One of the most senior management lawyers in Nixon Peabody’s Labor and Employment group, Michael Hausknecht has focused for over thirty years on labor and employment counseling and litigation. He fully understands what concerns employers in a wide array of industries, including health care, manufacturing, construction, transportation and distribution, food service and retail. This understanding allows Michael to provide advice and representation tailored to meet our clients’ long term goals.
What do you focus on?
I have focused most recently on labor relations counseling and representation, and occupational safety and health matters. I provide strategic advice and representation to employers seeking to maintain their union-free status, which has included R-case and ULP litigation before the NLRB and federal Circuit Courts. I have also developed bargaining strategies and negotiated labor agreements recently that achieved significant reductions in labor costs, including benefit reductions, pay freezes, shutdown of single employer pension plans and withdrawal from multi-employer plans.
On the occupational safety and health side, I provide strategic advice and representation to employers faced with serious workplace accidents and resultant OSHA inspections and citations. I have been particularly effective limiting the scope of OSHA inspections and with persuading OSHA to drop, or substantially compromise, citations and penalties without costly litigation. Beyond my areas of heaviest focus, I continue to counsel and represent employers effectively and efficiently in EEOC, state and federal DOL and state FEP agency investigations and in litigation in New York state and federal courts alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
What do you see on the horizon?
Obama’s NLRB and DOL have been aggressively pursuing a pro-organized labor agenda. Their efforts will continue. Although the NLRB has struggled to achieve judicial cooperation with some of its most aggressive changes, employers will need creative strategies to adapt to the host of new and anticipated NLRB rulings.