Employment and Labor Law
Scope of Practice
Our Employment, Labor and Benefits Group offers clients broad experience in addressing sophisticated employee benefits, ERISA, health care policy and compliance, and compensation matters. Our clients turn to us for help navigating the changing dynamics of their industry as well as new legislative issues.
Our attorneys advise clients on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the tax code and regulations, and other benefit laws related to all types of plans: qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, cafeteria plans, and health and welfare plans.
Employment Law and Compensation
Our attorneys are versed in all areas of the law surrounding employer/employee relations. This includes all aspects of the regulation of the employer/employee contract, wages and hours, conditions of employment, discrimination issues, non-compete covenants, confidentiality agreements, and the protection of trade secrets. Our clients include business owners as well as valued employees.
We provide private companies and employers with advice on business and employment issues related to employee benefit plans for health, dental, life, disability, severance and other benefits. Our experience includes drafting and reviewing cafeteria plans and health savings accounts, advising on coverage and taxation under state and federal law, and assisting clients with ongoing compliance matters.
Employers may already have a workforce consisting of unionized workers or face a unionizing effort. Our attorneys can assist in the preparation and negotiation of labor contracts as well as guidance on unfair labor practices and other labor issues. In the event of grievance arbitration or civil suit, we can help develop a strategy to resolve the matter and protect your interests.
Qualified Retirement Plans and Other Employee Benefits
We have broad capabilities in the employee benefits arena. Our experience includes identifying special employee benefits issues in mergers & acquisitions, reviewing deferred compensation for compliance, design and compliance of employee stock ownership plans, following new legislation and monitoring clients’ benefits arrangements for compliance, counseling clients on qualified plan correction and termination, and advising on complex tax issues.
The ERA: Where Are We Now? (State Bar of Wisconsin - Wisconsin Lawyer) - Authored by Storm Larson
"Although Wisconsin played an early and pivotal role in supporting the Equal Rights Amendment, the ERA has never been officially ratified. As each generation presses toward full gender equality, the next generation builds on past successes to manifest the vision that began in Seneca Falls in 1923." (Read More - March 10, 2021 Article by Storm Larson - State Bar of Wisconsin - Wisconsin Lawyer)
"Sex Discrimination Law: Old Problem, New Scrutiny" (Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine) - Co-Authored by Storm Larson
"An expository article which discusses the purposes, causes of action, defenses, and remedies available to Wisconsin parties under federal and state anti-discrimination in employment statutes.” (Read More - Article co-authored by Storm Larson - April 2020)