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Staffing and Independent Workforce

Businesses in virtually every sector of the economy must be forward-thinking and creative in identifying—and implementing—talent management solutions while simultaneously managing the risks inherent in employing freelance and other contingent workers.

Overview

Technological advances continue to present limitless opportunities for “gig” workers and businesses alike. Employers now face unique compliance challenges in determining how to optimally manage legal issues for non-traditional workers, including wage and hour, tax, benefits, privacy, and labor.  In this highly-competitive environment, businesses must be savvy to structure working relationships to attract sought-after talent and avoid regulatory pitfalls and costly litigation. 

Our clients include consumers and providers of freelance and project-based workers, and temporary staffing and professional employer organizations. We provide targeted legal advice based on our deep understanding of unique industry issues.  As part of our mission to provide the most up-to-date legal and business guidance, we are actively involved in key industry groups such as the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), American Staffing Association (ASA), National Independent Staffing Association, as well as various state and local industry staffing associations.

Some of the services we provide for temporary staffing, professional employer organizations, independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers, and direct placement and recruiting agencies include:

  • Strategic workforce design;
  • Draft and review contracts, and prepare model agreements;
  • Litigate and advise on a wide-range of workplace disputes, including those involving joint employer status, wage and hour, and EEO law; 
  • Nationwide review of classification issues and other wage and hour and compensation matters; 
  • Prepare employee handbooks for corporate staff and field employees;
  • Advice regarding background checks, substance abuse testing, and other pre-employment issues;
  • Defend class action Fair Credit Reporting Act claims;
  • Immigration compliance and strategic transfers; 
  • Advice on the entire range of workplace safety issues and defend OSHA investigations; 
  • Plan design for pension, profit sharing, 401(k), and other types of retirement, compensation, and welfare benefit plans; 
  • Unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation issues; 
  • Counsel and defend restrictive covenants, unfair competition claims, and other employment-related business torts; 
  • Guidance on federal, state, and local disability and leave issues; 
  • Advise on privacy and data security concerns; 
  • Data breach response and mitigation; and,
  • Full complement of labor relations advice, including on union organizing and joint employer issues.

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May 21, 2018

Supreme Court: Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Do Not Violate Federal Labor Law

May 21, 2018

Class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the U.S. Supreme Court has held in a much-anticipated decision in three critical cases. Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP et al. v. Morris et al., No. 16-300; National Labor Relations Board v.... Read More

May 21, 2018

Supreme Court Rules Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Valid

May 21, 2018

Class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements do not violate federal law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a much-anticipated decision in three critical cases. Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP et al. v. Morris et al., No. 16-300; National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., et al.,... Read More

May 16, 2018

Top Five Labor Law Developments for April 2018

May 16, 2018

The U.S. Senate confirmed John Ring’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 11. Shortly thereafter, President Donald Trump named Ring as Board Chairman. Ring was sworn in as Chairman on April 16, replacing Republican Marvin Kaplan in that role. Trump nominated Ring, a management-side labor and employment... Read More

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