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Brian E. Lewis

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
Brian.Lewis@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

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.

Honors and Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell

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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April 24, 2018
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Brian Lewis, Susan Corcoran and Richard Greenberg Author "Massachusetts Adjusts Limits on Criminal History Inquiries"

April 24, 2018

Brian Lewis, Susan Corcoran and Richard Greenberg author "Massachusetts Adjusts Limits on Criminal History Inquiries," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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May 10, 2019

Commission-Only Inside Salespersons are Entitled to Overtime and Sunday Pay Under Massachusetts Law

May 10, 2019

Adhering to the “plain and ordinary” language of the state’s overtime statute and related regulations, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that inside sales employees paid on a 100% commission basis are additionally entitled to pay for overtime hours worked and premium pay for work on Sundays. Sullivan v. Sleepy’s LLC, 2019... Read More

May 2, 2019

Massachusetts Extends Deadlines for PFMLA Notice to Employees and Private Plan Exemptions

May 2, 2019

In an effort to help businesses, on May 1, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) extended both the deadline to notify employees about the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) and the deadline for employers to apply for a “private plan” exemption from law. Previously, the DFML required... Read More

April 19, 2019

Massachusetts Releases Paid Family and Medical Leave Employee Template Notices

April 19, 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has released template notices employers may use to fulfill the notice requirement to employees and 1099-MISC independent contractors under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA), G.L. c. 175M. Employers must provide a notice to their current workforce by... Read More

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Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Act: What Employers Need to Know

March 7, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Mind the Gap: Preparing for the New Requirements of the Amended Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

June 26, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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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

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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