We provide counsel to a wide range of private and public employers, from multi-national companies with thousands of employees in numerous and distant locations, to companies with one site and relatively few employees.Our clients span a broad range of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, banking, manufacturing, broadcasting, construction, mining, energy, financial services, health care, and governmental entities. labor and employment practice at K&L Gates was recognized as a Tier 1 national employment practice in the survey of major companies and lawyers throughout the United States.Our experience extends to preparing WHS policies and compliance programs, conducting in-house training, advising clients on their rights and responsibilities in the event that an incident occurs and liaising with the relevant safety regulator, police and coroner during investigations.We assist clients in identifying and addressing their WHS legal requirements with an emphasis on proactive strategies for compliance and accident prevention.Our wage and hour practice assists employers at every level: prevention-oriented education, audits, and policy corrections; responding to agency-initiated actions; challenging class certification in collective actions; and vigorously defending employers at trial.We also have extensive experience dealing with audits and investigations by the United States Department of Labor and its state counterparts.
We regularly provide advice, counsel, and training on all aspects of employment law, including employee handbooks and personnel policies, reductions in force, human resources audits, affirmative action issues, substance abuse, problem employees, workplace security, attendance and leave of absence issues, disability accommodation issues, management training, unemployment compensation, immigration issues, employment agreements, insurance coverage for employment-related liabilities, and sexual harassment training and investigations.Employment and workplace relations laws impact every company – from a start-up hiring its first employee to a multinational powerhouse facing a complex class action.K&L Gates’ labor, employment and workplace safety lawyers focus exclusively on representing management-side clients in matters arising from the employment relationship.From our offices in the United States, Australia, Asia, and Europe, we are able to provide our clients with employment advice in numerous countries.
Where we are not licensed to practice, we frequently work with other counsel to ensure compliance with employment laws wherever our clients’ businesses take them.
Should an employer client face administrative action initiated by any of the agencies charged with enforcing employment law, we have demonstrated success in challenging and winning these disputes.