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The Human Resources function demands human attention. Now more than ever, HR professionals need support from a legal team focused completely on workplace concerns.

The attorneys in the Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Labor & Employment team help business leaders manage complex human resources matters. We partner with you to develop and execute HR policies and procedures that align with your business objectives and comply with the law.

We find solutions to your most pressing workplace issues.

Clients and peers consistently rank this team among the best Labor & Employment attorneys in Virginia. Chambers USA ranks our Labor and Employment practice group as Band 2 in Virginia, with three individually ranked attorneys. U.S. News & World Report ranks this group as a Tier 1 Metro Area Law Firm in the following areas:

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Human Resources Counseling and Training

The best way to avoid an employment lawsuit is through strong HR practices, well-written policies, and procedure management. WRVB attorneys are available to provide advice and counsel for the workforce issues you encounter every day:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Applications, handbooks, non-competition agreements, and employment contracts
  • Business-related immigration
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) compliance and investigations
  • Employee leave and other benefit issues
  • Employee relations
  • E-Verify
  • Discipline, performance improvement plans, and discharge
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wage and hour compliance
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance
  • Harassment and Retaliation claims
  • HR audits
  • I-9 compliance
  • Sensitive terminations
  • Workplace investigations
  • Workplace violence

We also assist clients in compliance with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations and other requirements governing federal contractors, such as the Davis Bacon Act, and the Service Contract Act.

Our attorneys also provide customized onsite or online workplace training in these areas. Guests at our annual Labor & Employment Seminars return year after year to learn about legal developments and cases that affect the workplace. We are also recognized by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. We also meet the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of the eight credentials recognized by the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®), including SPHR® and PHR®.


Employment Litigation Defense

Lawsuits and damage awards can debilitate most businesses. When litigation is a possibility, you need a practical and experienced legal team. We defend against all types of employment litigation, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour claims, employee benefit and leave issues, and whistle-blower claims.

While our attorneys will always work to avoid costly litigation, it may be unavoidable. When a lawsuit happens, our attorneys handle cases from the first threat of litigation through trial and appeal, from individual actions to the most complex class actions. We have handled matters including:

  • Unfair competition/trade secret suits
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Discrimination claims
  • Breach of contract suits
  • Wrongful discharge claims
  • Workplace harassment claims (including sexual harassment)
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Labor arbitration and mediation
  • Unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Union avoidance
  • Workers’ compensation defense
  • ERISA and other employee benefits claims

Our attorneys have experience in state, federal, and appellate courts in Virginia, and many neighboring states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Outside of the court system, we have experience defending clients before state and federal regulators. This includes the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Virginia Council on Human Rights, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI).


Labor/Management Relations

For many years, employers were able to ignore the threat of unionization. That is no longer true. With a strong National Labor Relations Board and many high-profile unionization efforts, no employer can be sure their workers will not organize.

Whether you are dealing with an existing union or facing new organization efforts, you need an experienced attorney to guide you through negotiations. WRVB attorneys have built strong reputations in Labor/Management Relations representation through leading tough but fair negotiations on behalf of employers. Our attorneys can advise you on the law and on the subtle nuances of labor-relations issues, including:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Grievances and arbitrations
  • NLRB proceedings
  • Strike-related representation
  • Union avoidance and decertification 

Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH and OSHA)

Our counsel starts by ensuring you understand federal regulations and how to provide a safe and healthy working environment for employees. Our team develops, reviews, and implements compliance plans for a variety of industries. We also provide auditing services, regulatory interpretation, and variance applications.

Our experience includes:

  • Investigating workplace accidents
  • Handling OSHA inspections
  • Negotiating and resolving OSHA citations
  • Litigating OSHA citations
  • Utilizing best practices to improve safety and health performance
  • Handling due diligence of OSHA issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • Formulating safety and health programs
  • Conducting safety and health audits
  • Representing clients in whistle-blower and retaliation claims
  • Counseling clients to help ensure compliance with OSHA standards

Unfair Competition

We have extensive experience consulting on and litigating unfair competition matters involving:

  • Trade secrets
  • Technology
  • Trade dress/patent infringement
  • Improper solicitation of employees or customers
  • Fiduciary duty issues
  • Covenants not to compete or solicit customers
  • False advertising
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Tortious interference with contracts and business expectancies
  • Unfair and deceptive business practices

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