Elizabeth K. Levine

Elizabeth K. Levine

Counsel
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Elizabeth K. Levine

Representative Matters

Multiple Pharmaceutical Companies Daily Employment Issues

Representation of multiple pharmaceutical companies in connection with a range of daily employment issues. Recent work includes employment training, wage and hour matters, decision classifications and restrictive covenants.

Automobile Dealership Outside Employment and Human Resource Legal Counsel

Acting as outside employment and human resources legal counsel to the largest privately-owned group of automobile dealerships in Massachusetts. Conduct annual training and defend the dealerships in connection with harassment and discrimination claims and class actions alleging widespread violations of the wage and hour laws.

Companies Entering US from Canada, UK and Europe New Employment Policies, Draft Employment Agreements , Offer Letters and Employee Manuals

Regularly handle the employment work for companies entering the US from Canada, the UK and Europe, ranging from retailers to consulting firms to pharmaceutical companies. Help clients to craft all of the new employment policies, draft employment agreements and offer letters as well as create the employee manuals for all of the companies’ U.S. employees. Still provide ongoing employment advice following U.S. launch.

Nonprofit Organizations Daily Employment Counsel Needs

Representation of multiple nonprofit organizations in connection with a range of daily employment counsel needs. Day to day advice and strategy related to the classification, hiring, discipline and firing of employees, including related rights & responsibilities, employee leave including those related to medical conditions, employee handbooks, internal investigations and day-to-day operational issues. Represent organizations before regulatory agencies including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Division of Unemployment and Division of Industrial Affairs.  Education and strategy related to all new employment laws.

Publicly-Traded Asset Management Company Outside Counsel

Representation of a publicly-traded asset management company that owns and operates multiple boutiques across the United States. Serve as go-to outside counsel, working with General Counsel for over a decade. Strategize with the client and its affiliates on the best ways to acquire new talent, retain top talent, hire new employees and transition employees out of the company. Additionally draft and revise employment agreements throughout all phases of employment.

Lighting Manufacturer Expansion and Employment Arrangements

Representation of lighting manufacturer’s representative in connection with the company’s efforts to expand their footprint and draft employment arrangements for new key personnel, including employment agreements and restrictive covenants. Defense of client in connection with litigation brought by a competitor alleging intentional interference with contractual relations and violations of the MA Consumer Protection Act. Successfully defeated motion for preliminary injunction based on claims asserted and negotiated a resolution to case. 

Commercial Real Estate Service Company Day to Day Employment Issues

Representation of the largest full-service commercial real estate services company in New England and advise the client with respect to day to day employment issues, including workplace trainings, employee offer letters, employee handbooks, employee medical leaves, discipline and separations.  Successfully defended the client in connection with wage and hour litigation asserted by commissioned employees.  Currently defending the client in connection with a minimum wage and overtime/joint employer claim brought by a former employee.

Private Equity Company Multi-State Employment Needs

Advising a Boston-based private equity company in connection with its multi-state employment needs.  Recent activity includes annual workplace trainings, multi-state employee handbook review/revisions, advice in connection with workplace investigations and employee separations.  Defense of the company in connection with wage-based contract litigation arising out of the sale of a portfolio company. Have also handled litigation for a portfolio company arising out of a breach of restrictive covenants by a former partner/employee.  Routinely advise the client in connection with employee diligence and employee transition issues related to various acquisitions and dispositions.