the ground" client service, and have key contacts at the Department of Labor (DOL), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board. We also feature members of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
As counselors, we deliver practical, effective guidance on all traditional labor matters, including union organizing and corporate campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration, grievance arbitration, and other labor-management relations. We understand the unique legal and public relations issues that arise during high-stakes strikes, lockouts, and other labor disputes, and develop strategies to address the issues at the heart of the disagreement while simultaneously providing effective crisis management advice.
In the area of employment law, we advise employers on OFCCP affirmative action plans and — in conjunction with the firm's government contracts practice — issues under the Service Contract Act. We help businesses develop and implement clear, defensible policies and procedures covering employment discrimination, diversity, sexual harassment, employment contracts (including non-compete and non-disclosure agreements), wage-and-hour issues, executive compensation and employee benefits, and individual terminations and reductions-in-force (RIF).
We provide regulatory compliance counsel in the full range of labor and employment legislation, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act (WARN), the False Claims Act (FCA), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).