Employment Law Workplace Safety Law RI CGD
Employment Law Workplace Safety Law CGD Providence RI

Employment Law / Workplace Safety

At the core of our employment practice is a philosophy that proactive advice and preventive action are the most efficient means for avoiding and resolving workplace disputes.

We use our years of experience representing businesses in every aspect of the employment relationship to provide our clients with cost-efficient advice and solutions tailored to meet their specific needs. We are here for our clients whenever they need our assistance to deal with their most valuable resource—their employees. With our individual clients—whether they are executives moving from one of the region’s biggest companies to another or entrepreneurs venturing into an exciting start-up—we excel in working with them to help them reach their goals throughout their careers.

Developing the framework to achieve your workplace goals

We are dedicated to responding quickly to the critical employment law issues that our clients face, and work with them to cultivate and sustain high-functioning, happy workplaces. We provide practical advice in the areas of employment law most likely to reduce the risk of lawsuits, including:

  • Hiring/on-boarding policies and procedures
  • Wage and hour and other compensation issues, including overtime compliance
  • Disciplinary issues and termination
  • Leaves of absence under various statutes
  • Layoffs and reductions-in-force
  • Harassment and discrimination investigations and training
  • Proper classification of employees
  • Independent contractor arrangements
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements
  • Severance terms and agreements

We also enjoy helping clients "right the ship" if they’ve been set off course.

Focusing on your needs when problems arise

But sometimes, despite all of our best efforts, disputes with employees arise. When they do, CGD’s litigators are prepared to litigate aggressively for favorable outcomes, including, where necessary, through trials and appeals. In those instances, we have considerable experience representing individuals and businesses in informal negotiations, trials in the state and federal courts, arbitrations, appeals, and administrative proceedings before the CHR, MCAD, and EEOC.

Our top-notch litigators provide forceful and effective representation in a wide array of employment-related disputes—from charges of discrimination, to post-employment disputes about restrictive covenants, and the full range of claims under other federal and state laws—always keeping their focus on winning cases for their clients. Throughout the process, we remain focused on the client’s objectives – using litigation as a means to achieve a solution to best achieve our clients’ goals. When appropriate, we also take advantage of opportunities to settle out of court through mediation, arbitration, and other resolution strategies.

Occupational Health and Safety Practice

We enjoy working proactively with our business clients to ensure compliance with occupational safety and health standards and requirements, including safety audits and advising on your safety and health programs.

When, from time to time, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) becomes involved—either through formal or informal actions or inspections—we help our clients develop responses to citations and engage in informal settlement negotiations, often reducing their penalties and exposure substantially

Representative Matters

  • Routinely represents businesses and employers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in cases involving wage disputes, discrimination, harassment, and violation of federal and state employment laws. Also represents clients before federal and state employment agencies following charges of discrimination. With a single exception over 20 years, she has obtained “no probable cause” determinations for all of her (non-settling) business clients.

  • Routinely assists clients (both employers and employees) with negotiating employment and separation/severance agreements. Has represented executives entering and exiting Fortune 100, 500, and smaller companies as well as the largest health-care systems in Rhode Island and the greater Boston area.

  • Assists clients - both executives and employers—in navigating non-competition restrictive covenants, including assisting employers with drafting and enforcing non-competition agreements and representing both former employees and employers in litigation involving non-competition agreements.

  • Conducts and assists clients in conducting internal investigations per state and federal laws, and advises clients how to respond to complaints.

For more examples of Employment Law / Workplace Safety matters, visit the bios of Rachelle Green or Emily Migliaccio.

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