Businesses are constantly under pressure from ever-expanding employment regulations. Flaherty’s Employment & Labor Law attorneys offer advice on how to navigate these complex requirements successfully. Our role is not to tell you what your business cannot do but to assist you in implementing policies and practices that allow your business to accomplish its goals while minimizing its legal risks.

Our attorneys provide you with legal counsel and support in every phase of your relationship with your employees. Below is a sample of the employment services we provide clients:


  • Employment applications
  • Background checks (criminal, credit or otherwise)
  • Employment and recruiting agreements
  • Post-offer ADA compliant physical exam procedures


  • Human resources management
  • Human rights compliance
  • Employee handbooks, including detailed job descriptions/profiles
  • Drug-test policies and procedures
  • Personnel files protocols
  • Wage and hour obligations
  • Employee v. independent contractor issues
  • Wage payment and collection procedures

 Discipline and Termination

  • Progressive discipline policies and implementation
  • Employment-at-will terminations
  • Separation agreements (including release provisions peculiar to the West Virginia Human Rights Act)
  • Disengagement procedures, including conduct and content of exit interviews
  • Plant closing and related notifications

Employment Litigation

Our employment litigation group understands how employment issues can affect your business. Flaherty offers various employment services, including representing clients in hearings, trials, and appeals in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in cases involving wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment. In addition, we routinely assist clients in all aspects of employment law, including management issues, occupational injuries, contractual disputes, and human resources counseling.


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