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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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November 16, 2017

Puerto Rico Labor Department Updates Regulations on Payment of Annual (Christmas) Bonus

November 16, 2017

Employers in Puerto Rico must comply with updated regulations on the payment of the generally required annual bonus to eligible employees. The Puerto Rico Department of Labor (DOL) updated the regulations, effective October 18, 2017, following legislation adopted early in the year. Under Puerto Rico Act No. 148 of 1969, employers in... Read More

November 16, 2017

Transportation Department Expands Drug Testing Panel to Include Certain ‘Semi-Synthetic’ Opioids

November 16, 2017

Employers regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) should revise their drug and alcohol testing policies to conform to new DOT regulations that added four “semi-synthetic” opioid drugs to the DOT drug testing panel. The new regulations go into effect on January 1, 2018. DOT announced in a rule published in the Federal... Read More

November 15, 2017

2018 Minimum Wage Rate Increases: Are You Ready?

November 15, 2017

The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour since 2009. In the absence of an increase to the federal minimum wage, an increasing number of states, cities, and other municipalities have enacted statutes providing for minimum wage rates in excess of (and, in some cases, more than twice as high as) the federal rate.... Read More

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