Labor & Employment

We represent employers in all aspects of the employee-employer relationship.  We also offer training programs and workshops in all Labor & Employment areas. 


We regularly advise employers regarding all personnel matters in the workplace including, among many other things, the following:

Interactive Process and Discrimination Claims
Wage and Hour Requirements and Overpayments
Workplace Violence Restraining Orders
Discipline and Dismissal

Disciplining and dismissing employees, especially public employees who have a property interest in their positions, can be a difficult and daunting task.  At times, slight procedural missteps may reverse dismissals, leading to the continued employment of a problem employee.  We specialize in representing employers at all stages of the discipline process and describe a few of those stages below.

Labor Relations

Healthy relationships with unions foster positive resolutions to difficult issues. Our experience as both former union members and/or union representatives has uniquely positioned us to assess the impact of various options on labor relations. We understand the value of positive labor relations and consistently describe the anticipated impact on labor relations when providing guidance to our clients. Yet we understand that, at times, the educational mission requires school districts to take assertive positions to support the needs of its students and are skilled at assisting school districts in those situations.

Collective Bargaining

We regularly represent employers in all aspects of the collective bargaining process, including the Educational Employment Relations Act (“EERA”) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). We are experienced in the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans and vigorously advocate for outcomes that support school district priorities. We understand that effective negotiations start with comprehensive preparation and sufficient supporting materials to support proposals. We assist employers in many capacities throughout the negotiations process, from analyzing existing collective bargaining agreement language and providing suggestions, to attending negotiations and serving as the employer representative in negotiations, when necessary. We specialize in representing employers at all stages of the collective bargaining process including those stages described below.


Most collective bargaining agreements permit unions to challenge the violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation of the agreement through advisory or binding arbitration.  We regularly represent employers in all levels of the grievance process, including arbitration.