Computer and other high-tech companies often seek to employ foreign nationals, many of whom come to the United States for specialized university training, and then seek to remain and work for local industries. However, in order to hire these individuals, the employer must first obtain the necessary work authorization from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the “INS”). We provide a full range of immigration services, and have worked with many companies to obtain H-1B and TN work visas for skilled personnel such as software developers, programmers, engineers, systems administrators, testers, translators, etc. We also have experience in obtaining L-1 visas for international executives and managerial transferees that come to work in the U.S. from related foreign companies or subsidiaries. In addition to obtaining these types of temporary visas, our attorneys assist employers in negotiating the labor certification process to obtain permanent residency (known as a “Green Card”) for their key employees.
Wrongful Termination Actions
In just the past few years, the erosion of the employment-at-will doctrine in many states has resulted in growing numbers of wrongful termination, tort and defamation lawsuits by former employees. The size and frequency of jury awards in favor of plaintiffs in these cases has increased alarmingly. We have substantial experience in defending these claims. Jones Waldo attorneys also help managers in avoiding such claims by counseling with respect to discipline and discharge policies, reductions in force and individual terminations.
Labor-Management Relations and NLRB Matters
We represent management in dealings with unions, unfair practice proceedings, organizing election campaign planning and execution, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, contract administration, arbitrations and maintenance of or retaining non-union status. Our labor and employment practice includes litigation and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Employee Benefit Matters and Workers Compensation
We handle all phases of litigation (ERISA) and plan drafting, development, tax planning, and implementation regarding employee benefits. We also regularly assist clients in dealing with workers compensation and unemployment compensation issues