Sacks Tierney P.A.

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Scottsdale-Phoenix | 480.425.2600

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Shar Bahmani Shar Bahmani Steven R. Beeghley Steve Beeghley
Lauren Reynolds Lauren Reynolds Joe Keene Joe Keene


Employment Law

Our employer-focused attorneys offer experience in human resource management consultation; compliance issues; drafting employee handbooks, forms and policies; conducting workplace investigations; managing investigations by regulatory agencies; and litigating and resolving employment disputes that result in lawsuits and/or administrative actions.

Our goal is to work with you to make your workforce more productive and cohesive. We enjoy helping our clients create a positive work environment that results in a stable and productive workforce. We aim to help you avoid employment disputes before they arise, as well as efficiently and immediately manage the ones that do.

If an employment dispute turns into an administrative action or a lawsuit, we have attorneys who have defended employers in a variety of employment-related disputes, including matters involving allegations of discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, leave entitlement issues, and other employment-related disputes brought under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and California’s FEHA and CFRA. Our team works with clients in mediation proceedings, as well as other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, to find efficient and reasonable solutions to complex disputes.

Our lawyers also work with health plans, insurance carriers, medical providers, and employers regarding issues arising from ERISA-governed health and employee benefit plans.

Employee-Related Documents and Policies

Our attorneys can assist you with drafting:

  • Employee handbooks and related company policies

  • Employment agreements

  • Restrictive covenant agreements, such as non-compete agreements and non-solicitation agreements

  • Agreements protecting your confidential information and business trade secrets

  • Various other human resource management-related forms and documents.

Employee Claims and Regulatory Enforcement

Even the most effective prevention measures cannot totally inoculate employers from controversy, disputes and litigation. When employment disputes arise, we aggressively represent and protect employers in resolving and litigating employee claims, including:

  • Claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, etc.

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations relating to payment of overtime and minimum wage

  • mandatory paid sick leave

  • restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements

  • breach of employment contract

  • class and collective actions

  • proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General's Office

  • proceedings before other regulatory bodies that govern employment matters, such as the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

  • various claims related to state and federal employment-related laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

  • medical marijuana in the workplace

  • Arizona minimum wage.


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Considerations for Employers with Regard to COVID-19 and the Safety of Employees and the Public, May 2020

COVID-19: Workforce Solutions Available Through the Unemployment Insurance System and the CARES Act, April 2020

COVID-19: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, March 2020

Protecting Employee Health and Safety in the COVID-19 Environment, March 2020

Minimum Wage, Overtime Exemption: Labor Department Imposes Salary Threshold Hike, September 2019

Federal Court Rules that Walmart Firing Violated the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, May 2019

NLRB: Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors, May 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Agreements that Prevent Employee Class and Collective Action Lawsuits, May 2018

Ban on Sexual Orientation Discrimination May Affect Arizona Employers, April 2017

Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave: New Arizona Statutes, December 2016

New OSHA Rule May Impact Post-Accident Employee Drug Testing, September 2016

Joint Employment: NLRB Ruling Poses New Risks for Employers, September 2015

Employee Misclassification and the “Economic Realities” Test, September 2015

Accommodating Pregnant Employees, March 2015

NLRB Takes Aim at Employee Handbooks, March 2015

FMLA: Communicating with Employees on Leave, January 2015

Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Triggers FMLA Eligibility, October 2014

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