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Labor and Employment

Providing Critical Legal Advice for all Levels of Workforce Management

The complexity of today’s labor and employment laws create a tangled web that must be deftly navigated to avoid legal issues concerning, but not limited to, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour compliance, proper classification of employees, leave issues, restrictive covenants, protection of confidential information and trade secrets, and taxation/benefit issues. At Dean Mead, our experience, in-depth knowledge, and broad resources enable us to keep up to date with the ever-changing labor and employment law landscape. We take a proactive, client-first approach toward anticipating and/or efficiently responding to any issue facing your workforce, no matter the size of your company or the matter at hand.

Our attorneys work in close partnership with clients providing day-to-day legal advice, counsel, and strategy development consistent with business/employment objectives concerning all workforce management levels. These include executive-level employees, former employees, and independent contractors and their working relationships at all stages. For example, we actively engage clients at the outset of the relationship, preparing and/or reviewing employment and contractor agreements and policies, non-disclosure agreements, and restrictive covenants to ensure they are successfully set up. We collaborate with clients to address the daily issues such as wage and hour issues, leave, discipline, and the like. When a client faces the end of a relationship, we are here to help with separation-related issues, including severance/separation agreements, protection of property and information, benefits and tax-related questions, and enforcement of agreements.  

In the eventuality of a dispute, we are also prepared for litigation. Dean Mead’s Labor and Employment Practice defends employers in all matters arising in state and federal courts and before local, state, and federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the U.S Department of Labor (DOL); the Florida Commission for Human Relations; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); and other employment-related agencies.

“As an employer, there are a variety of things you must consider in engaging and retaining your workforce and a number of laws with which you must ensure compliance,” said Nichole Mooney, Shareholder and Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. “Labor and employment law is complex and dynamic requiring expertise in its intricacies and a good measure of practical and business sense to best partner with your business for success.”


Employee Benefits

Ensuring Your Employees Have a Comprehensive and Reliable Benefits Package At Dean Mead, we understand the importance of employer-sponsored benefits programs; they are crucial for attracting, motivating, and retaining employees and can assist in maintaining continuity in the workforce. These programs can be complex due to consistent changes in the law and related guidance, especially…

Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Maximize Tax Advantage, Maintain Effective Management Control, and Structure Compensation to Enhance Performance An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOPs) is an ingenuitive and important business, tax, financial, and succession planning tool; they are also a means by which employees can acquire ownership interest through the acquisition of company stock. An ESOP can enable company founders/owners…

We could not be happier with the representation we’ve received over our many years with Dean Mead.”

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