Employment and workplace relations laws impact every company – from a start-up hiring its first employee to a multinational powerhouse facing a complex class action. K&L Gates’ labor, employment and workplace safety lawyers focus exclusively on representing management-side clients in matters arising from the employment relationship. We provide counsel to a wide range of private and public employers, from multi-national companies with thousands of employees in numerous and distant locations, to companies with one site and relatively few employees. Our clients span a broad range of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, banking, manufacturing, broadcasting, construction, mining, energy, financial services, health care, and governmental entities.

Our 140-strong team spans the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia, allowing us to assist our major national and international clients with multi-state and international employment issues, including the movement of personnel between countries, reductions in force, integration of new employees following acquisitions, and the establishment of new offices.

For the sixth year running, the U.S. labor and employment practice at K&L Gates was recognized as a Tier 1 national employment practice in the U.S. News/Best Lawyers survey of major companies and lawyers throughout the United States. Our team garnered national first-tier rankings in three discrete employment and labor areas: Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; and Litigation - Labor and Employment. Our labor and employment group also received 19 regional rankings in key locations throughout the United States. Our Australian practice was recognized as Employment Law Firm of the Year at the 2012 ALB Australasian Law Awards and by Chambers Asia-Pacific as a leading practice in the area. Our UK practice is lauded by Chambers UK and Chambers Global. Our United Arab Emirates employment practice was also recognized in Chambers Global.

We offer our employer clients a robust practice encompassing day-to-day advice and counsel, defense of employment disputes and investigations, wage and hour class actions, workplace safety actions, immigration issues, traditional labor law, and business transaction support.