Labor & Employment Law

Federal Law

This practice group of Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC is eminently knowledgeable as to the following federal labor & employment laws:

  • Affordable Care Act ("ACA")

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), as amended.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), as amended.

  • Civil Rights Act of 1866.

  • Civil Rights Act of 1991.

  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ("COBRA").

  • Davis-Bacon Act.

  • Defend Trade Secrets Act.

  • Department of Transportation ("DOT") Regulations.

  • Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act.

  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA").

  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 ("EPA").

  • Executive Order 11246.

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").

  • Family & Medical Leave Act ("FMLA").

  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 ("GINA").

  • Immigration & Nationality Act.

  • Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986 ("IRCA").

  • McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act. 

  • National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA")

  • Occupational Safety & Health Act ("OSH Act").

  • Personal Responsibility & Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

  • Railway Labor Act.

  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. 

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"), as amended.

  • Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA").

  • Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended.

  • Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act.

  • Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification Act ("WARN").

State & Local Laws

This practice group is also knowledgeable as to the following state & local labor & employment laws:

  • 15 Oklahoma Statutes § 219, et seq.

  • Austin City Code

  • Norman City Code

  • Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act

  • Oklahoma Uniform Trade Secrets Act

  • Texas Covenants Not to Compete Act

  • Texas Labor Code. 

  • Texas Payday Law.

  • Texas Small Employer Health Insurance Availability Act.

  • Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.

  • Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

  • Texas Workers Compensation Act ("TWCA"").​

The firm's attorneys are also very knowledgeable regarding Texas and Oklahoma common law addressing contracts, wrongful discharge, negligent hiring, supervision and retention, vicarious liability, duty to provide a safe workplace and other employment-related torts.

Contracts

The firm's attorneys are skilled at drafting and negotiating contracts and contract provisions, including:

  • Arbitration Agreements

  • Collective Bargaining Agreements

  • Consensual Romance in the Workplace Agreements

  • Consulting Agreements

  • Deferred Compensation Agreements

  • Employment Agreements

  • Employment-Related Clauses of Merger and Acquisition Agreements

  • Executive Compensation Agreements

  • Indemnity Agreements

  • Mediation Agreements

  • Non-Compete Agreements

  • Non-Disparagement Agreements

  • Offer Letters

  • Separation Agreements

  • Settlement Agreements

  • Staffing Agreements

  • Stock Option Agreements

  • Wage Deduction Agreements

Compliance & Risk Management

The firm provides legal counsel to employers regarding compliance and risk management strategies. The firm is available to provide legal counsel as to:

  • Affirmative Action Plans

  • Background Checks & Investigations

  • Data Security

  • Employment Policies & Procedures, including Employee Handbooks and Supervisory Manuals

  • Hiring Policies & Procedures

  • Job descriptions & Classifications

  • Labor Relations

  • Leave Policies & Procedures

  • Organizational Structures

  • Performance Review Policies & Procedures

  • Record retention policies and procedures

  • Recruiting Policies & Procedures

  • Reductions in Force & Plant Closings

  • Social Media Policies

  • Trade Secret and intellectual Property Security

  • Testing

  • Training

  • Union Avoidance

  • Workplace investigations.

Training

The firm is also available to provide supervisory and employee training.  The training programs the firm currently provide include:

  • "Responsible Supervision: Thirteen Common Costly Mistakes by Supervisors" (60-minute presentation includes discussion and scenarios).

  • "Responsible Supervision: Fifteen Lessons for Supervisors Regarding Harassment At and Away From Work"  (60-minute presentation includes videos, scenarios and discussion).

  • "Responsible Teamwork: Twelve Lessons for Employees Regarding Harassment At and Away From Work" (60-minute presentation includes videos, scenarios and discussion).

  • "Responsible Safety & Security: Managing Active Shooter Risks in Texas" (60-minute presentation includes videos, scenarios and discussion). 

  • "Responsible Cyber Security for Employees" (60-minute presentation is with a cyber security consultant). 

Administrative Investigations

The firm provides legal representation to employers during audits and investigations by administrative agencies, including:

  • Austin Equal Employment & Fair Housing Office

  • Austin Human Rights Commission

  • City of Norman Human Rights Commission

  • Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division ("DOL")

  • Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA")

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").

  • National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB")

  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration ("OSHA") 

  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP")

  • Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

  • Oklahoma Human Rights Commission

  • Texas Commission on Human Rights

  • Texas Workforce Commission ("TWC")

Claim Resolution & Litigation

The firm also provides legal representation to employers in responding to employment-related claims before and during litigation. The firm's attorneys are knowledgeable regarding the procedures in the following litigation forums:

  • Arbitration

  • NLRB

  • Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission ("OSHRC")

  • Texas State & Appellate Courts, including the Texas Supreme Court

  • TWC 

  • U.S. District & Appellate Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court ​

 

Experience

The 34 years of experience of the firm's attorneys in labor and employment representation includes clients in the construction, health care, hospitality, 

housing, manufacturing, restaurant and service industries, as well as non-profit organizations. The firm is especially proud to be employment legal counsel for several law firms. 

Nationwide Representation

For federal labor & employment laws, the firm's attorneys are available to represent clients in any jurisdiction as to matters being (1) investigated by the DOL, EBSA, EEOC, NLRB, OSHA and OFCCP, and (2) heard before the NLRB and OSHRC. The firm's attorneys may also be admitted pro hac vice in any U.S. District Court to handle any federal matter in conjunction with local counsel. In fact, the firm's attorneys have represented clients as to labor and employment matters not only in Texas and Georgia, but also in Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Resources

As an educational resource for employers, the firm maintains and regularly posts to a blog entitled Defending Management.​  In partnership with Omnisure Risk Management Consulting, the firm also has begun recording educational podcasts for employers. 

Attorneys

Robert G. Chadwick, Jr. (Practice Leader)

Timothy B. Soefje

* Principal Office - Plano. By appointment only in Austin, Dallas & Oklahoma City

 

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