Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW) is a full service employment and labor relations law firm providing expert consultation, representation, litigation, negotiation and investigation services to public agency management.
Employment law is a broad and complex area of practice impacting every aspect of the employer and employee relationship. Unlike other firms, who may have a subsection of their attorneys who practice in this area, every LCW attorney is well versed in this area and provides daily advice and counsel to public agencies, educational institutions and private companies throughout California.
We have worked closely with general counsels, city attorneys and county counsels, and have directly handled the representation for our clients in literally hundreds of legal proceedings before civil service and personnel boards, arbitrators, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), State and federal EEO and other administrative agencies and the courts. These proceedings have covered the full spectrum of employer-employee relations matters, such as civil service and arbitration appeals, recognition and unit representation matters, unfair labor practice charges and related negotiating issues, employment discrimination matters, whistleblower claims, pension and disability issues, Fair Labor Standards Act claims and workplace investigations.
Labor Relations and Negotiation Services
Members of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore have successfully negotiated thousands of labor agreements for cities, counties, special districts, the courts, and school and college districts. The negotiations have covered all classes of employees, including a variety of white and blue collar, professional, supervisory and management, and public safety employee bargaining units. Depending on the philosophy and circumstances of an agency, these agreements have run the gamut of relatively brief memorandums of understanding covering primarily benefit items to comprehensive labor agreements that define substantially all negotiable terms of employment, and, through management rights, waiver and “zipper” type clauses, provide protection to management’s ability to effectively manage the agency. Members of the Firm are experienced in collaborative/interest based bargaining techniques in addition to the more traditional labor negotiations approach.
In addition to conducting negotiations for public employers, we continually work with agencies that employ staff personnel to do their own negotiations. This arrangement involves all aspects of consultation and related services, including drafting and reviewing bargaining proposals, counter proposals and agreement provisions, providing training and advice concerning negotiating strategies, and giving advice or stepping into the process when particular problems arise.