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Employment Law

 

Gjording Fouser lawyers consult on employment issues, provide training to human resources professionals and other personnel, conduct workplace investigations, and serve as lead trial counsel. 

Consultation

Gjording Fouser lawyers are available to consult on a variety of employment law issues, including:

  • Conduct an employment law audit – An audit allows employers to identify their vulnerabilities
  • Draft or review policies – Employment policies should be updated yearly to stay up-to-date with the latest federal and state law developments
  • Review performance evaluation processes – The review process will assure unbiased decision-making
  • Advice on specific performance issues – Our lawyers will mentor managers on counseling discussions with employees, progressive discipline, etc.
  • Provide advice for employee termination – Our lawyers will walk through the steps with employers to provide guidance on effective termination practices
  • Advice on file retention policies – We will advise on what to keep and for how long
  • Training

    Gjording Fouser provides training for our clients’ human resources professionals and other personnel.  Many human resources professionals perform duties that require a working knowledge of labor and employment law.  While this role does not require a law degree, it does require enough legal knowledge to know when to take action, what is permissible and not permissible, and when to call legal counsel.  We can also provide individual training for employees who have been accused of inappropriate behavior in the workplace and help them understand appropriate boundaries and appropriate workplace behavior. 

    The trainings offered by Gjording Fouser lawyers are unique because they are tailored to the needs of the company.  Our trainings include: in-person training sessions, practical application of the material to situations arising in the workplace, take home activities that require the learner to work through problems involving the material, testing for retention and application, and online follow-up.  Below is a select list of trainings provided by Gjording Fouser. 

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):  The Ins and Outs and Practical Application
  • Wage and Hour Law:  Taking the Mystery Out of Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws
  • What to Do?  Receiving and Processing Employee Complaints
  • An Ounce of Prevention:  Proactively Avoiding Discrimination Claims
  • It Covers More Than You Think!  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Ten Most Common Disabilities and How to Accommodate Them
  • Maintaining a Respectful Workplace
  • “You Can’t Control My Personal Beliefs:”  Employee Privacy in the Workplace
  • How to Properly Plan for and Document Employee Terminations
  • How to Properly Conduct Investigations of Internal Complaints of Harassment and Discrimination
  • Investigation

    Our lawyers have conducted more than 100 workplace investigations on behalf of employers in a variety of industries and workplace settings, including: automobile, education, health care, law enforcement, manufacturing, non-profit, public agencies, religious, restaurant, technology and utility.  Our investigations have included all types of harassment and discrimination complaints, workplace misconduct, theft, violence, and other types of workplace issues that require an unbiased, outside investigation.  One of our lawyers, Bobbi Dominick, co-authored the national publication Investigating Harassment and Discrimination Complaints:  A Practical Guide, and is currently working on another definitive publication on this topic.  Bobbi also served on the team of investigators in the largest harassment and discrimination investigation conducted in the state of Washington. 

    Litigation

    Our lawyers serve as lead trial counsel defending claims of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, disability accommodation, wage and hour violations, and unfair labor practices for businesses and governmental entities.  After reviewing our firm’s casework over the past 12 months and conducting extensive interviews with our clients and other Idaho litigators, Benchmark Litigation named our firm the “2016 Idaho Litigation Firm of the Year.”

    Expert Witness

    We can also assist lawyers by providing expert witness services for trial in cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  We can improve the effectiveness of your case – plaintiff or defense – by suggesting strategies, investigating and uncovering issues, and offering expert testimony on effective practices, investigation techniques or appropriate responses to workplace situations.  One of our lawyers, Bobbi Dominick, has the wide range of experience needed by an expert witness – lawyer, human resources professional, university professor, and published author – along with the technical knowledge of both the law and its application to real life. 

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    Employment Law