Labor and Employment
Contact: Susan J. Baronoff
Contact: Lissa J. Paris
Our firm has long represented the interests of management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Today, our labor and employment lawyers defend claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination based on race, age, sex and disability under federal and state statutes. We have conducted successful courtroom campaigns from pre-trial negotiation to appeals before the Connecticut and U.S. Supreme Courts. We represent management in labor contract negotiations, strikes and strike avoidance, and enforcement proceedings before federal and state agencies. Our clients are not only large and small corporations but municipalities and other public sector employers. Our labor and employment lawyers work closely with those in the ERISA and noncompetition areas to provide complete representation throughout this pervasive field of law.
We also believe that sound legal counseling can help avoid litigation, both in emerging problem areas like sexual harassment and in more traditional areas like wrongful discharge and union grievance procedures. We therefore offer frequent seminars and prevention training to our clients and their supervisory employees.
Our labor lawyers have represented employers in traditional labor/management relations for half a century. Union activity remains strong in the New England economy. In health care, construction, manufacturing, and service professions, as well the public sector, employers continue to face legal issues arising from union representation. We regularly advise and represent lawyers on all aspects of this relationship including: preventative union avoidance, representation proceedings and election campaigns; collective bargaining, strikes, picketing and corporate campaigns, and arbitration.
Many of our clients rely on us to protect their businesses from former employees’ and outsiders’ unfair competition. We regularly and successfully enforce non-competition, non-solicitation and anti-piracy agreements in fast moving injunction hearings. We also draft non-competition and related agreements. We counsel employers about the practical steps necessary to guard their trade secrets and confidential information so that their agreements can be enforced.
From counseling to avoiding discrimination charges, to trials in federal court, we help employers navigate a confusing morass of overlapping state and federal discrimination laws in all New England states.
Although these laws have been on the books for over 50 years, class actions challenging employer classification and overtime practices have mushroomed. In addition to trial representation, we provide advice to help employers avoid claims.
Pensions, health care and other employee benefits raise hosts of legal issues. An employer who fails to follow legal requirements can suffer severe penalties. We advise about plan design, draft and revise plans, handle audits and litigate benefit plan issues. We also advise employers about the requirements federal and state statutes impose concerning leaves of absence (including Family and Medical Leave) and the interaction between these federal and state mandates governing disability, pregnancy, workers’ compensation and other types of leave.