Labor, Employment & Higher Education


We employ the proactive strategies and swift responsiveness it takes to help businesses of all sizes grow, maintain and protect a strong workforce.

Your employees are among your greatest investments. In fact, a recent Gallup Business Journal poll confirms that companies of all sizes with a strong and engaged workforce experience stronger productivity and profitability than those that don’t—even during challenging economic times.

This is true whether your business is a small privately held company in growth mode, a mission-driven nonprofit organization, a health care organization with affiliates and physician partners, or an established manufacturer with global operations.

So when it comes to protecting your investment in your workforce, minimizing risks and positioning your company for maximum productivity and profitability, the experienced employment and labor lawyers at Gray Plant Mooty can help you:

  • Create proactive employment strategies and implement best practices and policies, including through our unique HR Compliance Review program;
  • Ensure workers are properly classified as contract, part-time and full-time employees, and hourly or salaried employees;
  • Navigate complicated labor issues, including labor negotiations and providing union avoidance strategies;
  • Stay in compliance with the complex maze of state and federal employment regulations;
  • Manage immigration issues to help attract talent from other countries and avoid the immigration violations that lead to costly sanctions;
  • Respond swiftly and assertively when employment disputes arise, from defending discrimination, harassment, or wage and hour claims, to pursuing trade secret and noncompetition violations, in both formal litigation and less formal settings.

Whether we’re providing general employment counseling and training or representing your interests in court or agency proceedings in employment-related lawsuits and charges, your company’s success is our No. 1 goal.

Our experienced employment and labor attorneys regularly advise businesses in Minnesota and the surrounding Midwest region, such as:

  • Startup, privately held and established midsized companies, including working closely on an ongoing basis as employment law advisors to HR leaders with respect to hiring, discipline and termination; policies and procedures; safety compliance; training; immigration compliance and more.
  • Manufacturers, engineering firms and software and technology businesses, including litigating trade secret and confidential business information misappropriation claims, or noncompete claims.
  • Higher education institutions, including advising on issues related to promotions and tenure decisions, terminations and nonrenewals of tenured and tenure-track faculty, immigration compliance, compensation and benefits, and collective bargaining.
  • Health care providers, including structuring and enforcing noncompetition agreements within physician groups.

Contact us today to learn more about how our experienced employment and labor attorneys can help your company protect your greatest investments—your workforce and valuable business information—and help you avoid costly issues and sanctions.

Representative Clients

  • ACR Homes, Inc.
  • HNI Corporation
  • International Dairy Queen
  • National American University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Tastefully Simple, Inc.
  • University of Minnesota Physicians
  • W.R. Berkley Corporation 

Gray Plant Mooty is also the exclusive Minnesota member of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a network of over 3,000 lawyers providing employment and labor expertise in more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states. The ELA offers multistate and multinational clients a comprehensive and cost-effective way to ensure legal compliance around the country and across the globe.

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