We provide our clients with the full range of legal services associated with management-side labor law, including advice and representation during organizing campaigns, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and related proceedings such as grievance proceedings, mediation, fact-finding and arbitration, and defense and representation of employers before the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations (“DLR”) and the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). Our attorneys provide a full range of management-side labor law services to help our clients comply with all applicable laws and regulations, manage workplace expectations and disputes, and meet the challenges of the modern unionized workplace. These practice areas include:
Our attorneys regularly give advice and provide representation on matters related to compliance with state and federal laws, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, Family and Medical Leave Act leave and Resources/FMLA Materials and the Americans With Disabilities Act. In addition, we pride ourselves on keeping our clients informed of changes in the law through monthly client advisors and periodic email blasts.
Our attorneys have thousands of hours and years of experience at the bargaining table on behalf of unionized employers. We also support employers in bargaining even when we are not at the table. We have negotiated contracts involving police, fire fighters, teachers, administrators, department heads, clerical employees, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and more.
We have bargained complex health insurance and other benefit changes, and we are familiar with the ins and outs of the Group Insurance Commission (“GIC”). We have also bargained changes in the school schedule and the use of teacher evaluation tools. In short we are familiar with virtually every wage, benefit or working condition that customarily appears in collective bargaining agreements, and some others that are not so customary.
We are skilled at drafting contract language that will have the results intended by our clients because we understand how language will be interpreted in the real world, and in the world of arbitration. We also understand how contract language might interact with state or federal law affecting the employment relationship.