Labor & Employment
Rapp & Krock Labor/Employment

We provide advice to employers regarding employment and independent contractor agreements, including non-compete and other restrictive covenants; employment handbooks, policies and practices; drug and alcohol testing policies; compliance with discrimination laws; wage and hour law compliance; and other personnel matters. We regularly review and prepare policies, procedures and documentation concerning hiring, job classifications, Wage and Hour, telephone and computer monitoring, discrimination and harassment, maintaining and protecting Trade Secrets, confidentiality obligations, conflicts of interest, privacy rights, codes of conduct, employment and independent contractor agreements.

We provide a wide range of services to employers and employees, including advice on human resources issues and defense of employers in administrative and court proceedings.

Our lawyers are intimately familiar with Federal, State, and local laws prohibiting discrimination; implementation of reduction-in-force programs; exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine; WARN Act obligations; the applicability and interaction between the FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation laws; employee embezzlement; independent contractor issues; employee leasing; preparation of severance agreements; and unemployment compensation determinations and appeals. Our attorneys defend employers in federal and state administrative proceedings before the United States Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission, and pursue claims on behalf of employees in the same forums. Moreover, our attorneys have obtained injunctions prohibiting employees from stealing trade secrets, unfairly competing or disclosing confidential information; removed problem employees, and even owners, from the workplace; and obtained orders requiring return of electronic information and data owned by the company.

Our practice in this area includes representation in:

  • Discriminatory Laws Compliance
  • Employee Handbooks, Policies & Practices
  • Employment Compensation & Employee Leave
  • Employment & Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Exceptions to At-Will Employment
  • Fair Labor & Standards Act Compliance
  • FMLA, ADA & Workers’ Compensation Compliance
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • Unfair Competition & Trade Secrets
  • WARN Act Obligations
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • EEOC Complaints/hearings
  • Unemployment claims before Texas Workforce Commission