Employment & Labor

GrayRobinson employment lawyers are active in representing employers in both public and private sector employment and labor law matters, human resource and employee relations issues.

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Employment Law

Our employment lawyers have extensive employment law and litigation experience, and advise clients in all areas of agency, state and federal law, including:

  • Title VII and Florida Civil Rights Act (discrimination and retaliation)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (wage and hour matters)
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining and Notification Act
  • Public and private sector whistleblower litigation
  • Preparing, enforcing and defending restrictive covenants (noncompete, nonsolicitation, nondisclosure)
  • Immigration and I-9 Compliance
  • Defense of employment at will and related contractual and tort claims


Additionally, our employment attorneys offer a variety of representation and services that will help you navigate through employment related laws and regulations. GrayRobinson:

  • Represents employers in reemployment assistance benefits (unemployment) claims and the appeal process before the agency and in state courts.
  • Has considerable experience in both drafting and counseling clients about policies, handbooks, employment contracts, confidentiality and trade secret agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Has experience in defending housing discrimination claims brought under federal and state law.
  • Conducts HR audits and training for its clients.
  • Advises on and conducts investigations of employee relations complaints.


GrayRobinson also advises government contractors on matters, including the Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and the Executive Order 11246 (affirmative action programs). 

The firm also defends employers against equal employment opportunity charges and claims in the investigation and litigation stages  and advises clients with respect to administrative actions and claims arising pursuant to local ordinances. 

GrayRobinson employment attorneys represent employers in alternative dispute resolution matters including arbitration and mediation.

Labor Law

GrayRobinson employment lawyers include nationally known traditional labor lawyers who have vast experience in litigating complex labor laws, including the Florida Public Employees Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Railway Labor Act. The firm has represented Florida public sector employers at the city, county, constitutional officers, school district, community colleges, state universities, authority and special district levels. The labor practice includes:

  • Advising employers in union avoidance in order to maintain a union-free workforce
  • Union elections conducted by the government (NLRB or PERC)
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitration
  • Unfair labor practice litigation
Legal Networks

GrayRobinson leverages its capabilities through membership in specially-selected law firm affiliations. One of these is the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a select group of highly respected, broad-based law firms that are capable of servicing virtually every legal need for their corporate clients. ELA has a presence in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and more than 300 cities around the globe.

Our Promise

We have forged our own path, creating a firm that best serves our clients and our communities. As we have grown, we have remained committed to keeping small-firm qualities, including the ability to work expeditiously on behalf of our clients and respond quickly to their needs. In addition, we have promised to work with conviction and compassion and to embrace our community as a matter of mission as well as passion.

Recent E-lerts

Employment & Labor E-lert -- New DOL Overtime Regulations Blocked From Taking Effect (11/23/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Courts Trending Towards Considering "Sexual Orientation" as a Protected Characteristic (11/8/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Florida Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2017 (11/8/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- New Rule Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors (10/10/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- House Votes to Delay Implementation of DOL Salary Requirements (9/30/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- National Labor Relations Board Rules That Graduate Students at Private Universities Can Join a Union (9/23/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- EEOC Issues Retaliation Enforcement Guidelines (9/13/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Compliance Reminder: Family and Medical Leave Act Poster and General Notice Provisions (8/24/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Employment Law Alliance Applauds Ruling on DOL’s “Persuader Rule” (7/1/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- DOL Announces Final Rule Regarding Changes to FLSA Overtime Regulations (5/19/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- OSHA Finalizes Workplace Injury Reporting Rule (5/17/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Newly Passed Trade Secrets Act Will Impact Employment Agreements (5/13/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Reminder About Retention Requirements for Applications and Other Personnel Documents (2/24/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- 11th Circuit Reverses NLRB in Independent Contractor Case (2/18/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- DOL Issues Administrator's Interpretation Expressing Broad View of Joint Employment Under the FLSA and MSPA (2/12/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- EEOC Announces Proposal to Seek Equal Pay Information From Employers (2/2/2016)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Compliance Check - U.S. Department of Labor Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Updated Forms (9/28/2015)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Update: Department of Labor's Home Care Rule (9/22/2015)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Deadline to File EEO-1 Report Extended Until October 30, 2015 (9/17/2015)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- NLRB Expands Test Used to Determine Joint Employer Status (9/3/2015)

