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HR COUNSELING

The best way to deal with problems in the workplace is to prevent them. We provide a full range of training and counseling services on emerging labor and employment issues, including FMLA/ADA leave, military leave and reemployment, discipline and discharges, sexual harassment investigations, wage and hour issues, safety and OSHA issues, internal discrimination complaints, interviewing, background checks and hiring practices, and any other issue that might arise in the relationship between employer and employee. Most critical, we provide advice on an as-needed basis regarding issues that often arise in the workplace, such as discipline, discharge, leave of absence issues and accommodation issues.

Training
We conduct on-site management and employee training on topics of importance to individual clients, including sexual harassment prevention, FMLA/ADA compliance, and performance counseling and improvement. We distribute quarterly newsletters and bulletins addressing recent developments in employee benefits and labor and employment law. We also develop and distribute seminars in a CD format addressing current topics such as the recent Fair Pay regulations.

Thompson Coburn also has a long history of sponsoring and presenting quality legal seminars at no charge to clients. For example, we present an annual Human Resources Law seminar with CLE/SPHR credit designed for lawyers and human resources professionals to help them stay abreast of new trends and developments in the dynamic field of human resources law.

Policy and Handbook Audits and Agreement Drafting
We review handbooks and policies to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, and propose revisions and policy additions. We work with clients in reviewing or drafting employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements and non-compete agreements. We also provide assistance in compliance with affirmative action programs and similar matters affecting organizations receiving public funds.

Publications

Missouri enacts new employment law favoring employers

DOL revises guidance regarding exercise of shareholder rights by ERISA fiduciaries

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

Texas overtime ruling directly affects California employers

Are HR employees ‘investment advisors’ under the DOL’s fiduciary rule?

California expands pay equity, limits pay stub requirements

New Illinois law prohibits non-competition agreements with low-wage employees

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

IRS issues new rules for 'closed' defined benefit plans

Section 409A: Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

Key details about the Defend Trade Secrets notification requirement

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule updating overtime regulations

New OSHA reporting and anti-retaliation rules

What you need to know about federal trade secret protection

California ups the ante on minimum wages

Post that policy: California FEHA amended regs take effect April 1, 2016

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

EEOC wants employer payroll data to discover pay discrimination

California employers: Are you ready for 2016?

Trick or Treat for California employers

EEOC Decision: Title VII protects employees' sexual orientation

DOL claims most workers classified as independent contractors are "employees" covered by the FLSA

DOL proposed rules limit overtime exemptions

OSHA issues guidelines for restroom use by transgender employees

Department of Labor issues updated FMLA forms

Are you ready for California’s new paid sick leave law?

NLRB wishes employers a not-so-happy new year - Issues new election rules and overrules register guard

What does the Noel Canning decision mean for you?

Employers beware: Missouri Supreme Court heightens the risk of dismissing employees who filed workers compensation claims

New databases offer first step for disability and veteran hiring regulations

Federal contractors should prepare for new hiring burdens to take effect in early 2014

Missouri employers take note: don't wait to challenge the timeliness of a charge under the Missouri Human Rights Act

U.S. Department of Labor updates FMLA guidance about who is a "spouse" following Supreme Court ruling

Illinois employers face decision as appellate court limits offer of at-will employment as consideration for competition restrictions

Department of Labor issues new regulation expanding FMLA rights

NLRB posting requirement upheld by court

Blog Posts

Illinois takes the lead on employee privacy: What employers need to know

NLRB issues two key decisions affecting higher ed

A look at the legal issues in the transgender bathrooms debate

Tyson Foods decision leaves questions, and opportunities, for class action defendants

TCLE

Traffic Ahead: California Employment Law Update

Overtime Law 2016 – Expanded New Rule: What It Means for You

Top 5 Employment Policies to Revamp this Year

Dealing with the Challenges of Telecommuting Workers

A New Horizon: What You Need to Know About California Employment Law

News

Nelson Williams joins the board of Forward Through Ferguson

Laura Jordan named a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star

Thompson Coburn again named a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ in 2017

