Labor & Employment

Devoted exclusively to the representation of management, Beggs & Lane’s Labor & Employment Practice Group provides clients with experienced counsel on almost every aspect of the employment relationship. Our attorneys regularly counsel employers on compliance with the numerous federal and state laws and regulations that govern today’s workplace. We work closely with each client’s managers and human resource professionals, as well as senior executives and in-house counsel, to respond to the unique needs and circumstances of every business.

Our lawyers recognize the importance of preventing problems before they ever arise, and are adept at developing policies and procedures that minimize the risk of legal challenges. When disputes do arise, however, our clients know that they can count on knowledgeable, cost-effective representation during arbitration, mediation, or litigation.

Our Labor & Employment Practice Group regularly assists company owners, managers and human resources professionals with:

Preventive and Compliance Counseling

  • Reviewing, drafting and enforcing effective employment contracts, non-compete agreements, severance agreements
  • Drafting and implementing effective personnel policies and procedures
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate employee handbooks
  • Wage and hour questions
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Discrimination and retaliation avoidance
  • Reductions in force
  • Assessing and developing action plans for property owners' compliance with disability discrimination requirements for public accommodations, barrier removal, and access under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Labor Law

  • Union organizing campaigns and elections
  • Decertification elections
  • Labor arbitration proceedings
  • Unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB
  • Collective bargaining negotiations

Employment Litigation

  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation of all types
  • Wage and hour, exemption and overtime issues
  • Wrongful termination
  • Contract disputes
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Non-compete agreements

Regulatory Compliance and Litigation

  • EEOC charges alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Florida Commission on Human Relations investigations and charges
  • DOL wage & hour investigations
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Property owners' compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prohibiting disability discrimination in public accommodations, barrier removal, and access

    Practice Group Members

    Ralph A. Peterson

    Ralph A. Peterson
    Practice Group Co-Manager

    Russell F. VanSickle

    Russell F. VanSickle
    Practice Group Co-Manager