advising on daily HR issues

Questions and issues arise every day for tribal employers that often need immediate attention. We have seen it all. Pipestone Law can provide quick and accurate advice on a wide range of matters, such as: 

  • Discrimination and harassment 
  • Risk assessments for discipline and terminations
  • Compensation and pay practices
  • Hiring decisions and new employee onboarding
  • Drafting policies, procedures, and handbooks
  • Performance evaluations and improvement plans
  • Tribal or Indian preference and TERO
  • Job descriptions and classifications
  • Employee personnel files and release of records
  • Requests for medical leave and accommodations 
  • Grievance or internal appeal hearings
  • Application and enforceability of Title VII, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, FLSA, OSHA, NLRB, and FCRA
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defending legal actions

There are times when tribal employers are brought into litigation or are the subject of agency enforcement actions. We have advocated on behalf of tribal interests in tribal, state, and federal courts, and before federal administrative agencies, including defending tribes and tribal entities in actions involving Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, and Section 1983 claims.  

Pipestone Law also can assist your in-house counsel or your external counsel with defense strategies and understanding the complexities of the various labor and employment laws and how those laws apply to Indian tribes.  


A successful work environment depends on strong HR professionals and supervisors. Pipestone Law can provide practical training tailored to your specific needs to develop your employees’ skills and improve your working relationships. Examples of training topics include:

  • Recognizing and avoiding harassment 
  • Conducting internal investigations
  • Providing effective corrective actions
  • Analyzing and applying leave options and accommodations
  • Application of labor and employment laws to tribes 
  • Responsible social media use 
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