• Overview

    • Keep your workforce working with labor and employment attorneys who’ve “been there, done that” for virtually every challenge employers face.

      When efficiency matters, bright legal minds get right to the point. At Downs Rachlin Martin, our labor and employment attorneys know how to get to the crux of any problem and find pragmatic, business-minded solutions.

      Sensible solutions.

      Downs Rachlin Martin labor and employment attorneys are known for pragmatic, innovative solutions to complex labor and employment problems. Employers across northern New England and beyond look to us for smart strategies that reflect bottom-line business priorities.

      Our team's understanding of the issues facing labor and employment professionals allows us to find efficient, effective ways to tackle employers’ legal issues. We are flexible in our approach and will work with you to determine what makes business and legal sense for your company. In addition, we offer innovative fee structures and alternative billing that make legal costs more predictable.

      Experience that runs the gamut.

      The scope and sweep of our practice are unmatched among law firms in our region, and comparable with many national firms. Our labor lawyers handle the full range of collective bargaining, organizing campaigns, arbitration, unfair labor practices, NLRB and other traditional labor issues for both public and private employers nationwide. Our employment lawyers are active throughout New England, counseling employers on day-to day-issues, extraordinary situations and representing them in contested hearings, arbitration and litigation.

      From RIFs and mergers, to union organization efforts, to litigious employees, there are few labor and employment problems we haven’t solved. In broad strokes, our practice covers:

      • Compliance counseling and advice
      • Employment litigation
      • Labor issues and collective bargaining
      • Employee relations training.

      We represent leading companies throughout the region, as well as middle-market businesses and start-ups.

      Unrivaled team.

      With a dozen full-time lawyers and consultants working in this area, we are among the largest labor and employment practices in northern New England.  However, it is the quality and professionalism of our lawyers that truly set us apart.  Every lawyer on our team brings both experience and a deep commitment to understanding your business.  We promise frequent and candid communication, and the highest standards of performance and ethics.  

      Should your operations take you outside the United States, our position as the exclusive Vermont member firm for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, provides one-call access to leading lawyers in 120 countries.

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  • Resources

      • Top HR Issues for 2016

        Human resource professionals are facing a variety of new and developing challenges this year. This month’s column will address four health-related topics.

      • Labor & Employment Client Alert | New NLRB "Ambush" Election Rules

        The long-dreaded “Ambush” election rules from the NLRB took effect April 14, 2015. The new rules substantially limit the time between the filing of a labor union petition and the election; substantially increase the burden on the employer to provide information and substantially shorten the time an employer has in which to engage in a campaign.

      • Labor & Employment Law | Background Checks

        "...the EEOC warns that employers should not intentionally single out applicants or employees of a certain race (or other protected characteristic) for background checks."

      • Rattigan on VPR's Vermont Edition re: dismissing an employee

        Labor & Employment Attorney Elizabeth Rattigan joins VPR's Vermont Edition to shed light on the ins and outs of dismissing an employee in an "at will" employment state.

      • Labor & Employment Law | Gossip At Work

        In its continuing trend to foray into non-union workplaces, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) struck down another neutral and common employment policy.

      • Labor & Employment Law | Vermont Legislation

        Two pieces of legislation impacting Vermont employers are competing for legislative approval as the session wears on, and most agree that the success of one bill means the death of the other.

      • Labor & Employment Law | NLRB Proposes Controversial Changes

        The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has once again introduced a set of controversial proposed regulations that are designed to speed up the union election process.

      • Top HR Issues for 2016 | Part II

        From evolving workplace demographics to overtime expansion to a number of other issues, human resource professionals this year are facing a variety of new and developing challenges.

      • 6 Steps to VT Paid Sick Leave Compliance

        Starting January 2017, employers doing business in VT will be required to provide paid sick time to all employees. Do you know if you're in compliance?

