Amanda Marie  Baer

Amanda Marie Baer is a partner in the firm’s Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Group. In her employment litigation practice, Amanda defends employers of all sizes, including Fortune 100 and Fortune 400 companies, against claims of and/or involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, disability accommodations, and wage and hour laws. On behalf of employers, Amanda prosecutes and defends claims involving noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and confidentiality agreements. 

In addition, Amanda regularly advises employers on a myriad of human resources issues, drafts handbooks and policies, leads manager-level trainings (including sexual and protected class harassment trainings), and drafts all types of employment-related agreements. Amanda’s skills also include conducting independent investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

A magna cum laude graduate from Georgetown University Law Center, Amanda was honored with CALI Awards (given to the highest scoring student) in five classes and named to the Order of the Coif.

Amanda is admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the United States Supreme Court. Amanda also practices before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO).

In 2016, Amanda was selected by the Worcester Business Journal as one of the “40 Under Forty” professionals honored for their professional achievements and community service. Boston Magazine and Law & Politics have named Amanda a Massachusetts “Rising Star” every year since 2013.

Amanda is the editor of the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Group’s blog, “Off the Clock.”


Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Georgetown University JD, magna cum laude (2011), Order of the Coif, Executive Senior Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law (2011)
  • Providence College BA, summa cum laude (2008)
  • Represented employer as second chair during 16-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and successfully secured a directed verdict at the close of evidence on former employee’s claim of “regarded as” disability discrimination.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Business Litigation Session for employer on an issue of first impression as to whether former employees were owed premium pay for hours worked on Sundays.
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer on claim of race discrimination in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and secured sanctions against Plaintiff for discovery delays.
  • Secured summary judgment for employer on former employee’s claim of breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, by establishing that the Employment Agreement was unenforceable due to the former employee’s misrepresentations and omissions.
  • Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act to protect an employer’s trade secret and confidential information when an employee surreptitiously removed documents and a laptop from the company.
  • Obtained permanent injunction on behalf of employer to prevent former employee from continuing to breach his employment agreement and circulate confidential images of the employer’s products.

Publications/Presentations

Professional / Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • YWCA, Personnel Committee

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave – Benefits Extended

As employers know, in May 2021, Massachusetts passed a law, “An Act providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave,” which requires employers to provide employees up to 40 hours of paid leave for reasons related to the effects of …

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EEOC Recognizes “Long COVID” as a Disability

Last week, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) formally recognized that “long COVID” may be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Long COVID” occurs when an individual had COVID-19 and continues to suffer from a …

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What Employers Need to Know About President Biden’s “Path Out of the Pandemic” COVID-19 Action Plan

Last Thursday, President Biden announced a broad sweeping, 6-part COVID-19 Action Plan entitled, “Path Out of the Pandemic” (President Biden’s COVID-19 Plan | The White House) aimed at combatting the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Below are a few of …

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COVID-19 and Masks: Updated Guidance from OSHA and Massachusetts

On the heels of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) revised guidance that fully-vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in many indoor or outdoor settings, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced May 17th …

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US Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

On May 6, 2021, President Biden’s administration halted implementation of a rule published under the Trump administration which would have made it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The Trump regulation was supported by …

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Employer Tax Credits for Employee Paid Leave Due to COVID-19 Applies to Government Entities

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published guidance defining “Eligible Employer” for purposes of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) tax credits.     Under ARPA, certain employers can claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the costs of providing …

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COVID-19 Mandates in the Workplace

As we pass the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic, new rules regarding COVID-19 mandates in the workplace are imminent. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is preparing an Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Emergency Standard”) to better protect …

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the anticipated Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave

In lieu of our annual Employment Law Seminar, Mirick O’Connell’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits attorneys are hosting a Spring Webinar Series focusing on hot topics in employment law. Attorney Kim Rozak and I presented the second program in the …

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DOL Publishes Model Notices for COBRA Subsidies

As we previously reported, on March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) into law, which includes a COBRA premium assistance program. Pursuant to ARPA, the Department of Labor (DOL) was instructed to issue model notices …

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American Rescue Plan Act Contains COBRA Subsidies

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA” or the “Act”) into law. The Act creates a six-month subsidy period, from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, during which individuals who lost health …

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