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HUMAN RESOURCES

People are the primary asset of any business. Managing people—creating a work environment designed to attract and retain employees while protecting the interests of the organization—can be a challenge.

The attorneys in our Human Resources practice recognize the issues our clients face in meeting this challenge. We help address the unique needs of the organization while keeping the employee in mind. We provide employment and benefits advice to many public and private companies in locations across the U.S. We represent some of the largest companies in America, many with global operations. We also work with companies headquartered overseas in matters regarding their U.S. holdings.

We are experienced in defending employers against wrongful dismissal suits; age, race and sex discrimination suits; and other legal actions brought by existing or former employees. We are experienced in effectively prosecuting and defending cases for breach of non-competition agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Thompson Coburn also has significant experience in traditional labor matters, such as union avoidance, contract negotiations, and labor grievances and arbitrations.

Publications

Halo looms over new decision that adds to ERISA risks for claims administrators

March 1 is just around the corner – Have you installed transgender restroom signs?

Missouri to join Right to Work ranks: Is the fight over or just warming up?

EEOC issues guidance on new wellness notice mandated for 2017

Texas overtime ruling directly affects California employers

Are HR employees ‘investment advisors’ under the DOL’s fiduciary rule?

Did you consider the COBRA implications of your severance arrangement?

California expands pay equity, limits pay stub requirements

New Illinois law prohibits non-competition agreements with low-wage employees

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

IRS issues new rules for 'closed' defined benefit plans

Section 409A: Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

Key details about the Defend Trade Secrets notification requirement

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule updating overtime regulations

New OSHA reporting and anti-retaliation rules

What you need to know about federal trade secret protection

California ups the ante on minimum wages

Post that policy: California FEHA amended regs take effect April 1, 2016

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

EEOC wants employer payroll data to discover pay discrimination

California employers: Are you ready for 2016?

California auto dealers: Re-check your pay plans and wage statements before January 1, 2016

Trick or Treat for California employers

EEOC Decision: Title VII protects employees' sexual orientation

California "cures" its new paid sick leave law

DOL claims most workers classified as independent contractors are "employees" covered by the FLSA

DOL proposed rules limit overtime exemptions

OSHA issues guidelines for restroom use by transgender employees

Department of Labor issues updated FMLA forms

Two key legislative developments impact wellness plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans

Are you ready for California’s new paid sick leave law?

The battle over 4062(e) 'facility closure' liability

NLRB wishes employers a not-so-happy new year - Issues new election rules and overrules register guard

President Obama's immigration actions: What employers need to know

Proposed Bankruptcy Fairness and Employee Benefits Protection Act of 2014 would place significant restrictions on employers in bankruptcy

Time crunch: OSHA shortens reporting deadlines for workplace injuries

IRS guidance on the application of the Affordable Care Act’s market reform provisions to HRAs and FSAs

PBGC publishes final regulations on the phase-in period for guarantee of benefits for an unpredictable contingent event

What does the Noel Canning decision mean for you?

Employers beware: Missouri Supreme Court heightens the risk of dismissing employees who filed workers compensation claims

New databases offer first step for disability and veteran hiring regulations

Illinois employers should aim for gun policy review

Fifth Circuit overturns NLRB decision on class and collective action waivers

Health FSA carryover amendments - Proceed with caution

But it’s our locker room: What is acceptable behavior in the sports workplace?

Federal contractors should prepare for new hiring burdens to take effect in early 2014

Missouri employers take note: don't wait to challenge the timeliness of a charge under the Missouri Human Rights Act

U.S. Department of Labor updates FMLA guidance about who is a "spouse" following Supreme Court ruling

Illinois employers face decision as appellate court limits offer of at-will employment as consideration for competition restrictions

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down DOMA: What it means for plan sponsors

NLRB posting requirement struck down by court; federal contractors still on the hook

Department of Labor issues new regulation expanding FMLA rights

President Obama's NLRB recess appointments ruled unconstitutional by federal appeals court

Background checks: updated “Summary of Consumer Rights”

Third Arthur Sternberg article appears in Illinois bar publication

Federal district court rules NLRB too “quick” in voting

U.K. employment guide publishes Arthur Sternberg article

Second Arthur Sternberg article appears in Illinois bar publication

NLRB posting requirement upheld by court

NLRB mandates posting notice of employee rights

Blog Posts

The serious security vulnerabilities of mobile devices

Tyson Foods decision leaves questions, and opportunities, for class action defendants

New desk guide: How to project gainful employment rates

How to project gainful employment rates – Part 4

TCLE

Hot Topics in Welfare Benefits

Traffic Ahead: California Employment Law Update

DOL Proposed Rules Limiting Overtime Exemptions

Top 5 Employment Policies to Revamp this Year

Dealing with the Challenges of Telecommuting Workers

A New Horizon: What You Need to Know About California Employment Law

Workplace Privacy

TC Rewind: 2012

News

Nelson Williams joins the board of Forward Through Ferguson

Laura Jordan named a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star

Thompson Coburn again named a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ in 2017

Thompson Coburn named among top 30 law firms for client service

St. Louis Business Journal honors Thompson Coburn for outstanding wellness initiatives

Thompson Coburn earns 11 national top-tier rankings in U.S. News ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Art Silbergeld named one of the top employment lawyers in California

23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Employment litigator Arthur Silbergeld joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Nelson Williams named one of Business Journal’s 30 Under 30

Kelly Simon offers insights on immigration in Law360 feature

Employment litigator John Viola joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2015

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Cliff Godiner, Chuck Poplstein named to ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’ list

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6496

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor and employment practice is bolstered by her experiences as an in-house attorney for more than ...

