Attorneys who practise labour law deal with a wide variety of problems relating to how employers handle workers, retired employees, and job applicants. Both aspects of the employer-employee relationship, as well as agreements and the collective bargaining agreement, are included. Learn more about attorneys for employment issues.
Labor laws were created to establish a bargaining equilibrium between employers and workers by banning “unfair labour practises” by management and the union, and allowing all parties to participate in faithful collective bargaining.
Workers have the right to form unions, and employers and employees may participate in traditional union actions such as protests, pickets, pursuing injunctions, and lockouts to get their demands heard.
What Will Labor Lawyers Help With?
- Employers and unions are the main clients of labour law lawyers. These attorneys assist management by performing the following tasks:
- Examining employee handbooks, manuals, and policy documents for clients
- Assisting with questions and claims relating to federal and state wage and hour laws
- Employers’ representation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and federal human rights authorities
- Representing employers in hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and state labour agencies for unfair labour practises.
- Assisting with grievance and arbitration proceedings as required by collective bargaining agreements
- Client-side collective bargaining, including strategic planning and serving as a spokesperson
- Counseling on matters including strikes or lockouts, as well as litigation assistance.
These attorneys, on the other hand, assist workers in the workplace. They help workers’ families recover money and other benefits as a result of some employers’ unethical activities. They treat discrimination (ADA, parental leave, ERISA), pay lawsuits, unfair termination or demotion, breach of privacy, whistle-blowing (Qui Tam), harassment, unemployment, retaliation, and workers’ compensation, among other labor-related concerns.