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Tim Sarsfield


St. Louis
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Tim provides practical, in-depth counsel to management during two of the most critical junctures in the employer-employee relationship: union organizing and employee terminations.

Tim has spent his 30-year career representing management in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and defeating union organizing efforts in industrial workplaces across the country. He frequently works closely with supervisors, training them on best practices for union avoidance. In the event of a union election, Tim doesn't rely on a "campaign in a can" — he creates a custom program that helps employers pinpoint the real triggers for union organization and educate employees on why a union doesn't align with their goals.

Tim has helped employers respond to OSHA claims at the federal and state level from Boston to Seattle. He knows the investigators, knows the law and can craft a response that speaks to the priorities of a specific OSHA region and tells a company's story in a clear, compelling manner.

Over many years, Tim has developed a special focus on counseling federal contractors on affirmative action claims brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). When organizations face an investigation or audit, Tim reviews their hiring practices, analyzes workplace demographics and explains the figures to OFCCP investigators.


OSHA: Increased Penalties, Increased Enforcement, Areas of Emphasis

Layoffs: Union, Plant Closing and Discrimination Considerations

FFCRA Update

Caught in the Middle: NLRB Organizing Issues

Thompson Coburn Publications

New NLRB ruling changes what terms private sector employers can include in many severance agreements

85% of contractors are at risk of making a false certification in the OFCCP Contractor Portal: Does that include you?

Can employers be liable for COVID-19 cases?

OSHA issues new guidance on face coverings in light of COVID-19

How will the landmark Title VII decision in Bostock affect employer liability standards for LGBTQ+ employees?

Employers: March 2 is the deadline to file 2019 injury and illness summaries

Minimum wage increases in 72 jurisdictions to take effect in 2020

NLRB overturns trio of Obama-era board decisions

New ruling requires employers to submit pay data to the EEOC by September 30, 2019

A victory for attorney-client confidentiality: DOL takes formal steps to rescind controversial persuader regulation

Missouri to join Right to Work ranks: Is the fight over or just warming up?


Perennial Issues at the NLRB: Handbooks, Joint-Employer and Independent Contractor Standards
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, April 2019

Caught Between Dimensions: The Interplay Between the ADA, the FMLA and Workers' Compensation
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, April 2018

"The NLRB: A New Hope - Right to Work";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, April 2017

"Conducting Lawful (and Ethical) Investigations";
BAMSL, March 2016

"Avoiding the Avalanche: New Rules on Union Organizing and Their Consequences";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2015

"They Call ‘Em Like They Seem ‘Em: What’s New with the Umpires of the NLRB";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2014

"Caught in the Middle: NLRB Organizing Issues";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2013