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.

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As climate change is integrated more and more into the planning of corporate opportunities and risks, the Fourth National Climate Assessment released last week may be a valuable resource to assess how climate change may impact your business strategy on the horizon. The assessment, which outlines potential region-by-region impacts from climate change, can be used... Continue Reading

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Schiff Hardin Expands Labor and Employment Practice with Partner Derek Barella in Chicago

Barella has a broad-based practice featuring traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, labor union-related issues, and client representation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). MORE

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Expanded Protection for Nursing Mothers in Illinois

As of August 21, 2018, the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act, 820 ILCS 260, has been amended to provide that Illinois employers that are subject to the Act must provide reasonable break time whenever the employee needs to express milk. MORE