Employment & Labor
Employment & Labor is an integral part of Rhoads & Sinon's practice. Our goal is to provide our clients - in both the private and public sectors - with timely and practical advice they need to comply with state and federal laws governing employment and personnel practices. We counsel our clients as they draft and administer policies on a variety of personnel issues including:
- equal employment opportunity,
- drug and alcohol abuse,
- family and medical leave,
- employee handbooks and applications,
- safety and grievance procedures,
- sexual harassment,
- affirmative action,
- overtime and wage requirements,
- trade secrets,
- covenants-not-to-compete, and
- unemployment compensation.
Staff issues are a complex area of law because they can affect every area of your business. Being accused of discrimination, sexual harassment, safety violations and other issues can impact your brand and your business's reputation. You have spent years developing your business model and word-of-mouth advertising, and taking action promptly or preemptively to avoid wrongful accusations can help you protect your business in the future.
Staff issues can also affect hiring. Knowing you are providing the right response to drug and alcohol abuse issues or the correct employee handbooks and applications for safety and grievance procedures, for example, ensures you can attract the most competitive and talented staff to make your business succeed. Working with a labor attorney in Harrisburg, PA, ensures you have the legal support you need to stay fully compliant.
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania laws surrounding affirmative action, overtime and wage requirements, and employment agreements change regularly and can be quite complicated. You will need to work with a qualified employment law lawyer in Harrisburg, PA, to protect yourself fully and to ensure you have the understanding you need to provide a safe workplace in full compliance with all relevant laws. With Rhoads & Sinon, you can focus on business while our attorneys focus on protecting you.
Rhoads & Sinon has multiple attorneys who work on non-compete agreements, unemployment issues and other issues relevant to employment and staffing. No matter what your concerns or what issues you face, our team can develop a specialized action or defense plan to support you.
In addition, clients frequently ask our counsel in structuring terminations and layoffs so as to minimize the potential for litigation. Unfortunately, even when businesses have legitimate reasons to terminate an employee agreement, employees may allege discrimination or wrongful termination. These cases can be before the courts for months or even years, resulting in costly and time-consuming litigation for businesses. Structuring terminations safely and correctly can help prevent legal disputes and can fully protect your business and remaining staff. Contact Rhoads & Sinon for a consultation to develop a personalized termination or layoff plan to support your business during the next stage of its future.
Employment Law Litigation.
Employment-related lawsuits are a reality for all employers, public and private, with or without union employees. Counseling our clients to achieve their business objectives - while minimizing the threat of litigation - has become the primary goal of our practice. Nevertheless, when our clients are sued, we are ready to provide a vigorous defense. We have established a successful track record in defending our clients in the federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies. Our employment-law litigation practice includes defending employers against employment discrimination and constitutional claims brought under a variety of statutes:
- Pennsylvania Human Relations Act,
- Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,
- Americans With Disabilities Act,
- Age Discrimination In Employment Act,
- Family & Medical Leave Act, and
- Fair Labor Standards Act.
In situations where a discrimination claim is made, working with the right legal counsel is an essential component of your future success. If you have been accused of racial discrimination, for example, an employment discrimination lawyer in York, PA, can mount a vigorous defense of you and your business. If you are accused of age discrimination, your lawyer in York, PA, can gather evidence across all your offices and locations to show you have remained committed to fair and honorable hiring and termination practices.
Ultimately, there many reasons why employees are hired or terminated. When employees disagree with management's decision, it is not unusual for a claim of employee discrimination to be made. Working with a lawyer in York, PA, or your business location can help safeguard your current staff and your business's reputation. By vigorously defending yourself, you can continue to look forward to a bright business future and you can ensure that you continue to attract a diverse and talented group of employees.
If you're looking for discrimination attorneys in Chambersburg, PA, contact Rhoads & Sinon for a consultation. Our workplace discrimination lawyers serve York, PA, and central Pennsylvania. In addition to labor attorneys, our staff includes attorneys with diverse focuses, ensuring when you need technical or legal specialized knowledge, our internal team has the resources to support you.
Labor Law Counsel and Litigation. Our labor law practice has also included negotiating collective-bargaining agreements on behalf of employers in the public and private sector, representing management on grievance arbitration and mediation procedures, and helping employers to comply with the prevailing wage statutes.
We represent employers in union organizing campaigns and defending employer's rights in union election and unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
At Rhoads & Sinon, our employment lawyers across central Pennsylvania serve clients in Lancaster, York and other major locations. If you need an unemployment attorney to get support as you try to understand the Pennsylvania benefits system for unemployed workers, we have attorneys specializing in benefits. By providing you with attorneys with narrow fields of focus and large teams of attorneys with varied areas of practice, we can provide the robust and defensible legal strategies you need to protect yourself and your finances.
Rhoads & Sinon has been part of central Pennsylvania since 1935, and since then we have become recognized as a resource for government, municipalities, corporations and individuals across the region. Attorneys from other law firm routinely turn to us for support and to recommend their clients to us. In fact, we act as counsel and co-counsel in complex litigation at the request of other law firms. Our attorneys routinely publish in legal journals and act as expert authorities on legal matters. When you need authoritative legal support from talented and skilled attorneys recognized by others in the field, contact Rhoads & Sinon for a consultation
For more information and additional articles, please visit Rhoads & Sinon's Employment & Labor Law Blog.
Publications & Alerts
- August 2016
- March 2013
- January 2013
- July 2012
- Business Woman,December 2011
- September 2011
- June 28, 2011
- How An Employer Accused Of Unlawfully Terminating An Employee By The General Counsel Of The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Can Nevertheless Win Its Case At A Public Hearing Before The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. (Part 2 of 2),June 2011
- How An Employer Accused Of Unlawfully Terminating An Employee By The General Counsel Of The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Can Nevertheless Win Its Case At A Public Hearing Before The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. (Part 1 of 2),March 2011
- NO GOOD DEED EVER GOES UNPUNISHED: FIRING AND GETTING SUED BY AN EMPLOYEE WHOM THE EMPLOYER PATTED ITSELF ON THE BACK FOR HIRING,November 2010
- Rhoads & Sinon LLP Helps Client Messiah College Defeat Disability Discrimination Claims from Student-Athlete
- Amanda Lavis Interviewed on WITF's Smart Talk
- “Unsatisfactory Work Performance” Can Be “Willful Misconduct” Under The Unemployment Compensation Law And Disqualify A Terminated Employee From Receiving Unemployment Compensation Benefits
Seminars & Events
- COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR SERIES: A Workplace Without Borders: Common Immigration Issues Faced by Employers
- 114th Annual PML Convention
- Practical Tips to Avoid A Wage & Hour Claim
- PSATS' 2013 Annual Educational Conference
- Employment Law Update
- PSATS 2012 Fall Solicitors Seminar
- The Grand Strategy for Employers Seminar
- Pennsylvania League of Cities and Muncipalities Annual Convention
- The Escape Artist:Successful Exit Planning
- Legal Issue of Social Media for Public Employers
- Lorman Education Systems Employment Law Update
- New HR Practices for a New Era Seminar