People are your organization’s most important asset. Ryan Swanson has the experience to help your business attract and retain the best—while keeping risk and cost in check. Located in Seattle, our employment attorneys can explain the ever-growing complexities of employment law in plain English and develop procedures, processes, and policies for efficient compliance. When disputes arise, we offer resolution options to keep matters out of the courts—and a highly respected litigation practice at your side when a dispute becomes an agency charge or a lawsuit. Whether you’re a business owner, a human resource professional, or in-house counsel, we help you keep your workforce happy, healthy, and productive—and keep you out of trouble.
Employment and Labor Group Experience
- Employment Rights & Labor Relations
The employee-employer relationship gets more complex every year. It can be even more challenging with labor organizations in the mix. Maintaining good long-term relationships with employees and their representatives is critical. For more than 50 years, Ryan Swanson has helped businesses of all kinds manage worker relations in both union and non-union settings on local, national, and international levels. We have handled disputes, negotiations, and litigation related to:
- Discrimination and Title VII
- Disability accommodation
- Wrongful discharge/public policy
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Wage and hour disputes
- Non-competition agreements and trade secrets
- Workers’ compensation
- Affordable Care Act
- Union arbitrations and charges
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
We help you align your health and safety practices with the requirements of OSHA and other workplace health and safety laws. When injuries happen or safety violations are reported, your duties can be complicated. Sweeping legislative change in this area makes it critical to retain legal counsel with current, real-world experience in handling such matters—experience Ryan Swanson has in abundance.
- Employee Compensation & Benefits
In many industries, competition for talent is one of the limiting factors on growth. With Ryan Swanson, you can break through those limitations with innovative, intelligent compensation and benefits packages that make sense for your business. From the CEO to the front-line employee, our attorneys design plans to meet your needs and goals while minimizing taxes and improving your legal position. Health insurance, retirement savings, bonuses, stock options, and alternative benefits are all areas of daily practice for Ryan Swanson attorneys, giving us the up-to-date knowledge and flexibility to create tailored solutions for your success.
Companies are increasingly looking outside the U.S. for the talent they need to grow, facing tight deadlines, byzantine legal procedures, and scrutiny from every level of government in the process. Our lawyers understand the pressures you face and we staff our immigration practice for fast, responsive service. Our immigration clients include local and national companies based outside the U.S., several Fortune 500 businesses and government entities. We regularly represent clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, U.S. consular offices worldwide, and federal courts.
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Legal disputes don’t come neatly packaged. Fortunately, many can be resolved before a lawsuit or other formal proceeding begins; others however, may require a trial for resolution.
When a client comes to us with a dispute, we listen carefully to all the details. We then evaluate our client’s position and make recommendations for a resolution consistent with his or her goals. We take a practical, common sense approach to such matters, and explore all avenues possible to assist and better protect our clients.
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- Registered Investment Advisors
In addition to standard employment law, Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) are subject to a host of additional legal, regulatory and compliance requirements. We focus on guiding you through the obstacles to ensure you can serve your clients effectively while minimizing risk. From employment and severance agreements (including advice on Protocol for Broker Recruiting issues) to litigation of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, we handle RIA issues beginning-to-end.
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