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Labor and Employment


Contact: Patricia E. Reilly, Chair

Murtha Cullina’s labor and employment practice focuses on providing first-rate representation of our clients in employment litigation and sophisticated advice and counsel on a range of employment issues.

Our partners’ extensive litigation and trial experience informs the advice and counsel we offer our clients on a day-to-day basis. Our focus is on liability avoidance, but if our clients are involved in an administrative claim or litigation, we stand ready to defend them vigorously. We practice in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Our litigation, administrative, and counseling experience encompasses discrimination claims, including but not limited to disability, pregnancy, sexual harassment, race, and all categories protected by law, Family Medical Leave Act, wage and hour, restrictive covenants and related business torts. We also provide representation of clients in Title IX claims and investigations.

Our clients include small privately held companies, large publically traded corporations, tax-exempt organizations and public sector entities. We represent clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including education (colleges, universities and independent schools), health care, financial services, retail, food and beverage, transportation services, energy, and manufacturing.

 

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.
 

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Contact: Patricia E. Reilly, Chair

Murtha Cullina’s labor and employment practice focuses on providing first-rate representation of our clients in employment litigation and sophisticated advice and counsel on a range of employment issues.

Our partners’ extensive litigation and trial experience informs the advice and counsel we offer our clients on a day-to-day basis. Our focus is on liability avoidance, but if our clients are involved in an administrative claim or litigation, we stand ready to defend them vigorously. We practice in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Our litigation, administrative, and counseling experience encompasses discrimination claims, including but not limited to disability, pregnancy, sexual harassment, race, and all categories protected by law, Family Medical Leave Act, wage and hour, restrictive covenants and related business torts. We also provide representation of clients in Title IX claims and investigations.

Our clients include small privately held companies, large publically traded corporations, tax-exempt organizations and public sector entities. We represent clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including education (colleges, universities and independent schools), health care, financial services, retail, food and beverage, transportation services, energy, and manufacturing.

 

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.
 

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