More than 30 attorneys focused on labor and employment


Recognized by Chambers USA

Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2011 - 2017





Class actions

Collective bargaining

Diversity / affirmative action

EEO / harassment claims

Employee benefits

Employment agreements

Employment disputes

ERISA compliance

Financial services wage compliance

Government contracts

Healthcare cost reduction

Intellectual property litigation

Immigration sanctions

Labor cost reductions in mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and healthcare


NLRB, Union campaigns and ULPs

OSHA counseling and litigation

Personnel policies

Trade secrets / non-competes

Wage and overtime claims

WARN Act compliance






Home health services

Assisted living

Nursing homes

Urgent care facilities


Health staffing agencies

Off-site college medical facilities


Healthcare - Labor and Employment Law

The attorneys at Venable have a strong and diverse track record of counseling healthcare employers on a litany of employment-related issues. We provide sound, knowledgeable advice on the issues critical to your business, such as unionization, whistleblower investigations, management of overtime, and the hiring of temporary employees.

Our clients include hospitals, medical centers, long-term care facilities, homecare providers, physician practice groups, and temporary staffing agencies that provide healthcare workers.

Clients tell Chambers and Partners that, "Venable has a very credible core of labor and employment lawyers."

We represent healthcare clients across the full spectrum of labor and employment law issues, including compliance with immigration, occupational health and safety, and wage and hour requirements. Our attorneys will work with you to determine the best means of resolving any disputes that may arise, including pursuing or responding to litigation. Our lawyers can counsel and train your organization on union avoidance, and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with your employees. We can also assist you with such diverse issues as advising on contract administration and interpretation and representing you during arbitral proceedings relating to disciplinary and contract grievances.

Our emphasis is on equipping you to prevent and manage your business risks. To this end, we are available to educate and train your managers on all aspects of personnel management.

Below, you'll find a brief list of representative labor and employment engagements that Venable attorneys have undertaken on behalf of healthcare organizations, including:

  • successful defense of a continuing care provider against union corporate campaign and organizing efforts among nursing aides and other staff;
  • collective bargaining with several different healthcare unions on behalf of nursing homes and hospitals around the country;
  • arbitration of employee and/or union grievances;
  • successful defense of discrimination and contract claims against a major university hospital in federal and state court litigation;
  • dismissal of race, age and ERISA discrimination court claims against another health care employer;
  • defense of harassment and discrimination complaints against a home healthcare provider;
  • defense of administrative discrimination complaints against hospitals and other health care providers;
  • defense of unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board;
  • advice to hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers on personnel policies, employee handbooks, and workplace disputes;
  • preventive audits and assessments of wage and hour classifications and potentially discriminatory pay practices; and
  • creation and review of affirmative action plans for health care providers covered by Executive Order 11246.

Our dedicated team of attorneys is concerned with every aspect of the employer-employee relationship in the healthcare industry. Our decades of experience across a wide range of industries and practice areas can help you control your labor costs, avoid workplace disputes, and defend yourself when litigation arises.