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Solutions for Retail

Retail employers, both large and small, face a myriad of legal issues when it comes to the retail workforce. Issues related to compensation, benefits, leave, scheduling, uniforms, expenses, and safety are constantly changing on federal, state, and local levels almost as fast as the workforce changes itself. Keeping up-to-date and compliant with all of these laws and regulations is nearly impossible without a partner to help monitor legal changes, counsel on best practices, and defend against potential complaints or violations. Having worked extensively with our retail clients, our firm understands the range of compliance issues that retailers face, whether single location employers or multi-state operators.

From developing policies to defending retailers against class action complaints, our firm understands the legal issues at play in the retail industry and what is at stake for retail businesses. Our team of attorneys can provide the peace-of-mind that comes from having access to a highly qualified team that has successfully managed employment law matters nationwide for some of America’s largest retailers for over 15 years. Among the firm’s extensive experience representing retail clients, our team has worked with retailers on matters including:

  • Defending retail companies against individual or class claims of wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other employment-related claims;
  • Representing retail employers in investigations and audits by federal agencies like the DOL, EEOC, NLRB, and OSHA, and state administrative agencies;
  • Advising on federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory developments as they relate to retail companies;
  • Reviewing, developing, and implementing employment policies and procedures with particular focus on retail industry specific issues, including timekeeping, compensable time, payment of wages, uniforms, business expense reimbursement, public accommodation concerns, and workplace safety programs;
  • Training and counseling regarding personnel management and issues related to harassment and discrimination in the workplace, responding to employee or guest complaints and conducting internal investigations, employee reasonable accommodations and leaves of absence, performance management and employee discipline, and human resources best practices;
  • Advising and developing best practices and strategies for multi-state operations and compliance regarding large retail workforces in matters such as paid sick leave, family leave, hiring and termination procedures and considerations, employee scheduling and benefits.

Practice Leads: Eric Welter; Laura Thomasian