Employers frequently overlook training that would enable them to avoid claims and liability in a variety of areas. IEL provides training to employees of all levels, including managers, on employment compliance topics including FLSA, FMLA, ADA, Title VII (including anti-harassment and anti-discrimination), OSHA, and performance management.
Policies and Handbooks
In today’s ever changing legal landscape, current employment policies are essential for employers to communicate to employees their expectations in the workplace. IEL attorneys have vast experience in drafting policies that comply with current federal, state, and local laws and incorporate best human resources’ practices. IEL attorneys have experience on handbook drafting, review, and implementation.
Internal or Agency Reviews
IEL attorneys can proactively review policies, procedures, and practices to asses compliance with applicable laws. If your business is subject to an audit by a federal or state agency, we can provide guidance or defense through the process (or provide guidance or defense if your business is audited by a federal or local agency). We have expertise in FLSA, OSHA, and other employment audit issues.
IEL attorneys provide employers with compliance counseling and strategies on a range of employment issues, such as hiring, wage and hour, performance management, leave issues under FMLA, ADA accommodations, discrimination, harassment, and termination. IEL attorneys understand how these laws overlap and can be at odds with each other.
IEL provides defense to charges filed with the Idaho Human Rights Commission (“IHRC”) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. IEL attorneys can assist you in working toward a no cause determination and to otherwise prevent claims made at the administrative level from morphing into prolonged, expensive litigation.
IEL attorneys have extensive experience defending against state and federal court claims including allegations of wrongful termination, harassment, ADA violations, FLSA misclassification, and non-compete violations. Whether an employer is dealing with a state court claim brought by a single employee or a federal court collective action brought by a group of employees, IEL lawyers help employers navigate through the process and assist them in adopting an approach (and ultimately resolving the issue) in accordance with their goals. IEL attorneys have experience in all phases of the litigation process, including whether an employer is seeking to avoid litigation in the demand letter phase, is headed to arbitration or a federal or state court trial, or is working to negotiate a settlement at mediation.
Often times employers overlook Occupational Safety and Health Act compliance until an employee files a complaint with OSHA or an employer is subject to an OSHA inspection. OSHA standards prescribe detailed safety training, periodic auditing and written program requirements for employers to implement in their workplace. IEL attorneys have experience defending OSHA enforcement and whistle-blowing actions, counseling through on-site OSHA inspections, drafting policies and programs to comply with OSHA standards, conducting internal OSHA audits, and providing training to managers and supervisors on OSHA compliance issues.