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

As the Economy Reopens, Businesses Must be Aware of Possible Lawsuits

On May 11, the Bangor Daily News published an article, "Lawsuits may be next battleground for businesses as pandemic economy reopens," where legal experts give insight on the lawsuits to come as businesses begin...

Publication/Podcast

Should You Adjust Your Plans Based on the New PPP Forgiveness Guidance?

Your inbox is likely flooded with news about the forgiveness guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that came in the form of instructions on how to fill out the application. These instructions provided...

Event

Employee Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Restrictions: Traps for the Unwary

On Tuesday, October 6, employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and Scott Connolly will be presenting with The Middlesex Corporation Vice President and General Counsel Joshua Wernig for Verrill and ACC Northeast's program, Employee...

Blog

This Week's Show: Small Acts of Leadership

On Saturday, August 22, Tawny interviewed G. Shawn Hunter, President and Founder of Mindscaling, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Shawn and Tawny discuss his new book, Small Acts of...

Blog

School is Back in Session, But Are Employees? Navigating the FFCRA in the Midst of Schools Reopening

Publication/Podcast

Webinar Materials: Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment

On May 28, Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's Paul Carelis presented "Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment" and discussed unknowns and liabilities for businesses when returning to work begins. Our...

Blog

Action Item & FAQ: New Maine Paid Leave Rules Address Business Concerns

On January 1, 2021, LD 369, An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave takes effect for Maine employers. Passed by the Legislature in 2019, Maine employers have been patiently waiting for clarification as to the...

News

Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

Matter

Discrimination Defense

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

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.