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At Buelow Vetter, we understand that evolving trends and technology are constantly driving change in the laws governing the workplace. For more than four decades, our attorneys have represented management in all areas of employment law, because we enjoy the challenge of acting as your advocate and working to safeguard your interests.
Our attorneys regularly defend against claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar federal and state laws. Not only do we defend lawsuits in federal and state courts, we can protect your organization against discrimination charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and similar state agencies.
We frequently work with our clients to develop policies to protect against discrimination and harassment in the workplace. In addition, our team regularly conducts management and supervisory training to minimize the potential for a claim. In cases where employees have filed a complaint under an internal policy, we can conduct an internal investigation to make sure all the necessary information is gathered and considered. We also defend educational institutions against Title IX claims, assist in drafting affirmative action plans and we handle OFCCP and other types of federal compliance audits.
You can count on Buelow Vetter’s depth and breadth of experience, as well as our commitment to scanning the evolving employment law landscape to alert you to any changes and prepare strategies to protect your interests.
At Buelow Vetter, we understand how important it is to carefully manage all aspects of the employment lifecycle to ensure that your organization is following the myriad of laws related to hiring, managing, and, if necessary, even terminating employees.
Discrimination & Harassment
Bad employee behavior is not unique to your business. It happens everywhere. We help you when a crisis hits, but we are also proactive in helping you prevent future issues by implementing strong policies and processes that are aligned with the evolving law.
Buelow Vetter attorneys regularly defend employers against claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and similar federal and state laws.
Additionally, if you seek counsel on all forms of employment discrimination as well as claims of retaliation, we are here to help. We provide sound advice on the wide variety of actions you take as an employer, including hiring and recruitment, compensation and benefits, transfers and promotions, layoffs and recalls and discipline and discharge.
Finally, our attorneys can assist you with designing policies against discrimination and harassment, conducting management and supervisory training, and guiding your organization in the internal investigation of harassment and discrimination claims.
We facilitate in the drafting of affirmative action plans, conducting Affirmative Action Plan Audits, and representing you in the event of an OFCCP compliance audit.
Mergers, Acquisition, Restructuring & Downsizing
If a merger, acquisition or downsizing in on the horizon within your organization, there are a myriad of labor, employment and employee benefits law issues that arise. Our experienced attorneys provide sound advice – for both buyers and sellers – on issues such as reductions in force, downsizing, severance packages, ERISA, multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability, health plan and other benefit plan termination issues, hiring, union bargaining and representation rights, and decision and effects bargaining.
When it is necessary to downsize current operations, our attorneys offer counsel on compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and similar state statutes, severance pay, COBRA issues, avoidance of discrimination claims, and compliance with the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act.
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
If your organization needs to review affirmative action plans, develop appropriate OFCCP desk audit responses and assistance when the OFCCP conducts an on-site audit, the team at Buelow Vetter is here to provide support. We work closely with our clients to prepare management teams and with OFCCP’s compliance officers during interviews and evaluations, to ensure your employment practices and affirmative action plan is explained completely and accurately. When the OFCCP issues findings, our attorneys have the experience to represent you in negotiation and litigation.
Buelow Vetter has one of the most distinguished public sector employment law practices in Wisconsin. We are dedicated to effectively advising and representing states, cities, counties, school boards, and other state governmental bodies, in the entire range of employment law matters. You can count on Buelow Vetter to help resolve any employment law issues that may occur in a cost efficient manner.
Unfair Trade Competition & Trade Secrets
Buelow Vetter attorneys have the experience to help your organization to secure your proprietary information, safeguard trade secrets and prevent unfair competition, including drafting covenants not to compete and non-solicitation, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. We can also assist you in developing strategies designed to prevent your employees from misappropriating trade secrets and other proprietary information.
Wage & Hour Law
The dramatic increase in wage and hour claims in recent years has made compliance a crucial issue for employers. Buelow Vetter attorneys have many years of experience in helping employers comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Davis Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act, and similar state laws. We work with our clients to determine if employees are exempt or nonexempt under the FLSA, We also assist our clients in the complexities of determining the “regular rate” for calculating overtime pay. Additionally, we can also advise you on record keeping requirements to ensure your practices are protecting your interests.
We have successfully represented clients in investigations and enforcement actions conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. We also defend employers in wage and hour lawsuits involving overtime, meal and break periods, prevailing wages, and other wage and hour issues in federal and state courts.
Additionally, as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) evolves the number of class action lawsuits against employers has risen, and we stand ready to represent you in the event your organization is facing FLSA litigation.
Buelow Vetter provides employers with proactive advice and recommendations in this complicated area of employment law. Not only can we help your organization reduce the chances for workplace injuries, we ensure that in the event a claim is filed, you are well-positioned in the event of litigation. Additionally, we regularly assist our clients on disability issues.
Workplace Safety & Health
Buelow Vetter offers advice and assistance in complying with federal and state workplace safety laws and regulations, including the Occupational, Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and comparable state laws. We are standing by to represent you during safety and health inspections and in enforcement actions brought by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and state safety agencies. We also defend your interests against whistleblower claims investigated by OSHA, as well as under various state laws.