Preti Flaherty’s Employment Law Group helps employers of all sizes develop and implement sound policies that meet the needs of a constantly evolving workplace. Bringing a distinguished level of experience and knowledge, employers look to our team for guidance on day-to day employment and labor relations issues, and, when needed, representation before state and federal agencies and courts.

A Guiding Force

Working side-by-side with our clients, we develop, implement, and communicate workplace strategies that allow employers to avoid potentially damaging situations. Our attorneys provide general counsel across the full spectrum of employment issues, including:

  • Hiring and termination policies
  • Development of employee manuals
  • Compliance laws and disputes relating to leave issues, wage and hour compliance, and reasonable accommodation requests
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements
  • Executive compensation agreements
  • Internal investigations and discrimination complaints
  • Workplace training seminars
  • Litigation and risk management
  • Business immigration

Our employment law team of more than a dozen attorneys serves as trusted advisors to our clients across New England. We regularly provide management teams and human resources professionals with educational trainings and workshops on latest developing issues impacting today’s workplace. We take pride in being at the forefront of evolving industry trends and fast-paced regulatory changes. For more than two decades, employers in Maine and New Hampshire have relied on Preti Flaherty’s Annual Employment Law Summit for updates on new legal developments and practical guidance on issues like employee discipline and discharge, accommodation requests, and avoiding litigation.

Advocating for Our Clients Wherever Necessary

With a proven record of success, our employment litigators regularly defend employers in state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies governing equal employment opportunity and labor relations. When claims of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment arise, our litigators partner with their clients to create a powerful defense strategy and craft a thoughtful and practical solution that will protect client interests while following the letter of the law.

Labor Relations

Organized workforces present their own unique challenges to employers. Our employment litigators have represented management teams before the National Labor Relations Board in unfair practice charges and union election proceedings. We can also assist with arbitrations, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, union organizing and decertification, discipline and discharge cases, labor disputes, picket lines and strikes, and grievance proceedings.

When employment issues arise, you need someone in your corner who understands the heart of the issues and the intricacies of developing regulations. Preti Flaherty’s Employment Law Group helps employers anticipate problems and provides preemptive guidance for creating fair policies that prevent conflicts.

Firm Highlights

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Are We Done Yet? Managing COVID-19 in Year Three

Every business owner understands that vigilance is a critical component for managing legal and financial risks. As we all enter the third year living with COVID-19, we have collected a few of the most...

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FY2023 H-1B Season – Key Facts for Employers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the H-1B initial registration period for the FY 2023 cap is scheduled to open at noon ET on March 1, 2022 and will remain open until noon ET...

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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OSHA's ETS Moves One Step Closer to Reality in 2022

On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted another appellate court’s emergency stay order, reinstating the OSHA Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers with 100 or more...

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Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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35,000 Additional H-2B Visas Now Available for the Second Half of Fiscal Year

On May 18, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule authorizing the issuance of additional 35,000 H-2B visas for the second half of Fiscal...

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Employers May See Increased Accommodation Requests in 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a multitude of challenges for employers. As more employees return to the office in 2022—whether full-time or on a hybrid schedule—employers will face difficult compliance questions and, most likely...

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

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What Do the Supreme Court's Vaccination Rulings Mean for Your Business?

Reflecting the deep rift in public opinion concerning the government’s role in dictating how businesses, health care entities and public sector employers ought to act to stem the spread of COVID-19, a divided U.S. Supreme...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...