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Brian E. Lewis


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Brian E. Lewis is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He exclusively represents management in all facets of workplace law.

Mr. Lewis routinely advises clients regarding day-to-day employment issues, such as employee discipline and discharge, disability management issues, proper payment of wages, reductions in force, and restrictive covenants. Mr. Lewis also has experience in representing clients on traditional labor law issues, and has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board. He also regularly conducts training programs for employers on a variety of employment-related topics, and is a regular speaker at industry seminars on labor and employment law issues.

Mr. Lewis has extensive experience representing employers in all types of employment litigation matters, such as claims alleging employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, and failure to pay wages. Mr. Lewis also has litigated numerous wage and hour law cases. Specifically, Mr. Lewis has advised and defended companies in class actions alleging violations of state wage law and collective actions alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Mr. Lewis also advises companies on state and federal prevailing wage law and defends companies in audits conducted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and other agencies.

Mr. Lewis regularly litigates in both state and federal court, as well as before various governmental agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Representative Experience

The successful defense of a large suburban hospital against a claim brought by a former employee alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Mr. Lewis obtained summary judgment for the hospital, demonstrating that the hospital did not violate the FMLA when it terminated the employee after her unauthorized leave of absence. Successfully obtaining a defense verdict after a bench trial before a Massachusetts state court judge for a nursing staffing agency that was accused of unlawfully hiring a nurse from another agency.

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January 4, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Congratulates 12 Newly Elevated Principals

January 4, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY (January 4, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to congratulate the firm’s 12 newly elevated Principals. “Our new Principals have distinguished themselves through excellent lawyering and superior business development skills, and their elevation... Read More

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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

March 6, 2018

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Update: Commission Guidance and Q&As Available

March 6, 2018

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) on February 28, 2018, issued questions and answers (Q&A) to provide additional interpretive information about the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). This updates the MCAD’s January guidance. The PWFA becomes effective on April 1, 2018. PWFA amends G.L. c.... Read More

March 5, 2018

Massachusetts AG’s Office Issues Guidance on Equal Pay Law Set to Take Effect in July

March 5, 2018

On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General issued its much-anticipated guidance on the state’s new pay equity law, set to take effect on July 1, 2018. The Massachusetts pay equity legislation amended the state’s Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA). Among other things, the amendment changed the definition of... Read More

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May 17

Newton, MA
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2018 Boston Labor and Employment Law Conference

May 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST
2345 Commonwealth Avenue - Newton, MA
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and Employer Obligations to Pregnant and New Parent Workers

September 27, 2017 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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Navigating Massachusetts’ New Paid Sick Leave Law

June 24, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Publishes Guidance On Pay Equity Law
March 1, 2018

Today, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office published its long-awaited guidance on Massachusetts’ new pay equity law, which is effective July 1, 2018.  The guidance addresses a number of frequently asked questions and further provides guidance for employers on conducting “self-evaluations” of pay practices.  A link to the Attorney Read More