Laws impacting labor and employment in agriculture and the food/beverage supply chain have become increasingly complicated in the past several years. Contributing to this complexity are the growing number of regulations, a constantly-changing labor relations environment, and increased enforcement of food and worker safety requirements.

Littler has extensive experience providing representation to employers in the food and beverage industry. We provide our clients – which hail from every segment of the farm-to-fork cycle – with a full complement of employment and labor law services, from providing advice on workplace issues to representation in litigation, and every step in between.

With Littler’s depth and breadth of experience, we have the legal and practical knowledge as well as the know-how necessary to guide and assist food and beverage industry clients in addressing their most difficult and complex employment and labor law challenges. In fact, many of our Littler shareholders are formerly in-house attorneys with large and small agricultural and food-processing companies.

Our Clients

We represent clients spanning all sectors of the food/beverage production cycle—from growers and harvesters to manufacturers and distributors—and spanning all sizes—from small family farms to multibillion-dollar industry leaders. Our clients include the following:

  • Farmers and cooperatives
  • Farm Labor Contractors
  • Haulers
  • Independent harvesters
  • Manufacturers
  • Wholesale and Institutional Distributors
  • Food Processors
  • Retailers
  • Third Party Logistics Providers

Our Footprint

Littler has more than 70 offices worldwide. We have offices in the nation’s heartland, as well as in metropolitan manufacturing centers. With the surge in farming and manufacturing consolidation, Littler’s global geographic footprint enables us to assist employers with cross-border and international labor and employment law matters. 

Our Services

Littler not only provides services that cover every aspect of the traditional employment relationship, we also have significant experience in those aspects of employment and labor law that are unique to the food and beverage industry, such as:

  • Joint employer issues – the relations between farm labor contractors and growers
  • Seasonal labor issues
  • Immigration compliance
  • Multistate operational issues
  • International labor and employment law compliance
  • Corporate and social responsibility, such as food sustainability

Here is a sampling of our services:

  • Counseling: Advising on day-to-day employment issues to avoid or minimize costly litigation and disruption to workplace operations.
  • Litigation: Representation in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in private arbitration hearings.
  • Workplace Safety: Preparing and reviewing safety programs, standard operating procedures, safety rules and employee handbooks for compliance with local, state and federal statutes; representing clients when cited by the government for regulatory safety violations; providing workplace training.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Practices: Keeping abreast of changes to laws that regulate the workplace and advising clients how to comply with these changes.
  • Labor Issues: Providing clients with employee relations advice to help maintain union-free environments; acting as counsel for unionized clients in contract negotiations, grievance and arbitration process management; practicing before the National Labor Relations Board and parallel state labor agencies.

Our services also include analysis of labor-, employment- and benefit-related merger/acquisition issues, executive compensation and employment agreements. In addition, we assist companies of all sizes with strategic planning for today and for a successful future.

For employers in the food and beverage industry, Littler’s lawyers bring to the table not only experience and expertise, but also a passion for creative problem-solving – crafting real world solutions to our client’s most challenging labor and employment law matters.

Food and Beverage Contacts

Jennifer Robinson

Office Managing Shareholder