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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Reminder to Continue to Update Policies and Practices to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

You might be sick of thinking about COVID-19 but people are still getting sick and employers must take appropriate action to keep the workplace safe. There has been a steady increase this summer in...

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023, Including 6 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2023, including three “Ones to Watch” and six “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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Another Reminder to Update Policies and Procedures to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

We  last updated you in early August  regarding the latest COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).  Cold and flu season is now upon us, and experts are...

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Attorney Michael Messerschmidt Selected by Peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2023

Preti Flaherty attorney Michael G. Messerschmidt has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2023 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Labor Law ­– Management. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in...

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Preti Flaherty Continues Year of Remarkable Growth with Addition of Five New Attorneys

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of five new Associates to the firm: Scott A. DeLong, Christopher S. Knight, Kijana Plenderleith, Harper A. Weissburg, and Joshua D. Williams. In our Portland, Maine, office...

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Considerations When Terminating a Foreign Worker (H-1B, H-1B1, E-1/E-2, E-3, TN, L-1, O-1)

Terminating an employee is always a difficult decision. Terminating a foreign worker has additional challenges and consequences that must be considered, and employers must ensure they comply with state and federal law. An employer...

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New EEOC Poster Requirement and Guidance on Notice-Posting in Hybrid Workplaces

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated the “EEO is the Law” poster and replaced it with a new one: “ Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal .” The new poster was...

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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...

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2023 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2023 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2022 Super Lawyers

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including seven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...