      • Client Alert | New Paid Sick Time Law in Vermont

        Vermont has joined a growing list of states that require employers to provide paid sick time to employees. Before the law goes into effect on January 1, 2017, employers should act to ensure their leave policies will be in compliance. This Client Alert explains the new law and its requirements to business owners and HR managers.

      • Client Alert | EEOC Issues Proposed Rule About Wellness Program Incentives

        The EEOC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the regulations implementing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) related to certain employer wellness programs. The proposed rule clarifies that an employer may offer a limited incentive in connection with information about an employee’s spouse as part of the employer’s wellness program.

      • Client Alert | NLRB Expands Joint Employer Standard

        The National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited joint employer decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 N.L.R.B. No. 186 (2015), overruling the decades-old test of determining joint employer.

      • Preparing for the Coming Year

        Vermont employers need to prepare for a number of impactful changes being made to State and federal laws over the coming year. The following is a brief overview of the new laws employers must be aware of, with some links to more specific information.

      • Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA") Enacted Into Law

        The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) was enacted into law on May 11, 2016. Employers are now authorized to pursue a private civil action in federal court for the misappropriation of a trade secret.

      • Labor and Employment Law | Federal and Vermont Changes

        As most employers have heard, a number of impactful changes were recently made to both federal and Vermont employment laws, including: ELSA Overtime Rules, Defend Trade Secrets Act, EEOC Rules, and Paid Sick Leave. Request this webinar to learn more.

      • Labor & Employment Law | USERRA Discrimination Claim
      • Labor & Employment Law | VT Employers Must Consider Flexible Working Arrangements

        To lessen any potential legal exposure, employers should develop and document an internal process for addressing flexible work arrangement requests and should train supervisory staff on how to properly respond if an employee requests a flexible work arrangement.

      • The HR Pro: The Election and Its Effects on HR Trends

        With the election of Donald Trump and the focus on assembling his Cabinet, the outlook for workplace issues in 2017...

Keep your workforce working with labor and employment attorneys who’ve “been there, done that” for virtually every challenge employers face.

When efficiency matters, bright legal minds get right to the point. At Downs Rachlin Martin, our labor and employment attorneys know how to get to the crux of any problem and find pragmatic, business-minded solutions.

Sensible solutions.

Downs Rachlin Martin labor and employment attorneys are known for pragmatic, innovative solutions to complex labor and employment problems. Employers across northern New England and beyond look to us for smart strategies that reflect bottom-line business priorities.

Our team's understanding of the issues facing labor and employment professionals allows us to find efficient, effective ways to tackle employers’ legal issues. We are flexible in our approach and will work with you to determine what makes business and legal sense for your company. In addition, we offer innovative fee structures and alternative billing that make legal costs more predictable.

Experience that runs the gamut.

The scope and sweep of our practice are unmatched among law firms in our region, and comparable with many national firms. Our labor lawyers handle the full range of collective bargaining, organizing campaigns, arbitration, unfair labor practices, NLRB and other traditional labor issues for both public and private employers nationwide. Our employment lawyers are active throughout New England, counseling employers on day-to day-issues, extraordinary situations and representing them in contested hearings, arbitration and litigation.

From RIFs and mergers, to union organization efforts, to litigious employees, there are few labor and employment problems we haven’t solved. In broad strokes, our practice covers:

  • Compliance counseling and advice
  • Employment litigation
  • Labor issues and collective bargaining
  • Employee relations training.

We represent leading companies throughout the region, as well as middle-market businesses and start-ups.

Unrivaled team.

With a dozen full-time lawyers and consultants working in this area, we are among the largest labor and employment practices in northern New England.  However, it is the quality and professionalism of our lawyers that truly set us apart.  Every lawyer on our team brings both experience and a deep commitment to understanding your business.  We promise frequent and candid communication, and the highest standards of performance and ethics.  

Should your operations take you outside the United States, our position as the exclusive Vermont member firm for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, provides one-call access to leading lawyers in 120 countries.

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