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Michael R. Bertoncini

Principal
Boston

P   617-305-1270
F   617-367-2155
Michael.Bertoncini@jacksonlewis.com

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Biography

Michael R. Bertoncini is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis on labor relations, and employment law counseling and litigation.

In labor relations matters, he regularly counsels clients on the practice of positive employee relations, negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of organized clients, represents clients in labor arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board proceedings, and counsels clients with respect to rights and obligations under collective bargaining agreements and applicable labor and employment laws. He also has extensive experience in advising organizations responding to corporate campaigns and negotiating neutrality agreements.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Bertoncini was Deputy General Counsel for a hospital system that is the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. He was responsible for all of the system’s labor and employment law matters, and was involved in its acquisition by a private equity firm as well as its growth from six to ten hospitals in a twelve-month period. His three years as in-house counsel for this large health care system give Mr. Bertoncini a keen understanding of the impact of labor and employment law issues on clients’ business operations.

In addition to his labor relations experience, Mr. Bertoncini has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations and counseling clients on whistleblower and retaliation matters, as well as negotiating executive agreements, both employment and separation agreements. Mr. Bertoncini also represents clients in the litigation of employment matters. His litigation experience includes matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He has appeared before United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts, Massachusetts and New York state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Mr. Bertoncini is a frequent speaker and trainer on labor and employment law topics for various organizations including Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Council on Education in Management, Lorman Education Services, the Boston Bar Association, and several chambers of commerce.

While attending Boston College, he received the John A. McCarthy, SJ Award for the most distinguished Scholar of the College thesis.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Boston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee (2010-present)

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February 1, 2016

NLRB Regional Director Rejects Election Petition of Faculty at Religiously-Affiliated College

February 1, 2016

Colleges and universities contending that their tenured and tenure-track faculty are managerial employees who do not have the right to unionize or bargain collectively under the National Labor Relations Act should find reassurance in a recent National Labor Relations Board Regional Director’s decision declining to assert... Read More

December 3, 2015

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law: Safe Harbor Expires December 31, 2015; Full Compliance Deadline is January 1, 2016

December 3, 2015

Employers operating under the Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law “safe harbor” should prepare to fully comply with the Law beginning January 1, 2016. Background The Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law became effective July 1, 2015. Under the Law, all employees who work primarily in Massachusetts are entitled to accrue... Read More

June 10, 2015

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Update: Safe Harbor Clarified, Form Notice Available

June 10, 2015

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office posted on its website a clarification of its previously announced Safe Harbor provision extending the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time compliance deadline for employers who provide paid time off that is substantially similar to that required by the Law. The AG’s office clarification... Read More

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OSHA Launches Webpage Addressing Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare
December 9, 2015

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a webpage to provide employers and workers with strategies and resources for preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings. Read More

Justice Department Announces Recovery Of Over $3.5 Billion From False Claims Act Cases In Fiscal Year 2015
December 8, 2015

The Justice Department announced that it secured over $3.5 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015 (“FY2015”). Read More

EEOC Finds Hospital’s Leave Policy Unlawful, But Court Dismisses Nurse’s ADA Claims
November 17, 2015

A federal court in Texas has dismissed a nurse’s disability discrimination and retaliation claims because she failed to establish she was qualified to perform the duties of her position with or without reasonable accommodation even after the EEOC found the employer’s six-month cap on leaves of absence violated the American with Disabiliti Read More