Few areas of law are as dynamic or require as much balance between practical and legal considerations as labor and employment law. Each day, the team at Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot fields calls from organizations seeking creative solutions to potential disputes before they mature into formal claims or full-fledged litigation.
If litigation becomes necessary, we are ready. Our attorneys take a coordinated team approach to representing clients in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings before the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, the Office of Administrative Hearings, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Alaska Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Alaska Labor Relations Agency and the National Labor Relations Board.
Recognizing that employment relations have a material and day-to-day impact on business operations, we assist clients in planning and implementing successful employment strategies, from pre-hire matters to termination, and provide support for clients in disputes. As new technology and a trend toward increased privacy rights and expansive job protections continue to reshape the workplace, our experienced attorneys routinely help clients navigate this ever-changing and complex environment.
Generally, BHBC represents employers, both public and private, in actions brought by individual employees or groups of employees. However, we’ve also represented a select number of plaintiffs. Experience from both sides of the table has provided our attorneys with key practice insights and, most notably, a perspective on relevant issues that other firms may lack.
We provide counseling in nearly all traditional labor and employment fields, including:
- Risk management
- Labor organization and collective bargaining
- Discrimination and harassment complaints
- Workplace investigations
- Social media and online communications
- Alcohol and drug testing
- Marijuana and prescription drug use
- Policies and procedures
- Wrongful termination and constructive discharge
- Breach of contract
- Restrictive covenants
- Wage and hour
- Reductions in force
- Employment contracts and compensation
- Labor grievances and arbitrations
- Disability and family leave
- Manager and supervisor training
Widely recognized as experts in their field, Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot attorneys often serve as featured speakers at seminars conducted by national organizations on a broad range of labor and employment topics. We closely monitor current court decisions and regulatory and legislative developments that affect the rapidly changing field of employment law.