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

Publication/Podcast

Should Health Care Employers Prepare for COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?

While we know that everyone is being bombarded with COVID-19 recommendations, advice, news, and data, another important issue to manage in the workplace is the possibility of COVID-19 infection, if acquired at work and...

Publication/Podcast

Congress Passes the Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). The Act contains many provisions affecting broad swaths of the U.S. economy. The purpose of...

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.

Blog

This Week's Show: The FFCRA and CARES Act

On Saturday, April 4, Tawny interviewed Benjamin Ford, Partner in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Ben and Tawny discuss the current state of the...

Matter

Discrimination Defense

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

Event

How To's for Family Business: Managing with COVID-19: Health, Banking, Legal & HR

The Institute of Family-Owned Businesses is hosting a webinar on May 6, How To's for Family Business: Managing with COVID-19: Health, Banking, Legal & HR. Presenting will be David Ciullo of Career Management Associates...

News

Foresight is 2020, Full-Day Conference to Explore the Future of HR

Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Featured Event Speaker (January 16, 2020) – The new year brings new changes for employers - Verrill will examine recent legal developments in labor and employment law and discuss...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

Blog

COVID-19 Alert: State of Maine and City of Portland Issue Orders to Close Non-essential Businesses

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, both the City of Portland and the State of Maine issued comprehensive new limitations on business establishments in order to further limit the spread of the coronavirus. Both actions...

News

Tech traps for companies: What employers need to know

New technologies continue to invade the workplace, from biometrics to artificial intelligence. With the benefits come legal concerns for employers. In the latest issue of Mainebiz , employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and...