Michelle L. Devlin represents management in labor and employment law matters, including labor management relations under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and employment litigation and compliance. Her traditional labor law experience encompasses a range of topics under the NLRA and arbitral law, such as unfair labor practices, mandatory subjects of bargaining, protected concerted activity, just cause and contract interpretation. She has represented management before the State Board of Labor Relations, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and in arbitration proceedings.
As avoidance of liability is an essential component of a labor and employment law practice, Michelle counsels employers on a variety of preventative measures such as wage and hour compliance and audit representation, sexual harassment training, reasonable accommodations, and drafting of employee manuals. Her practice also focuses on restrictive covenants.
As part of her traditional labor practice, Michelle counsels employers on planning for downsizing, restructures, and mergers. In this context, she negotiates the impact of these changes on unionized and nonunionized workforces, minimizes risks, and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Michelle has experience defending employers of various industries in employment litigation, including:
- Home improvement centers
- Food processing and packaging
- Health care institutions
- Durable medical devices
- Boards of education
- Municipalities, municipal authorities and related instrumentalities
- Tea processing
Michelle is also a member of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). WPI assists the employer community in understanding and impacting legislation and regulation at the state and federal levels.