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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On February 13, 2012, Labor Solicitor M. Patricia Smith spoke at a seminar at the Practising Law Institute. She stated that the DOL was focused on aggressively making rules rather than issuing guidance. As an example, the DOL proposed new rules which would all but eliminate the “companionship services” exemption. The proposal would give most home health care workers the right to receive minimum wage and overtime. Comments to this proposal are due on or before February 27, 2012.
She did admit that the issue of requiring employers to notify employees in writing of their exempt status had “slipped off the regulatory agenda” based on workload because of the aggressive rulemaking plans of the DOL. Ms. Smith also answered questions about cooperation with the IRS on the issue of improper classification of workers as contractors noting that the DOL has referred employers to the IRS on this issue. She further discussed specific industries including
the restaurant and construction industries as ones where the DOL sees a significant amount of workers improperly classified as contractors.
This focus on rulemaking rather than guidance to employers demonstrates the DOL continues to actively President Obama’s agenda. When he took office the DOL vowed to pursue unpaid minimum wage and overtime especially on behalf of those in low paying jobs.
This means that ensuring compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act remains a high priority. We recommend that employers conduct audits under the direction of legal counsel to ensure that they know where their risks are and work to correct those before the DOL finds you.
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