Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment Services

Human resources and employment law compliance has never been more daunting for employers large and small. Federal, state and local laws and regulations have increased exponentially in recent years.

With our real workplace experience and the focused mission and structure of our firm, Clark & Gotzler delivers large law firm quality and expertise with small firm focus. Our attorneys and paralegals have decades of in-house experience so we understand the practical realities of applying legal advice. We have analyzed the pros and cons, developed and executed the detailed plans, had the difficult conversations and managed the personal workplace dynamics of employment & HR decisions – because we have been there.

Our clients range from large multi-state employers to start-up businesses and represent all major industries and the non-profit sector. Client workforces are both white- and blue-collar, some are union represented and some are not and some rely heavily on third party or temporary workers, while others do not.

Our mission is to provide sound, practical advice and options while maintaining the highest standards of communication and responsiveness. Whether your organization needs representation on a discrimination claim, advice on an employee leave issue, training for managers, an audit of your HR practices and policies, or guidance on a pending employment decision, we can deliver.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance & Benefits Strategy Workplace and Employee Relations Employment Law Training and Workshops
  • Management of compliance options: large employer status, employer mandate analysis and management
  • Determination of various measurement periods
  • Advice and counsel regarding exchange coverage options (Individual & SHOP)
  • Clark & Gotzler attorneys are also licensed benefits brokers
  • Drafting and updating handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Advice on performance management and employee discipline
  • HR and employment practices audits
  • Discrimination and harassment claims
  • Background screening and compliance
  • Anti-harassment and discrimination
  • Understanding leaves of absence (for managers)
  • Positive employee relations (for managers)
  • Management and workplace compliance
Contingent Workforce & Outsourced HR Issues Wage & Hour Advice Independent Contractor Audit and Analysis
  • Representation of staffing & recruiting firms
  • Temporary staffing relationships
  • Advice regarding PEO & Other Outsourced HR Services (PEOs and Employee Leasing)
  • FLSA compliance: exempt vs. non-exempt classification and analysis of other pay practices
  • Wage and hour audit, assessment and advice
  • Review of classification of employee vs independent contractor status
  • Impact of wage and hour laws, unemployment insurance and other employment taxes, benefit plan eligibility and coverage
Third Party Workplace Investigations Employee Leaves of Absence Disability Accommodation
  • Harassment, discrimination and other workplace complaints
  • ADA, FMLA, Workers Compensation and General Leaves
  • COBRA coverage
  • Review of responsibilities and options under state and federal laws
Government Relations on HR and Employment Related Issues Union and Labor Relations Whistleblower & Retaliation
  • Representation of staffing & recruiting firms
  • Strategic approach to forwarding your organization’s legislative and regulatory objectives
  • Collective bargaining
  • Unfair labor practice proceedings
  • Union avoidance
  • Defense and counseling of retaliation claims and exposure