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Masuda Funai's Employment, Labor & Benefits group offers the full range of employment counseling, investigations, negotiations and litigation services on behalf of management. In addition to representing domestic companies, our firm is known for advising foreign-owned companies wanting to establish a legal entity in the United States and those doing business in the U.S. We help our clients navigate the myriad of U.S. employment, labor and benefit laws which can present a formidable challenge to even the most sophisticated global company. Our attorneys understand the unique questions, problems and concerns both domestic and foreign companies have when attracting, retaining and managing their workforce as well as in defending their rights in the face of disputes and litigation.

The firm’s wide-ranging and in-depth experience covers employment, union and benefit law issues from human resource counseling, wage payment, and mergers and acquisitions, to risk management and working with management to find solutions to difficult problems. We guide our clients through every phase of the employment relationship, beginning with advice and assistance on recruitment and hiring. We assist our clients in drafting employment agreements, employee handbooks and policies as well as conducting training programs for employees and supervisors in such areas as the prevention of sexual harassment, union avoidance and wrongful termination. Given today’s economic climate, we work diligently with management to audit and implement agreements, policies and procedures to protect a company’s intellectual property and their near-permanent business and customer relationships.

As employers face an ever increasing number of employment-based agency claims and lawsuits, we continue to deliver a focused and aggressive approach to problem-solving as demonstrated by our track record of resolving legal actions for clients throughout the U.S. We have handled and resolved complex litigation pertaining to discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, employee privacy, breach of restrictive covenants, and the defense of OSHA citations, union campaigns and unfair labor practices. We prosecute and defend unfair competition claims including the misappropriation of trade secrets, employee raiding and customer solicitation. We vigorously advocate our client’s position in administrative hearings before state and federal agencies, in mediation and arbitration, and in state and federal lower and appellate courts.

We know, from decades of serving as U.S. employment, labor and benefits legal counsel to our clients, that workforce conflict and “people problems” are never fully addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach. Whether a challenge involves discrete negotiation, litigation, arbitration, strategic planning, M&A due diligence, a reduction in force, or the day-to-day advice businesses need to succeed, our goal is to ensure that each client understands its options so that an informed decision can be made. We design cost effective human resource solutions that achieve “bigger picture” business objectives grounded in sound legal theory.

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Range of Services Experience

Experience

Employment
  • Represented a foreign government before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Illinois Department of Human Rights, obtaining the dismissal of all charges.

  • Obtained a summary judgment under the Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaty between the U.S. and Japan, courts dismissing age and national origin discrimination claims.

  • In a putative FLSA collective action case filed in Tennessee against a manufacturer and its sister company in Ohio, obtained dismissal of the Ohio company and successfully settled the case before class certification.

  • Defended a national hardware retail chain against age discrimination in hiring and sex discrimination charges filed with a state human rights agency resulting in a dismissal of all charges.

  • Represented a manufacturing employer in Illinois found to have violated Title VII due to racial and national origin harassment, successful negotiating a settlement agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission without a consent decree or punitive damages.

  • Represented a manufacturer in Minnesota before the Minnesota Occupational Health & Safety Administration in which the employee alleged a retaliatory discharge after complaining about safety violations.

  • Strategized, planned and consulted with a consumer products manufacturer regarding federal and Illinois Worker Adjustment and Notification Act (WARN) requirements in the company’s relocation to a new facility and with second manufacturer regarding a series of reductions-in-force, including counsel regarding the impact of the reductions-in-force upon the 401k plan.

Labor
  • Obtained a dismissal of a retaliation case filed in the Atlanta Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board after the case was transferred from the National Railway Board.

  • Obtain dismissals of unfair labor practice claims before the National Labor Relations Board arising out of a union organizing campaign.

  • Represented a manufacturer in a union organizing campaign, resulting in the union’s failure to file a petition for an election before the National Labor Relations Board.

  • Negotiated union contracts with Machinists, Teamsters and other unions.

  • Assisted a company to decertify the union as the representative of its employees.

  • Defended companies in grievance/arbitration cases.

Benefits
  • Represented an Ohio manufacturing company by spearheading its response to a U.S. Department of Labor audit of all of its welfare plans resulting in no penalties being assessed for a client’s non‑compliance.

  • Represented an Illinois-based freight forwarder in a failure to file a complete Form 5500 matter resulting in a significant reduction in the final penalty assessed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Investigated, prepared and filed numerous 401(k) plan corrections for clients under the IRS’s Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System due to compensation, eligibility, employee deferral, employer matching, and plan loan errors.

  • Drafted and / or reviewed various non-qualified deferred compensation plans, including long-term incentive plans, bonus plans and phantom stock plans.

