Labor & Employment

Public and Private Sector
The labor and employment practice group at Deutsch Williams has long served both public sector and private sector employers. Our clients include employers in many industries, as well as cities, towns, school committees and large public authorities, and individual clients in private sector employment issues.

Our attorneys specialize in labor and employment matters and understand their practical and legal ramifications. The labor group is committed to providing prompt and creative solutions for all client needs. We offer a full complement of services, from counseling and training of clients and their staff to negotiating and mediating disputes, bargaining, arbitration, litigation and appeals. In the process, we draw upon our firm's resources in related areas of corporate, tax, immigration, and trial work.

Our services include:

  • Representation before the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, and the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission
  • Counsel on employment discrimination matters, including practice before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Counsel on employee leave entitlements, including leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Small Necessities Leave Act, and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Negotiation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Arbitration of union contract disputes
  • Defense of wrongful discharge suits, discrimination suits and claims for compensation
  • Counsel and litigation regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Training for employers, supervisors, and employees regarding recruiting and hiring of employees, prevention of harassment and discrimination, employee discipline, employee evaluation, and accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Counsel regarding reduction in force and WARN Act compliance
  • Counsel regarding internal investigations
  • Negotiation of severance benefits
  • Review, preparation, and litigation of non-competition, non-solicitation and non-recruitment agreements
  • Handbook development and review counseling
  • Auditing compliance with state and federal laws

School Law Practice Group
The Deutsch Williams School Law Practice Group provides legal services to many public sector school committees in labor, employment and school law matters. Our services include:

  • Negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with teachers, paraprofessionals, librarians, clerical workers, school traffic supervisors and custodians, using both traditional and interest-based bargaining techniques
  • Negotiation and drafting employment agreements for School Committees with their non-unionized employees including school superintendents
  • Representation of clients in chapter 71 and contractual arbitrations and at the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in the state and federal courts
  • Represent clients in mediations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings and in internal investigations regarding discrimination matters and employee misconduct
  • Training school administrators on a variety of topics including recruiting and hiring employees, discrimination prevention, employee evaluation and discipline, and school governance
  • Reviewing and revising Student Handbooks
  • Advising clients on student discipline and constitutional rights
  • Representation of clients in building and construction matters including construction planning, procurement, contracting and bid protests; Massachusetts School Building Authority relationships; and zoning and land use issues
  • School building procurement

Practicing Attorneys:

Matt Buckley

Wendy Chu

Erica F. Crystal

Nicholas J. Dominello

John Foskett

Robert D. Hillman

Jennifer King

Caroline Thibeault

Elizabeth B. Valerio