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Franczek Announces Hiring of Partner Tracey Truesdale

June 11, 2019
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Franczek P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracey Truesdale as partner in its labor & employment practice group.

“Tracey is an excellent lawyer with a deep understanding of the needs of employers,” said managing partner Mike Warner. “She is a welcome addition to our firm and helps further strengthen our reputation as the ‘go-to’ labor & employment boutique in Chicago.” 

Tracey’s employment law practice includes strategic advice to clients in force reduction and other business scenarios; preventive counseling on matters of employee discipline, discharge, and leave issues including FMLA, ADA, Chicago and Cook County paid sick leave as well as other state and local leave laws; and development of personnel policies and employment handbooks. Tracey has served as lead counsel in single and multiple-plaintiff employment discrimination actions; in mediation and arbitration proceedings under FINRA and private ADR; and in statutory whistleblower actions before OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Dodd-Frank.

Tracey’s traditional labor practice includes advising companies in their collective bargaining strategies; representation of an international steel company in final offer interest arbitration proceedings and other “bet the company” contract interpretation disputes; representation of employers in union organizing and decertification campaigns; defense of ULP charges; and labor arbitration.

Tracey also has significant experience advising and defending employers on OSHA matters, including post-accident advice and representation of employers in employee fatality and catastrophe investigations, representing employers in negotiations with federal OSHA over OSHA citations and penalties, litigating OSHA complaints before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and investigating, defending, and litigating employee claims of retaliation under the OSH Act.

Tracey comes to Franczek with 28 years of experience in private practice.  She also has practical human resources experience, having spent a year working in-house at CNA Insurance as Employee Relations Director. Tracey joins Franczek from the international labor & employment firm Ogletree Deakins.