Employment

Our Business is Understanding Yours.

Our Business is Understanding Yours.

HDRB&B’s Employment Department provides proactive strategies and creative solutions to help employers minimize their risk and stay in compliance with continually changing laws. Businesses, corporations and individuals trust HDRB&B’s employment team to provide effective and efficient representation across a full range of employment law services – from counseling to representation at trial.

Services

For Employers

HDRB&B partners with business owners, in-house counsel, human resources professionals and management to limit exposure to liability by:

  • Providing proactive day-to-day employment counseling
  • Drafting and enforcing employment agreements, including:
    • Confidentiality agreements
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Independent contractor agreements
    • Separation agreements
    • Releases
  • Drafting comprehensive employee handbooks and well-reasoned hiring, firing, and performance management guidelines and decisions
  • Conducting comprehensive workplace audits to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, including:
    • Harassment and discrimination laws
    • Wage and hour laws
    • Employee v. independent contract classifications
    • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Providing customized employment practices training for management, supervisors and non-supervisory employees on topics including:
    • Preventing Harassment & Discrimination
    • Preventing Workplace Violence & Bullying
    • Combatting Implicit Bias in the Workplace
    • Properly Classifying Employees and Independent Contractors
  • Conducting independent internal investigations of harassment and discrimination complaints, whistleblower allegations, and other reports of workplace misconduct
  • Structuring and implementing reductions in force (RIFs) in accordance with state and federal WARN Act requirements

Representative Matters

  • Provided anti-discrimination and retaliation trainings to employers ranging in size from 20 to over 150.
  • Facilitated and provided documentation to effectuate legally compliant and complex reductions in force resulting from changes in market conditions and asset sales.
  • Successfully assisted clients reducing and/or eliminating fines for unemployment and workers’ compensation issues.
  • Prepared and represented clients in connection with wage and hour audits preventing violation findings and significant penalties and fines.
  • Conducted independent workplace investigations in response to whistleblower complaints, complaints of discrimination and harassment and workplace misconduct, and provided investigation reports and guidance following completion of the investigation

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For Employees

HDRB&B’s employment team has decades of experience providing trusted advice and guidance to executives and other high-level employees. Our objective is to help you obtain the most favorable results should you be exiting your current position and/or starting a new position.

We provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Negotiating and drafting employment contracts and independent contractor agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting separation agreements
  • Negotiating enhanced severance packages
  • Navigating restrictive covenant agreements

Representative Matters

  • Successfully assisted clients in negotiating lucrative separation agreements.
  • Assisted executives in reviewing and negotiating complex employment agreements, including equity packages.
  • Assisted numerous executives in navigating transitions from one position to another, ensuring they avoid restrictive covenant issues and maximize compensation, benefits and equity.
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