Helping Business Owners Navigate Employment Law
Boznos Law’s labor and employment practice encompasses virtually every aspect of labor and employment law. We represent clients before governmental agencies including, but not limited to, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Illinois Department of Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as state and local agencies that administer and enforce labor and employment laws.
Our labor and employment practice also includes advising and counseling clients concerning compliance with all applicable labor and employment laws. We function as “hands on” business advisers and strategists who regularly are asked to weigh-in on employment issues and human resources policies and practices. Among the services offered are:
• Counsel regarding compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws
• Counsel regarding employment terminations, including strategy, severance agreements, etc.
• Drafting and revision of employment policies, contracts, non-compete, confidentiality and other restrictive covenants
• Counsel regarding union organizing campaigns
• Mergers & Acquisitions, including participation in all aspects of the due diligence process regarding labor, employment and benefits issues, post-transaction advice and counsel
• Plant closings, mass layoffs, WARN issues
• Development of affirmative action plans and related compliance issues
Human Resources Services
In many instances, the most appropriate solution to an employee relations problem is a long-range program with a number of components, and many clients do not have a staff that can accomplish this independently. As a result, we are available to provide a wide range of human resources services, many of which we pioneered and are considered unique for an employment law firm. These include management and supervisory training, employee surveys to assess the overall climate within a workplace to uncover potential problems before they come to the surface, hiring, promotion or termination services, development of employee handbooks or specific policies and procedures and other communication devices. When our clients need us to do so, we are more than lawyers, we are hands-on consultants in human resources management.
We review employee forms, files, policies, procedures and employment practices to identify and correct potential exposure to liability under state and federal wage and hour, discrimination and leave of absence laws and employment contracts. We also review our clients’ employee files and records to ensure compliance with federal immigration laws. What are an employer’s responsibilities under the newly modified I-9 Laws? Contact us for a free consultation.
Management and Supervisory Training
Educating managerial and supervisory personnel about how to avoid costly employment claims as well as key management techniques such as effective motivation, discipline administration, communications listening skills and complaint resolution are important components in maintaining positive employee relations. We accomplish this through a variety of methods including seminars, role play, workbooks and training films.
We assist our clients in designing and implementing communications programs using employee handbooks, employee newspapers or newsletters, letters from upper level management and other proven media. We can also help with special communications to employees, such as speeches or texts for group meetings.
Employee Relations Strategy Development
Decades of experience in employment law have taught us that it is essential to develop both short and long term strategies governing employee relations. We design (or, assist in the design of) such strategies for our clients, taking into account the results of audits, wage and benefit administration, employee communications, union relationships (where applicable) and our clients’ bottom line goals. As an added component, we are available to help train management and supervisory personnel to implement these programs with skill and measurable effectiveness.