The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” may be well known, but it is never more true than in the constantly changing world of labor and employment. Troutman Sanders’ labor and employment lawyers partner with our clients’ human resources professionals, in-house counsel and managers to address and resolve any employment-related issues that may arise — and to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
We routinely provide advice on a wide variety of employment matters. Our advice is candid, pragmatic, and designed to help companies manage their legal compliance obligations and reduce the risk of legal challenges to their employment decisions. We regularly advise clients on the following areas, among others:
- Restrictive covenants (e.g., non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements)
- Wage and hour issues
- Harassment and discrimination complaints and investigations
- Leave of absence requests
- Restructurings and reductions in force
- Union avoidance
- Discipline and discharge of employees
- Affirmative action (and other federal contracting obligations)
- Safety and health regulations
- Requests for accommodations for disabilities or religious practices
- Mergers and acquisitions
To help clients limit their legal risks, we conduct audits of their human resources practices and policies in advance of potential challenges. These audits may include reviews of employee classifications and exemptions, evaluation of the company’s compensation or performance management systems, reviews of employee handbooks, policies and procedures, audits of I-9 forms and personnel files, and assessment of the company’s affirmative action procedures. Where we find that the company’s practices are not consistent with current law or industry best practices, we help our clients identify and implement new approaches that balance legal compliance with the needs and objectives of the business.
We are often asked to help clients protect their investment in employees by drafting effective and enforceable employment agreements, retention agreements and restrictive covenants. One size does not fit all in this area, and we apply our full knowledge and experience toward crafting creative solutions to business problems.