Strategic Guidance For Employers
Employment law is a complex area that involves many layers of legal standards. Federal, state, and local regulations may all come into play. Understanding the legal landscape is critical in navigating all aspects of employment law.
At The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A., our attorneys possess the skill and in-depth understanding necessary for addressing labor and employment issues. They represent clients ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies. With extensive experience in many areas of law, our lawyers possess the capability to address employment issues in the context of other legal considerations such as tax planning. Clients appreciate the commitment to excellence that our team brings to every case.
Well Equipped To Address All Kinds Of Labor And Employment Matters
Our attorneys assist clients with employment-related transactions, litigation, and compliance. These include:
- Employment-related risk management: Our lawyers work proactively to minimize risks, providing detailed recommendations on ways to avoid costly employment claims through carefully constructed employment agreements, employment policies, and personnel trainings. They help employers address medical marijuana issues that arise under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act as well as other drug and medication concerns in the workplace. Our team negotiates, drafts, and reviews important employment agreements such as:
- Employee handbooks
- Compensation agreements
- Employment contracts
- Independent contractor agreements
- Confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements
- Noncompete / nonsolicitation agreements
- Severance and termination agreements
- Employer-sponsored retirement plans: Our lawyers advise employers on plans involving the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), providing guidance on plan design, compliance, and management, and audits by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).
- Privacy and cybersecurity: Our attorneys advise employers on privacy and cybersecurity issues, counseling them on best practices for:
- Employee computer, internet, or cellphone usage
- Social media postings
- Employment-related document retention
- Security measures for storing employees’ personal identifying information
- Data breach prevention and response strategies
- Employment leave law: Our lawyers counsel employers on a variety of employee leave issues that may arise under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Arizona sick leave law
- Mergers, acquisitions, and layoffs: Our team advises employers on common labor and employment law issues that arise in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, such as due diligence review or production. It also provides guidance on layoffs that may implicate the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act).
- Employee misconduct: Our attorneys conduct thorough and detailed investigations into employee misconduct involving allegations of embezzlement, misappropriation of trade secrets, harassment, discrimination, and the like. They advise employers on the appropriate courses of action following the results of such investigations.
- Litigation defense: Our lawyers represent employers in a wide range of litigation matters, defending against claims involving the following and more:
- Discrimination of all types (age, disability, sex, gender, equal pay, race, religion, genetic information, and other protected grounds)
- Allegations of sexual harassment or retaliation
- Wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Disputes involving unemployment benefits and unemployment taxes
- Wrongful termination claims involving the Arizona Employment Protection Act
- Whistleblower and qui tam claims
- Trade secret claims
- Claims involving the Davis-Bacon Act or McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA)
Our team is also familiar with the nuanced issues that may arise in specific industries – for example, employment issues in the health care sector.
Representation In Courts And Administrative Agencies
Our attorneys represent employers in both state and federal courts against private or governmental opponents. They also routinely appear before administrative agencies such as:
- The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
- The Arizona Labor Department
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- The Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office
In each of these forums, our lawyers understand the procedural rules and how they shape the overall case strategy.