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Labor and Employment

Labor and Employment


Michael Murphy

James Nichols

Our lawyers have unique and broad experience in the development of tribal employment laws, procedures, and policies. We have:

  • Assisted tribes in developing employee handbooks, Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances, grievance procedures, drug testing policies, sexual harassment policies, and training; 
  • Designed approaches to address unionization; 
  • Developed of a full range of benefit plans for tribes and tribal businesses; 
  • Helped tribal clients understand the impact that federal employment laws such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act have on tribes and tribal organizations; 
  • Established a successful record in employment matters in tribal courts and with state and federal regulatory agencies; 
  • Negotiated successfully with the Department of Labor regarding its request to conduct a Fair Labor Standards Act audit on a tribal bingo facility and clarified whether the Family Medical Leave Act applies to tribal casino employees; and 
  • Successfully represented tribes in federal, state, and tribal litigation over alleged labor violations.