Thompson Coburn earns 11 national top-tier rankings in U.S. News ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Agribusiness professionals enjoy hands-on farm simulation at Thompson Coburn

Art Silbergeld named one of the top employment lawyers in California

Employment litigator Arthur Silbergeld joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

Bob Wallace weighs the neutrality of pro sports arbitrators for Law360

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Kelly Simon offers insights on immigration in Law360 feature

Employment litigator John Viola joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

Lori Jones elected to American College of Employee Benefit Counsel

Congratulations to our 15 St. Louis ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Jason Schwent, Kelly Simon named 2014 Up & Coming attorneys

Cliff Godiner, Chuck Poplstein named to 2014 ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’ list

Krissa Lubben, Mark Sableman named 2014 Lexology Client Choice Award winners

Three partners named 2013 Up & Coming attorneys

Lori Jones talks Affordable Care Act delays, employee benefits in a post-DOMA world

Cliff Godiner, Chuck Poplstein named to ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’ list

Cliff Godiner, Hope Abramov to dissect a modern labor dispute at SHRM annual conference

Thompson Coburn wins union election, decertifies longtime union facility

Ouster of Rutgers coach, athletic director highlights risks for universities

Thompson Coburn secures Illinois appellate victory for community hospital

Rick Pautler elected to American College of Employee Benefit Counsel

19 Thompson Coburn partners named 2013 St. Louis Lawyers of the Year

Chuck Poplstein elected to College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Thompson Coburn leads Federal Signal’s $110 million sale of FSTech to 3M

Laura Jordan selected for 2012-2013 class of Leadership St. Louis

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6496

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor and employment practice is bolstered by her experiences as an in-house attorney for more than ...

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor...

Hope Abramov
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6928

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation's largest transit systems.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation...

Tony Anderson
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6014

Mary has spent her nearly 40-year career representing major corporations in high-stakes trials and arbitrations across the region.

Mary has spent her nearly 40-year career representing major corporations in...

Mary Bonacorsi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6506

Tabitha counsels management in all types of disputes related to human resources law.

Tabitha counsels management in all types of disputes related to human resou...

Tabitha Davisson
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5033

Ryan represents employers in a variety of employment law matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitration.

Ryan represents employers in a variety of employment law matters in state a...

Ryan Gehbauer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6433

Cliff is a nationally recognized labor and employment attorney who advises executives and HR leaders on all aspects of employment litigation and labor disputes.

Cliff is a nationally recognized labor and employment attorney who advises ...

Cliff Godiner
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6469

Laura provides high-level strategic human resources counseling to executives and HR managers on the challenging legal questions that crop up during every phase of employm...

Laura provides high-level strategic human resources counseling to executive...

Laura Jordan
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2324

Susan is an experienced and trusted employment law advisor who counsels employers at every stage of a personnel-related issue.

Susan is an experienced and trusted employment law advisor who counsels emp...

Susan Lorenc
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6389

Krissa practices human resources law, focusing on the representation of employers in employment litigation and client counseling.

Krissa practices human resources law, focusing on the representation of emp...

Krissa Lubben
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6470

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice to the defense of employers in ERISA litigation related to pension, life, health, and disabili...

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice...

Rick Pautler
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6095

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries.

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor t...

Chuck Poplstein
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6577

Cody represents employers spanning several industries in various aspects of employment litigation and labor law.

Cody represents employers spanning several industries in various aspects of...

Cody Reinberg
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6432

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

Tim provides practical, in-depth counsel to management during two of the mo...

Tim Sarsfield
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9412

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor relations matters.

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor rel...

Art Silbergeld
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9407

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation for companies across the country, particularly as they relate to California operations.

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation...

John Viola
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6505

Nelson represents employers in various aspects of employment law and litigation.

Nelson represents employers in various aspects of employment law and litiga...

R. Nelson Williams