Employment & Labor E-Lert -- Department of Labor Announces Proposed Changes to Fair Labor Standards Act (7/2/2015)

Employment & Labor E-Lert -- New Laws Impacting Florida Employers and Places of Public Accomodation (7/1/2015)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Employer's Termination of Employee for Use of Medical Marijuana Found to be Lawful (6/24/2015)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- OSHA Issues Restroom Guidelines For Transgender Employees (6/4/2015)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Well Done! EEOC Guidance on Wellness Programs (4/22/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Osceola County Approves Wage Theft Ordinance (3/24/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Unions Target Adjunct Faculty (3/6/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Increase of Class Action Lawsuits Regarding Procedure of Background Checks on Prospective Employees (3/6/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- National Labor Relations Board Broadens Joint Employer Doctrine (2/25/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Employee Obtains Damages Against Hospital for Failure to Extend Leave After FMLA Entitlement Expired (2/24/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Decision Reminds Employers of Benefit of Maintaining Appropriate Nondiscrimination/Harassment Policy (2/23/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Properly Classifying Your Workers? (1/16/15)

Employment & Labor E-lert --  Florida Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2015 (12/18/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Breaking News: The NLRB is at it Again (12/12/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Department of Labor Establishes New Minimum Wage for Employees of Federal Contractors (10/23/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- EEOC Sues Private Employers Claiming Bias Against Transgender Workers (9/29/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- OFCCP Increases Pressure on Federal Contractors (8/28/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- New Disclosure Obligations for Federal Contractors (8/15/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- President Signs Executive Order Banning Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination by Federal Contractors (7/22/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Court Rules that Pre-Employment Drug Testing by a Florida Public Employer of an Applicant for a Non-Safety Sensitive Position is Unconstitutional (7/1/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- USCIS Reaches FY2015 H-1B Cap During First Week for Second Year in a Row (4/17/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Penalty for Violations of EEOC Employment Law Posters Doubles (4/14/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- National Labor Relations Board Re-Issues Election Rules (2/18/14)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- United States Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit and Fourth Circuit Invalidate NLRB Rule (1/10/14) 

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Reminder: New Laws Require Florida Employers to Timely and Adequately Respond to Claims for Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment) Benefits (12/30/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Crackdown on Mis-Classification of Independent Contractors (12/6/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Federal Contractors Face Challenges in OFCCP's New Disability and Veterans Regulations (11/26/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Florida Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2014 (10/25/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- State Preempts Employment Benefit Laws to Create Uniformity for Employers (6/25/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert - Circuit Court Vacates NLRB Notice Posting Requirement (5/13/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Offering Initial Plaintiff Full Relief Can End Collective Action Under FLSA (5/1/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- New Form I-9 Required Effective May 7, 2013 (3/29/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule that Expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (2/19/13)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Hurricane Season - Some Implications for Florida Employers (7/16/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- New National Labor Relations Board Website Targets Non-Union Employees (7/3/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- H-1B Visa Season Ends Early This Year (6/27/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Additional Florida Hospitals Enter Into Agreements with Union (6/5/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- New Union Election Rules Struck Down (5/23/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- EEOC Rules Transgender Employees and Applicants Are Protected by Title VII (5/15/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- NLRB Notice Posting Delayed - Again (4/19/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission FY 2011 Report (2/8/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Pre-Eligibility Request for Post-Eligibility Leave is Protected Activity Under the FMLA (2/1/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- OFCCP Proposes New Rules for Government Contractors and Individuals With Disabilities (1/27/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- NLRB Posting Requirement Postponed (1/23/12)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- White House Announces Proposed Rule to Revise Companionship and Live-In Worker FLSA Regulations (12/15/11)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- Florida Minimum Wage to Rise (10/18/11)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- NLRB Posting Requirement Postponed (10/10/11)

Employment & Labor E-lert -- IRS Gives a Break to Employers on Misclassification of Workers (9/30/11)

Employment & Labor E-lert --NLRB Issues Final Rule on Notice Posting Rule Subject to Both Union & Non-Union Workplaces (8/26/11)

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