Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Legal Services for Businesses » Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor
One of the key elements of business success today is a healthy employer-employee relationship. Employers must comply with a myriad of employment regulations and provide benefits to attract and maintain a stable work force. The Employment Rights, Benefits and Labor Group at Ryan Swanson understands the complexity of employment obligations and works with employers to meet these needs.
Employment and Labor Group Experience:
Based in Seattle, our Employee Benefits Team advises employers, large and small, in all aspects of employment compensation, benefits and incentives, from the highest paid executive to the lowest paid employee. Our attorneys design plans to meet the particular employment needs and desires of our clients, while taking maximum advantage of applicable employment benefit laws, labor and tax laws.
Since the late 1960s, our Seattle Employment Rights and Labor Team has actively provided counseling and litigation services covering all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Areas of focus include:
Our Team has represented clients in a countless number of lawsuits over employment issues. We are skillful, creative and efficient in our work, and always keep our eye on the ultimate goal to minimize exposure at the lowest cost.
We also draft policies, procedures and handbooks, provide ongoing advice as particular employment situations arise and assist our clients in creating win-win situations with their employees. In addition, we conduct an annual employment law update seminar for clients, furnish them with bulletins and update them as employment laws change.
We also counsel our clients in labor disputes (such as organizing campaigns and picketing) and represent them in labor arbitrations and matters before the National Labor Relations Board.
Because we work as a team, we are able to provide quick responses to questions or concerns, even if the primary contact lawyer is not available. Additionally, we pride ourselves on responding to phone calls and emails promptly. Also, should a particular question require extensive legal research, we have the ability and technology necessary to research the statutes and laws of all states, which can be especially helpful for clients with multi-state facilities.
Overall, our goal is to provide prompt, cost-efficient service, and focus not only on what the law requires, but on identifying and implementing the most practical and realistic solutions to problems at hand.
Ryan Swanson works with railway and surface transportation carriers in addressing and responding to whistleblower and retaliation complaints lodged by employees with OSHA. Recent sweeping legislative and regulatory changes have altered the procedures for how OSHA handles complaints relating to adverse employment actions due to alleged safety violations, injury reports and retaliatory policies. The statutory changes include new evidentiary standards to plead meritorious complaints, the appeal process for adverse findings and conclusions, and discovery procedures during OSHA investigations. Our attorneys have experience in advocating for employers in a variety of industries under these ever-changing laws to ensure the preservation of workplace safety policies and compliance with the federal law.
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland's Immigration Group provides a full array of services, including everything from helping foreign workers enter the United States to defending individuals and businesses in immigration-related proceedings, many of which are Fortune 500 and foreign-based companies. In addition, we represent clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, U.S. consular offices world-wide and the federal courts.
Because of our in-depth experience, we can identify all of the options available to a client under the immigration laws, evaluate the merits of each option and then assist the client in selecting the option most optimal. In addition, we:
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Legal disputes don't come neatly packaged. Fortunately, many can be settled before a lawsuit or other formal proceeding begins; others however, may require a trial for resolution.
When a client comes to us with a dispute, we listen carefully to all the details. We then evaluate our client's position and make recommendations for a resolution consistent with his or her goals. We take a practical, common sense approach to such matters, and explore all avenues possible to assist and better protect our clients.
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Registered Investment Advisors ("RIAs") are often presented with many challenges when dealing with complex legal, regulatory and compliance issues. Ryan Swanson’s services for RIAs are focused on guiding you through these obstacles to solve problems that can impede your ability to service your clients effectively. The following list is a sampling of the employment related services Ryan Swanson’s attorneys regularly provide for a wide variety of RIAs and their clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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Richard P. Lentini, Chair and Member
Richard P. Lentini
Rick chairs Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland's Employment Rights, Benefits and Labor practice group. Rick is a trial lawyer and approximately 70 percent of his litigation practice is employment-law related, often centered on discrimination or harassment. The remainder is commercial litigation, both trial and appellate.
John A. Bender, Member
John A. Bender
Throughout his career, John has advised business clients on a myriad of employment and labor issues. He has tried wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-compete and labor cases on behalf of clients in state and federal courts around the country.
Susan Rae Fox, Member
Susan Rae Fox
Susan has a busy and varied litigation practice. About half of her practice involves employment law. This work includes reviewing employment policies and manuals, as well as defending employers against charges of discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to pay for overtime and other employment-related wrongdoing.
Thomas H. Grimm, Of Counsel
Thomas H. Grimm
Tom specializes in commercial and complex business transactions and litigation, with an emphasis in the health care and software industries. He also assists with formation of business entities and assists them with business joint ventures, acquisitions and sales, and licensing agreements.
John E. Iverson, Counsel Emeritus
John E. Iverson
As a former business lawyer, John helped clients deal with the wide range of issues that surface during the life of a business such as proper structuring, contracts with others, financing and acquisitions. John also did probates and estate planning, from preparing simple wills to preparing sophisticated tax-savings vehicles such as a QRPT (Qualified Real Property Trust) and family limited partnerships. Some of his estate-planning clients were business owners whose principal asset is their business.
Roger J. Kindley, Member
Roger J. Kindley
Roger serves as Chair of the Litigation Group. He is a trial lawyer whose experience covers a broad range of matters involving intellectual property, contract claims, real estate disputes, product liability issues, employment cases and others. He has won both jury and non-jury cases and favorably used mediations to save clients money and achieve settlement. He has handled international law arbitrations and arbitrations throughout the United States.
Kristin Nealey Meier, Of Counsel
Kristin Nealey Meier
Kristin is a member of the firm's Litigation, Employment and Healthcare groups and has provided consultation and litigation services for her healthcare and employment clients. Kristin's practice also includes commercial disputes, securities litigation and trust and estate litigation.
Roger D. Mellem, Member
Teru S. Olsen, Associate
Teru S. Olsen
Teru is an Associate at Ryan Swanson, where he drafts pleadings for federal and superior court, researches and prepares memorandums on commercial litigation and business issues, and writes opinion letters to clients regarding litigation matters.
Britenae Pierce, Member
John R. Ruhl, Member
John R. Ruhl
John is a member of the firm's Employment, Benefits & Labor Group, and he has a strong transportation law practice. Recently he served as lead counsel for a trucking company in settling a wage-and-hour class action involving more than 150 owner-operators who alleged that they were employees.
James M. Shaker, Member
Gulliver A. Swenson, Member
Gulliver A. Swenson
Gulliver focuses the majority of his practice in litigation. The remainder of Gulliver's work involves providing advice as general counsel for mid-sized businesses. His experience includes advising clients in sports and entertainment, insurance, healthcare, real estate and employment matters.
Thao Tiedt, Special Counsel
Thao has 28 years of experience defending employers in legal actions and advising them on issues including sexual harassment, discrimination, accommodation of those with disabilities, wage-and-hour issues, drug testing and employee handbooks.