Russell Jones regularly counsels and trains employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. As a strategic business partner, Russell places a strong emphasis on understanding his clients’ businesses in order to maximize efficiencies, to enhance employee engagement, and to increase profitability. Russell has deep experience in a wide array of industries including broadcast and digital media, publishing, technology, automotive, healthcare, pharma, insurance, engineering, hospitality, retail, and manufacturing.
Russell takes a proactive approach to avoiding employment law claims, with a focus on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, union avoidance, complying with disability and medical leave requirements, wage and hour, hiring, termination, reductions in force, workplace violence, noncompetition agreements, severance and release agreements, and personnel policy design and implementation.
Russell also has significant experience in assisting employers comply with federal and state laws pertaining to background checks of applicants and employees, privacy issues, social media, identity theft, and workplace investigations. He regularly represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies in all types of employment-related suits. He has substantial experience in mediation of employment claims, litigating unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, and in arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements.
Most recently, Russell has helped employers navigate challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as issues involving the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ADA requirements, furloughs, and return-to-work protocols and procedures.