Employment Law Practice


PFS counsels clients through all stages of employment-related decision making. Our advice is designed to lead our clients successfully and efficiently through the intricacies of federal, state, and local laws that govern virtually every decision employers make regarding employees. Our approach to client service appropriately reflects our clients' universal goal to minimize conflicts in the workplace that might lead to costly litigation.

We provide a wide spectrum of employment law services - from practical advice on preventing and solving workplace challenges to aggressive representation in litigation matters. We regularly assist clients in the following areas:

  • hiring, testing and FCRA compliance;
  • preparation of employee handbooks and personnel policies;
  • drafting and litigating confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements;
  • audits of employment practices and compliance training;
  • drafting employment offer letters and agreements;
  • planning, conducting, and documenting discrimination, harassment, and disciplinary investigations;
  • compliance with wage and hour regulations;
  • implementing discipline and discharge protocols;
  • unfair labor practice charges and grievance arbitrations;
  • compliance with plant closing and mass layoff regulations;
  • drafting separation agreements;
  • defense of discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge claims (including before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, and Illinois Human Rights Commission);
  • defense of wage claims before the Illinois Department of Labor;
  • protests of unemployment claims before the Illinois Department of Employment Security; and
  • state and federal court employment litigation.

We counsel clients through all stages of employment-related decision-making. Our advice is designed to lead our clients successfully and efficiently through the intricacies of federal, state, and local laws that govern virtually every decision employers make regarding employees. Our approach to client service appropriately reflects our clients' universal goal to minimize conflicts in the workplace that might lead to costly litigation. We work with our clients proactively to help prevent employment disputes from arising through an efficient, three-step process: (1) an audit of existing personnel and employment practices, (2) review and modification (if necessary) of employment policies, and (3) compliance training of management and rank-and-file employees. These steps are designed to promote workable policies and procedures that also comply with existing and evolving laws. In turn, these steps will help prevent the time and expense of employee claims.

In the event of litigation, we have extensive experience in all phases of pre-trial procedure, discovery, arbitration, mediation and trials. We strive to deliver exceptional value while focusing on our clients' business goals, be it a swift conclusion through alternative dispute resolution or a protracted, contentious lawsuit. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality, cost-effective representation inside and outside the courtroom.






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