Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits

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Developing a workplace in which universal respect is encouraged and maintained, while protecting management’s authority and prerogatives, is critical for any successful and productive enterprise. Bowditch & Dewey attorneys review, prepare and offer advice on:

  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Employee handbooks
  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
  • Sexual harassment policies
  • Employment contracts
  • Hiring and termination
  • Employee performance and discipline
  • Sexual harassment prevention and investigation
  • Reductions in force
  • Wage and hour issues, including overtime and proper classification of employees
  • FMLA, COBRA, HIPAA, ERISA
  • WARN Act compliance
  • Employee immigration matters 


In the field of labor law, we represent management:

  • Union election campaigns and lawful union avoidance strategies
  • Union contract negotiations
  • Grievance and arbitration
  • Plant closings and reductions in force
  • Collective bargaining


B&D attorneys have extensive experience in both labor and employment law. We regularly represent clients before the National Labor Relations Board, Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, United States Department of Labor, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts. We can help you with the full range of employment litigation matters including:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Employment discrimination
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Health and safety
  • Grievance and arbitration
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Employee benefits/ERISA
  • Breach of employment contract
  • Non-compete enforcement


Bowditch & Dewey’s Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Practice Area and its attorneys are frequently included in statewide legal ranking guides. Most recently, the Practice Area was recognized as being among the most notable in Massachusetts for the field of Labor & Employment. In addition, attorney Timothy Van Dyck was ranked as a leading attorney in the field. Read more about Bowditch & Dewey’s Chambers USA rankings here.