Overview

Our attorneys represent management in labor matters and employment-related litigation, providing counsel on all legal aspects of employer-employee relations.

We represent large and small employers in a broad range of markets and industries in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and are proud to have earned the trust of industry-leading clients across the country.

Our attorneys are leaders in the practice. We approach every engagement with an eye toward bringing creative solutions, innovative strategies and uncompromising professionalism to the work we do.

The strength of our labor and employment practice is our ability to meet all of our clients’ needs — whether it is handling complex class or collective actions, serving as trial counsel in high-profile litigation, engaging in difficult union negotiations, or arguing appeals. We regularly defend clients in race, age and gender discrimination cases, and we frequently offer advice and counseling on government compliance issues and personnel policies and procedures. Our labor and employment attorneys work cooperatively with colleagues in our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group to provide our clients with comprehensive assistance in every aspect of the employer-employee relationship.

Three members of our Labor and Employment Group have been elected Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the most distinguished professional organization in this field. Other attorneys have been recognized by Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016) in the areas of employment law and employment litigation, and as leaders in client service.

We know that neither one size nor one approach will fit all circumstances. At Schiff Hardin, we focus on understanding our clients’ business models. We are committed to always work as members of a team with our clients — general counsels, human resources staff and labor relations departments alike — to provide the most effective legal representation. We are your labor and employment counsel.

Employment Law Landscape

11th Circuit Joins Others in Holding Sexual Orientation Discrimination Not Covered by Title VII

Joining nearly all other federal circuit courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has held that Title VII does not cover discrimination based on sexual orientation. Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, 2017 WL 943925 (11th Cir. March 10, 2017). While closing the door on Title VII sexual orientation discrimination claims, the court re-affirmed that … Continue Reading

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Webinar: Protection of employers' confidential information

Partners Julie Stahr and Matthew F. Prewitt discuss how to protect valuable confidential information in a legally effective manner while not alienating well-intentioned employees in this Beacon Live webinar. VIEW WEBINAR

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Webinar: LGBTQ - What every employer should know

As federal, state, and local laws continue to evolve, employers need to stay ahead of work environment issues, discrimination complaints, and best practices for LGBTQ employees. Partner Tracey Wallace examines the shifting landscape in this BeaconLive Webinar. VIEW WEBINAR

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Webinar: new FLSA overtime requirements

Partner William J. Carroll presented "It's Time To Act: DOL's New Rule Expanding Overtime Eligibility" during a BeaconLive Webinar. Will discusses strategies for implementing the new rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, 2016. VIEW WEBINAR

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Lambda Legal names Tracey Wallace National Co-Chair

Lambda Legal is the nation's oldest and largest legal organization advancing the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS. Labor and Employment partner Tracey R. Wallace will serve a two-year term for the nonprofit, effective February 2016. MORE