Labor & Employment

Collective Bargaining, Grievance Arbitration
Michelson, Kane, Royster & Barger, P.C. represents management in all areas of traditional labor law, including defense of unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. We work closely with management to develop practical solutions to grievances and related labor issues.

Preventive Law
We regularly counsel public and private employers on a variety of day-to-day labor and employment matters. For example, we have extensive experience advising clients about the investigation of and response to complaints of harassment and discrimination. We also work with clients in the review, drafting and administration of personnel policies. A substantial part of our practice involves counseling clients during discipline and discharge of employees and managing leaves of absence. We are committed to providing practical, cost-effective preventive advice. Consistent with this purpose, we provide counseling and training to supervisors on a variety of topics.

Litigation
Our attorneys regularly appear in State and Federal Court as well as before administrative agencies to defend claims of discrimination, wrongful and retaliatory discharge and many other types of claims. We draft answers and statements of position on behalf of employers in State and Federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, National Labor Relations Board and United States and Connecticut Departments of Labor.

Relevant Experience

  • Collective Bargaining
    Typically, we negotiate several contracts each year acting as either chief spokesman or counsel. Our role varies based on the client’s needs and preferences. We have bargained on behalf of public and private employers with bargaining units ranging from several to several hundred members.
  • Grievance Arbitration
    We have extensive experience handling all steps of the grievance process, including arbitration. Our attorneys have arbitrated grievances involving discipline and discharge, work assignments, overtime, seniority, work rules, and language interpretation.
  • Organizational Activity, Unfair Labor Practices
    The firm has represented clients at all phases of the organization process, including union avoidance. We draft campaign materials and provide supervisor training as well as represent clients before the National Labor Relations Board. We recently conducted a successful campaign in response to an organization drive involving the Teamsters. We also resolved several unfair labor practices related to the organizational drive.
  • Wrongful Discharge, Employment Discrimination
    We are currently representing clients in State and Federal court as well as before the EEOC and CHRO in claims alleging wrongful discharge and discrimination under the ADA, Title VII and corresponding State laws. We counsel clients before employment decisions are made to ensure legal compliance.

For more information about our Labor & Employment practice, please contact Paul Tagatac.