Samuels Miller considers employment issues in the broader context of our client’s overall business needs and provides practical advice for achieving client goals. We are mindful that our clients are often best served by avoiding litigation, and our attorneys counsel to provide compliance with local, state and federal laws impacting the workplace. Our services include:
- Drafting, negotiating and enforcing employment agreements, retention and deferred compensation agreements, severance agreements, non-competition and other restrictive covenants;
- Drafting and negotiating independent contractor agreements;
- Handling discrimination and harassment investigations; and
- Providing legal advice with respect to: employee retention, corporate reorganization and reduction-in-force planning; employer and employee privacy issues; and wage and hour and other employment-related matters.
We assist employers in the preparation and implementation of employment policies and employee conduct requirements, including the preparation and editing of employee handbooks.
In some cases, litigation cannot be avoided. Our attorneys are well-equipped to represent our client’s interests, whether by negotiating a favorable settlement to a claim or vigorously prosecuting or defending the claim. Our attorneys routinely represent employers and employees in discrimination and harassment cases before the Decatur Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and in state and federal courts.
We welcome all inquiries concerning wrongful discharges, discrimination, sexual harassment, Equal Employment Opportunity Act compliance, wage and hour laws, employee benefits, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), unemployment compensation claims, employment non-competition agreements, Social Security benefits (SSI and SSD) and workers’ compensation.
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