Barnes & Thornburg’s labor and employment clients are supported by a team of more than 85 professionals -- a diverse group of professionals and one of the largest in the country. While it almost seems too convenient to say that we cover the “full-range” of labor and employment issues that an organization might face, to say anything less would simply be untrue. As you would expect from a group ranked as an elite national labor and employment practice, we have the good fortune of representing an incredible array of clients on a regional, national, and international basis in each of the following areas:

  • Union-free programs (preventative maintenance)
  • Union election campaigns
  • FLSA defense and compliance
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitrations
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Compliance proceedings
  • NLRB charges and proceedings
  • Trade-secret/non-compete claims
  • Workforce reorganizations, downsizings and rightsizings
  • Severance and golden parachute agreements
  • Drafting and enforcing non-competition agreements and confidentiality provisions
  • Drafting effective policies and handbooks
  • Drafting independent contractor agreements
  • Employment practice audits
  • Implementation of best practices
  • Bench trials in state, federal and administrative proceedings
  • Emergency protective orders/injunctive relief
  • USERRA compliance
  • Navigation through wage-payment statutes
  • Defense of wage-claims
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Assistance
  • Employment Contracts
  • Defense of ERISA Claims
  • Retirement Plans
  • Executive compensation plans
  • Incentive bonus programs
  • Harassment investigations
  • Supervisor training on discipline, discharge, interviews, hiring/firing, union avoidance
  • Merger and acquisition labor/employment law
  • ADEA Defense
  • Defense, compliance and training regarding accessibility for individuals with disabilities
  • Human resource management
  • Jury study/jury consulting
  • FMLA defense, best practices, and training
  • ADA defense, training and proactive strategies
  • Proactive advice to reduce or avoid litigation risks
  • Withdrawal Liability
  • Construction Labor Issues
  • Jobsite Picketing
  • Pre-Hire Agreements
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Class Actions Defense
  • Jury trials (in federal and state courts)
  • Appeals at state, federal and U.S. Supreme Court levels
  • WARN compliance and navigation
  • Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA)
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Qui Tam actions
  • Unemployment claims
  • Whistleblower claims
  • False Claims Act cases
  • Defense of white-collar crimes directed at officers
  • International labor law
  • Daily human resources support
  • Affirmative Action plans
  • OFCCP compliance, including preparation of AAPs and client representation during AAP audits
  • OSHA defense and compliance
  • Workers compensation defense
  • Development of best practices
  • Electronic and paper discovery issues
  • Diversity training
  • Documentation retention/posting compliance
  • Harassment training
  • Glass ceiling investigations
  • Workplace violence training
  • Title VII defense
  • Defense of claims under state and local civil rights laws
  • Labor due diligence on mergers and acquisitions
  • Defense of administrative claims, EEOC and DOL
  • Multi-Employer Pension Plan Issues
  • Construction Labor issues
  • Project Labor Agreements
  • Implementation of Reserved Gates
  • Decertification Campaigns
  • Decertification and Deauthorization Proceedings
  • Successorship Issues
  • Unit Clarification/Accretion Disputes
  • Internal investigations of alleged employee/supervisor wrongdoing
  • Responding to Picketing
  • Corporate Immigration and Global Mobility Services
  • I-9 Employment Verification Process, E-Verify and Worksite Enforcement Counsel and Representation

In these matters, we take special pride in partnering with our clients to avoid problems before they occur. That’s why we spend a good deal of time working with HR professionals and organizational leadership – both new and seasoned – to provide proactive training. Training topics just in the past year have included: union avoidance, harassment prevention, aggressively managing absenteeism under the FMLA and ADA, litigation avoidance, managing legal costs, legal compliance, leadership/motivational skills, compensation practices and alternatives, effectively handling employee complaints, collective bargaining trends and strategies, arbitration preparation, effectively managing under a union contract, grievance processing, managing workplace injuries and illnesses, preparing for and carrying out a workforce reorganization, handling the marginal performer, prevention of workplace violence, effective recruiting/retention, ensuring immigration compliance, strategies for concession bargaining and countless legal updates.