Walter C. Hunter has extensive experience representing a variety of employers regarding employment law matters, including:
- Collective bargaining agreements and negotiations
- Labor arbitrations
- Organizing drives
- National Labor Relations Board matters
- Discrimination claims
- Wage and hour matters
- Independent contractor challenges
He appears before the National Labor Relations Board, labor arbitrators, state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. He has specific expertise with the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Walter is well known for his expertise in higher education traditional labor law matters, and has testified in Washington before joint subcommittees of Congress as an expert on NLRB issues affecting higher education. Among his notable recent successes, Walter has represented a number of employers in successful negotiations of complex collective bargaining agreements, advised employers on their legal obligations in response to union organizing and successfully defended employers in sensitive labor arbitrations. Among his litigation successes, Walter argued the case that paved the way for the construction of a major facility in Smithfield, Rhode Island, by convincing the state Supreme Court that contractors were not obligated to treat the project as a public work. He also successfully argued a case that overturned an injunction brought by a union against a supermarket company involving the transfer of a warehouse operation. He also supervised the employment litigation nationwide for a major retailer.
Walter provides compliance counseling in areas such as freedom from harassment and wage hour compliance and has helped to develop several comprehensive positive employee relations training programs for managers.
Walter's clients include:
- Steel companies
- Nursing homes
- Supermarket companies
- Visiting nurses associations
- Warehouse distribution operations
Co-chair of Littler Mendelson's Higher Education Practice Group, Walter came to Littler from Brown University, where he served as vice president of administration for eight years. Over the course of his tenure, he supervised the university's operations in:
- Human resources
- Labor relations
- Facilities management
- Real estate
- Risk management
- Public safety
- Retail bookstore
- Transportation management
- Environmental health and safety
- Equal employment opportunity
- Affirmative action
He also conducted or oversaw the university's complex labor union negotiations covering four different bargaining units and the response to the nationally-recognized effort by a large union to organize graduate students. Additionally, he orchestrated comprehensive improvements in human resources programs and administration and was a creative force behind enhancements to reward and recognition programs for staff. He also oversaw the sensitive process of arming campus police officers and introduced numerous innovative emergency preparedness enhancements in the aftermath of the September 11th and Virginia Tech tragedies.
Prior to joining Brown University, Walter was a partner at a law firm, where he practiced labor and employment law for 18 years.
- Hardy Cross Dillard Fellow