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Labor & Employment Law

Labor & Employment Litigation Law Firm Ensures Compliance for Illinois Clients

Chicago attorney advocating for fairness in the workplace

A profitable business serves the needs of labor, management and the marketplace. But friction between labor and management often causes complications that hurt a company’s competitiveness and threaten the livelihoods of everyone involved. Joel F. Handler defends the rights of workers to safe, hospitable and equitable employment, as well as management’s right to productivity and performance. My experience on both sides of labor and employment issues makes me uniquely qualified to assist you with comprehensive and lasting solutions to issues that can poison workplace morale and undermine a company’s success.

Correcting power imbalances

I understand that employees often hesitate to confront employers, especially in troubled economic times. I empower individuals to receive the justice they deserve. I assist with cases involving:

  • Defamation
  • Slander
  • Unpaid meal and rest breaks
  • Unpaid overtime
  • Unpaid wages
  • Unemployment
  • Workplace violations
  • Unsafe work conditions
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment

Challenging discrimination in the workplace

Federal law prohibits employers from discriminatory practices regarding hiring, promotion, termination, types of assignments and pay. When making decisions, employers cannot legally consider:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Disability

By applying extensive knowledge of state and federal labor and employment laws, I use objective metrics to prove or disprove acts of discrimination.

Helping employers build strong labor relations

For businesses to plan and expand, operations must be predictable and reliable. Adherence to laws governing labor relations ensures a company’s legal operation. I provide employers with day-to-day compliance counseling and just resolutions to workplace disputes that advance labor relations and further your business success.

Supporting productive workplace conditions

Following complex legal procedures takes valuable time away from management’s real job — running and promoting business. I counsel businesses on procedure and fulfillment under labor law, including:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Workers Compensation Program
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA)
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Consumer Credit Protection Act (CPCA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
  • Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)

Safeguarding a productive business

Just as your company retains certain specific responsibilities to its employees, workers are obligated to comply with work policies and legal requirements that affect your business. Incompetent, unethical or unlawful behavior of a worker has potentially devastating consequences. I assist businesses in:

  • Developing clear, written employment policies
  • Drafting employment contracts
  • Drafting non-compete agreements
  • Drafting nondisclosure agreements
  • Addressing suspicions of a worker’s unlawful or unethical acts
  • Dismissing employees

Contact a dedicated Illinois employment and labor law firm to schedule an appointment

Joel F. Handler is located in Chicago and represents clients throughout Illinois. Call me at 312-588-6839 or contact me online to schedule a consultation on the facts of your case.