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Transportation and Warehousing

Employers in this sector face unique challenges, including managing a dispersed workforce and meeting a myriad of safety, wage and hour and other compliance mandates.

Overview

We bring together a multidisciplinary team of seasoned labor and employment attorneys with significant industry-specific experience to meet all the workplace law needs of domestic and multinational shipping, trucking and warehousing companies. With offices across the U.S., we are familiar with all applicable federal, state and local laws relevant to employers in these industries and represent them on a daily basis before regional and local courts and government agencies.

Some of the specific services we provide include:
  • Advising clients on all aspects of a legally-compliant drug testing policy, including compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation drug testing regulations;
  • Representing clients during occupational safety and health enforcement actions and advising on OSHA and local safety and health requirements, including operator safety requirements at both the federal and state level;
  • Advising on all aspects of wage and hour compliance, including misclassification, pay practices and owner-operator issues, and defending class and collective actions involving misclassification issues, minimum wage and overtime claims, meal and rest break claims and off-the-clock work allegations;
  • Providing practical advice and solutions on all aspects of disability and leave management as well as workplace privacy issues including those particularly relevant to employers in the transportation industry; 
  • Assisting clients in working with federal government agencies and achieving their regulatory compliance goals; 
  • Drafting employment-related documents, including employment and severance agreements, handbooks and policy manuals, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements; 
  • Drafting independent contractor agreements and assisting clients in preserving the independent contractor status of their owner-operators;
  • Representing and advising employers on the entire range of labor relations issues in non-unionized, partially and fully unionized workforces; 
  • Defending against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower and other employment-related claims; and
  • Formulating employee benefit programs and providing full-service counseling on employee benefits issues including but not limited to issues arising out of multi-employer pension plans.

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August 19, 2016

Massachusetts Amends Blue Laws to Allow for Operations of Warehouses on Sundays and Holidays

August 19, 2016

Warehouses and delivery centers in Massachusetts can be opened on Sundays and holidays under a provision in the new economic development law amending the state’s “blue laws.” The Massachusetts blue laws, with a list of 55 exceptions, restrict certain commercial activities on Sundays and holidays. Governor Charlie Baker... Read More