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Matthew D. Freeman


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Matthew D. Freeman is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He routinely advises clients regarding compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws, including those related to employee discipline and discharge, disability management and leave of absence issues, wage and hour issues, and reductions in force. Mr. Freeman represents a variety of businesses with a concentration in the healthcare and hospitality industries.

Mr. Freeman also regularly advises clients regarding traditional labor law issues, including employer rights and obligations under collective bargaining agreements and the National Labor Relations Act. He has defended employers in litigation in state and federal courts, including wage and hour class action litigation and litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and has represented employers in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Maine Human Rights Commission. Mr. Freeman has also represented employers in arbitration and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Beacon Hill Business Association

Published Works

  • "Leveling the Playing Field – What Massachusetts Charter School Leaders Need to Know About Union Organizing," Atlantic Legal Foundation (January 2006) [Assisted in Updating Chapters]
  • "Answering the Call Up: What Lumber Retailers Should Know About Military Leaves of Absence," The Lumber Co-Operator (March/April 2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Sex Sensitivity and Gender Differences in the Workplace," The Lumber Co-Operator (January/February 2005) [Co-Author]

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April 28, 2017

union kNOw – April 2017

April 28, 2017

Second ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protests and Strikes to Take Place on May 1 Building off of what organizers see a successful February 16 ‘Day Without Immigrants,’ a second series of protests and strikes has been scheduled for May 1. For more information on similar recent activities and strategies on how to respond lawfully to the... Read More

January 24, 2017

union kNOw – January 2017

January 24, 2017

Unions Not Making Headway, NLRB Stats Show The NLRB’s “quickie election rule” (QER) is not having its desired or expected effect of energizing union organizing. According to NLRB statistics, fewer “RC” petitions (seeking union representation) were filed in FY 2016 than in FY 2015 — 2,029 vs. 2,198. (The NLRB’s fiscal year is October 1... Read More

March 25, 2016

Employer’s Careful Drafting of Warning Document Causes Court of Appeals to Overturn NLRB Violation Finding

March 25, 2016

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has refused to enforce a National Labor Relations Board order that a company violated the National Labor Relations Act by warning a union steward not to make “frivolous” information requests in the future. Dover Energy, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 14-1197 (D.C. Cir... Read More

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NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard Receives Chilly Reception During Court of Appeals Hearing
March 20, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board’s new, expanded “joint employer” standard faced sharp criticism during oral argument at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In Browning-Ferris, the Board created a broad new standard for determining whether two entities are joint employers. Read More

NLRB General Counsel Announces Wish-List Of “Hot-Button” Issues To Be Handled By His Office
April 5, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel has assembled his latest wish-list of “hot-button” issues he hopes to present to the Board for decision when the right cases are presented to his office. Read More

NLRB Expands Scope of Union Representatives’ Permissible Conduct during Investigatory Interviews under Weingarten
March 26, 2015

In a 2-to-1 decision, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board has held it was unlawful for an employer to threaten a union steward with suspension for showing an employee, during the employer’s investigative interview about a violation of company procedure, the steward’s answer to a question asked by the interviewer, wh Read More