KJK’s Labor & Employment Practice Group sets itself apart from others through our dedication to partnering with our clients’ business, handling matters proactively, balancing risks and providing our clients with options and solutions. One of our differentiators is our attorneys’ direct experience as in-house and general counsel for publicly held corporations and a Top Fortune 50 Company. This invaluable experience provides us with the knowledge of what our clients’ businesses face on a daily basis.
Our labor and employment practice incorporates all aspects of the employment relationship in both union and non-union settings. We provide advice, counsel and litigation experience to businesses of all sizes — from large Fortune 500 companies to small and medium size businesses.
We assist employers in improving employee communication, increasing efficiency and decreasing the risk of litigation through a proactive approach, including the development of personnel policies and employee handbooks. Our innovative employment audit and policy review programs help our clients avoid employment-related issues before they turn into lawsuits.
We counsel our clients on the most difficult employment and human resources decisions, including the structuring of necessary workforce reductions, in order to both maximize financial objectives and minimize exposure to litigation. This includes layoff strategies, plant shutdowns and issues surrounding the enforceability and advisability of severance agreements with individual employees. We advise our clients with respect to employment, executive compensation, non-competition, confidentiality and similar agreements, while guiding our clients through the maze of state and federal laws affecting the workplace.
We represent employers in federal and state court, in defense of discrimination lawsuits, wrongful discharge claims and related employment actions. We have extensive experience representing employers in disputes involving non-competition agreements, the misappropriation of trade secrets and efforts by competitors to solicit and hire their employees. We also defend employers and plan sponsors from employee benefit claims under ERISA.
On the administrative front, our attorneys regularly appear before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and similar state agencies to defend our clients against discrimination charges based upon race, sex, age, handicap and religion, as well as wage and hour and unemployment charges.
We have considerable expertise in traditional labor matters, including union avoidance, collective bargaining, contract administration, labor arbitrations, strike maintenance and all manners of related issues before the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts.
KJK has successfully defended clients sued for age, race, sex and disability discrimination by terminated employees
Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a company charged with sexual harassment and wrongful discharge
Successfully defending a wage and hour collective/class action
Defending an injunction sought against our client and one of its employees in a non-compete, non-solicitation, trade secret case
Obtained an injunction to stop a former employee, in violation of a covenant not to compete, from continuing to work for a competitor
Obtained a favorable determination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to a charge of race discrimination filed against our client by one of its employees
Defended our client and one of its top executives against claims alleging sexual harassment for which the executive faced personal liability
Assisted clients in structuring workforce reductions and negotiating severance arrangements with its employees
Negotiated cost effective collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers
Assisted employer with strategies to avoid union organization
Advised buyer of a company whose employees were unionized as to relevant acquisition strategies