Labor & Employment

Overview

Gilpin Givhan understands that employees are a company‘s most valuable resource and that effectively managing those employees is the cornerstone of a successful business. Our Labor & Employment practice group works closely with employers of all sizes and types across a wide variety of industries, helping them navigate the vast array of legal issues that arise in the modern workplace. We advocate a three–pronged approach – careful preparation, consistent education and vigorous defense. We believe that the best way to avoid legal issues in the workplace is to make sure they never arise. We therefore assist employers in developing sound, effective and legal workplace policies, procedures and practices. Simply having good rules, however, is not enough – educating employees is critical. We work closely with employers to create and implement training programs to ensure that employees are well–educated about workplace policies and procedures as well as the employers‘ commitment to following the law. When litigation arises, Gilpin Givhan stands ready to vigorously defend its clients‘ interests, whether in court or before a state or federal agency or in any other forum.

We Stand Ready to Help, from Hiring to Firing and Everything In-Between

Each business has a unique mix of people and processes and problems. We work with you to gain an intimate knowledge of your business operations then tailor our advice to your specific needs. Gilpin Givhan regularly counsels employers on the seemingly infinite number of workplace legal issues that they face – identifying problems, weighing potential solutions and establishing practical plans of correction. If you have questions about... recruiting, hiring, disciplining, evaluations, terminating, training, wage and hour issues, FLSA exemptions, discrimination, retaliation, FMLA, leaves of absence, disability accommodations, workers compensation, employment contracts, non–competition agreements, mandatory arbitration programs, or any other workplace legal issue, we have answers.

Litigation

Gilpin Givhan‘s Labor & Employment practice group has the depth and breadth of experience necessary to represent your company‘s interests in all types of employment litigation, including:

  • Employment discrimination and retaliation
  • FLSA suits alleging wage and hour violations, exemption misclassification or collective claims
  • FMLA and related leave of absence claims
  • Workers compensation and workers compensation retaliatory discharge
  • Employment contract disputes
  • ERISA and other employee benefit related claims

Our philosophy is to provide employers with an aggressive and effective defense, while minimizing the costs and the disruption to a business that inevitably arise when litigation occurs. Furthermore, our job is not over when the litigation ends. We view every lawsuit as a learning opportunity. We therefore work with the employers we defend to institute any necessary policies, procedures or practices to avoid similar lawsuits in the future.

Labor-Relations and Unionization Concerns

Our Labor & Employment practice group has extensive experience advising and assisting employers in dealing with the unique issues presented by organized labor. Whether your business is dealing with an existing union, or is facing efforts to unionize your workforce, Gilpin Givhan can help. Our expertise extends to:

  • Union Organizing Campaigns and Elections
  • Decertification Elections
  • Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining
  • Unfair Labor Practice Charges and related matters before the NLRB
  • Union Avoidance Training

Regulatory Compliance

Gilpin Givhan routinely represents employers in investigation and enforcement proceedings before governmental regulatory agencies, such as:

  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Office of Federal Contractors Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Alabama Department of Industrial Relations

Our goal is to effectively represent your interests in such proceedings, be it an audit, investigation or hearing, minimizing the exposure your business faces and resolving the matter as quickly and painlessly as possible.

For Gilpin Givhan‘s Labor & Employment practice group, our business is getting you back to business, and helping you avoid any future interruptions. We are always available to discuss your business and any issues you might currently be facing (or how to avoid them to begin with) – simply contact any of the attorneys in our Labor & Employment practice group.

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