Employee Relations Counseling & Compliance
Erik assists employers of all sizes, including public and private companies, emerging businesses and nonprofit organizations. His advice is not limited to what the law permits or requires. Erik works closely with clients to drive value and consider the many legal, PR, employee relations and other practical issues companies encounter in managing employment matters. He has advised on employment issues involving foreign operations in Canada, Europe and Asia. His purview includes but is not limited to:
- Hiring practices
- Internal investigations
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Employee leaves of absence and accommodations
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations
- Meal and rest periods
- Reorganizations/reductions in force (RIFs)
- Employment issues stemming from mergers and acquisitions
Erik also monitors state and federal employment legislation and government agency enforcement priorities. He counsels employers on the latest developments and delivers enjoyable and accessible legal trainings to HR and business leaders.
Labor Management Relations
Erik helps businesses navigate all things labor relations, including grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and responses to union organizing campaigns and petitions for representation. Erik supports clients and trains supervisors on effective employee management in unionized and non-unionized environments. He also provides strategic advice and counseling on the labor law issues that can arise in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, and in consolidations, relocations and closings involving union and non-union facilities.
Employment Litigation and Mediation
With successful experience mediating and litigating employment issues, Erik works with clients to explain how employment decisions will be presented and defended if challenged by employees. He has successfully represented employers in state and federal courts and before federal, state and municipal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
Erik served as counsel to an international public mountain resort company, where he advised HR and senior leadership and executives on all facets of U.S. and Canadian labor and employment matters. Prior to that role, Erik worked as an associate for legacy Faegre Baker Daniels, which included secondments at private and public, nationwide employers. During law school, Erik gained invaluable experience in a wide variety of roles:
- He became confidentially familiar with courtrooms when prosecuting for the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office (and later clerking for a Hennepin County District Court Judge after law school).
- He learned the ins and outs of the NLRB during time with the Region 18 office.
- He experienced the employee’s side of issues, spending time representing individuals in unemployment claim hearings and clerking for a first responder’s labor union.
Ask Erik about his weekend plans and he’ll be sure to mention some adventure. Most of his time is spent in the beautiful outdoors Colorado has to offer. He’s either playing soccer or shinny (pond hockey), skiing and riding the mountains, hunting and fly fishing, or hiking and camping with his wife and their two rescue dogs.