Employment Law Counseling for Employers
Clouse Brown lawyers consult with our corporate clients on a variety of employment law matters. We work as an extension of our clients’ HR and legal teams. For other clients, we operate as an outsourced legal department or fractional HR team. Our team members draft employment agreements, policy and procedure manuals, and employee handbooks. We also conduct internal investigations for clients in connection with allegations of sexual harassment or employee misconduct.
Clouse Brown’s employment law team advises clients on:
- Policies, procedures, and employee manuals
- Employment agreements and offer letters, including compensation and restrictive covenant agreements
- Employee misconduct and discipline practices
- Separation from employment, including reductions in force and WARN Act
- Litigation avoidance
- Internal dispute resolution
- Investigation of harassment, discrimination, and other workplace claims
- FLSA compliance, including classification and independent contractor issues
- FMLA and ADA leave management
Clouse Brown effectively handles crisis situations arising from workplace issues. For example, our lawyers have:
- Obtained injunctions prohibiting employees from stealing trade secrets, unfairly competing or disclosing confidential information;
- Obtained orders requiring return of clients’ intellectual property, electronic information and data;
- Removed problem employees, and even owners, from the workplace;
- Obtained orders restraining potentially violent employees;
- Coordinated extensive investigations of key executive misappropriation of trade secrets, self-dealing and diversion of company assets and revenues to a competing entity; and
- Resolved sensitive harassment claims in a discreet and efficient manner.
Employment Law Counseling for Executives
There are times when both senior and mid-level employees are made the subject of workplace investigations. These investigations often arise in connection with complaints involving discrimination, harassment, ethics, or policy violations. Unfortunately, some investigations take on a life of their own and go awry — leaving employees to try to prove they did not engage in illegal or improper conduct.