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Government Audits, Investigations & Compliance

Few areas of economic activity are more closely regulated than the interaction between employer and employee, and Miles & Stockbridge lawyers have substantial experience representing employers in the full range of compliance investigations brought by federal and state agencies.  When employment law disputes involve action by federal or state regulators, we vigorously represent our clients in administrative hearings and arbitrations. 

We have successfully handled audits and investigations by federal agencies such as:

  • Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC);
  • Department of Labor (DOL);
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB);
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA);
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP);
  • State labor commissions and departments of labor; and
  • State unemployment commissions.

Miles & Stockbridge lawyers are skilled at problem prevention as well as problem resolution.  We work with managers and supervisors to identify common practices that, left unaddressed, can lead to conflicts with employees or even violations of the law.  And we use our broad experience with best practices at other employers to help improve our clients’ employee relations and human resources policies.

By partnering closely with in-house human relations and legal staffs, we encourage discussion and examination of day-to-day company events and related policies, developing customized solutions to enhance compliance with federal and state labor laws, minimize disputes with employees, avoid litigation when possible, and maximize strategic advantage should litigation be necessary.

Our lawyers frequently visit the individual facilities of client companies to review compliance with employment law with respect to wage and hour standards, equal employment opportunity, and records retention, among other issues and concerns.  We also conduct comprehensive reviews of performance against all internal employment policies and practices.  Our audits yield pragmatic, proactive advice on process improvements that reduce the likelihood of employee complaints, government enforcement actions, litigation, and other avoidable legal costs.  And, at client requests, we conduct ongoing, periodic assessment of the work environment to minimize the risk of new problems developing.