Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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When the Family and Medical Leave Act went into effect Aug. 5, 1993, great hopes were placed on the legislation, one of the first signed by new President Bill Clinton. And, with few exceptions, the act has been a success in providing job protections for those facing serious health issues or who are responsible for helping seriously ill family members.
As the 17th anniversary approaches, it would be easy to assume employers as well as employees now have a good understanding of this important protection. Despite claims by the Department of Labor touting the success of the FMLA and the ease of administering associated leave, a high number of employers continue to struggle with issues such as record-keeping, determining eligibility, and coordinating with other leave and attendance policies under state and federal law.
Additionally, there seems to be a small percentage of workers who understand the system all too well, and take the opportunity to use it to their personal advantage.
Finding a way to deal with employees suspected of abusing FMLA protections is a continuing source of frustrations for employers who are otherwise happy to do everything possible to help when their workers need the protected leave, says labor and employment attorney Carrie Hoffman of the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. “FMLA provides few rights to employers to curb potential abuse of this very important leave, and when employees abuse FMLA it can wreak havoc on workplace productivity, leaving not only the employer, but also coworkers to suffer.”
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