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Marr Jones & Wang LLP

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Managing Partner: Megumi Sakae
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 13

Firm Overview:
In 1995, the founding lawyers of Marr Jones & Wang left Hawaii’s two largest law firms to form what is now the largest law firm in the state devoted exclusively to the representation of management in labor and employment law matters. Labor and employment law presents unique issues and requires unique strategies; the firm believes employers are best served by attorneys who have devoted their careers to this area of law.

Main Areas of Practice:

Labor & Employment
Traditional Labor:
■Negotiated labor agreements with the Hawaii Nurses’ Association, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Unite HERE Local 5, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 and Teamsters Local 996
■Represented healthcare and hotel clients in negotiating issues with unions arising from acquisitions in Hawaii
■Represented employers in labor arbitrations and grievances to uphold discipline of their bargaining unit employees
■Assisted in responding to union organizing campaigns
■Advised clients who are preparing for a strike by their employees
■Represented employers in unfair labor practice proceedings
Key Clients: Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., AnheuserBusch Companies, Inc., Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaiian Airlines Inc., Marriott Intemational, Inc., Matson Terminals, Inc., The Queen’s Health Systems, Safeway Inc., Sutter Health Pacific dba Kahi Mohala.

Employment Litigation:
■Successfully defended large and small companies in wrongful termination and other tort or contract lawsuits by employees
■Successfully defended clients against discrimination claims in Federal and State Courts
■Represented clients in wage and hour class action defense
■Represented clients in alternative dispute resolution
■Successfully litigated numerous appellate matters on behalf of employers
Key Clients: Aloha Auto Group, Ltd., Bank of Hawaii, CVS Caremark, E Noa Corporation, Fresenius Medical Care North America, Hawaii Behavioral Health LLC, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc., Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., Hawaiian Cement, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Lowe’s Companies, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, The Queen’s Medical Center, Safeway Inc., Sutter Health Pacific dba Kahi Mohala, University of Hawaii, United Air Lines, Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

■Represented clients in occupational safety and health matters on both state and federal levels
■Represented clients responding to charges/ complaints filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Hawaii Labor Relations Board, Federal Department of Labor, State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
■Represented clients in unemployment appeals hearings
■Assisted clients in responding to federal and state government audits and investigations

Advice & Legal Compliance:
Advised clients on issues of legal compliance including:
■Collective bargaining and contract administration
■Wage and hour issues
■Criminal background checks
■Family, medical and pregnancy leave
■Employment discrimination
■Sexual harassment
■Accommodations for disabled employees
■Military leave
■Employee discipline and discharge
■Non-compete agreements
■Occupational safety and health
■Prepaid Healthcare, Affordable Care Act, Temporary Disability Insurance and continued health care coverage under COBRA

Prevention & Risk Management:
■Drafting (or updating) employee handbooks
■Drafting (or updating) employment policies
■Drafting executive contracts
■Training managers on key employment issues
■Training employees on company harassment and discrimination policies
■Creating compensation programs
■Auditing employment policies and practices for compliance with federal and state law
■Investigating employee complaints

Business Transactions & Operations:
■Providing notice under the state Dislocated Workers Act and the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
■Addressing labor and employment issues that arise in the context of a sale, transfer, acquisition or change of control of a business
■Preparing for and implementing a reorganization or reduction in force
■Implementing severance programs

Government Employers & Contractors Compliance Assistance:
■Executive Order 11246 (which requires affirmative action programs for government contractors)
■Davis-Bacon (which requires government contractors to pay ‘prevailing wages’ to employees who perform work on government projects)