Luis focuses his practice on labor, employment and immigration issues. Luis has a wide range of experience in traditional labor matters, including grievances, arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations, union drives, and matters in front of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC). Luis has counseled employers on a number of workplace matters, including effective employee handbooks and policies, disciplinary and dispute resolution procedures, discrimination, disability accommodation, wage-hour matters, family medical leave, and harassment and litigation prevention. Luis has experience representing employers under the various state and federal statutes that govern the employment relationship, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Luis is fluent in Spanish and English. His immigration experience includes employment and family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, Form I-9 compliance, visa processing, waivers, DACA and citizenship matters.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Luis E. Avila
Varnum attorneys Luis E. Avila and Jailah D. Emerson were named 2021 Go-To Thought Leaders for their analysis of updates to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which extends and expands several provisions of the FFCRA, and Mr. Avila and Ms. Emerson helped businesses and individuals alike keep up with the implications of the slew of COVID-19 assistance legislation that was enacted and revised in the last year, including ARPA. They provided actionable insights which were invaluable to NLR readers during a time when so many pandemic regulations and assistance programs were in a state of flux.