Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.


Practice Areas

Labor and Employment

The Scopelitis firm's representation of motor carrier employers has evolved and grown in a fashion commensurate with its clients' needs. Each year new employment-related laws challenge motor carriers to better manage their greatest asset - their employees. In doing so, motor carriers must avoid one of their greatest liabilities - employment-related lawsuits. Striking a balance between employee needs and business demands often requires an understanding of both federal and state employment-related laws and regulations, particularly as they interrelate with laws and regulations governing motor carriers. Often a lack of this understanding creates problems in the workplace and disrupts the employment environment, distracting both the motor carrier and its employees. We recognize that the ever-changing legal environment requires practical solutions to the real problems faced by motor carrier employers. We also assist motor carriers in attracting and keeping qualified drivers and other employees and in preventing liability during and after the end of the employment relationship.

Our experience in a wide range of labor and employment areas includes the following:

  • Comprehensive audits of employment practices
  • Discrimination claims, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and ERISA
  • Wrongful discharge claims
  • Maintaining non-union status
  • FLSA and wage and hour issues
  • Unfair labor practice charges
  • Representation elections
  • Decertifications
  • Alcohol, drug, and job-related testing
  • Employee benefits
  • Employee handbooks and policy manuals
  • Employment, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements
  • Contract negotiations
  • Labor Disputes
  • Grievance and arbitration handling
  • FMLA issues
  • Reductions in force
  • Multi-employer pension plan issues
  • OSHA
  • Facility closing and relocations

We represent motor carrier employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies in dealing with employment-related problems, including proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Any firm can render advice to employers to reduce employment-related risks; our goal is to help our clients stay competitive in the trucking industry while avoiding employment-related liabilities.