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Labor & Employment

Guiding you through labor and employment law issues.

Please see our frequently updated article answering workplace questions regarding COVID-19.

Employers face unprecedented workplace regulation and risk. Managing employees has become more difficult, and the potential consequences of mismanagement—or even perceived mismanagement—have become more dire. Husch Blackwell takes a service-first approach to assisting employers. Our labor and employment law team partners with clients to minimize risk and to aggressively solve labor and employment issues, whether through program development, day-to-day counseling or labor dispute resolution. And when trial is your best option, we are your fiercest advocates.

The more than 70 attorneys on our labor and employment law team are entrepreneurial and innovative in their approaches, and aggressive and bold in their strategies. We are comfortable in front of juries, and from the moment we are engaged, we prepare cases as if they will be tried before juries. We may not, but we will always be prepared.

Wisconsin Employers: The Employment Law Manual is available in a convenient, searchable digital format.

Preventative/Counseling

Identifying and eliminating potential risks can help avert legal troubles. Our labor and employment law team counsels employers locally, regionally and nationally on state-of-the-art policy development and implementation and best practices in managing employees. Additionally, we advise on:

  • Affirmative action programs
  • Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) investigations
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Employee misconduct and whistleblower activity
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
  • Compliance audits
  • Employee handbooks, policies and practices
  • Leave laws
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)/National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Litigation

Employment practices often support business models and strategic plans. We have the experience and skills to protect these practices and steer you through the litigation process. Our national litigation work includes:

  • Class and collective actions, including wage and hour
  • Defense of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims
  • Defense of OSHA/MSHA citations, with a rapid response capability for fatalities and catastrophic accidents
  • Enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants
  • Trade secret and other confidential information protection
Alerts | March 26, 2020
Workplace Issues and COVID-19
Alerts | February 4, 2020
Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order

This impact will also be significant because non-exempt Colorado employees are entitled to overtime for workdays in excess of 12 hours, which is not a requirement under federal law. 

Blog | February 4, 2020
2020 Hindsight
Blog | January 16, 2020
Time to raise OSHA and MSHA penalties!
Blog | January 2, 2020
With a little help from my friends
Articles | December 31, 2019
Cannabis Concerns? Employer Strategies for Maintaining a Safe Workplace

Employers should evaluate and revise their drug policies to comply with the law and protect the health and safety of their workplace.

Blog | December 16, 2019
Putting the ‘H' back In MSHA?
Articles | September 27, 2019
HR.com: New Rulemaking At NLRB
Alerts | April 12, 2019
Colorado's Employers Should Expect Enactment of Paid Family Leave For All

FAMLI, if ultimately enacted, will weave a new, complex and multi-faceted framework into the workplace that will impact all employers and employees in Colorado.

Alerts | March 13, 2019
Here We Go Again: DOL Releases Proposed Salary Increase for Overtime Exception

After the Obama Administration proposals to increase the salary threshold to qualify for exempt status were halted, the Trump Administration spent two years formulating its version of changes.

Alerts | February 28, 2019
Missouri Supreme Court Opines on Scope of Sex Discrimination Prohibited Under Missouri State Law

On February 26, 2019, the Missouri Supreme Court, sitting en banc, released two first impression cases relating to the scope of prohibited sex discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act (“the MHRA”). 

Alerts | February 5, 2019
Seventh Circuit Denies Right of Outside Job Applicants to Claim Disparate Impact Discrimination Under ADEA

On January 23, 2019, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, carved out a narrow exclusion from the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) holding that the ADEA does not protect outside job applicants from disparate impact discrimination.

Blog | November 7, 2018
What's on MSHA's agenda? Rulemaking.
Alerts | November 5, 2018
Election Day is Tomorrow: Know Your Voting Leave Requirements

The November 6 midterm elections are highly charged and anticipated for myriad reasons. 

Alerts | October 31, 2018
Navigating Wisconsin Voting Leave and Employer Politicking Restrictions

The November 6 midterm elections are highly charged and anticipated for myriad reasons.

Blog | September 28, 2018
Gerawan Farms Update
Alerts | September 24, 2018
New Disclosure Requirements in Effect for Employment Background Checks

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires employers to provide a revised disclosure form titled “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” to job applicants and employees subject to background checks and adverse actions as a result of a background check.

