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Real Estate

Employers in the real estate industry span a wide range of work environments, often requiring an interdisciplinary approach to addressing their labor and employment law needs.

Overview

Many of our attorneys have developed unique expertise advising real estate industry employers—including developers, contractors, landlords, property managers, REITs, investment firms, investment managers and brokerage firms—with respect to the entire array of workplace law matters that can arise in these varied workplaces. With offices spread across the U.S., we are familiar with the local communities in which real estate employers operate as well as the local laws they must follow. We also draw upon our national practice group structure to bring a multidisciplinary approach where appropriate.

Some of the specific services we provide to employers in the real estate industry include:

  • Defending Title III accessibility lawsuits and representing employers in compliance investigations and enforcement actions initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as state and local anti-discrimination enforcement agencies;
  • Advising on how to comply with ADA Title III regulations, including conducting surveys of existing facilities and reviewing plans for new construction and/or renovations;
  • Advising on labor relations issues for both union-free and unionized employers, including negotiations with unions such as the SEIU; 
  • Advising on and defending litigation matters, including housing discrimination cases before HUD and state and city agencies;
  • Providing advice and counsel on the entire range of workplace safety issues; 
  • Advising on data privacy and social media issues; and
  • Formulating employee benefit programs and providing full-service counseling on employee benefits issues including but not limited to issues arising out of multi-employer pension plans.

Construction

We provide strategic advice and counsel to construction companies, including government contractors and subcontractors, on a multitude of workplace law issues from reductions-in-force, to workplace safety, wage and hour issues, labor relations and OFCCP compliance. With broad experience counseling various types of construction industry employers, we understand the unique facts and legal issues to be considered in reaching an optimal solution for the particular company.

We bring together attorneys from a wide range of backgrounds to help construction industry employers meet the specific challenges facing contractors and subcontractors, suppliers and developers. Some of the specific services we provide include:

  • Providing advice and counsel on the entire range of labor relations issues for both unionized and union-free employers, including union organizing, collective bargaining, strikes and picketing, as well as successorship issues for government contractors;
  • Providing representation in OFCCP audits and defending investigations and lawsuits involving systemic discrimination allegations;
  • Providing representation in wage and hour compliance reviews and defending wage and hour lawsuits, including class actions;
  • Advising on worker classification, prevailing wage rates, recordkeeping and other compliance issues under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts;
  • Advising on immigration compliance;
  • Advising on workplace accommodations and leave of absence issues under the ADA, FMLA and analogous state laws;
  • Defending the entire range of workplace law-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and related tort claims;
  • Representing companies during investigations of alleged fraud in connection with defense contracts and major public works projects;
  • Advising on all aspects of workplace safety, including advocating for construction industry employers with respect to OSHA rulemaking;
  • Assisting government contractors in complying with all applicable privacy and data security mandates; and
  • Providing counsel on the entire range of benefits-related issues, including Affordable Care Act compliance.

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August 17, 2018

Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program No Longer Mandatory?

August 17, 2018

The future of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) is uncertain following Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto that could make employer participation in the Secure Choice program optional. The legislation, as enacted, makes participation in the Secure Choice program mandatory for covered employers that do... Read More

August 13, 2018

Independent Contractor Misclassifications is Focus of New Jersey-U.S. Labor Department Partnership

August 13, 2018

Demonstrating a heightened focus on worker misclassification, the New Jersey Department of Labor has entered into a memorandum of cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor with respect to enforcement actions related to independent contractor misclassifications. Agency officials explained the arrangement promotes “coordinated... Read More

August 13, 2018

What Employers Need to Know About the Illinois Secure Choice Mandatory Retirement Savings Program

August 13, 2018

Employers in Illinois with at least 25 employees must comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) or offer employees an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Secure Choice is set to roll out in November 2018. Secure Choice applies to Illinois employers that do not sponsor a qualified retirement plan. The... Read More

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