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Companies that produce chemical products from the Earth’s raw materials must be proactive in identifying business opportunities while monitoring the risks inherent in managing their workforce, including protecting trade secrets and complying with safety mandates.

Overview

We understand that employers in the chemicals industry face environmental, intellectual property, and product liability concerns that may exist in addition to their employment law needs. Our top priority is to provide tailored legal advice that always takes into account the client’s unique regulatory and operational challenges. We also leverage our expertise working with construction, energy and financial services companies to deliver compliant, business-minded solutions to our chemicals industry clients.

Some of the specific services we offer include:

  • Defending individual, collective and class action lawsuits alleging discrimination, defamation, breach of contract, intentional torts, and other issues in federal and state trial and appellate courts;
  • Drafting employment-related documents, including employment and severance agreements, handbooks and policy manuals, and non-compete and non-disclosure agreements;
  • Advising on compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as privacy and data security mandates across the country;
  • Reviewing policies concerning leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, FMLA, and related issues;
  • Advising on affirmative action plan (AAP) preparation and OFCCP audit defense;
  • Advising on a broad scope of workplace safety matters, including representing clients in investigations by federal and state governmental agencies, defending OSHA citations, providing crisis management advice and counsel, conducting accident investigations, conducting safety and health audits, and providing representation in whistleblower proceedings; and
  • Providing labor, employment and benefits advice in the context of mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases, management agreements, corporate restructurings, and other transactions.

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September 25, 2017

ADA Does Not Provide Medical Leave Entitlement to Worker Seeking Post-FMLA Leave, Seventh Circuit Holds

September 25, 2017

In a significant ruling for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a request for a two-to-three-month leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017). Companies that have faced... Read More

September 20, 2017

European Court Rules on Employee Monitoring Programs and Privacy

September 20, 2017

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its decision in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) on September 5, an appeal from a determination by the Romanian courts upholding an employee’s termination for personal use of the employer’s computer system. The Court held that the... Read More

September 15, 2017

Employers Increasingly Targets of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Lawsuits

September 15, 2017

Although the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been the law in Illinois since 2008, in the past year, there have been at least 12 class actions filed against employers in Illinois state and federal courts seeking to redress alleged violations of the Act. With recent advances in technology, the use of biometric data has... Read More

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