Indian Nations Labor & Employment

Indian Nations Labor & Employment

The Indian Nations Labor & Employment Group at Drummond Woodsum is an established national law practice, serving Indian nations and their enterprises in all areas of labor and employment matters.  We assist tribes in exercising and defending their sovereign authority over employment relations.  We work with tribal enterprises to address labor and employment relations, from the routine to the most complex. 

Our work is at the forefront of this field and includes:

  • Publishing the leading resource in the field, Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country (2011) in partnership with the Native American Rights Fund.
  • Defending Indian nation enterprises in cases brought by federal agencies (EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor, NLRB) with a full understanding of the sovereignty issues at stake.
  • Counseling Indian nation enterprises on OSHA, Family Medical Leave, Fair Labor Standards, Employment Discrimination matters and Union issues.
  • Providing everyday HR advice and regular trainings on:
    • Best practices for HR personnel in Indian country
    • Personnel policies and procedures
    • Hiring and evaluating employees
    • Employee investigations, discipline and termination
    • Grievances and optimal dispute resolutions procedures to avoid litigation
    • Native American and tribal member employment preferences
    • Union solicitation and organizing efforts
    • Wage and hour issues, pay/benefit studies, incentive pay plans
  • Drafting employment laws, regulations and policies that reflect the unique policy values of individual Indian nations, and training for implementation and enforcement.
  • Litigating employment disputes in all forums: tribal, state and federal.

Drummond Woodsum’s full service Indian law practice draws upon 15 lawyers and consultants with an accumulation of over 75 years of experience in Indian country.  We have the highest peer-rated credentials, including listings in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Chambers USA and the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.