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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.

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  • Boston Bar Association
  • Beacon Hill Business Association

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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

April 2, 2019

Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Publishes Draft Paid Family Leave Regulations

April 2, 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has published updated draft regulations implementing the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFMLA) that, in many respects, substantially change or add to the initial draft regulations published in January 2019. (For more on the January draft, see our article,... 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