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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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May 25, 2017

Employer’s Refusal to Hire Medical Marijuana User Violates State Law, Rhode Island State Court Holds

May 25, 2017

Employers cannot refuse to hire a medical marijuana cardholder, even if the individual admittedly would not pass the employer’s pre-employment drug test required of all applicants, a Rhode Island state court has held under the state medical marijuana law. Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Corp., et al., No. PC-2014-5680 (R.I. Super. Ct.,... Read More

May 24, 2017

Trump Nominates Sullivan for Last Vacant Seat on Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated attorney James Sullivan to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) to fill the remaining vacancy on the three-member commission. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read More

May 23, 2017

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

May 23, 2017

The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. (See our article, Top 20 Things You Should Know About the Proposed Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform.) The law directed the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of... Read More

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