Blog | September 5, 2018
How a Familiar Brand Cut Injuries by 90%
Articles | August 6, 2018
Law Week Colorado: NFL Halts New Anthem Policy to Come to Compromise With Players Union

“So when the union takes on this [player protest] issue by grieving the action of the NFL owners, they're being relevant to their members.”
- Thomas Godar, labor & employment attorney

Blog | June 13, 2018
Compulsory Arbitration Update
Articles | May 1, 2018
ACC Docket: Refine Your Compliance Program to Risk Manage Whistleblower and Bounty Risks

Husch Blackwell attorneys co-author a discussion of the evolution of whistleblower programs and qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act.

Alerts | February 14, 2018
Kansas City Passes Ban-the-Box Ordinance
Blog | December 5, 2017
OSHA Nominee Confirmation Hearing Today
Blog | December 4, 2017
New NLRB GC Resets the Clock
Blog | November 15, 2017
Senate Confirms Zatezalo to Lead MSHA
Blog | November 7, 2017
Milwaukee Start Up Week 2017
Blog | November 2, 2017
FedEx VP Tapped to Lead OSHA
Blog | October 17, 2017
Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017
Blog | September 29, 2017
Micro-Units Going, Going…Gone?
Blog | September 12, 2017
Is Your Workforce Secure?
Alerts | September 6, 2017
The End of DACA: What Employers Should Know
Blog | August 8, 2017
Staying Cool for Safety
Blog | July 6, 2017
Finally! NLRB at Full Capacity
Blog | May 22, 2017
Missouri Minimum Wage Update
Blog | April 28, 2017
Acosta Confirmed as Labor Secretary
Alerts | April 10, 2017
H-1B Employers Face Increased Scrutiny
Seminars | February 12, 2020
Labor and Employment Seminar - Chicago
Webinar | February 4, 2020
2020 H-1B Cap Season: Changes You Need to Know

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Webinar | December 5, 2019
Annual Higher Education Labor and Employment Law Update

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | November 2019
Dialing In on Dialing Up Salaries: Practical Steps for Adapting to the New DOL Overtime Rule

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Seminars | November 1, 2019
Fall Labor and Employment Seminar - Milwaukee
Seminars | October 30, 2019
Fall Labor and Employment Seminar - St. Louis
Webinar | September 2019
The Healthcare Industry and Immigration: Shifting Policies and Compliance Issues You Need to Know

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Webinar | July 24, 2019
Plant Closings and Mass Layoffs: Answers to FAQs About the WARN Act

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Webinar | June 26, 2019
The States of Marijuana: The Impact of Changing Cannabis Laws

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Webinar | May 29, 2019
NHIA Top Personnel Policies to Review and Update in 2019

NHIA Talk Infusion Webinar

Webinar | May 23, 2019
To Be or Not to Be a Joint Employer: Every Employer's Question

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Seminars | May 22, 2019
Labor and Employment Seminar - Denver
Webinar | February 26, 2019
Biometric Privacy Laws: What you need to Know

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Webinar | January 29, 2019
An Interactive Analysis of Common Scenarios Under the FMLA and ADA

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | December 20, 2018
We Have to Talk: Tips and Tricks for Engaging in Delicate Conversations with Employees - December 20, 2018

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Speaking Engagements | December 6, 2018
LGBT Individuals Under the Law: A Constitutional Law Update

The LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin is pleased to offer a free CLE opportunity.

Webinar | November 14, 2018
Analyze This: An Interactive Analysis of Common Scenarios under FMLA and ADA, November 14, 2018

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Webinar | November 7, 2018
How Chemical Manufacturers Can Reduce OSHA Citations - November 7, 2018

Safety and Health Webinar Series

Seminars | November 6 - 8, 2018
Alternative Case Resolution Initiative (ACRI) - November 6 - November 8, 2018

This seminar could be your best money saving strategy all year!

Webinar | October 29, 2018
Labor & Employment Law Update, October 29, 2018

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | 10/23/2018
Service Animals in the Workplace: What to Do When Employees Ask to Bring Fido to Work
October 23, 2018

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Seminars | October 10, 2018
Labor and Employment Seminar Fall 2018

Please join Husch Blackwell attorneys for our fall labor and employment law update.

Webinar | 07/18/2018
Ready off the Shelf:
Prepare Your Warehouse Team to Handle OSHA
July 18, 2018

Safety & Health Webinar Series

Seminars | May 23, 2018
Labor and Employment Seminar
Webinar | May 17, 2018
Union Avoidance: Tactics and Strategies

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Webinar | March 22, 2018
Sexual Harassment 2.0 – Are You Ready?
Seminars | November 2, 2017
Labor and Employment Seminar
Seminars | September 20, 2017
Noncompete Agreements: Lessons from the Trenches
Webinar | June 27, 2017
eDiscovery Trends in Employment Law
News Releases | January 21, 2020
Janelle Carter Anderson Joins Husch Blackwell's Chicago Office

Anderson brings a diverse background to her practice with service as in-house counsel to a global healthcare and technology education provider as well as a state university.

