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Labor and Employment

How Unions Can Research a Company

September 01, 2015 by Joseph L. Guza

It’s imperative that unions know as much as possible about the businesses they are seeking to organize and with which they are bargaining. Company information is necessary to determine the most effective means of placing economic pressure on a company, both in terms of organizing and bargaining tactics. A deep understanding of the company, its leaders and its culture is invaluable for a union whether representing individual members, organizing a new bargaining unit or negotiating a contract with a difficult employer. In short, knowledge is indeed power for unions dealing with their corporate partners and adversaries. What are some of the best resources union representatives can use to find valuable company information?


Fiduciary Responsibility for Employee Benefit Plans

July 27, 2015 by Mark L. Stulmaker

In order to stay competitive and retain the best workforce, most companies offer their employees benefits that go above and beyond those required by law. These additional benefits often include retirement, health, and life insurance plans. While offering employee benefit plans can be rewarding for employers, it can also be among the most challenging activities an employer can undertake. Managing benefit plans is a great responsibility that falls to those with fiduciary duty.


Terminated Employees’ Stages of Grief

May 26, 2015 by Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP

 Attorneys often receive legal questions from friends and family about issues they are facing, such as the loss of a job.

A guest column by Robert Boreanaz, “Grief Process of Terminated Employees,” is featured in a recent issue of Buffalo Law Journal. In the column, he discusses how attorneys who focus on areas of law other than employment can advise friends and family who have lost a job on this emotionally charged issue. He suggests that stages of grief similar to those that are often associated with the loss of a loved one can be used as a framework for conversations about the employment termination.