Thomas supports his clients with employment law counseling, training, handbook and policy development and litigation avoidance strategies in partnership with their human resource managers, executives and general counsel. He also advises employers on harassment issues, disability law and FMLA compliance.
Thomas represents employers that participate in multi-employer benefit pension plans throughout the United States including: (i) defense of delinquent contribution actions under ERISA; (ii) MPPAA withdrawal liability disputes and arbitrations; and (iii) counseling on merger and acquisition issues involving MPPAA withdrawal liability and 4204 asset sales.
Thomas serves as the co-Chair of the firm's Immigration Law Practice Group and represents management in the employment and retention of foreign national employees. His Immigration Law practice focuses on employment-based applications and petitions (particularly non-immigrant work visas and permanent residency), and related labor condition and certification applications for employers with foreign national employees working in the United States. Thomas counsels human resource managers on employment authorization, E-Verify, I-9 compliance issues and Social Security no-match investigations. He represents employers facing audits and enforcement actions by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice.