Healthcare - Labor and Employment Law

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.

The attorneys at Venable have a strong and diverse track record of counseling healthcare employers on many 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 the legal and practical issues during union organizing efforts and campaigns, 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.

Practice Focus

  • Arbitrations
  • Audits
  • 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
  • Litigation
  • NLRB, union campaigns, and ULPs
  • OSHA counseling and litigation
  • Personnel policies
  • Trade secrets / non-competes
  • Wage and overtime claims
  • WARN Act compliance
  • Whistleblower

Industry Focus

  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Home health services
  • Assisted living
  • Nursing homes
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Health staffing agencies
  • Off-site college medical facilities


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 against 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 healthcare employer
  • Defense of harassment and discrimination complaints against a home healthcare provider
  • Defense against administrative discrimination complaints against hospitals and other healthcare providers
  • Defense against 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
  • Creation and review of affirmative action plans for healthcare providers covered by Executive Order 11246


  • Chambers USA, Healthcare, Maryland, 2016 – 2021
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Health Care Law, 2011 – 2018, 2023