Alan M. Kaplan, Chair of the Employment, Labor and Benefits group, represents management in employment and labor matters. He counsels companies in hiring, performance management and the termination of employees, and drafts employment agreements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements and employee handbooks. He negotiates contracts and settlements of disputes with employees, and represents companies in discrimination, wrongful termination, disabilities, occupational health and safety and overtime cases in federal and state government agencies and in federal and state courts. Mr. Kaplan also helps companies avoid unions, manages union elections, prevents and stops illegal picketing by unions, and defends companies when unions file grievances and have arbitration hearings. His clients include businesses in the manufacturing, automotive, construction and professional service industries.
Prior to Mr. Kaplan's association with the firm, he served as a Hearing Officer and prosecuting attorney in the Chicago Regional Office of the NLRB and as an appeals attorney in the NLRB's Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C. His government experience gives him unique insights and contacts when representing companies before federal, state and local agencies that regulate labor and employment laws, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state departments of human rights, the Occupational Safety Health and Administration (OSHA), and federal and state departments of labor.
Mr. Kaplan was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2011 and 2012, and holds an AV rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. He was appointed Chair of the Labor and Employment Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and is currently a member of the Small Business Advice Section Council. In addition, he serves as a member of the steering committee of the Labor Law Conference, co-sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law and Chicago Region 13 of the NLRB.
He conducts in-house supervisory training sessions on such topics as union avoidance, anti-harassment employment discrimination, hiring, discipline, safety and how employers should comply with laws relating to ill or injured employees. He was selected to conduct union avoidance training programs for the supplier group of a major Japanese automotive manufacturer and has spoken before the Japan America Society of Kentucky, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago, and the Illinois CPA Society.