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Employment Law Counseling and Training

Employment Policies & Training

Cummins & White provides expert counseling services with an eye towards the prevention of employment disputes and litigation. The first step is to ensure that clients understand the issues facing them, and then we help implement solutions, such as auditing and drafting (or updating) employee handbooks, policies, and procedures, and providing training on employment law issues, including sexual harassment, employee privacy issues, substance abuse testing, and medical or disability issues. We also provide counseling regarding hiring and firing, including workforce reduction, leaves of absence, and workplace injuries.

Employment Agreements

Clients regularly ask us to assist in the drafting of employment agreements, non-compete, non- disclosure/confidentiality/invention, and separation agreements. We carefully tailor these agreements to meet each client’s unique goals and objectives. We also provide advice on Employment Practices Liability Insurance and corporate governance issues. We are proactive in helping employers create strategic approaches to employment relations via employment agreements, emphasizing preventive measures and human resources planning. The overall goal for our clients is simple—minimize liability and maximize productivity.

Employee Benefits & Compensation

Cummins & White lawyers also offer a full range of transactional services to employers, as well as ongoing counsel on benefits and compensation matters. Our significant experience and expertise regarding the laws and regulations that govern benefits and compensation matters enable us to offer focused, comprehensive, and practical advice on design and compliance issues. We help employers balance advantages and risks for effective benefit plans and other compensatory arrangements.

We work with businesses and their officers, boards, and compensation committees in all facets of designing, drafting, implementing, and administering executive compensation arrangements and employee benefit plans. We employ our expertise in relevant tax, employment, and corporate laws, as well as our knowledge of accounting issues and customary practices and benchmarks to provide clients with comprehensive and practical advice. Our lawyers work with you to ensure that your plans achieve business objectives, avoid costly disputes, keep up with economic and regulatory changes, and are administered to help you save time and money.

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures

Cummins & White also plays an integral role in corporate merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions, advising both acquiring and acquired companies on identifying and disposing of assets and liabilities inherent in compensation and benefit plans, planning opportunities related to integrating work forces and benefit plans, due diligence on human resources and employment matters, and strategies for negotiating these issues in the transaction.

Workplace Investigations

Employers and defense counsel needing experienced, skilled investigators for investigations relating to alleged sexual harassment or other violations of company policy can rely on Cummins & White. Our lawyers have extensive experience with all types of workplace investigations and understand the need for prompt and cost-effective assistance to the client so the underlying issues can be addressed.