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Colleges and universities are impacted by complicated human resources and legal issues that have become even more challenging in these difficult economic times. Littler represents scores of educational institutions throughout the nation, and many of our lawyers are well-experienced in the unique intersection of higher education law and employment and labor law.
We represent both private and public schools – from community colleges to statewide university systems – and know how to work within the special constraints and imperatives of these institutions. We assist our clients with virtually every type of employment and labor issue, including promotion and tenure reviews, shared governance concerns, labor initiatives involving faculty and graduate students, reductions-in-force, and leave of absence issues.
Many of our lawyers are nationally recognized for their work in higher education. Several have served as general counsel, vice president or other high-level positions at prominent schools, gaining invaluable hands-on experience in administration, human resources, and employee and labor issues.
Because of our breadth and depth of experience, we can identify potential issues and help our clients take preventive measures with resources that include our own employer training programs. Our lawyers are also frequently called upon to speak to associations of higher education lawyers, human resources professionals, and business officers.
Not only do we skillfully advise and defend higher education clients on a myriad of employment and labor law matters, we do so with a full appreciation of the unique challenges that university senior officers and general counsel face attempting to manage these sensitive issues in the higher education environment. Examples of the challenges we routinely handle include:
Whether the challenge is a class action lawsuit involving claims of unpaid overtime, representation of a university during union negotiations, or compliance with the myriad of employment and benefits related regulatory requirements, Littler has the depth of knowledge and experience to help senior administrators and legal counsel solve problems and fulfill their educational mission.