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor...

Hope Abramov
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6928

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation's largest transit systems.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation...

Tony Anderson
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6011

Henry is a partner in the firm's Tax Practice Area.

Henry is a partner in the firm's Tax Practice Area.

Henry Bettendorf
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6014

Mary has spent her nearly 40-year career representing major corporations in high-stakes trials and arbitrations across the region.

Mary has spent her nearly 40-year career representing major corporations in...

Mary Bonacorsi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6021

Cathy focuses her practice on employee benefits, taxation and closely-held businesses.

Cathy focuses her practice on employee benefits, taxation and closely-held ...

Cathy Conrad
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6139

Dan handles various types of complex litigation, including business, tort, product liability, intellectual property, and class action defense.

Dan handles various types of complex litigation, including business, tort, ...

Dan Cox
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6506

Tabitha counsels management in all types of disputes related to human resources law.

Tabitha counsels management in all types of disputes related to human resou...

Tabitha Davisson
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2218

Mike represents management clients in a wide variety of labor and employment matters and related litigation.

Mike represents management clients in a wide variety of labor and employmen...

Mike Duffee
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6433

Cliff is a nationally recognized labor and employment attorney who advises executives and HR leaders on all aspects of employment litigation and labor disputes.

Cliff is a nationally recognized labor and employment attorney who advises ...

Cliff Godiner
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6400

Paul focuses his practice on employee benefits law and taxation.

Paul focuses his practice on employee benefits law and taxation.

Paul Griesemer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6568

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been to helping clients solve some of the most challenging employee benefit problems.

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been to helping c...

Lori Jones
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6469

Laura provides high-level strategic human resources counseling to executives and HR managers on the challenging legal questions that crop up during every phase of employm...

Laura provides high-level strategic human resources counseling to executive...

Laura Jordan
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6536

Paul represents employers in immigration matters and in litigation in a variety of state and federal courts across Missouri and Illinois.

Paul represents employers in immigration matters and in litigation in a var...

Paul Klein
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6522

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutions that meet the business goals of clients in the employee benefits area of human resources law...

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutio...

Michael Lane
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2324

Susan is an experienced and trusted employment law advisor who counsels employers at every stage of a personnel-related issue.

Susan is an experienced and trusted employment law advisor who counsels emp...

Susan Lorenc
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6389

Krissa practices human resources law, focusing on the representation of employers in employment litigation and client counseling.

Krissa practices human resources law, focusing on the representation of emp...

Krissa Lubben
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6349

Pam is an experienced civil litigator and a national leader on issues of civil rights and equal justice under the law.

Pam is an experienced civil litigator and a national leader on issues of ci...

Pamela Meanes
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6470

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice to the defense of employers in ERISA litigation related to pension, life, health, and disabili...

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice...

Rick Pautler
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2323

Emily is a litigation partner who represents companies, their executives and officers in a variety of business disputes.

Emily is a litigation partner who represents companies, their executives an...

Emily Peel
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6095

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries.

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor t...

Chuck Poplstein
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6418

Melinda practices exclusively in the area of immigration law.

Melinda practices exclusively in the area of immigration law.

Melinda Potmesil
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6577

Cody represents employers in various aspects of employment litigation and labor law.

Cody represents employers in various aspects of employment litigation and l...

Cody Reinberg
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6432

Tim provides practical, in-depth counsel to management during two of the most critical junctures in the employer-employee relationship: union organizing and employee term...

Tim provides practical, in-depth counsel to management during two of the mo...

Tim Sarsfield
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6107

Linda advises companies that provide goods or services to the federal government; she also has extensive experience in business immigration matters.

Linda advises companies that provide goods or services to the federal gover...

Linda Shapiro
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9412

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor relations matters.

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor rel...

Art Silbergeld
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6537

Kelly uses her experience with US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US Department of Labor, and the US Department of State to gain compliance for employers with a...

Kelly uses her experience with US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the...

Kelly Simon
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2235

Art is an experienced trial lawyer and employment law counselor.

Art is an experienced trial lawyer and employment law counselor.

Art Sternberg
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6381

Ruth counsels clients on all issues related to the design, implementation, qualification and administration of defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) plans and welfare pla...

Ruth counsels clients on all issues related to the design, implementation, ...

Ruth Streit
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9407

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation for companies across the country, particularly as they relate to California operations.

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation...

John Viola
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6118

David is a highly respected litigator with substantial experience in the trial of complex cases, including appellate proceedings in state and federal courts.

David is a highly respected litigator with substantial experience in the tr...

David Wells
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6505

Nelson represents employers in various aspects of employment law and litigation.

Nelson represents employers in various aspects of employment law and litiga...

R. Nelson Williams
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6217

In an era of escalating pension liabilities and sweeping health care reforms, Trish serves as an employee benefits advisor to public and privately-owned businesses and al...

In an era of escalating pension liabilities and sweeping health care reform...

Trish Winchell