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Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized nationally as a Tier One firm—the highest possible ranking—in “Employment Law—Management” and “Litigation—Labor & Employment” by U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Our employment group is also recognized in every metropolitan area we practice
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications
 

LABOR RELATIONS

We anticipate and help employers resolve labor relations issues that stand in the way of doing business.

Our approach

Emotionally charged, highly visible and almost always economically significant, labor relations continue to redefine the employee-management relationship.

Despite declines in the union movement, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to tilt in labor’s favor, expanding the definition of legally protected activity and making it easier to organize. Unions are trying new tactics to rebuild membership and power, including social media and PR smear campaigns. And they frequently scrutinize employer policies and try to use the NLRB and government agencies to access union-free workplaces.

Every industry has different workforce needs. Our experience across sectors allows us to anticipate and prepare you for potential labor issues. Whether you have a unionized or union-free workforce, we strategize with you to minimize the impact of labor relations issues such as:

  • Union organizing
  • Other protected concerted activity
  • NLRB charges and related litigation
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Contract arbitrations
  • Work stoppages
  • Picketing

We take a balanced approach—combining negotiation, conciliation and, when appropriate, aggressive representation. We have served as lead negotiators in collective bargaining opposite some of the largest and most aggressive labor unions in North America. Our job is to help our clients meet their business goals without compromising employee loyalty, enthusiasm or productivity.

Who we work with

  • Employers with union and non-union employees—particularly in the private sector
  • Deep focus on health care, hospitality, distribution, transportation, manufacturing and construction industries

Media Clips

  • Social Media Policies Run Afoul of NLRB
    Long Island Business News | October 12, 2012

    Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary on some of the latest rulings from the National Labor Relations Board regarding social media policies.

Ideas

NLRB's authorization of complaints against McDonald's could have far-reaching implications
Employment Law Alert | August 6, 2014

Does the NLRB believe it's an "überagency?"
Employment Law Alert | June 23, 2014

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Adjunct professors targeted for unionization
Employment Law Alert | March 28, 2014

NLRB determines that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are "employees" pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act
Employment Law Alert | March 27, 2014

The Labor and Employment Law crystal ball: Trends and developments for 2014
Employment Law Alert | December 27, 2013

Court strikes down NLRB's Poster Rule
Employment Law Alert | May 8, 2013

Workplace agencies impacted by the sequester
Employment Law Alert | April 30, 2013

Federal Court of Appeals invalidates NLRB "recess" appointments
Employment Law Alert | January 30, 2013

NLRB finds online discussion between non-union employees "protected activity"
Employment Law Alert | January 3, 2013

Five New Year's resolutions for employers
Employment Law Alert | January 2, 2013

Recent NLRB decision leaves employers in a precarious position between possible ULP or sexual harassment liability
Employment Law Alert | October 9, 2012

California employment legislation: What's new for 2013?
Employment Law Alert | October 5, 2012

NLRB issues first decision regarding "online discussions" and ALJ issues decision regarding social media policies
Employment Law Alert | October 2, 2012

National Labor Relations Board takes aim at social media policies and at-will disclaimers
Employment Law Alert | July 26, 2012

California charter cities do not have to pay prevailing wages on local public projects involving local public funds
Employment Law Alert | July 10, 2012

NLRB approves first "micro" unit
Employment Law Alert | May 21, 2012

NLRB's "quickie" or "ambush" Election Rule invalidated . . . for now
Employment Law Alert | May 16, 2012

NLRB again finds protected concerted activity in Facebook posts, orders fired employees reinstated
Employment Law Alert | May 11, 2012

The professional overtime exemption: learned professionals and creative professionals
A Matter of Time: Wage-Hour News You Can Use | May 10, 2012

Brinker sequel: no attorney's fees allowed on California meal and rest period claims
Employment Law Alert | May 7, 2012

Critical developments in Labor and Employment law - Are you ready for April 30?
Employment Law Alert | April 26, 2012

NLRB notice posting of employee rights to join unions (or not)… AGAIN delayed pending court review
Employment Law Alert | April 17, 2012

NLRB and workers' groups continue attack on employer social media policies
Employment Law Alert | April 16, 2012

Critical developments in labor and employment law - NLRB's Representation Case Final Rule and Update on Notice Posting Litigation
Inside The Beltway Alert | December 22, 2011

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