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When it comes to labor and employment law concerns, clients deserve strong and effective advocacy. The Labor and Employment practice of Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP (HR&O) encompasses all areas of traditional labor and employment law, as well as related litigation.

Legal Help for Labor and Employment Issues

At HR&O, we represent associations in all facets of union relations, such as in collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and arbitrations, union organizing drives, defending against election campaigns to decertify incumbent unions, assisting with strike preparation and on-site supervision, providing assistance and representation at grievance and dismissal hearings, and in representing associations in all types of proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

We serve as general or special counsel to a significant number of associations throughout the state. We have been instrumental in constructing a proactive strategy to prevent and resolve legal issues prior to engaging in costly litigation. Some of the areas for which we provide counseling include executive board member and steward training, reviewing employee benefits plans, personnel policies, analyzing employment policies and employee handbooks, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, worker evaluation systems, early retirement programs, restrictive covenants, employment contracts, and employee drug and alcohol testing programs. We also draft and customize employee rights handbooks for associations.

Our counseling advice has also concentrated on plant closings, sudden mass layoffs (WARN Act), reductions in force, review of internal corporate investigations of sexual harassment and discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, employee privacy rights, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) matters, retaliatory discharges and terminations, leave of absence policies, workers’ compensation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and comparable state laws, such as the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Qui Tam actions brought by “whistleblowers,” and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for resolving employee grievances and legal claims.

Our attorneys handle all aspects of claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including benefits claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, discrimination claims and issues related to preemption, qualified and nonqualified benefit plans, analyzing the handling of claims disputes, litigating prohibited transactions, as well as representation in front of the Department of Labor (DOL). We are also experienced with cafeteria, dependent care assistance, fringe benefit and voluntary employees’ benefits association plans.

At HR&O, we are also well-versed in recovering wages for individual employees, as well as litigating on behalf of each and every employee of an entire company by utilizing the power of a “class action.” This specialized area of our labor and employment practice includes recovery of minimum wages, overtime pay, meal period violations, rest period violations, failure to pay wages when they are due, failure to pay wages upon termination and “doffing and donning” safety equipment.

Learn How We Can Help With Your Labor or Employment Law Issue

When litigation is necessary, our lawyers take legal action to secure victory. Our combination of experience and clear perception of the law offers benefits for our clients, both in terms of result and cost, that only few firms are capable of providing.

At the same time, we strive to minimize our clients’ litigation risk by addressing their unique needs and offering specific situation solutions.

Our legal opposition is extremely familiar with our capabilities, reputation and results achieved. Being regarded by our opponents as “formidable” works to our clients’ advantage.

Our process is straightforward. We build a strong offense from the start. The lawyers at Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, are well-versed in issues critical to the outcome of each and every case. Simply put, we design an uncomplicated path to win.

To obtain further information, kindly contact Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, at 619-369-3323, or through our online form to schedule a free initial consultation. If you would like to visit us in person, feel free to come to our office!