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Companies that produce chemical products from the Earth’s raw materials must be proactive in identifying business opportunities while monitoring the risks inherent in managing their workforce, including protecting trade secrets and complying with safety mandates.

Overview

We understand that employers in the chemicals industry face environmental, intellectual property, and product liability concerns that may exist in addition to their employment law needs. Our top priority is to provide tailored legal advice that always takes into account the client’s unique regulatory and operational challenges. We also leverage our expertise working with construction, energy and financial services companies to deliver compliant, business-minded solutions to our chemicals industry clients.

Some of the specific services we offer include:

  • Defending individual, collective and class action lawsuits alleging discrimination, defamation, breach of contract, intentional torts, and other issues in federal and state trial and appellate courts;
  • Drafting employment-related documents, including employment and severance agreements, handbooks and policy manuals, and non-compete and non-disclosure agreements;
  • Advising on compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as privacy and data security mandates across the country;
  • Reviewing policies concerning leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, FMLA, and related issues;
  • Advising on affirmative action plan (AAP) preparation and OFCCP audit defense;
  • Advising on a broad scope of workplace safety matters, including representing clients in investigations by federal and state governmental agencies, defending OSHA citations, providing crisis management advice and counsel, conducting accident investigations, conducting safety and health audits, and providing representation in whistleblower proceedings; and
  • Providing labor, employment and benefits advice in the context of mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases, management agreements, corporate restructurings, and other transactions.

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April 20, 2018

Brazilian Labor Courts Continue to Emphasize Importance of Non-Compete Clause Limitations

April 20, 2018

A recent Brazilian labor court ruling clarified the procedural requirements for employers drafting non-compete clauses in employment agreements. Although the Brazilian Federal Constitution establishes “freedom of work,” and the Brazilian Industrial Property Law (Law 9.279/1996) prevents an employee from disclosing an employer’s... Read More

April 18, 2018

Massachusetts Equal Pay Act Calculation Tool: What Employers Need to Know

April 18, 2018

Ever since Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the state Equal Pay Act (MEPA) on August 1, 2016, employers have been seeking direction on how employee pay should be analyzed to withstand scrutiny under the new law. MEPA goes into effect on July 1, 2018. On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (OAG)... Read More

April 18, 2018

Massachusetts Adjusts Limits on Employer Inquiries into Job Applicants’ Criminal History

April 18, 2018

A provision in the Massachusetts criminal justice reform law signed by Governor Charlie Baker amends the state’s restrictions on the questions employers may ask a job applicant regarding the applicant’s criminal history during the hiring process. The new restrictions include an adjusted limitation on asking about misdemeanor convictions... Read More

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