Areas Of Concentration
The Labor and Employment attorneys at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella understand the challenges of managing a workforce and the necessity of spot-on advice to maintain a productive workplace environment. Recruiting and retaining key personnel while dealing with problem employees is a part of doing business. Our attorneys represent management—public and private, large and small, profit and not-for-profit—in the entire spectrum of employment-related matters, with a focus on preventing problems before they occur. We have represented a wide range of industries and employers, from Fortune 100 companies to small entrepreneurs.
Our attorneys advise clients regarding federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace to minimize the likelihood of employment discrimination claims. We use our decades of experience and in-depth understanding of complex law to assist clients with improved employment practices and procedures, including drafting employee handbooks and related documents. We also work to identify and correct potential problems before they become expensive confrontations, including training managers and supervisors regarding applicable legal requirements.
When claims are made, we aggressively defend our clients in front of administrative agencies and federal and state courts, and, if necessary, on appeal in a wide range of cases including age, race, gender, religion and national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, and disability discrimination. We also regularly represent clients in investigations before administrative fact-finding tribunals and in public hearings conducted by federal, state, and local agencies, including the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.
With the ever-expanding erosion of the employment-at-will doctrine, we are also actively involved in counseling and defending employers against the many common law and statutory claims that are potentially available to applicants and current and former employees. For example, we have represented employers in situations involving express and implied contracts, breach of fiduciary duty claims, retaliatory discharge claims, and whistle-blower protection.
We advise and represent clients in wage and hour claims and disputes arising under various statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. We also help our clients protect their valuable information, including trade secrets, customer lists, key personnel, and proprietary information, by drafting and enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other employment-related contracts.
Finally, we are experienced in the unique concerns confronting employers with unionized workforces, serving as lead counsel in labor negotiations and handling complex NLRB and appellate litigation. We advise and represent clients in collective bargaining, arbitrations, and union representation matters and counsel our clients during labor disputes, including strike contingency plans and effective responses to boycotts and "corporate campaigns."
Whatever our clients' needs may be—solving problems, negotiating, analyzing, or litigating—we are trusted advisors serving as the first step in handling any employment issue.