Full-Service Labor and Employment Practice

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Putney Twombly represents management exclusively in all areas of labor and employment law. Our firm has one of the nation’s most well established practices in this dynamic area and has represented employers in virtually all industries for more than seven decades. Our clients include health care and social service institutions, colleges and universities, manufacturers, retail merchants, financial services institutions, media and communications companies, not-for-profit organizations, and public employers.

Putney Twombly provides traditional labor law counsel on an employer’s collective bargaining obligations and our attorneys often act as chief spokesperson for management during contract negotiations with labor organizations. We also represent our clients at arbitrations, during administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, and during federal and state court litigation, including actions seeking injunctive relief from illegal strikes and boycotts. Every one of our cases gets the individual attention of distinguished, experienced labor lawyers.

Employment law has changed dramatically during the past two decades and continues to evolve. Employers continue to turn to our attorneys for practical guidance in these changing times in order to avoid, as often as possible, high-stakes, high-profile jury trials, to avoid unwanted publicity and to accurately assess potential liabilities. To that end, Putney Twombly provides advice in all aspects of employment discrimination and individual employment rights laws and on the full range of employment law issues, ranging from compliance with minimum wage and overtime laws to occupational safety and health laws. When claims are made or when a suit is filed, our skilled litigators provide zealous representation before administrative agencies or in federal and state courts. Our clients range in size from start-ups to merging entities, but all receive the same high level of attention and professionalism.

We also advise corporations in various industries regarding the recruitment and retention of executives who are subject to restrictive employment agreements and/or the protection of trade secrets that may be disclosed by departing executives. We assist our clients in obtaining injunctive relief to protect this invaluable information or in defending the new employer or executive who may be accused of misappropriating such information.

Compliance with the complex laws governing employee benefit plans–pension, profit sharing, 401(k), ESOP, tax-sheltered annuity, stock options, cafeteria, medical, life insurance, disability and severance– has become more difficult and time consuming for our clients. Putney Twombly is able to provide practical and innovative solutions regardless of whether our client's concerns involve the design, implementation, communication, or operation of a benefit plan or compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, ADEA, or other legal requirements.