We counsel an array of companies in a wide range of industries, both locally and throughout the United States, in all aspects of labor and employment law. We strive to help clients find solutions to labor and employment law matters using practical, common-sense approaches. We believe our ability to combine our depth in labor and employment law with Jones Walker's broad base of experience in other practice areas to address unique workplace and industry situations gives our clients a distinct advantage not available from small boutique law firms.
In recognition of the group's overall excellence, Jones Walker is the exclusive Louisiana member of the Employers Counsel Network (ECN), a national coalition of 52 leading labor and employment law firms in each state of the United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada.
Jones Walker's Labor & Employment Practice also has been recognized for excellence in Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003. In its inaugural edition, Chambers USA identified Jones Walker as "one of the most prestigious firms in the field." Its 2009 publication ranked Jones Walker as one of the top Labor & Employment Practices in Louisiana, and listed more Jones Walker attorneys than attorneys from any other Louisiana firm. American Lawyer Media recently named the firm a "Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies" in the area of Labor & Employment Law.
Our group of experienced and successful trial attorneys handles every type of employment litigation, including class actions, in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Our experience extends to defending claims involving race, sex, age, and disability discrimination and sexual harassment; employee benefits issues; wage and hour law; wrongful discharge; breach of contract; and employment torts such as defamation, interference with contract rights, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. We also handle complex litigation involving non-disclosure and non-competition agreements and employee theft of confidential information and trade secrets. BTI Consulting Group named Jones Walker as a standout in Employment Litigation in 2014. Our labor and employment attorneys also are adept at handling arbitrations and mediations of workplace disputes under private arbitration and mediation agreements.
We regularly represent employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor; the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP); and various other federal, state, and local government agencies.
We represent employers in all aspects of traditional labor-management relations throughout the United States, including the defense of unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations, union contract negotiations and other collective bargaining issues, and all other matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. We are experienced in dealing successfully with strikes, lockouts, picketing, and union violence to help our clients continue operating efficiently during labor strife. We also have experience in dealing with a variety of international labor law issues.
We frequently work with our Employee Benefits, ERISA & Executive Compensation practice on issues as varied as COBRA and the design of severance plans; the interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, group health insurance, including HIPAA, retirement plans, and other employee benefits; the design and drafting of executive employment contracts; and employee benefits litigation.
We counsel employers on all aspects of the federal immigration laws, including, but not limited to, the various types of employment visas available, visa fraud, I-9 compliance, and national origin discrimination issues. We also assist employers in obtaining permanent employment visas as well as in procuring and/or extending a wide variety of temporary employment visas such as the H-1B visa for professionals, the L-1 visa for employees of U.S. companies abroad, and the B-1 visa for business visitors.
Our client service includes proactive counseling, compliance, and training programs. We counsel employers daily to troubleshoot and resolve problems in all employment hot spots to help our clients minimize the risks inherent in nearly all employment decisions. Through our audit programs, we offer a comprehensive review of employment policies, practices, and documents to ensure compliance with federal and state labor law. We design affirmative action programs, separation agreements, and comprehensive employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures. Our supervisor and employee training programs help employers reduce the risks of lawsuits and other workplace problems.
Companies and organizations worldwide are facing a difficult question: As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic shifts gears from emergency to maintenance, how can we reopen and run our businesses — from Day One and beyond — in a manner that preserves jobs and generates revenue without risking the health and safety of our employees and customers? The answers to this question are not simple, nor is there a one-size-fits-all solution.