Workplace Policies, Procedures & Training



Our predictive and proactive employment counsel helps corporations forecast upcoming workforce challenges and capture the opportunities that lie ahead.

Our approach

Work has transformed—mobile accessibility, flexible work schedules and a global, round-the-clock mentality continue to shape how employers manage their workflow and workforce.

Developing workplace policies sets the tone for how your business operates and evolves. Well-crafted procedures promote priorities and encourage new behaviors.

If left untouched, though, poorly planned policies and procedures can lead to costly and damaging disputes. We’ve seen the benefits of proactive planning and training and help our clients hone best practices in the workplace.

How it works:

Taking the time to understand how your workplace functions, we draw from your culture to develop employment practices that strengthen your business goals. We’re there from start to finish, guiding you through the entire employee life cycle.

From creating employment handbooks, to offering advice and counsel, to providing training on emerging trends, we’re on call to provide accessible and real-world advice 24/7.

Who we work with

  • In-house counsel, senior management and HR professionals looking for cost-effective guidance, as well as supervisors, team leads and others who will benefit from increased legal awareness

Is your workplace toxic?

Long Island Business News | June 29, 2018

Long Island labor and employment partner Tara Daub is quoted in this article about what companies can do to remove a toxic culture in the workplace.

Drug testing in the workplace

Bloomberg Radio | June 19, 2018

Boston labor and employment partner Jeff Gilbreth spoke to the hosts of Bloomberg Radio on the challenges of drug testing in the workplace in Massachusetts.

Adding relevance to anti-harassment training

Long Island Business News | June 11, 2018

Long Island labor and employment associate David Tauster is quoted in this article analyzing the impact of legislation signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring all employers to adopt sexual harassment prevention policies.

5 tips for parental leave policies that minimize legal risk

Law360 | May 11, 2018

Providence labor and employment partner Stacie Collier is quoted in this article about how employers can ensure their parental leave policies are fair, equitable and lawful.

East County gym sued over transgender locker access

Fox 5 San Diego | May 02, 2018

Los Angeles labor and employment associate Erin Holyoke is quoted in this article about a discrimination lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody and the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties on behalf of their client Christynne Wood, a transgender woman, against a Crunch Fitness gym in San Diego county.

New Washington employment laws focus on privacy and #MeToo

Law360 | April 23, 2018

Long Island labor and employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Chris Moro co-wrote this article analyzing new laws recently passed in Washington state that will directly impact employer-employee relationships when they take effect in June.

Some work environments, hostile as advertised, are not actionable

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | April 19, 2018

Chicago commercial litigation associate Laura Bacon wrote this article analyzing a recent claim of hostile work environment brought by an employee of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The rise of retaliation rates

HR Executive | April 18, 2018

Los Angeles labor and employment associate Alicia Anderson is quoted in this article discussing the results of the latest Global Business Ethics Survey, which found record numbers of employees reporting misconduct within their organizations and a sharp rise in reports of retaliation against whistleblowers.

Deceptive Office Entry Costs Union Organizer Job

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 28, 2018

Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed column on a National Labor Relations Board dispute between an area hotel and an employee/union organizer who was fired following a demonstration.

Workplace Messaging Apps Offer Flexibility Require Vigilance

Newsday | February 17, 2018

Long Island labor and employment partner Chris Gegwich is quoted in this article discussing how employers should create policies on the proper use of instant messaging apps in the workplace.

5 Ways to Avoid Legal Heartache from Office Romance

Law360 | February 16, 2018

San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article discussing why employers have an interest in regulating or managing workplace romances, and examining the pitfalls of so-called “love contracts” governing relationships between colleagues.

Review Your Company Dating Policy in Light of #MeToo Movement

SHRM | January 31, 2018

In this article on company dating policies, Rochester Labor & Employment associate Kim Harding is quoted on ways companies can avoid possible #MeToo experiences when employees date one another.

Marijuana and the workplace

Providence Business News | November 24, 2017

Providence labor and employment partner and office managing partner Andrew Prescott analyzes the workplace impact of the legalization of marijuana in all six New England states.

Preventative discrimination training should be ongoing

Rochester Business Journal | October 20, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera and manager of diversity and inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu were quoted in this special report regarding why employers should provide preventative discrimination training in the workplace.

Tell employees what not to wear this summer

SHRM | June 12, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article about summer dress code policies.

Less formal arbitration not always better than judiciary

Rochester Business Journal | June 09, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera contributed this article on NLRA employee protections for vulgar tirade.

Medical marijuana decision seen as complicating life for employers

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | June 01, 2017

Providence labor and employment partner Andrew Prescott provides commentary in this article about Rhode Island’s Hawkins-Slater Medical Marijuana Act, which bars employers from refusing to hire someone if he or she uses medical marijuana.

Top 10 social media issues for businesses

New Hampshire Business Review | May 31, 2017

Manchester office managing partner Andrew Share authored this column about ten issues businesses should consider regarding employee and company use of social media.

4 boxes to check before firing an offensive employee

Law360 | May 17, 2017

Long Island labor and employment associate Alex Gallin is quoted in this article about four things employers need to consider before firing an employee over offensive speech.

Making harassment hotlines work

Human Resources Executive | May 08, 2017

Boston labor and employment partner David Rosenthal is quoted in this article about considerations human resources executives should make regarding harassment hotlines for employees.

Love is in the air—and at the office

Credit Union Journal | February 14, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum provides commentary in this article about relationships in the workplace and what HR departments need to keep in mind.

Southwest worker says reporting affair brought retaliation

Bloomberg Daily Labor Report | December 28, 2016

Providence labor and employment partner Neal McNamara is noted as representing Southwest in this article about recent developments in a lawsuit filed by a Southwest employee claiming that she was subjected to retaliation and a hostile work environment after she complained about her husband’s affair with her supervisor.

Experts: Even tiny firms need sexual harassment policies

Newsday | October 02, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this piece that discusses the need for all companies—no matter how small—to have polices in place to prevent sexual harassment.

Bosses—Personal cellphone use is a productivity killer

Newsday | August 08, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this article that discusses the type of policies employers should use as guidelines for personal mobile phone use in the workplace.

4 Employer Lessons from Handbook Rules Axed by NLRB

Law360 | May 05, 2016

Chicago Labor & Employment partner Brian Alcala provides third-party commentary in this feature story that looks at lessons learned from the National Labor Relations Board’s heightened scrutiny of employee handbooks.

  • Recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2017 as a national Tier 1 leader for Employment Law—Management, Labor Law—Management, and Litigation—Labor & Employment
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications
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