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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OSHA Issues Long-Awaited Vaccination Rule for Large Employers

After waiting with bated breath for nearly two (2) months, employers will finally have access to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021...

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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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Beyond Maine’s Ban-the-Box Statute: Practical Employer Considerations

In five (5) days, Maine’s Fair Chance Employment Act goes into effect.  We originally summarized the objective and impact of that legislation in an alert posted on August 11, 2021 .  Now is the...

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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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Health Coverage Incentives for Unvaccinated Employees

Employers wrestling with COVID-19 vaccination-reluctant employees have a lot on their plates. New federal mandates may require affirmative action but even without these new rules, the real problem is how to persuade your workers...

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Employees Who Refuse to Comply with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy are Generally Ineligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Following a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, an increasing number of Maine private businesses and colleges have joined the healthcare industry in requiring workers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine...

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Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion to Partner of Kristin Collins and John Cronan, III

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named two new partners: Kristin M. Collins and John J. Cronan, III. Both attorneys stand out as distinguished practitioners within their respective fields...

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Not So Fast: OSHA’s ETS in Limbo While Challenges Play Out

Over the weekend, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the emergency mandatory vaccine and testing regulations published in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  As of November 9, 2021...

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2022 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2022 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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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...