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Jeffrey B. Gilbreth



Jeff Gilbreth is a partner in the Labor & Employment group. He represents employers of all sizes and across all industries.

What do you focus on?

Any employer, even those with just one employee, has employment law issues. I help clients with all aspects of employment law, but much of my work is focused on these areas:

Wage-Hour

Wage-hour laws are incredibly detailed and expose employers to significant potential liability (multiple damages, attorneys’ fees, class/collective claims). I work with companies proactively to ensure their policies and practices comply with all applicable wage-hour laws, and I defend them when something goes awry and they face a claim from a current or (more likely) former employee.

My experience runs the gamut from negotiating settlements for small startups with single employee disputes to litigating national class actions for publicly traded companies.

Layoffs/Reductions in Force

Employers are regularly reorganizing their workforces, which often results in a layoff or reduction in force. Whenever large numbers of employees are let go, employers face significant potential liability.

I work with clients of all sizes to navigate the pitfalls associated with restructurings and layoffs. I help my clients at every step of the process to help minimize exposure to discrimination and other wrongful termination claims, comply with the WARN Act and related state statutes, prepare separation agreements and to communicate effectively with the remaining workforce.

Employee Management

Employees are constantly posing challenges for their employers, and I help my clients navigate these challenges. My work in this area often involves advising clients on managing leaves of absence, disciplining problem employees, protecting trade secrets, enforcing non-compete and other post-employment restrictions and managing workplace investigations.

What do you see on the horizon?

Advances in technology means employees are always connected. While great for productivity, these developments mean employers face new and significant wage-hour exposure.

Presentations

  • “HR and Employment Best Practices and Policies,” 2018 Million Dollar Round Table EDGE Meeting, Boston, MA, November 8, 2018 (co-presenter)

‘Mission impossible’: With Boston’s proof-of-vaccination mandate set to begin, businesses worry

The Boston Globe | January 13, 2022

Boston partner Jeff Gilbreth is quoted on how Boston’s new proof-of-vaccination mandate creates a different challenge than a mask mandate, where businesses could have masks on hand for patrons as a workaround. Jeff is also quoted on how the requirement presents unique challenges for non-restaurant venues included in the policy, such as gyms, concert venues, or pools.

OSHA regulations likely to be challenged

The Daily Record | November 05, 2021

The following coverage of OSHA’s federal COVID vaccination and testing guidelines for large private employers includes outlook from Boston partner Jeff Gilbreth and Rochester partner Kim Harding, both of the Labor & Employment group. They discuss what companies need to know and how they can prepare, and—with several states filing related lawsuits—both Jeff and Kim emphasize that employers should still proceed as though the regulations will be implemented.

Baystate Business

Bloomberg Radio | November 05, 2021

The following coverage of OSHA’s federal COVID vaccination and testing guidelines for large private employers includes outlook from Boston partner Jeff Gilbreth and Rochester partner Kim Harding, both of the Labor & Employment group. They discuss what companies need to know and how they can prepare, and—with several states filing related lawsuits—both Jeff and Kim emphasize that employers should still proceed as though the regulations will be implemented.

How the OSHA vaccine and testing mandate might play out for local businesses

The Boston Globe | November 05, 2021

The following coverage of OSHA’s federal COVID vaccination and testing guidelines for large private employers includes outlook from Boston partner Jeff Gilbreth and Rochester partner Kim Harding, both of the Labor & Employment group. They discuss what companies need to know and how they can prepare, and—with several states filing related lawsuits—both Jeff and Kim emphasize that employers should still proceed as though the regulations will be implemented

Businesses are stuck waiting for federal vaccine mandate rules

The Boston Globe | October 05, 2021

This article on OSHA’s impending vaccine requirement for larger employers quotes Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth on some of the key questions facing employers. He also notes that the long lead time could enable groups to prepare lawsuits challenging whether OSHA has the authority to issue a private employer mandate.

CDC adjusts mask guidance as Delta variant surges

Law360 | July 27, 2021

This article, covering the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated mask guidance following a surge in COVID-19 cases, quotes Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth on the numerous factors employers will need to navigate as they consider their return-to-work plans.

Baystate Business

Bloomberg Radio | June 07, 2021

Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth joined the radio program to discuss recent workplace vaccine guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including employers’ concerns, industries where some organizations have mandated vaccinations, and what could constitute “coercive” incentives from employers, among other related topics.

Things you need to know about returning to work now that COVID is receding

The Boston Globe | May 18, 2021

This article covering a range of questions employees will face as they begin returning to offices quotes Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth on whether employers can make union workers get vaccinated or wear a mask, and the likelihood that many workplaces will adopt a “bifurcated” vaccine and mask policy for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.

CDC's about-face on masks puts employers in a bind

Law360 | May 14, 2021

The following media clip features Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth discussing the new CDC guidance for vaccinated people and how it could impact employers, including the dilemma of having two sets of rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated workers versus maintaining a single set of rules with mask mandates.

Baystate Business- From the MBTA to MGH

Bloomberg Radio | May 14, 2021

The following media clip features Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth discussing the new CDC guidance for vaccinated people and how it could impact employers, including the dilemma of having two sets of rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated workers versus maintaining a single set of rules with mask mandates.

As businesses digest CDC mask guidance, some look to Governor Baker for faster reopening

The Boston Globe | May 13, 2021

This article covering the CDC’s new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people quotes Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth on implications for employers and the workplace, including how it could get problematic if employers ask for evidence of vaccination.

The CDC has released guidelines for vaccinated people. Here's what to know

New England Cable News | March 08, 2021

In this television news segment on the CDC’s new COVID-19 guidelines for vaccinated people, Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth discussed how businesses can continue enforcing additional guidance they have in place, such as mask mandates.

Baystate Business: Snow, Stimulus, and Fitness

Bloomberg Radio | December 16, 2020

Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth joined Thursday’s “Baystate Business“ radio program to discuss whether employers can and should mandate that employees get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the office.

Baystate Business: Climate Change, Labor Laws

Bloomberg Radio | April 22, 2019

In this radio segment, the hosts interview Boston Labor and Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth about Massachusetts’ new family and medical leave law and how it may impact employers.

Contact

Jeffrey B. Gilbreth

Partner

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1371


Fax: 866-812-3847

Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Trinity College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers, Employment (2021)
  • Recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Labor & Employment (Massachusetts); also recognized in Chambers in previous years
  • Excellence in Law award in 2013 from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Recognized in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an “Up & Coming Lawyer”
  • Recognized as a 2020 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (as well as in prior years)
  • Selected as a “Rising Star” in Employment & Labor by Super Lawyers 2007–2009 and 2011–2017
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
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