Overview

Christopher B. Kaczmarek represents employers of all sizes in matters involving a wide range of state and federal laws before state and federal administrative agencies and courts, including the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.  Chris regularly defends employers in litigation, including class actions, involving claims of:

  • Alleged wage and hour violations
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Breach of contract
  • Unlawful discrimination
  • Harassment

He also defends and prosecutes cases involving claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. He has specific knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as state wage and hour laws.  Additionally, Chris counsels employers on the steps necessary to minimize the chance of litigation. He provides advice to employers regarding:

  • Individual employment decisions
  • The creation and successful implementation of effective personnel policies
  • Compensation practices
  • Employment agreements

Chris has written for a variety of publications and regularly gives lectures, presentations, and training sessions regarding a variety of employment law topics, including the identification and prevention of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. He is a frequent editor of the firm's wage and hour-related publications. His clients include financial services companies, retailers, hospitals and health care providers.

Before joining Littler, Chris practiced labor and employment law at another firm. He also previously clerked for the Hon. Paul J. Barbadoro, U. S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Boston Bar Association

Member

New Hampshire Bar Association

Former Chairman, Board of Directors

Housing Families Inc.

Recognition

Order of the Coif

News, Analysis & Press

Executive Order: Federal Contractors Must Provide Paid Sick Leave

Business Management Daily

October 28, 2015

Paid Sick Leave Spreads to New Jurisdictions

Corporate Counsel

November 14, 2014

Voter-approved sick leave law raises many questions for new AG

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

November 13, 2014

Massachusetts’ New Sick-Leave Law Presents Challenges for Employers

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

November 6, 2014

Paid Sick Time Initiative's Effect on Business

New England Cable News

November 5, 2014

Review Closure-Related Pay Requirements to Avoid Penalties

Bloomberg BNA Benefits & Compensation Management Update

January 22, 2014

FLSA decision puts C-suite executives on guard

InsideCounsel

August 30, 2013

Labor & Employment Law: Unpaid Internships Pose Risks for Employers

New Hampshire Bar Association

April 19, 2013

Speaking Engagements

2018 Employment Law Update

Boston, MA

June 8, 2018
2017 New England Employer Conference

Boston, MA

October 27, 2017
Employment Law Update

Boston, MA

April 4, 2017
Employment Law Update: Navigating a Changing Landscape

Boston, MA

June 24, 2016

Cutting Edge Issues in Employment Law - Including Cat’s Paw Liability

18th Annual Employment Law Conference - Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), Boston, MA

December 4, 2015
DOL's Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

Boston, MA

November 5, 2015
Employment Law: Navigating a Changing Landscape

Boston, MA

June 5, 2015
Massachusetts Voters Said Yes To Paid Sick Leave… Now What?

December 17, 2014

When to Settle, Waivers That Work, and Other Thorny Issues When Settling, Including the Medicare Secondary Payer Act

17th Annual Employment Law Conference - Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), Boston, MA

December 5, 2014

Plaintiff’s and Defense Perspectives

Litigating Employment Cases - New Hampshire Bar Association, Concord, NH

October 17, 2014
Employment Law: Trends, Threats and Tactics in 2014

Boston, MA

May 21, 2014

Expanded FLSA Liability: Responding to the New Threat to CEOs, Directors and Joint Employers

Strafford Information Solutions

March 12, 2014

Employment and Labor Law Survey

34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference - Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA

June 5, 2013

Employment and Human Resource Issues

Administrative and Legal Issues Seminar - American Association of Port Authorities, Boston, MA

April 9, 2013
2013 Employment Law Update

Boston, MA

February 27, 2013
The Next Wave: Wage & Hour Class Actions in Massachusetts

Boston, MA

June 2, 2009

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2000magna cum laude
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1993cum laude

Bar Admission

Massachusetts
New Hampshire

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont