Vedder Price enjoys an outstanding reputation as a leading employment law firm, with strong credentials and experience representing private- and public-sector management clients of all sizes on a wide range of employment matters—from Equal Employment Opportunity counseling and litigation to employee benefits and international employment law issues.
You can expect a deep team of attorneys who concentrate in employment law and its various areas and who are involved at the forefront of developments in this area. This enables us to provide a level of support on short notice and on an array of matters that smaller labor sections and boutique firms cannot provide.
Broad employment law credentials across industries. Our attorneys combine deep employment law knowledge with experience in the manufacturing, construction, transportation, retail, health care, mining, airline, food, telecommunications, financial services, insurance and publishing industries, to name just a few.
Learn more about our areas of focus below, as well as our Labor Relations services.
We represent clients in virtually all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Our attorneys are highly experienced in litigation involving restrictive covenants in employee agreements, labor management and relations, equal employment, wrongful discharge and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters, among others.
While litigation is unavoidable in some situations, we seek to help clients solve employment problems before they become costly—including providing counsel related to:
- Personnel decisions, interviewing and screening processes, maintaining personnel records and using progressive discipline effectively
- Strategic alternatives to problem terminations
- Alternative dispute resolution procedures
- Reduction-in-force methodologies
- Compliance with WARN Act requirements related to mass layoffs and plant closings
- Workforce composition analyses
- Pension and welfare benefit plans and plan changes affecting salaried and union-represented employees
- Workplace safety and health programs and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Act requirements
With a strong concentration in employment law, Vedder Price is at the forefront of new developments in Equal Employment Opportunity legislation and enjoys a well-known reputation for excellence in discrimination law compliance and defense. Our attorneys counsel and defend clients, large and small, in race, sex, age, disability, sexual harassment and other employment discrimination matters.
Our wide-ranging equal employment litigation experience includes single-plaintiff and large-class employment discrimination cases at the administrative, trial court and appellate levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to providing litigation support, we assist with:
- Drafting new and reviewing existing affirmative action plans and policies for legal compliance and practical implications
- Auditing hiring, promotion and other personnel policies for potential Equal Employment Opportunity problems
- Day-to-day counseling concerning discharge, discipline and other personnel actions with Equal Employment Opportunity implications
- Creating and conducting customized training programs on Equal Employment Opportunity issues
See also Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) audit services.
Since our inception, Vedder Price has focused on and excelled in employment litigation, including establishing capabilities at the forefront of matters involving wrongful discharge. We counsel clients on the best strategies for minimizing the risk of litigation and the potential for multiple claims, jury trials, and punitive, pain and suffering and other damages. When litigation does occur, we are highly experienced in defending cases involving retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, fraud and other claims.
Our employment attorneys apply progressive employee relations approaches to counsel clients on difficult and sensitive compliance, litigation and other matters. We provide counsel in situations involving sensitive individual employment decisions, with a view toward both enhancing employee relations and productivity while minimizing litigation risks.
Our clients also seek our assistance with reviewing employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures to assess their impact on potential wrongful discharge, equal employment and other claims.
We represent clients in occupational safety and health proceedings, including citation actions, standard-setting, variance requests, criminal and contempt proceedings and related discrimination matters. As one of the leading law firms practicing in this area, Vedder Price has played a major role in development of the law under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Our attorneys also counsel clients in connection with establishing workforce medical screening and employee training programs and implementing occupational health and safety policies that interface with other labor and employment laws, such as policies related to workplace reproductive hazards, drug and alcohol testing, communicable diseases, exclusionary rules and genetic testing of applicants and employees.
Our employee benefits lawyers assist with design, implementation and legal compliance of profit sharing, pension, welfare and executive compensation programs of all types. We have extensive benefits experience related to collective bargaining, merger and acquisition activity, and U.S. federal agency investigations.
In addition, our attorneys have litigated hundreds of cases arising under ERISA, involving claims for benefits, alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, withdrawal liability claims, plan amendments and terminations, and many other matters.
Learn more about our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation services.
Our attorneys have extensive experience navigating the myriad legal and compliance obligations related to hiring and maintaining a global workforce. We regularly help clients manage and resolve immigration, employment, employee benefits and traditional labor issues in more than 100 countries with unique legal structures. In addition, we help structure and implement cross-border employee compensation and benefits arrangements.
Vedder Price is a founding member of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a network of more than 3,000 attorneys from top-tier employment law firms providing employment and labor services in more than 120 countries. Our membership provides access to leading employment and labor resources around the world. In addition, our employment attorneys are actively involved in a number of professional committees and associations dealing in international employment law and issues.