We have significant experience in workers' compensation, and related employment and labor areas.
The needs of our employer clients require us to be responsive and qualified in all areas of employment law, including labor law, employment benefits, workers' compensation, and employee health and safety. Our employment law attorneys in each area counsel and represent clients in adversarial proceedings, including appellate proceedings. We also maintain an active legislative and lobbying practice to assist our clients in employment areas, including workers' compensation, affected by legislation.
The nature of our experience and the scope of our representation permits two benefits to flow to our clients. First, we work with in-house management and administrative representatives to improve and define employment relationships and to reduce the likelihood disputes will arise. Second, we draw upon the expertise of our attorneys in the various employment areas and address the distinct but often related issues that arise.
Employment Litigation Contracts and Torts
In the general employment area, we counsel employers about personnel manuals and procedures, drug and alcohol testing policies, and compliance with specific state and federal statutes and regulations. We have broad employment litigation experience in civil actions involving allegations of breach of employment contract, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and related tort actions. We frequently appear before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Arizona Civil Rights Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Economic Security, on behalf of our clients.
Employee Health and Safety Law
We provide legal representation and assistance to many employers on employee health and safety issues. Our employment attorneys counsel employers about their obligations to comply with federal, state and local health and safety standards. When necessary, we represent employers in all facets of employment litigation, including state and federal OSHA proceedings, and in Arizona and federal courts.
In the labor law area, we counsel clients concerning contract interpretation and grievance procedures and represents employers in labor arbitrations. Our labor lawyers also represent employers in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, in representation elections, and in defending unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB and in contested cases in the U.S. District Court.
Workers' Compensation Representation
We provide legal representation and counsel to a number of major corporations which are self-insured or self-rater insured for workers' compensation. We also represent insurance companies that provide workers' compensation coverage for smaller employers as well as uninsured employers. We represent employers in all facets of workers' compensation litigation before the Industrial Commission of Arizona and Arizona's appellate courts.
Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience in defending against claims for psychiatric conditions and exposure to toxic substances, as well as more common physical injuries. In the appellate arena, we recently obtained a decision authorizing employers to pay workers' compensation benefits directly to group insurance carriers under some circumstances, thereby avoiding a claimants' receipt of double benefits. The ruling also obtained a favorable appellate interpretation of the dual-purpose trip doctrine, which limits the compensability of injuries incurred during trips for combined business and personal errands.
Our employment litigation attorneys also assist employers in qualifying for self-insurance status, and they advise clients or their administrative representatives on the many legal, medical and administrative issues which arise in connection with workers' compensation claims outside the litigation arena. In addition, our legislative and lobbying legal services include preparing legislative proposals as well as lobbying and testifying before legislative committees on workers' compensation matters.