Rick Pins focuses his law practice equally between the labor and employment disciplines, and both counsels and litigates on behalf of clients. Rick also has considerable commercial litigation experience. He has appeared before numerous state and federal judges and administrative agencies, including the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Rick has first-chaired multiple trials and countless arbitrations, both labor and otherwise, and has argued before several state and federal district courts, as well as Eighth Circuit Minnesota and South Dakota courts of appeal. Rick has extensive experience counseling and litigating issues arising under employment contracts and executive agreements, including with respect non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality and other restrictive covenants. In addition, Rick handles litigation for clients subject to enforcement actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.
Rick counsels clients daily in a variety of employment-related areas, including non-compete and restrictive covenants, wage and hour, drug and alcohol testing, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), discrimination, hiring, discipline, separation, privacy, background checking, record keeping and workplace violence. Rick also counsels clients on compliance with state and federal prevailing wage laws (including Davis Bacon Act and Service Contract Act) and transportation regulations (FMCSR). Rick frequently trains supervisors and employees on the basics of employment law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, positive employee relations and preventing workplace harassment and discrimination. Rick's labor and employment counseling crosses all sectors and industries, including, among others, manufacturing, service, education, hospitality, construction, transportation, food and beverage, brewing and wholesaling, renewable energy, natural resources, heavy industrial and entertainment.
Rick has represented management in numerous collective bargaining negotiations, as well as in strikes and other labor disputes. Rick’s labor counseling and representation includes employers and contracts governed by both the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Railway Labor Act (RLA).