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Comprehensive Services Regarding Labor And Employment Issues

Any organization with a few, or a few thousand, employees has the potential for labor or employment problems. These issues can bring a business on the move to a standstill. To make sure your business keeps going, Lashly & Baer, P.C. provides comprehensive representation and advice to employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law.

James C. HetlageJulie Z. Devine and other Lashly & Baer attorneys work closely with our public and private sector clients to create and implement clear and concise employee handbooks, advise on and draft policies, and offer training seminars on new and updated laws affecting our clients’ businesses. The outcome? Our attorneys help to minimize the probability of employment conflicts.

Of course, even with the best of defenses, no employer is completely immune from employment claims. We are skilled at conducting thorough investigations into claims in the defense of our clients. When appropriate, our attorneys will negotiate a solution beneficial to both sides through mediation or other alternative means. These same attorneys are also fully prepared to aggressively represent our clients in court and before administrative agencies and have done so hundreds of times.

Our employment attorneys also draft and litigate the enforcement of noncompetition, confidentiality and trade secret agreements to protect employers’ interests in their valuable business assets.

Clients turn to James C. Hetlage and other Lashly & Baer attorneys for our experience in public and private sector collective bargaining negotiations, union avoidance, unfair labor practice charges, unlawful union activities and labor arbitration. Plus, we also counsel employers in union organizing campaigns, elections and union decertification proceedings. Lashly & Baer, P.C. is there to help when you face strikes, picketing, hand billing, and work stoppages during the collective bargaining process.

At our firm, we assist clients with issues surrounding:

In the compensation and benefits area, Rhonda A. O’Brien can provide guidance and counsel. We design, implement and provide legal counsel on employee welfare benefit plans, retirement plans and executive compensation plans in compliance with state law where applicable, and the Internal Revenue Code. We also assist our clients in complying with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) where exemptions do not apply.

We Have The Experience Necessary To Help Our Clients

Our labor and employment attorneys have been active members of the following:

  • The Labor & Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

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St. Louis, MO 63101

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Belleville, IL 62220

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