The Labor and Employment Law practice group at Brown, Hay + Stephens represents public and private-sector employers in all aspects of employment relations. We counsel management on compliance with federal and state employment laws and regulations, policy development and drafting, and union relations.

Our employment law attorneys advise clients when personnel issues arise and work in partnership with HR administrators to create and implement policies that attract and retain employees.

When litigation is unavoidable, our attorneys defend against employee claims. Our attorneys understand that Illinois' employers frequently face various legal actions. We routinely represent employers in venues including:

  • State court
  • Federal courts
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Illinois Human Rights Commission
  • Department of Labor
  • Office for Civil Rights
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

We work extensively in labor relations, addressing union issues with our clients and counseling them through collective bargaining. Our attorneys appear before mediators, arbitrators, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Collectively, our team brings decades of practical knowledge combined with an innovative approach to our service for employment and labor clients. It is a combination that reacts to help clients when it’s needed and anticipates problems that may arise from new and developing trends or technologies.

We advise and represent clients in a broad variety of areas, including:

Employment contract drafting/negotiation

  • Human resources and personnel issues
  • Employee handbooks and workplace policies
  • Confidentiality and noncompete agreements
  • Unemployment claims
  • Title VII and other discrimination claims, including harassment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employee benefits
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitration and grievance proceedings
  • Unfair labor practice charges
  • Representation elections
  • Unit Clarification petitions
  • Technology and security in the workplace

Helping Clients Stay Informed and Educated

Each year, our legal team offers a seminar covering the latest trends and the most daunting problems facing employers in Illinois. The informational seminars include post-session meet-and-greet receptions with our attorneys to talk one-on-one about specific employment issues. It is one of the ways we show our employment and labor clients how much they are valued.



Labor + Employment Law Attorneys

Roland R. Cross

Roland R. Cross

Partner

Eric L. Grenzebach

Eric L. Grenzebach

Senior Counsel

Daniel L. Hamilton

Daniel L. Hamilton

Associate Attorney

David P. Hennessy

David P. Hennessy

Associate Attorney

Donald R. Tracy

Donald R. Tracy

Partner

Elizabeth A. Tracy

Elizabeth A. Tracy

Associate Attorney

Jeffery M. Wilday

Jeffery M. Wilday

Managing Partner