We put ourselves in your shoes when it comes to running your business and grappling with the challenges you will inevitably face as you manage your employees.

That is why we take the time to get to know your business, your industry, your culture, and your priorities. Our clients rely on us to assist them in resolving issues when they arise. We do not just tell you the risks. We offer the thoughtful, practical, and creative recommendations that we'd want if we were seeking legal counsel for our own company.

With Verrill, you get more than great legal counsel; you get advisers, negotiators, and advocates in your corner every step of the way in every aspect. As advisors, we anticipate problems before they arise and work with you to manage risk. As negotiators, we apply thoughtful strategy to carve out solutions to further your company’s objectives. As advocates, we aggressively represent you in pursuit of the best possible outcome, understanding that a positive result can mean different things in matters where the stakes are high.

Verrill is prepared to assist you in virtually every aspect of the workplace, including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Affirmative action
  • Class actions
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Employee privacy
  • Employment contracts
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • FLSA (wage and hour) compliance
  • Labor arbitrations and grievances
  • Labor negotiations and collective bargaining agreements
  • Non-competition agreements and enforcement
  • Plant closings and WARN Act compliance
  • Recruiting and retention strategies
  • Reductions in force
  • Severance agreements
  • Social media
  • Telecommuting
  • Union organization campaigns
  • Workers' compensation
  • Workplace investigations
  • Workplace safety
  • Wrongful discharge

Traditional Labor—Unions and the NLRA

Organized workforces come with special challenges that require legal counsel with experience specific to these challenges. Our team of accomplished labor attorneys has worked with public and private-sector clients in a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, health care, and higher education. Our attorneys have handled contract negotiations, union elections, labor arbitrations, and labor strife for clients all over the country. Among other aspects of our practice, the team has taken the lead on negotiating complex project labor agreements on behalf of clients across the country. We are able to anticipate the problems that may arise and provide preemptive guidance.

Firm Highlights

News

Verrill Attorney Elected Secretary of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Executive Board

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was recently elected secretary of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). Smith has been a member of the NWCDN since 2006, and was first...

Blog

Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

Matter

Discrimination Defense

We successfully defended a large aviation ground handling service company against claims of violation of the ADA and the FMLA—garnering summary judgment in their favor.

Matter

Discrimination Defense

We successfully defended a regional hotel chain against administrative claims of ADA and MHRA disability discrimination.

Publication/Podcast

WEBINAR: Home Care Companies - Wage and Hour Differences/Electronic Visit Verification

For this webinar, Verrill's employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's HR Generalist Amanda Bridge discuss serious implications associated with wage and hour differences and electronic visit verification (EVV) for the home care...

Publication/Podcast

Building a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

Event

Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical Conference and Tradeshow

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and Jim Cohen will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical two-day conference on December 10-20, 2019. The event will focus on offering educational...

Blog

Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

Blog

Tip: Administrative Assistants Only Rarely Are Exempt From Overtime Pay

News

Verrill Welcomes Employment Law Attorney Scott Connolly

(September 30, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome employment law attorney Scott Connolly to the firm's Boston office. Leveraging his experience as both in-house and outside counsel to employers, Connolly guides clients through...