Employment

Overview

Businesses and non-profit organizations operate well when they are staffed with competent employees, yet state and federal laws regulating employment can be challenging.  Our Employment attorneys assist employers in a broad range of employment-related counseling and contested claims involving discrimination and harassment, federal and state wage and hour matters, employment contracts and compensation, terminations, workforce reductions, employee leaves and workplace safety, including OSHA.

Our employment lawyers also provide employer training and perform workplace investigations.

Practice Focus

  • Intellectual property and unfair competition issues as they arise in the employment context, including non-competition issues and non-solicitation agreements and trade secrets
  • Day-to-day human resource counseling relating to hiring, compensation, employee evaluations, FMLA and other employee leaves, employee discipline, workplace violence, layoffs and terminations
  • Defense of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower, wage and hour, unemployment, OSHA, and defamation and privacy claims
  • Reductions in workforce, group layoffs and separation agreements, employment contracts, handbooks and policies, employee training and employee compensation
  • Workplace training and investigations

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented employers in New Hampshire Department of Labor wage claims and audits
  • Successfully defended numerous discrimination claims before state fair employment agencies in New Hampshire, Virginia and Connecticut, and before the federal EEOC
  • Tried numerous employment cases to verdict; obtained summary judgment orders for local and national companies in discrimination cases in the state and federal courts
  • Assisted a community hospital with creating employment contracts for associated health care providers
  • Conducted internal investigations of employment-related matters
  • Collaborated with our colleagues in the firm’s Government Relations Practice to lobby successfully for changes to New Hampshire’s employment laws and administrative regulations

Industries Represented

  • Arts (dance and music)
  • Automobile and Motorcycle Dealerships
  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Charities and Non-Profits
  • Education
  • Hi-tech
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing, heavy and light
  • Media
  • Rent-to-own
  • Retail
  • Staffing agencies
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