- Business Law
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- Worker’s Compensation Defense
KDDK labor and employment attorneys have a long history of helping employers shape effective, lawful policies and practices so that their resources can be spent on planning for the future rather than defending past decisions.
Ours was the first law firm in this region to establish a practice focusing on labor law. Founding partners Harry Dees and Arthur Donovan were involved in significant cases in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s that affected the development of early labor laws.
With some 80 years of experience, the firm represents employers throughout the central mid-west including Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized companies and small businesses.
Employment Discrimination Planning and Compliance
Every employment decision involves a tangle of competing policies, laws and regulations. KDDK helps employers develop policies and practices that will implement effective human resources administration. We regularly represent employees before The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a variety of state and local employment practices agencies.
Even with careful, proactive planning and implementation, workplace disputes arise and employers find themselves facing alleged discrimination that may involve age, gender, disability, religion or race. Also in the balance is the management of fair practices concerning veteran’s rights, the implementation of workforce reductions and other sometimes-difficult issues.
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Labor / Management Relations
For clients whose employees are represented by unions, we assist in contract administration, negotiation of new collective bargaining agreements and labor arbitration. Our clients also look to us for advice concerning strike preparation, strike-picketing control and the decertification election process. KDDK labor and employment attorneys have backgrounds in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, printing, food and beverage distribution, transportation and the wholesale trade.
Union Election Campaigns
For decades, KDDK attorneys have handled union representation election cases from the pre-election stage through post-election procedures, including unfair labor practice hearings and the review of administrative decisions by the federal appellate courts. Over the years we have assisted clients in winning hundreds of representation elections.
We have long been recognized as creative and effective human resources trainers. Instruction on wage and hour compliance, sexual harassment avoidance, jury friendly termination and union-avoidance all are areas of focus for the labor and employment team. The training is enhanced by the use of videos, concise written material and instructors who understand that good teaching material is only effective when the trainer creates an environment that engages its audience.
Trade Secrets, Issues of Employment and Unfair Competition
Litigation in the area of trade secrets, unfair competition and non-compete agreements has increased significantly as businesses compete more aggressively for skilled, experienced employees.
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General Human Resources Guidance
KDDK labor and employment attorneys provide guidance on a wide range of human resources issues including:
- Fair treatment of employees
- The creation and review of employee handbooks
- Advice concerning Title VII, COBRA, the ADEA, the ADA and the FMLA
- The WARN Act
- Retirement benefit plans
- Wage and hour issues
- Workplace safety concerns
- Affirmative action planning
- Substance abuse testing
- Maintaining a union-free environment.
In these areas we represent hospitals, universities, financial institutions, manufacturers, wholesalers, specialty printers, food and beverage distributors, construction companies and retailers.