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 advisers, 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 exposure—and the stakes—are high.

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

  • ADA and 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

Publication/Podcast

Government Contractors and Employers of 100+ Employees Must File New EEOC Report by September 30, 2019

EEO-1 Component 2 Report Due by September 30, 2019 All employers that are required to submit an EEO-1 federal report—employers of 100 or more, or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or...

Blog

Tip: Administrative Assistants Only Rarely Are Exempt From Overtime Pay

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What Maine Employers Need To Know About Changes In Personnel Practices Following This Legislative Session

In late June, labor and employment attorney Tawny Alvarez and Division Leader Paul Carelis of MassPay partnered to deliver a discussion on the latest laws and regulations that were enacted during Maine's most recent...

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

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What Employers Need to Know about the New Noncompetition Law in Maine

On June 28, 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law that significantly limits an employer's use of noncompetition agreements; i.e., an agreement that prohibits an employee from working in the same...

Blog

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection WON'T Be Renewed

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the EEOC announced that it will not seek to renew collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Data for 2019, 2020, and 2021. This does not impact employer’s current EEO-1 obligations to...

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.

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...

Blog

Overtime Update to Have Wide Reaching Effect on Employers