News Releases | December 27, 2019
Shelly Rosenfelder Named to Springfield Business Journal's 40 Under 40 for 2020

Since its 1999 debut, the SBJ 40 Under 40 awards program honors individuals for their professional and community accomplishments.

News Releases | October 1, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | July 29, 2019
Tyler Hibler Joins Husch Blackwell's Kansas City Office

Hibler, a litigator, has significant experience representing companies and individuals in complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.

News Releases | July 19, 2019
Demetrius Peterson Named to Centurions Leadership Program's Fall 2021 Class

The Centurions Leadership Program is a two-year immersion in leadership and community engagement activities.

Media Mentions | June 25, 2019
Steve Scaffidi Show: The Gig Economy (AUDIO)
News Releases | June 14, 2019
Sonia Anderson Named Finalist for Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year

The award recognizes a young Colorado lawyer for his or her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and community.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | March 29, 2019
Bob Horn Appointed to MSHRAC Membership

Horn has more than four decades of public and private sector experience.

News Releases | March 25, 2019
Human Resource Executive, Lawdragon Recognize Julianne Story among Leading Employment Lawyers

The HRE/Lawdragon annual listing honors lawyers who stand out for their ability to guide employers through the constantly evolving laws governing the workplace. 

Media Mentions | March 24, 2019
Safety + Health: Clearing the air on marijuana
News Releases | March 20, 2019
2019 Colorado Super Lawyers Names Four From Husch Blackwell

Colorado Super Lawyers recognizes four Husch Blackwell attorneys from Denver.

News Releases | March 19, 2019
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Two Husch Blackwell Attorneys with 2019 Women's Justice Awards

Sonni Nolan and Larissa Whittingham are Husch Blackwell's Women's Justice Awards honorees for 2019.

News Releases | March 12, 2019
Four Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2019 Thomson Reuters' Texas Rising Stars

Texas Rising Stars 2019 lists four Husch Blackwell attorneys.

News Releases | February 14, 2019
Chalon Clark Named to 2019 Who's Who in Black Dallas

Husch Blackwell's Chalon Clark was named to the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Black Dallas.

News Releases | January 24, 2019
Chalon Clark Named to D Magazine's BL Rankings' Best Lawyers© Under 40 for 2019

Husch Blackwell's Chalon Clark has been named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40 for the second year in a row.

News Releases | December 19, 2018
Glynias Named Missouri Lawyers Weekly "Influential Appellate Advocate" for 2019

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Joe Glynias a 2019 "Influential Appellate Advocate," a recognition honoring the lawyers behind the most significant appellate decisions of the year.

News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | November 13, 2018
32 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Husch Blackwell has 32 attorneys named to the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Media Mentions | November 7, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: Potential issues posed by medical marijuana

Christopher Ottele discusses potential labor issues for employers as a result of Missouri voters' approval to legalize medical marijuana. 

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

Media Mentions | September 30, 2018
Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight: Julianne Story

Julianne Story can argue with the best of them, as her courtroom record makes clear. But the Husch Blackwell partner believes that “being a good listener” is the foundation of her client service that aims to provide more comprehensive and valuable solutions for businesses.

Media Mentions | September 12, 2018
Wisconsin Law Journal Names Eisenmann and Vercauteren to 2018 ‘Up and Coming' List

Erik Eisenmann and Jeff Vercauteren represent Husch Blackwell on a list recognizing the rising stars of Wisconsin’s legal community.

Media Mentions | September 7, 2018
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City: Learn more about Courtney Lauer

Associate Courtney Lauer discusses the most rewarding aspects of her job, how she maintains a work-life balance and her personal mantra in an AWL profile.

Media Mentions | August 20, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: 'Me Too' and Papa John's saga show dangers of gray 'for cause' contracts

Paul Pautler discusses the importance of using specific rather than vague language in executive contracts with Kansas City Business Journal reporter James Dornbrook.

Media Mentions | August 16, 2018
Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Law 360 highlighted Husch Blackwell as a "Legal Lion" as a result of the Eighth Circuit's dismissal of a proposed class action accusing ConAgra of not paying workers at an Arkansas facility for time they spent donning and doffing protective gear.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 13, 2018
Taibleson to Chair Wisconsin Bar's 14th Annual Employee Benefits Update Program

Michael Taibleson heads up the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 14th annual Employee Benefits Update.

