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Corey F. Higgins
Of Counsel

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Biography

Corey is a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. He represents both private- and public-sector employers. His practice covers all areas of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, labor arbitration, employment discrimination, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, unemployment appeals and various other employment-related issues. Corey also routinely counsels employers about the application of various Massachusetts and federal employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Massachusetts Plant Closing Law, the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, and other Massachusetts wage and hour laws.

Corey was named a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics in 2008-2012. In 2013, he was selected by the Worcester Business Journal as one of “40 under Forty” professionals honored for their professional excellence and community service..

Representative Matters

  • Represented employers in enforcement and defense of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Represented employers in collective bargaining negotiations
  • Represented employers before the Commonwealth's Division of Unemployment Assistance in matters concerning claims for unemployment filed by former employees
  • Represented employers before the Commonwealth's Division of Labor Relations in prosecution of unfair labor practices committed by unions and in defense of charges of prohibited practice filed by unions
  • Represented employers before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in state and federal courts in defense of charges of protected class discrimination
  • Represented a school district in defense of a grievance filed by a union alleging the school district's violation of a collective bargaining agreement by changing employee shift assignments
  • Advise employers on matters relating to use of social media in the workplace

Publications/Presentations

  • Fox 25 News Morning Show Interview, "Fired For Facebook: Know Your Rights" (August 14, 2012)
  • "What Every HR Manager Should Know," Gould Construction Institute - Associated Builders and Contractors, October 2011 (co-presenter)
  • "Stepping Up Enforcement of Employer Violations for Disciplining Employees for Social Media Postings, NLRB Issues First Ever ALJ Decision Involving Facebook," HRMA Perspectives (October 2011)
  • "Review of Open Meeting Law and Executive Session Rules," Mirick O'Connell Seminar, September 2011 (co-presenter)
  • "Health Coverage & Collective Bargaining: New Options, New Strategies," Mirick O'Connell Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar, July 2011 (co-presenter)
  • "Legal Challenges Presented by Social Media," HRMA, April 2011 (co-presenter)
  • "Social Media: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," Mirick O'Connell Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar, March 2011 (co-presenter)
  • "The Next Frontier: Charting a Course to Successfully Tackle Legal Issues Arising from the Use of Social Media Sites and Blogs in the Workplace," Mirick O'Connell Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar, March2011 (co-presenter)
  • Contributing author, Mirick O'Connell Business Law e-Report (December 2009)
  • "Employers Who Misclassify Employees as Independent Contractors Beware," HRMA Perspectives (October 2009)
  • "Layoffs in a Down Economy," Mirick O'Connell Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar, March 2009 (co-presenter)
  • Moderator, "Employment Agreements: When Are They Enforceable in Massachusetts?" Worcester County Bar Association Bench/Bar Day, Labor and Employment Law Section (March 2008)
  • "Recent Amendments to Americans with Disabilities Act Expands Law's Protections," HRMA Perspectives (November 2008)
  • "Family and Medical Leave Act Amended to Provide Additional Leave Benefits for Members of Armed Services," HRMA Perspectives (February 2008)
  • "Five-Year Gap in Employee's Periods of Service with Same Employer Not Bar to FMLA Eligibility," HRMA Perspectives (March 2007)