Labor and Employment
At Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, we understand that one of a business’s most important assets is its people. That’s why we complement our range of business law services with a robust Labor and Employment Practice. Covering a broad spectrum of industry topics with a deep focus on today’s most pressing labor matters, our practice is uniquely qualified to help employers prevent employment-related problems and avoid costly litigation. Yet the size of our practice, depth of our team and multidisciplinary experience also means we can efficiently litigate cases whenever necessary to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.
Reinhart’s Labor and Employment attorneys understand business, but we also understand the business of working with people. We know that employment-related problems can present a challenge for even the most successful ventures. As a result, we have built a practice that spans the entire continuum of labor law – from helping employers proactively implement policies and procedures, to defending clients against unforeseen lawsuits.
We are proud to serve a diverse client base that includes companies of nearly any size. Our clients operate in a wide variety of industries and markets, from major sectors like health care, manufacturing and food and beverage to emerging niches such as brewery and distillery law. Reinhart’s Labor and Employment attorneys have the range of experience needed to serve as outside general counsel or advisers to in-house counsel. In either capacity, we make it our business to understand our client’s business and strategic objectives, and we always offer informed counsel with that perspective in mind.
Leveraging the experience of our collective team, as well as the deep perspective we have attained from working across the entire spectrum of business law, our Labor and Employment attorneys work collaboratively and efficiently to advance our goal of always protecting the client’s interests. We approach every matter by determining what strategic course of action will advance the case, add value and ultimately be in the best interest of our client. This approach enables us to serve as a true strategic partner to our clients, which often means working as an extension of their in-house counsel. As a result, we have earned a reputation as a professional group that is mindful of cost yet able to find the most favorable outcomes for our clients.
Having close relationships with our dedicated Litigation attorneys serves our labor and employment clients well. In the event that litigation does occur, we are experienced in representing management in employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Our attorneys have significant jury and bench trial experience in federal and state forums across the country. We are deeply familiar with all aspects of labor law, and have been closely involved in creating many of the statutes and laws that govern this space. Leveraging our litigation experience, we know what we need to prove to win a case, and our attorneys know how to develop that evidence with precision and efficiency. As a result, we can predict and budget our fees with greater certainty.
Reinhart’s Labor and Employment attorneys also are skilled at finding quick and creative solutions with opposing counsel that wish to avoid long, protracted court battles. This approach often allows us to settle cases for greater value without the need for a costly trial, allowing our clients to focus on what they do best – building their business.
Reinhart announces the addition of twelve new associates. Ten are located in Reinhart’s Milwaukee office, one is located in the firm’s Madison office and one in the firm’s Rockford office.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® highly ranks Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. (Reinhart) in numerous practice areas within Wisconsin and nationally in the recently released 2017 “Best Law Firms” listings.
Sixteen Reinhart attorneys are named “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USA.
Representative Martha Roby reintroduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would permit employers to offer compensatory time off to employees who work overtime. If the bill is passed, Wisconsin and other states with state-level overtime laws would have to adopt similar legislation in order for private employers to offer compensatory time off instead of overtime pay.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that premium processing of all H-1B petitions will be suspended temporarily as of April 3, 2017.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker presented his two-year executive budget on February 8, 2017. The bill includes a number of proposed revisions to Wisconsin employment law that, if passed into law, would significantly alter proceedings under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act and the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act.