Employers today face an increasing number of employment law compliance challenges. Fueling this trend are increasingly aggressive and creative plaintiffs’ attorneys, as well as a growing willingness by former employees to pursue claims following employment loss. The litigation wave rests on heightened regulatory activity and a focus by many state and federal agencies on highly punitive enforcement strategies.
Given the enormous financial stakes presented by many compliance issues, proactive planning is essential for businesses to mitigate their litigation and other compliance risks. A thorough review of an employer’s policies, procedures, and benefit plans, coupled with correction of deficiencies, can dramatically reduce risks to business operations. We work collaboratively with our clients to define the scope of an audit, to identify potential liability exposures, and to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. After completing an audit, we recommend corrective measures and help to design compliant labor, employment, and benefits policies, practices, plans, and procedures to address each business’ unique workplace challenges.
Our audits are subject to both the attorney-client privilege and the attorney work-product doctrine. This minimizes the possibility that good faith efforts to identify and address employment law issues can be used against employers. Specifically, we provide:
- Critical employment law compliance audits
- Wage-hour compliance audits
- Independent contractor analysis
- Diversity audits
- Union organizing vulnerability audits
- Workplace security surveys
- Occupational safety and health audits
- Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audits
- Employee privacy analysis
- M&A due diligence
- Employee benefits plan reviews