Nancy E. Rafuse
Bradley G. Kafka
Charles O. Thompson
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Employment Advice and Training
Employment Litigation Defense
Labor and Employment
Labor and Employment - Health Care
OFCCP / Affirmative Action Plans
Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets
Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions
Members of the Traditional Labor practice bring nearly 100 years of practice in all phases of labor law. In Union organizing drives, we have handled both the campaign issues and the representation issues before the National Labor Relations Board to determine election eligibility and what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit for the election, if any. Our group also brings significant experience in collective bargaining and meets and confers with both public and private sector employers. We have an understanding of the obligations to meet and bargain in good faith under the National Labor Relations Act, as well as the rights of employers to implement contract offers after impasses are reached.
If contracts cannot be reached, the parties will sometimes resort to strikes or lockouts. We have represented many clients on these matters including hiring replacement workers and offensive and defensive lockouts. Disputes over interpretation of labor agreements are frequently resolved in arbitration and our team has significant experience in selection of arbitrators on Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and American Arbitration Association panels. We routinely try arbitrations before these selected arbitrators.
Our practice before the NLRB involves representing employers in responding to charges by labor organizations and complaints brought by regional directors. We also have experience with bringing charges for secondary boycotts and other unlawful union activities and the occasional federal court injunctions sought by the General Counsel of the Board.
Recent recognitions for the Labor & Employment practice include:
Nationally ranked by
in Labor & Employment (2016)
Recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in Labor & Employment by
U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers
Rated as a Standout in both complex and everyday employment litigation in the 2017
BTI Litigation Outlook
, based on a survey of more than 300 general counsel at companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.
PolsinelliAtWork.com: Visit the Online Blog of Polsinelli's Labor & Employment Practice
The Ruby Files: Transition and the Fight for Bathroom Equality
October 12, 2016
The Ruby Files: The Case of the Disappearing Secrets and an Independent Contractor
August 17, 2016
The Ruby Files: A Whisper, a Wink, and a 40 Year-Old Aptitude Flunky
May 11, 2016
The Ruby Files: The Terminator. You Won't Be Back.
March 8, 2016
The Ruby Files: Exempt or Non-Exempt and the DOL Audit? It Really Isn’t a Question
January 13, 2016
Life Cycle of an Employee: Performance Management
August 25, 2015
Life Cycle of an Employee: Training and Development
May 7, 2015
New NLRB Guidance on Employer Work Rules: Time to Review and Revise Employee Handbooks
March 23, 2015
Life Cycle of an Employee: Assessment, Selection and Onboarding
March 3, 2015
2016 Labor & Employment Seminar
October 27, 2016
St. Louis Labor and Employment Symposium
April 9, 2014
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