News Releases | August 9, 2018
Husch Blackwell Secures Appellate Victory for ConAgra in FLSA Litigation

A Husch Blackwell appellate victory successfully ended a proposed class action that alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (AMWA). 

Media Mentions | June 18, 2018
Material Handling & Logistics: When You Really Need to Fire Employees

Husch Blackwell lawyers provide perspective on how to manage litigation risk when handling employee performance issues.

Media Mentions | May 24, 2018
Law360: 3 Things You Need To Know When Starting Out In BigLaw (log-in required)

Ashley Norgard is featured in this article exploring strategies new associates can employ to advance their careers.

News Releases | May 10, 2018
Chalon Clark Named to D Magazine's 2018 BL Rankings Best Lawyers© in Dallas

Chalon Clark is recognized among the best lawyers in Dallas, a peer-nominated listing across 34 categories.

Media Mentions | May 8, 2018
Law Week Colorado: Moving the Needle

Barbara Grandjean participates in a roundtable discussing how the legal profession has made efforts to address gender disparity.

News Releases | May 3, 2018
Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 37 Attorneys Recognized

Husch Blackwell is well represented in the 2018 Chambers USA directory.

News Releases | May 1, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women's Justice Awards 2018 Litigation Practitioner: Julianne P. Story

Julianne Story is profiled as one of the recipients of the 2018 Women’s Justice Awards from Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Media Mentions | April 20, 2018
Corporate Counsel: What Peabody Energy GC Expects from Outside Counsel (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell retains long-time client by listening closely and responding with a well-considered approach.

Media Mentions | April 19, 2018
The Missouri Times: Class of 2018 30 Under 30

The Missouri Times names Courtney Lauer to its 2018 "30 Under 30" list.

News Releases | March 26, 2018
Colorado Super Lawyers 2018 Names Seven Husch Blackwell Attorneys in Denver

Husch Blackwell's Denver office counts seven attorneys on the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

News Releases | March 20, 2018
Julianne Story Honored With Women's Justice Award

Julianne Story is one of 51 statewide Women's Justice Awards honorees for 2018.

Media Mentions | March 16, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: 2018 Women's Justice Awards - Julianne Story

Julianne Story receives a Litigation Practitioners award, which honors litigators who have made their careers in the courtroom.

News Releases | March 12, 2018
Three Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Thomson Reuters' Texas Rising Stars

Attorneys in each of Husch Blackwell's three Texas offices appear on the 2018 Texas Rising Stars list.

News Releases | February 22, 2018
Husch Blackwell Names Erik Dullea Partner

Erik Dullea focuses on administrative and regulatory law, with an emphasis on workplace safety in heavily regulated industries including mining, energy and aviation.

News Releases | February 6, 2018
Anderson Appointed to CHBA Board

Sonia N. (Ramirez) Anderson joins the board of a Colorado organization that supports the professional development of young and recently admitted lawyers.

Media Mentions | December 13, 2017
Bloomberg Daily Labor Report: Workflows--Law Firm News for Dec. 13, 2017 (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell names Anthony Grice and David Eckhardt to partnership.

News Releases | November 1, 2017
BL Rankings' Best Lawyers© Recognizes Husch Blackwell with Eight National Tier 1 Rankings in 2018 "Best Law Firms"

Husch Blackwell received recognition as a National Tier 1 firm in eight practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings released today.

Media Mentions | June 28, 2017
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Attorneys selected for Leadership Springfield

Ashley Norgard has been chosen for the 33rd class of Leadership Springfield.

News Releases | April 28, 2017
Hanson and Norgard Honored at Missouri Lawyer's Weekly 19th Annual Women's Justice Awards

Hayley Hanson and Ashley Norgard receive 2017 Women's Justice Awards from Missouri Lawyers Media.

News Releases | March 30, 2017
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Hanson, Norgard with Women's Justice Awards

Hayley Hanson and Ashley Norgard were named Top Business Practitioners.

Testimonials Carey L. Bartell, Vice President, Chief Counsel – Legal & Government Affairs, Conagra Brands Inc.

“When we were hit with a complex web of wage and hour class actions, Husch Blackwell was the natural choice. The team’s expertise in the substantive legal issues, combined with the investment they made to develop a deep knowledge of our business, has made them a uniquely effective litigation partner.”

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Testimonials Chambers USA 2019

"The firm provides practical business advice for employment law matters and how to deal with tough situations."

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Client Results

Hospital system resolves overtime case involving work-at-home medical transcriptionists

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