Employment

Our attorneys provide a full range of services to help employers avoid costly employment lawsuits and improve their businesses. We also have the experience and expertise to defend against wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, or other employee claims. Whether preventing litigation or resolving it, we employ a common sense and cost-effective approach to problem-solving, and work as a team with our colleagues and our clients.

Our employment law services include:

Preventive Advice  

We believe that good advice can often help prevent lawsuits. Therefore, we provide a full range of services designed to avoid claims, including: preparation of employee handbooks, policies, and procedures; training and counseling on issues ranging from sexual harassment to disability accommodation requests; and advice on discipline and terminations.

Contract Preparation

We assist with negotiating and drafting all types of contracts, including covenants not to compete, trade secret agreements, severance plans, and other employment agreements.

Compliance Issues

We work with clients to ensure compliance with the numerous and complex federal and state statutes and regulations affecting the workplace, including: discrimination statutes such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act; the federal and Vermont laws requiring family, parental, medical, and military leave; overtime laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act; benefits statutes such as COBRA and ERISA; and unemployment and workers’ compensation laws.

Labor Negotiations

Our attorneys handle labor negotiations, union relations, and employee grievances under federal and state labor relations statutes.

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

We assist in preparing and implementing benefit and compensation programs, including employee stock option plans, deferred compensation plans, pension and retirement plans, and executive compensation issues.

Employment Litigation

Our team of employment attorneys can defend against any wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, overtime, breach of contract, or other employment claim. We do so in all state and federal courts in Vermont and before administrative agencies such as the Vermont Attorney General’s office, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, or the Department of Labor.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

When appropriate, we encourage clients to consider alternatives to litigation, such as mediation or arbitration, and we represent clients in these proceedings. In addition, many members of the firm serve as mediators, evaluators, or arbitrators to assist others in resolving their disputes.

National and International

Our membership in Meritas, a global network of independent, mid-sized law firms, allows us to provide our clients with experienced guidance, quickly and efficiently, throughout the country and around the world.