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Our Practice

Management-side labor and employment law requires addressing difficult situations before they turn into serious and expensive problems. At Beck Reed Riden LLP, our labor and employment attorneys rely on their decades of experience to provide responsive, knowledgeable, and creative guidance on even the thorniest of employment issues.

Beck Reed Riden LLP represents employers of all sizes – from Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned businesses and non-profit organizations – in a wide array of labor and employment matters.

We appreciate that labor and employment law requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. The issues involved are often highly fact-specific, complex, and sensitive. Beck Reed Riden LLP’s attorneys understand these issues and work with clients to achieve their unique goals and objectives. Our position as a boutique firm assures that our response to labor and employment issues will be flexible, cost effective, and client centered.

Our Areas of Expertise

We focus principally on the defense of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, breach of contract, and related claims. Our attorneys have successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies across the country.

In addition to litigation, our attorneys routinely counsel employers on issues involving state and federal employment laws that affect the employment relationship on a daily basis, including the following federal laws and their state law equivalents:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Title VII

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act

  • Americans With Disabilities Act

  • Family and Medical Leave Act

We regularly advise employers on a variety of employment issues, including:

  • hiring

  • employment contracts

  • compensation arrangements

  • leaves of absence

  • discipline

  • terminations

  • reductions-in-force

  • workplace policies and procedures (including social media)

  • workplace investigations

We have reviewed and drafted countless employee handbooks, workplace policies, and employment, severance, and noncompetition agreements. We also provide training for clients on topics including unlawful discrimination and workplace harassment, retaliation, leaves of absence, and wage and hour compliance issues.

The firm also has experience in traditional labor law. We have tried cases before the National Labor Relations Board and arbitrated numerous cases on behalf of employers. We have counseled employers on union avoidance issues and represented management at the collective bargaining table.

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on unfair competition issues, including the use and enforceability of noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements. We have successfully litigated cases on behalf of employers to enforce such agreements and employees to defend against them.

Our Team Makes Us Unique

Our team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience. Our attorneys have extensive experience and they confirm their commitment to the practice of employment law by partnering with legal education and business organizations outside the courtroom.

Stephen Reed represents employers in a wide array of labor and employment matters, from counseling companies on day-to-day employee-relations issues to litigating cases in court and administrative agencies. He regularly lectures on employment law subjects for continuing legal education and various business organizations. He is a frequent panelist on employment law issues at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and an active member of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. He is co-chair of the committee currently drafting proposed sexual harassment regulations in Massachusetts, and he served on the committee that drafted the Sexual Harassment Guidelines published by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Shannon Lynch focuses on employment litigation and counseling. She has more than 15 years of experience and has successfully defended employers before federal and state courts and agencies. She is also an MCAD-certified trainer, training managers and employees on a variety of topics, including discrimination and harassment prevention, diversity, litigation avoidance, leave laws, and healthcare law compliance.

Nicole Daly is an experienced employment associate. In addition to her general employment experience, Nicole regularly counsels clients about restrictive covenants and litigates noncompete and trade secrets disputes.

Hannah Joseph is a business litigation and employment associate. In addition to her general business litigation and employment experience, Hannah regularly counsels clients about restrictive covenants and litigates noncompete and trade secrets disputes.

Our Labor and Employment team is supported by Russell Beck, who is among the leading authorities in the United States on trade secrets law and the use and enforcement of noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants, Stephen Riden, who has years of experience representing clients involved in noncompete and trade secret disputes, Lauren Corbett, who regularly counsels clients about restrictive covenants and litigates noncompete and trade secrets disputes, and Erika Hahn, who has extensive experience in restrictive covenants and trade secrets disputes.

Beck Reed Riden LLP has the passion, commitment, and experience necessary to guide our clients through their legal challenges. We’re ready to help.