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Employment Law Pro Bono Project Opportunity

The Boston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section is pleased to invite you to participate in a significant new pro bono employment law project. We are partnering with the Lawyers Clearinghouse to provide important employment law counseling assistance to underserved/under-funded non-profit social service organizations while creating more pro bono opportunities for employment law attorneys. While many pro bono efforts target litigators to take on pro bono cases in indigent client matters, limited opportunities exist for employment lawyers who want to provide pro bono legal assistance in their areas of expertise, or for management attorneys unable to take on plaintiff-side cases. And, while the metropolitan Boston area is filled with non-profit organizations, many of them have limited resources, and are in need of legal assistance in various areas of employment law compliance, such as wage and hour law, wage payment law, personnel policy development or ADA awareness.
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2013 In Review: Noteworthy Massachusetts Cases Involving Claims Under G.L. c. 151B

The Supreme Judicial Court, in the circumstances of this case, determined that G.L. c. 151B, § 4(16) prohibits associational discrimination based on handicap.

The allegations of the complaint were as follows. Plaintiff was an eighteen-year employee with good performance reviews. On December 7, 2007, plaintiff’s spouse underwent surgery for a brain tumor, and thereafter required rehabilitative care. As a result, plaintiff became responsible for his children’s care, and on occasion had to pick up his daughter from school and was absent from work for approximately 25 minutes on such afternoons. Plaintiff did this on various days between December 27, 2007 and January 15, 2008, and would not punch out and back into work on such occasions. 
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Labor & Employment Law Committees

  • Employment Law Committee
  • Labor & Employment Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the labor & employment bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or publishing an article, please contact us.

    Contact Information

    Robert Alan Fisher

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1000

    Brian J MacDonough

    Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon, LLP

    (617) 4472809

    Vanessa K. Hackett

    Littler Mendelson, PC

    (617) 780-7427

  • Labor & Employment Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover labor and employment law issues.

    Contact Information

    Carolina Avellaneda

    Fisher College

    (617) 2368859

    James S. Weliky

    Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC

    (617) 742-0004

    Elizabeth A. Rodgers

    Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz LLP

    (617) 742-7010

    William E. Hannum

    Schwartz Hannum PC

    (978) 623-0900

  • Labor & Employment Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Labor & employment attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Rachel Reingold Mandel

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    (617) 994-5700

    Katherine J. Michon

    Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon, LLP

    (617) 723-8000

  • Labor & Employment Public Service Committee
    This committee focuses on practice are specific pro bono trainings and brown bag programming.

    Contact Information

    Nicole Corvini

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    (617) 994-5700

  • Labor Law Committee
    This committee is composed of lawyers for management, unions and individuals. It focuses on traditional labor issues in the private and public sector, and is responsible for monitoring legal developments in the area of labor law and presenting educational programs in this area.

    Contact Information

    Justin F. Keith

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    (617) 310-6230

    Ingrid Nava

    SEIU Local 615

    (617) 878-7445

  • Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
    The Non-Compete &Trade Secrets Committee works to ensure that attorneys are kept apprised of developments in this constantly evolving area of business and employment law, whether in the form of judicial precedent, legislative mandate or business practice.

    Contact Information

    Jennifer Catlin Davis

    Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

    (617) 227-7031

    Christopher J. Perry

    Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC

    (781) 622-5930

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Wage & Hour Committee
    This committee keeps the community up to date on wage and hour developments and trends.

    Contact Information

    Julie McCarthy

    Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research

    (617) 871-4142

    Jocelyn Jones

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General