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 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 professionals alike — to provide the most effective legal representation. We are your labor and employment counsel.

Employment Law Landscape

Increase in FLSA Overtime Exemption Threshold Expected to Make More than One Million Employees Newly Eligible for Overtime Pay

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final version of its anticipated overtime exemption rule, setting a new annual salary threshold for “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at just over $35,000 per year.  In the DOL’s press release accompanying the final rule, the agency anticipated its action will... Continue Reading

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Updates in Employment Arbitration Agreements

Recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court have changed legal interpretations of employer-employee arbitration agreements. Read more about our coverage and how these rulings these agreements going forward. MORE

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Lauren Novak Quoted in CNBC on Landmark SCOTUS Ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision in Lamps Plus v. Varela “is a win for employers,” because it held that workers are not entitled to resolve disputes through class arbitration in cases where their arbitration agreement is ambiguous. MORE