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Labor & Employment

Counsel that helps you get the most from your most valuable resource

Capabilities at a glance

  • Experienced, highly skilled attorneys who will aggressively support you in effectively managing and maximizing the strengths of your workforce.
  • We craft tailored, tax-advantaged solutions that satisfy your human resources objectives, as well as day-to-day advice on how to implement them.
  • A complete range of labor, employment and benefits legal services, from within a national full-service firm — so we can draw on experience from all areas of law.
  • Listed in “The Go-To Law Firms of the World’s Leading Companies” (a special Fortune magazine supplement) and ranked, both on office and individual attorney levels, in Chambers USA.

Labor and employment legal support in tune with your business objectives

In today's fast-paced, competitive business environment, human resources serves a crucial role in balancing business and employee needs, while staying compliant with a changing landscape of federal and state laws. The Labor & Employment Practice Group at Quarles has been helping companies navigate these laws for over 100 years by addressing human resource issues efficiently and consistently based on each unique workplace culture. We listen to our clients and their needs and provide practical advice on everything from single, discrete questions and litigation matters to the most significant projects and complex litigation. We also take great care to help clients anticipate and resolve human resource issues, structuring policies and procedures to avoid costly problems before they arise.

Helping clients of all sizes across a wide range of industries

We work with clients of all sizes, at virtually any location, over a diverse range of industries — and we know from this broad range of experience how varied each organization’s human resources needs and priorities can be. Some of our clients are household names with thousands of employees, some are exciting startups with only a handful of employees (if any), but we work with the same dedication and enthusiasm for each of our clients across numerous industries, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Health care, including hospitals and nursing homes
  • Financial institutions
  • Schools and higher education institutions
  • Mining companies
  • Construction companies
  • Breweries
  • Public utilities
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation such as railroads and package delivery


  • Affirmative action requirements, including development of action plans and responses to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and state and local compliance audits
  • Compliance with titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitrations
  • Defense of class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the ADA, Title VII and other employment statutes
  • Employment agreements, including noncompete, trade secret and confidentiality agreements and litigation
  • Employment discrimination litigation and investigations into allegations of discrimination and harassment
  • Employee benefits counseling, including ERISA, retirement and executive compensation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other leave law compliance
  • Immigration law and matters related to the global workforce
  • Labor and employment law audits, including analyses of hiring and termination practices, employment applications, handbooks, and policy and procedure manuals
  • Military veterans, reservist and national guard matters
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance
  • Recordkeeping requirements and confidentiality issues
  • Reorganization, restructuring and reductions in force counseling, including Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act compliance
  • Training programs for managers and supervisors
  • Union avoidance and representation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Wage and salary administration, including representation and counsel regarding FLSA and state wage-hour compliance
  • Worker compensation and unemployment compensation
  • Wrongful discharge, breach of employment contract and other termination-related litigation

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