OSHA

When an OSHA investigator shows up at your workplace, we know you need experienced guidance you can trust right away.

Verrill's OSHA attorneys are experienced in responding to significant construction and facility accidents, including death cases; performing internal investigations; and coordinating corporate and employee responses to federal and state investigators. Our team is skilled at identifying and coordinating expert consultants, and has overseen federal and state investigations, leading to compliance and penalty negotiations. Alongside coordinating multiple agency response, we aid in insuring compliance with applicable statutes such as emergency environmental response resulting from facility and construction accidents. We have defended manufacturers and service providers in cases of OSHA violations arising from workplace conditions and accidents.

Our clients rely upon our counsel when responding to notices of violation for workplace hazards and aid in the development of response strategies, including settlement negotiations where appropriate. We are well-versed in pre-inspection compliance, and comfortable working with insurance carriers to perform OSHA compliance inspections, drafting of appropriate employer policy language and instituting required OSHA training and record-keeping. Our attorneys also work with facilities undergoing unannounced OSHA inspections, and coordinate the response to inspections.

We are fluent in the laws that govern all aspects of a workplace incident, and provide practical guidance in complying with other environmental health and safety statutes, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Oil Pollution Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Firm Highlights

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...