Bradley’s Labor and Employment Practice Group offers smart, experienced counsel tailored to our clients’ unique and specific needs. We provide public and private employers with the comprehensive labor and employment legal counsel needed to help maximize the competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency of their modern workforces. Our attorneys attended law schools such as Duke, Harvard, SMU, Stetson, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington & Lee, and other top-tier institutions, and many have 30 years of hands-on experience in handling virtually every type of employment case imaginable. Our clients rely on us when they face high-stakes, large-scale, and multi-plaintiff claims with the potential to seriously disrupt operations and profitability.

Labor and employment issues arise around the clock and in multiple time zones, far beyond any predictable eight-hour shift. As our clients’ workplaces change, so do we. Whether meeting onsite, in a video conference, or via email in the middle of the night, our attorneys offer a flexibility in services and staffing that mirrors the responsiveness employers value in their own enterprises.

Our industry experience is vast and includes representation of national, regional, and local employers, from large corporations to small businesses, as well as all types of government entities, including statewide agencies and local school systems. Bradley attorneys defend employers across the southeast and beyond in federal and state courts, as well as before mediators and arbitrators nationwide. We also have extensive experience with advocating for clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHA), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and other government agencies.

We have achieved client successes in the full spectrum of sophisticated employment claims and issues, including:

Litigation – Class, Collective, Multidistrict, and Single Plaintiff

  • Wage and hour
  • Misclassification
  • Investigations
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992
  • Retaliation
  • Discrimination based on race, sex, pregnancy, disability, and age
  • Wrongful termination and harassment
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Whistleblower actions
  • Employee contracts, compensation, and severance
  • Breach-of-contract claims
  • Labor relations, including collective bargaining and NLRB charges

Advice and Preemptive Counsel

  • Policies and procedures, employee handbooks, employment contracts, and restrictive covenants
  • Employment issues during corporate transactions, including mergers, restructurings and insolvencies, dispositions, and other events
  • OSHA and MSHA compliance
  • Trainings for executives, managers, and supervisors on managing discipline, terminations, leaves, and requests for accommodations
  • Reductions in force and WARN Act notifications
  • Disability accommodation, FMLA, and USERRA leave compliance
  • U.S. Department of Labor audits
  • Operational advice

As the coronavirus continues to spread, employers are being required to make critical decisions regarding the safety of their workplace and employees, while also considering the long-term commercial and legal impact. Bradley’s Labor and Employment team can provide guidance to the overwhelming list of immediate questions regarding workplace and employee safety in the below areas as they relate to the coronavirus.

  • Advise on Families First Coronavirus Response Act and subsequent legislative developments
  • Advise on employee communication strategies
  • Advise on employee self-reporting, testing, leave and ADA policies
  • Provide guidance on workplace safety and health issues
  • Provide guidance on NLRA if employees refuse to report to work
  • Provide guidance on restricting employee travel
  • Advise on discrimination and harassment issues that may arise
  • Advise on remote work for a portion or all of your workforce
  • Advise on employees returning to work and communications necessary prior to their return
  • Provide guidance on immigration/visa implications of remote work
  • Provide guidance on evacuation of employees from impacted regions abroad
  • Review immigration policies related to natural disasters, health emergencies, and other associated events
  • Provide guidance on employee privacy/HIPPA laws when sharing news of an infected employee
  • Advise on wage and hour issues
  • Advise on employee expenses incurred by those who are asked or required to telework
  • Provide guidance on FMLA as it relates to COVID-19 absences
  • Provide guidance on WARN Act/plant closings
  • Guidance on workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits

Bradley’s Labor and Employment team has drafted several COVID-19 specific blog posts for our clients to reference during this uncertain time. Click here to review recent content from our attorneys that may be helpful to employers.

Bradley attorneys provide immigration services in the business context and help employers gain access to the skilled workers they require for success. Our background includes these key areas of business immigration law:

  • Temporary business and tourist visas (B-1 and B-2 visas)
  • Nonimmigrant employees in specialty occupations (H-1B)
  • Religious workers (R-1)
  • International intra-company transferees (L-1)
  • NAFTA professionals (TN)
  • Treaty investors (E)
  • Consular processing of nonimmigrant visas
  • Labor Certification (PERM) Applications
  • Employment-based immigration filings for permanent residence
  • Naturalization petitions
  • I-9 compliance, training and internal audits
  • E-Verify advice and counseling

 We also work with clients to prepare them for site visits and investigations conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other government agencies. We also offer compliance counsel related to relevant state immigration law.

At the helm of Bradley’s Labor and Employment Practice Group are attorneys with more than a century of collective experience in helping employers manage their workforces. This depth of counsel has allowed us to work with clients operating in nearly every industry, including:

  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Educational institutions and school systems 
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Government contracting
  • Government (public sector)
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical and health care
  • Mining
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Religious institutions
  • Retail chains
  • Restaurants and hospitality
  • Supermarkets
  • Transportation
  • Warehousing industries

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