Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Business owners, in-house counsel and human resources professionals turn to David Weldon for pragmatic, strategic advice regarding labor and employment law matters that takes into account legal risk and their ultimate business objectives. David advises and partners with employers of all sizes, assesses and helps to minimize liability, resolves disputes, and finds solutions for day-to-day issues involving employees and unions.
David defends employers in state and federal courts across the country in single-plaintiff and class and collective action litigation involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. He also represents employers before federal and state agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Illinois Department of Labor.
David counsels employers on labor and employment matters to keep their businesses on track and running smoothly, including recruitment and hiring, background checks, performance management, harassment, discrimination, leaves of absence, accommodation requests, wage and hour issues, and discipline and discharge. He prepares and reviews offer letters, employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, employee handbooks, personnel policies, and separation agreements. He trains managers and staff on a wide variety of employment topics and related best practices. In corporate acquisitions, he conducts diligence and advises prospective sellers and purchasers regarding labor and employment considerations.
David has significant experience handling traditional labor matters, for both union and non-union employers. He advises and represents employers in connection with union organizing activity, representation petitions, and election proceedings. He advises employers with union workforces regarding administration of collective bargaining agreements and labor relations issues. In the collective bargaining context, he serves as the chief company spokesperson, drafts company proposals, and advises on negotiations strategy. He represents employers in grievance arbitration hearings and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.