People

People

Yulia Chembulatova
Associate, Chicago
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Frank J. Del Barto
Principal, Schaumburg
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Lisa A. Dreishmire
Associate, Chicago
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Colin Hara
Chairman Emeritus, Chicago
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Eldon H. Kakuda
Principal, Schaumburg
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Alan M. Kaplan
Principal, Schaumburg
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Dayne Kono
Chairman, Chicago
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Sachiyo Yamada Miller
Associate, Los Angeles
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Nancy E. Sasamoto
Principal, Chicago
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Mary W. Shellenberg
Senior Counsel, Chicago
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John B. Stanis
Principal, Schaumburg
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David J. Stein
Principal, Chicago
P 312.245.7474
Jennifer R.M.C. Watson
Principal, Chicago
P 312.245.7500
Jiwon Juliana Yhee
Associate, Chicago
P 312.245.7500
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BENEFITS EDGE "Information is Power": IRS Starting to Send Penalty Notices Under the Affordable Care Act
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - November 2017
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - October 2017
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - September 2017
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - August 2017
SAVE THE DATE: September 28, 2017 - Annual Seminar On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Employment, Labor and Benefits group will hold its…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - July 2017
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - June 2017
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - April 2017
Discrimination: Chicago Appellate Court Rules that Sexual Orientation is Sex Discrimination By Alan M. Kaplan After the United States…
Employer Outsmarts Itself and Loses Over $5 Million
Juanita Berry worked as Vice President of Major Accounts for Telamon Corporation, an Indiana telecommunications company. Using her…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - March 2017
IRS Publishes Substantiation Guidance for 401(k) Hardship Distributions By Frank J. Del Barto On February 23, 2017, the Acting Director of…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - February 2017
Annual Seminar Reminder MFEM's Immigration Group will hold its 2017 Annual Immigration Law Update Seminar on Friday, February 24, 2017, at…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - January 2017
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - December 2016
Upcoming Webinar In January, we will present a complimentary webinar entitled "Post-Election HR Management Outlook." We plan to discuss a…
BREAKING NEWS – Court Grants Nationwide Injunction Enjoining Implementation and Enforcement of Final Salary Level Rule
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - November 2016
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - September 2016
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - August 2016
The Seventh Circuit Affirms: No Federal Protection from Sexual Orientation Discrimination Without Action by the U.S. Supreme Court or…
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - June 2016
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - May 2016
New Act, New Remedies: DTSA To Provide Additional Protection for Trade Secret Owners and Whistleblowers By Nancy Sasamoto With President…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - April 2016
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - March 2016
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - February 2016
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - January 2016
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Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - December 2015
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UNIONS – Michigan Becomes a Right-to-Work State
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Events
Complimentary Webinar: Successful Recruiting for German Subsidiaries in the U.S. Market
11.7.18
During the webinar, the experienced Recruiting Services team at GACC Midwest will address intercultural differences in the recruitment…
Complimentary Webinar: Terminations and Post-Employment Issues
10.18.18
Join us for the final part of The Employment Life of Robert Rightman. Although Robert has been employed at National Industrial Corporation…
2018 Annual Complimentary Employment, Labor & Benefits Seminar
9.27.18
8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast 8:30-11:30 am - Presentations Continental breakfast will be provided
Complimentary Webinar - Social Media: Don't Let it Tangle Your Company in a Web of Liability
8.21.18
. . Did you know that close to half of the world’s population are on some type of social media? It is not a matter of IF, but WHEN your…
Complimentary Webinar: Performance Management, Rights and Responsibilities
7.24.18
Join us for Part 3 of The Employment Life of Robert Rightman. After his hiring and after determining his wages, hours and benefits…
Wages, Hours & Benefits Webinar
5.17.18
Masuda Funai is pleased to announce the second part of our 2018 Webinar Series, entitled “The Employment Life of Robert Rightman.” After…
Recruitment, Hiring & New Employee Orientation Webinar
3.15.18
Recruitment, Hiring & New Employee Orientation Should the company classify the new worker as an employee or independent contractor? What…
2017 Employment, Labor & Benefits Group Complimentary Seminar
9.28.17
EMPLOYMENT, LABOR & BENEFITS GROUP COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR Continental breakfast will be provided. Topics: The Trump Administration's…
2016 Annual Complimentary Employment, Labor & Benefits Seminar
9.28.16
2016 ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT, LABOR & BENEFITS LAW SEMINAR Continental breakfast will be provided. TOPICS: Employee Benefits Update Avoiding…
Webinar: 401(k) Plan Excessive Fee Lawsuits - Reducing Your Risk
8.4.16
Webinar: 401(k) Plan Excessive Fee Lawsuits Reducing Your Risk Frank Del Barto will review the current 401(k) excessive fee litigation…
Wage and Hour Webinar: Final Salary Level Rule Released - Its Implications for Your Company
5.27.16
Wage and Hour Webinar: Final Salary Level Rule Released - Its Implications for Your Company On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S…
Wage and Hour Webinar: Planning for the Release of the Final Rule
5.12.16
Wage and Hour Webinar: Planning for the Final Rule Join Frank Del Barto and Jiwon Yhee of Masuda Funai's Employment, Labor & Benefits Group…
2015 Annual Complimentary Employment, Labor & Benefits Seminar
9.24.15
2015 ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT, LABOR & BENEFITS LAW SEMINAR Challenges in 2015 and Beyond Continental breakfast will be provided. TOPICS: …
Employment Webinar: January 20, 2015
1.20.15
The National Labor Relations Board has issued its "Ambush Election" rules. Has your company implemented the Ever Ready Anti-Union…
News
Masuda Funai Hosts 2018 Employment Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Employment Seminar on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Approximately 120 executives…
Alan Kaplan Authored an Article in the GACC Guide: Successful Hiring for German Subsidiaries in the US
The article "Employment Law Challenges in the US – Implement a Compliance Program Before You Begin Operations" provides eight tips on…
Masuda Funai Welcomes Three New Attorneys
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Dreishmire and Kenton Knop as attorneys in the firm’s…
Masuda Funai Hosts Northern Ireland Delegation
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell Ltd. hosted the Northern Ireland Delegation on April 16, 2018 as part of its ABC Mission visit to Chicago…
Publications
Chapter: "Practical and Legal Considerations Prior to Conducting the Audit" - Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's (IICLE) award-winning handbook, Conducting the Employment Practices Audit
"Managing the Risks of Implementing Cost Savings in a Challenging Economy" - Illinois State Bar Association: The Counselor Section, co-authored with Frank J. Del Barto (Published in both English and Japanese), April 2011