Labor & Employment Law Practice For Public Schools

Labor and employment matters for public schools can be challenging – and we use our creativity, experience, and practicality to resolve them.
KKLL provides creative and practical solutions to assist school districts, career and technology centers, and other public entities achieve their objectives in labor and employment matters while steering clear of liability. Our focus is on prompt service and providing advice in plain language so that our recommendations can be easily understood and effectively implemented

Proactive Counseling

A large part of our labor and employment expertise is devoted to helping clients steer clear of liability as they take necessary actions in fulfilling their educational missions. We pride ourselves on our long track record of providing creative solutions to successfully resolve difficult employment issues that are unique to public schools, while minimizing liability risks. We routinely assist clients on issues involving hiring and firing, employment policies, criminal background checks, employee furloughs and demotions, wage and hour compliance, prevention and investigation of harassment claims, employee privacy, PDE certification issues, and compliance with other complex employment laws such as the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and USERRA. We also strive to keep school clients informed of significant employment law developments through complimentary seminars, newsletters, and email alerts.

Labor Negotiations

KKLL regularly assists school districts negotiating collective bargaining agreements with teacher and support staff bargaining units. Our attorneys often serve as the lead negotiator in negotiation sessions, and provide valuable assistance in crafting salary, health care coverage, and other fringe benefits proposals that achieve substantial cost savings. We also have extensive experience with the Act 88 fact-finding process, and have helped many school districts obtain contract settlements through those proceedings.


PLRB Practice

Our practice spans all aspects of public sector labor-management relations, including counseling and representation of school clients on union organizing campaigns, unit clarification petitions and unfair labor practice charges before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.


Employee Dismissal Cases

KKLL has been very successful counseling and representing school districts in dismissal proceedings involving administrators, teachers, and support staff members. Our thorough investigations in such matters often lead to employee resignations. In adversarial proceedings, KKLL has successfully defended dismissal decisions before arbitrators, the Secretary of Education, and Pennsylvania courts.

Discrimination Claims

KKLL’s labor and employment attorneys defend school clients against discrimination claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and various other state and federal agencies. As an advocate, we provide aggressive and effective representation while keeping the client well informed as to case status, strategy, projected costs, and resolution options.


Employee Benefits

KKLL provides advice and strategy regarding employee benefits compliance issues involving the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, PPACA, and other employee benefits laws. We provide employers with creative, practical, and “user friendly” advice in this increasingly complex area of the law.


Management Training

KKLL’s attorneys routinely provide management training for school clients on subjects including sexual harassment prevention, handling harassment complaints, documenting performance problems, ADA/FMLA compliance, and labor relations. In today’s workplace, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Management training sessions help clients prevent costly litigation so school districts can remain focused on education.

24 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602-2913
Phone: 717-392-1100 Fax: 717-392-4385