LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
Kurzner PC attorneys have worked successfully with clients to resolve disputes and lawsuits involving complicated and potentially costly labor and employment claims, including the defense of lawsuits involving allegations of race, sex, and disability discrimination, collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, whistle blower claims, commission and salary claims, and claims of unlawful retaliation and wrongful discharge. We have significant experience in the litigation of noncompetition covenants and in representing clients before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Conflict in the workplace is escalating. Why trust anyone other than Kurzner PC to handle your most important employment disputes? As described below, Kurzner PC has the skill and resources needed to tackle all of your labor and employment issues, including advice and counseling for prevention.
Employers turn to Kurzner PC when they need to maintain a union free workforce, whether through training, policy drafting, or conducting a campaign. Kurzner PC is a trusted advisor in helping resolve these issues, and, if need be, is experienced in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, defending unfair labor practice charges, handling strikes or secondary boycotts, and helping resolve or arbitrate grievances. Kurzner PC represents employers throughout Texas and the region on these issues:
Union Organization: Drafting non-solicitation policies, training managers, counseling on maintaining a workforce, and addressing morale.
Dealing with a Union: Negotiating collective bargaining agreements, arbitrating claims, including unjust discharge, contract interpretation, and drug and alcohol testing, managing strike issues like handling mass picketing, and secondary boycotts.
Dealing with the Labor Board: Responding to claims for unfair labor practices for employers.
To help our clients avoid the expenses and uncertainty often caused by litigation, we offer comprehensive internal audits and management training programs. We also provide counseling and guidance to our clients to help them negotiate difficult situations with their employees, with a view toward resolving such problems in the most cost-effective and fair manner possible.
Our litigation and trial experience gives us insights in counseling clients on preventing problems before they start, framing issues correctly, and making the right choices.
Workplace Restructuring: Planning reorganizations and reductions in force, including dealing with complex issues under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act and the Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act.
Employment Contracts: Drafting and negotiating employment contracts, non-competition covenants, and non-solicitation provisions.
Dealing with Problem Employees: Advising and counseling on how to deal with problem employees.
Workplace policies: Developing and implementing effective policies, including alternative dispute resolution and arbitration programs for both small and large employers.
DEALING WITH THE GOVERNMENT
Few aspects of employment law are untouched by regulatory agencies. Kurzner PC has experience before many of the agencies that impact and regulate businesses, employers, employees, and labor.
OSHA – Litigating a variety of OSHA related matters, including subpoena enforcement actions.
EEOC/TCHRA – Representing clients when charges of discrimination are brought.
DOL/TWC – Representing clients during DOL audits and on wage claims.