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Shelagh Michaud



Shelagh Michaud is a member of the Labor & Employment practice group and the firm’s Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice. Her practice focuses on advising and counseling clients on employment matters and workplace safety (OSHA) issues and representing employers in employment and workplace safety investigations and litigation. She has a broad range of experience counseling and representing corporations, schools, municipalities, and nonprofit entities in state and federal employment, workplace safety, and business dispute matters.

What do you focus on?

Employment Counseling

In my practice, I counsel and advise employers on day-to-day employment law matters, such as termination and performance counseling, workplace safety protocols, and employment policies and best practices. I also work with employers to implement workplace safety initiatives and policies, including those to address public health emergency/infectious disease, and workplace violence concerns. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I continue to work actively with clients to respond to business and financial issues and workplace safety issues, to keep abreast of changing guidance, regulations, and laws impacting employers as businesses move forward during and after the pandemic to implement new workplace policies and practices to assist businesses as they grow and transition during these changing times.

Employment Litigation

I represent employers in all stages of discrimination and employment matters pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state agencies, OSHA, and state and federal courts. I defend clients in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and COVID-19-related matters in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. I assist clients in conducting investigations and implementing strategies to prevent litigation and work with clients to develop and implement effective and manageable employment policies and practices to respond to changing business needs. I have also represented and counseled municipalities, schools, and colleges in civil rights and employment discrimination matters.

What do you see on the horizon?

As COVID-19 moves into endemic phase, we need to be aware of the impact of lessons learned from responding to the pandemic and ways in which that experience can shape and improve employment policies and practices going forward.

Presentations

  • “Human Resource Issues: Policies for Companies In A Post-Pandemic Era,” Council for Affordable and Rural Housing's Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA, June 27, 2022

Counsel's corner

CARH News | July 29, 2022

The latest edition of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing’s publication includes an article written by Boston Community Development Finance partner Forrest Milder and another piece co-authored by San Francisco partner Rachel Conn and Providence senior attorney Shelagh Michaud, both of the Labor & Employment group. Forrest writes about the Treasury’s efforts to increase affordable housing supply and lower long-term housing costs for families, while Rachel and Shelagh contribute an article on HR policies and practices for companies in the post-pandemic era.

Q&A on OSHAs upcoming vaccine mandate-What it means for HR

HR Specialist Employment Law | October 01, 2021

This industry newsletter includes the client alert “President Biden orders vaccination mandate for large employers,” co-authored by San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, Rochester partner Kim Harding, and Providence department attorney Shelagh Michaud, all of the Labor & Employment group. The Q&A covers OSHA’s emergency standards, the 100-employee threshold in Biden’s vaccination mandate, and how the rule affects state OSHA plans.

What workers and employers should know a week after Biden issued COVID vaccine mandate

The Charlotte Observer | September 16, 2021

This article, which has been syndicated across the country, quotes the client alert “President Biden orders vaccination mandate for large employers” co-authored by San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, Rochester partner Kim Harding, and Providence department attorney Shelagh Michaud, all of the Labor & Employment group. The content covers OSHA emergency standards, the 100-employee threshold in Biden’s vaccination mandate, and how the rule affects state OSHA plans.

Contact

Shelagh Michaud

Senior Attorney

Providence

Phone: 401-454-1133


Mobile: 401-316-2504

Fax: 844-782-4480

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

University of New Hampshire, B.A., cum laude

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire

U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

Shelagh is a member of the Policy Committee of the Compass School in Kingston and the North Kingstown High School Booster Club Board. Shelagh is also a member of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire bar associations.

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