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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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

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Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion of Moppin, Rideout, White to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named three new partners: Sara N. Moppin, Laura A. Rideout, and Emily T. White.  Each attorney stands out as a distinguished practitioner within...

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Understanding and Navigating the She-cession

New employment data shows that women are 1.8 times more likely to have left or lost their job due to COVID-19. Between remote schooling, daycare closures, and lost support systems, women have been forced...

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2021 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2021 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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Answering Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Questions

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, employers are faced with big questions. Can we mandate vaccines for employees ? How do we manage a return to work ? Preti Flaherty's Peter Callaghan breaks...

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New COBRA Premium Subsidies Take Effect April 1, 2021

The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) makes temporary but significant changes to Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) coverage rules. They provide: A 100% subsidy for COBRA premiums...

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Court Upholds Maine Employers' Discretion Not to Pay for Unused Vacation Time

In January, the First Circuit issued an opinion upholding a lower court's decision that rejected a former employee's attempt to get paid for unused vacation time following his resignation from employment.  See White v...

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What Owners Need to Know About Cannabis in the Workplace

Preti Flaherty attorney Kristin Collins spoke with Fast Forward Maine on the impact of legal recreational and adult use cannabis in Maine, including how will it effect hiring processes, health insurance, and government contracts...