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Labor Relations

Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2017 as a national Tier 1 leader for Employment Law—Management, Labor Law—Management, and Litigation—Labor & Employment
  • 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


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

  • 5 employer lessons from NLRB's Chipotle decision
    Law360 | October 19, 2016
    Providence office managing partner and labor and employment partner Andrew B. Prescott, and labor and employment associate Jessica Jewell, guest-authored this column about important guidance for employers in light of the National Labor Relation Board’s recent decision regarding several Chipotle employment policies.
  • Delayed request kills NLRB injunction bid
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | December 14, 2015
    Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column discussing the National Labor Relations Act’s Section 10(j) allowing federal district courts, at the National Labor Relations Board’s request, to grant temporary injunctions pending the board’s resolution of unfair labor practice charges. Click here to read the full article.
  • NLRB must address conflicting laws in failure to bargain case
    Reuters Legal | July 7, 2015
    This coverage notes the DC Circuit’s unanimous decision that the National Labor Relations Board failed to do its job of reconciling conflicting labor laws and must revisit a matter involving Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland. Labor & Employment associate Matt Frankel is noted as the hospital’s counsel.


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Employers may need to take another bite at policies: Lessons from a recent NLRB Chipotle decision
Employment Law Alert | October 7, 2016

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Evening the score: U.S. Women's National Soccer Team seeks equal pay
Employment Law Alert | April 8, 2016

California's minimum wage is rising, and with it so is the minimum salary for exempt status
Employment Law Alert | April 4, 2016

DOL releases final version of controversial "persuader" rule
Employment Law Alert | March 28, 2016

NLRB declares unlawful Whole Foods' rules against audio recording
Employment Law Alert | January 6, 2016

Webinar Recording: What's new with the NLRB?
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The Second Circuit "likes" the NLRB's triple play decision
Employment Law Alert | October 26, 2015

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It's April 14, 2015. Are you ready for the NLRB's new election rules?
Employment Law Alert | April 14, 2015

NLRB protects vulgar workplace Facebook rant, reinstates fired employee
Employment Law Alert | April 6, 2015

Labor & employment 2015 crystal ball
Employment Law Alert | January 29, 2015

When Duty Calls: New York enacts labor law requiring leave for first responders
Employment Law Alert | January 7, 2015

NLRB goes after McDonald's as "joint employer" - officially declares a war
Employment Franchise Alert | December 24, 2014

NCAA playing defense again: student athlete sues for minimum wage
Employment Law Alert | October 31, 2014

Labor Day reflections on labor law and the labor movement
Employment Law Alert | August 29, 2014

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

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

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