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LOUTEL LAW

The Law Offices of Christina Reger, LLC is now Loutel Law.

Part of the Loutel family of companies, where employment law meets workplace culture. To learn more about how Loutel can help your company, click here.

Employment Law Counseling and Compliance

Employment laws are changing every day. New decisions dictate how companies must address evolving issues.  It often seems overwhelming.  We can help.

At Loutel Law, we regularly counsel businesses on how to comply with the barrage of new employment laws, regulations, opinions and guidance from federal and state agencies.  From set-up to wind-down, we make sure you are covered by providing practical, strategic advice. 

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We assist companies in all aspects of the employee life cycle. From hiring to offboarding employees, and every step in between, we can help.

We also assist clients in business formation and dissolution including LLC registrations, creation of operating agreements, alternative dispute resolution and litigation involving business divorces and partnership break-ups. We offer a wide variety of payment arrangements based on the services needed. We provide customized templates and forms at flat fee pricing, monthly outsourced general counsel and hourly rates depending on the services requested.

If you are a new business, or growing and expanding, legal fees can often be unpredictable. At Loutel Law, we offer a variety of services at a flat fee, enabling you to obtain a customized document that you can reuse as your business grows.

Custom Handbooks We provide a customized handbook which includes policies applicable to the client based on their size and geographic footprint.

Independent Contractor Agreements Many businesses rely on independent contractors. The agreement you use must address your concern, and protect your business in the event an issue arises. We work with you to customize an independent contractor agreement that will protect your business regardless of what happens.

Non-Compete Agreements Companies work hard to create and establish their business. Customers and clients are the crown jewel of most businesses, yet companies do not always adequately protect these valuable assets. Not all non-compete agreements are created equal. An ill-fitted Non-Compete Agreement is like a pair of shoes that are two sizes to big. At Loutel, we customize these agreements to ensure we are adequately and accurately protecting your business interests.

Confidentiality Agreements Like Non-Compete Agreements, your business may have confidential or trade secret information that should be protected. These items are assets to your business that have significant value. Without a Confidentiality Agreement, these assets walk out the door with the departing employee.

These are just a few examples of the types of agreements we can provide. Call us today to discuss your needs. We work with our clients to provide the cost-effective solutions


LITIGATION

When litigation is unavoidable, Loutel Law represents clients in a wide variety of employment law litigation matters including breach of employment contract disputes, unfair competition, discrimination and harassment, enforcement of restrictive covenants, business divorces and a wide variety of other general commercial litigation matters.

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We represent employers in both federal and state courts as well as in agency proceedings including the federal and state Departments of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), and state unemployment agencies.

We also represent businesses and individuals in a wide array of other litigation matters including dissolutions of partnerships and allocation of assets, lease and tenant disputes, breach of contract matters and related issues, and many other types of disputes.


EMPLOYEE TRAINING

Education is the most cost-effective way to proactively prevent employment issues. At Loutel Law, we work with you to customize educational programs to meet your needs and goals.

One of our most popular course is an interactive harassment program which educates employees on how to define and prevent harassment and how to voice a concern within the organization.  In recent years, many legislatures have acted swiftly to enact laws mandating live sexual harassment training, finding on-line courses to be ineffective or not compliant with state regulations.

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In this program, we will lead your employees through a 75-90 minute innovative, comprehensive platform. Solution based and practical, the program features experiential learning, real time interactive survey tools and storytelling scenarios. The program will also educate employees in plain English on the applicable laws and regulations, and what the applicable laws mean in today’s new world where the lines of acceptable (legal) behavior and unacceptable, harassing behavior have become blurred. This unique training encourages collaborative conversation, long-term learning and risk reduction, and will meet your team where they are on these issues.

Participants will walk away from the program with a clear understanding of how current employment laws affect them, and what is and is not acceptable behavior, as well as how to voice concerns and complaints.

A full selection of learning courses are also available through Loutel Consulting to educate your employees on a variety of topics critical to building your culture (i.e. unconscious bias, allyship, growth mindset, difficult conversations, inclusive leadership and more).

We also represent businesses and individuals in a wide array of other litigation matters including dissolutions of partnerships and allocation of assets, lease and tenant disputes, breach of contract matters and related issues, and many other types of disputes.


OUTSOURCED GENERAL COUNSEL

Think your company is too small to have a General Counsel?  Think again.  At Loutel Law, we offer outsourced general counsel services to businesses of all sizes.  We offer a variety of innovative pricing solutions to meet your business needs while addressing an array of legal issues.  From insurance claims to lease negotiations, collection to employee termination, we handle these issues so you don’t have to be distracted by them.


INVESTIGATIONS

These are challenging times for employers. Now more than ever employees are vocalizing their concerns, issues, and complaints. Workplace claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other misconduct are often disruptive, difficult, and time-consuming for an organization. They involve emotion, complexity, and sensitivity, in addition to a myriad of legal landmines that require experience and expertise to navigate. Sometimes these workplace issues can be addressed internally, but often they require third-party support to promptly and thoroughly identify, investigate, and resolve.  Utilizing an independent, neutral investigator provides expertise, knowledge, credibility, and an external lens that is extremely valuable in evaluating the veracity and viability of claims, determining exposure, identifying appropriate actions, and minimizing future risk to business operations.

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Loutel provides a thorough fact-finding process that analyzes the organization’s documents and policies, interviews the parties and relevant witnesses, and makes factual determinations to bring the matter to resolution. We have extensive experience in  representing employers in both federal and state courts as well as in agency proceedings including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state Human Relations Commissions, and federal and state Departments of Labor (DOL) and we use that experience in our approach to workplace investigations.  

We address issues arising under:

·Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
·Title IX of the Education Amendments
·The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
·The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
·The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
·The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Participants will walk away from the program with a clear understanding of how current employment laws affect them, and what is and is not acceptable behavior, as well as how to voice concerns and complaints.

A full selection of learning courses are also available through Loutel Consulting to educate your employees on a variety of topics critical to building your culture (i.e. unconscious bias, allyship, growth mindset, difficult conversations, inclusive leadership and more).

When retained to conduct independent investigations on behalf of an organization that has received a complaint, we utilize the following process to evaluate the complaint, interview witnesses, and act in the capacity of an independent, neutral fact-finder to guide the organization toward resolution: