Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits

Lead by Sara Welch, we represent Cerner Corporation, the world’s largest publicly traded health information technology company providing leading-edge solutions and services for health care organizations worldwide, in the defense of multiple class and collective action lawsuits seeking overtime pay on behalf of associates who allegedly were misclassified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.  Two of the cases currently are pending in Missouri state court and one case is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.  The firm also is defending, in the federal court litigation, the enforceability of Cerner’s voluntary arbitration program.

Sara Welch, Partner in Kansas City

Stinson’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits attorneys assisted other firm attorneys in selling the Braas Company to Motion Industries (MI), the industrial parts group of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). Braas Company, a 100 percent ESOP-owned entity, is a leading multi-regional distributor of products and services for industrial automation and control, specializing in pneumatics, motion control, industrial networking, machine safety, robotics and related industrial parts.  The sale involved complex ERISA and tax issues relating to the Braas Company’s ESOP.

The Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. selected Stinson to handle all of its traditional labor law and employment law needs. Following this selection, we successfully negotiated new labor contracts with Teamsters Local 974 and IAM Local 77, respectively, on behalf of the two subset dealer groups of GMADA who participate in multi-employer bargaining. The two new three-year labor contracts were successfully reached in 2016 without a work stoppage. GMADA is a membership organization that represents the majority of new car and truck franchised dealerships in the greater eight-county Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area.

Joel Abrahamson, Partner in Minneapolis