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Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical industry employers face a wide range of compliance challenges and workplace law risks, requiring experienced counsel with an acute understanding of the particular cultural environment in which they operate.

Overview

With a proven track record of representing some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, our lawyers have developed sharply-focused knowledge and expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. Our understanding of the business issues facing pharmaceutical clients, combined with up-to-the-minute knowledge of emerging workplace law developments, allows us to craft legal solutions that fit with the client’s culture and business needs.

Our experience counseling employers in the pharmaceutical industry spans all aspects of workplace law, including litigation, labor relations, immigration, benefits, privacy and disability management. Some of the specific services we offer include:

  • Conducting internal investigations and advising on the design and implementation of compliance policies, including codes of ethics, that take into account the highly-regulated  manufacturing and distribution environment, and comply with the laws of multiple states and countries;
  • Defending wage and hour litigation, including cases involving the FLSA's administrative and outside sales exemptions; 
  • Defending class and collective actions across the U.S. and assisting with preventive measures such as company-wide audits to ensure consistent implementation of pay and promotion policies;
  • Reviewing wage and hour policies and practices for compliance with state and federal laws;
  • Counseling on restrictive covenants in employment agreements, employee raiding claims, unfair competition claims and other employment-related business torts;
  • Advising on all aspects of leave management, including the applicability of relevant laws to outside sales representatives;
  • Reviewing employment handbook policies and designing training for management personnel; 
  • Advising on all aspects of workplace safety and health; and
  • Advising on international issues, guided by the Co-Leader of our International Employment Issues practice who formerly served in-house at a major pharmaceutical company.

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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

September 15, 2017

California on Brink of Further Expansion of Fair Pay Protections

September 15, 2017

California’s legislature is close to passing three bills to expand the state’s fair pay laws. The bills, introduced in early 2017, were designed to expand upon, or clarify, the amended California Fair Pay Act (CFPA). The bills include: Assembly Bill (AB) 1209: To require employers with at least 500 employees in California to... Read More

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