Demitrios M. Moschos

D. is a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and is the former chair. He has extensive experience in labor and employment law. He has frequently represented management in labor and employment cases before government agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. He has personally conducted more than 600 labor negotiations, including numerous negotiations involving teachers, factory workers, hospital employees, and public employees. D. also practices education law and represents public and private schools in Massachusetts. Presently, D. is labor counsel for various private and public employers in Massachusetts and regularly advises employers on labor and employment law issues.

He drafted a portion of the Massachusetts Labor Statute and is a founder and former management chair of the State Joint Labor Management Committee (Dunlop Committee) and the Worcester County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee.

In 2013, D. received the 2013 Cushing-Gavin Labor-Management Counsel Award. Also in 2013, D. was awarded a rare honorary membership in the International City Management Association (ICMA). Honorary membership in ICMA is rarely awarded and is given to an individual outside of the profession of local government management because of his or her distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government.

Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon have recognized D. as being one of the “Top 100 Corporate Employment Attorneys in the United States” and in 2014 elected him to the Human Resources Hall of Fame. D. was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Employment Law – Management ; and Labor Law - Management. First listed in 1995. D. was also named Best Lawyers® Worcester Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in 2013 and 2015.  In 2007, the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association selected him as the recipient of its annual Emil S. Skop Award for outstanding contributions to human resources management. D. has been named one of Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2006. D. has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. In 2015 the Worcester County Bar Association gave D. their Distinguished Service Award. ®

He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers which includes the leading labor lawyers in the United States.

He is a lecturer of labor relations at Clark University.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
  • Boston University School of Law JD, magna cum laude, senior editor, Boston University Law Review
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst BA, magna cum laude

Publications/Presentations

  • "Workplace Emergencies," HRMA Perspectives (October 2013)
  • "How to Conduct an Employment Investigation," HRMA Perspectives (October 2012)
  • "Federal Court Upholds NLRB's Notice-Posting Rule, but Invalidates Enforcement Penalties Contained in Final Rule," HRMA Perspectives (April 2012)
  • "Summary of Seminar on New Lobbying Law," WCBA, Legal Lines (May 2011)
  • "2010 Amendments to the Massachusetts Personnel Records Law," HRMA Perspectives (October 2010)
  • "New Wage Law Prompts Review of Pay Practices," HRMA Perspectives (September 2008)
  • "Identity Theft," HRMA Perspectives (February 2007, updated April 2008)
  • "U.S. Department of Labor Proposes to Review Overtime Regulations," HRMA Perspectives (May 2003)
  • "Change in Employer and Individual Liability Under Harassment Law," MBA Journal, Section Report (Spring 2001)
  • "Employers Can Be Held Liable For Sexual Harassment That Takes Place Without Their Knowledge," Boston Business Journal (June 20-July 6, 2000)

Professional / Community Affiliations

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow
  • Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, past chair
  • Worcester Regional Research Bureau, director
  • Business Education Foundation, past chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Worcester County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, Captain

New DOL FLSA Rule Issued September 24, 2019

The United States Department of Labor issued its final rule on the earnings threshold for exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) on September 24, 2019 (the “Overtime Rule”). The Overtime Rule will require employers to pay …

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Massachusetts Legislature Responds to Janus Decision

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to override Governor Baker’s veto of House Bill 3854, which responds to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The Bill relieves unions representing public sector employees of certain obligations, increases their access to …

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The Summer of Noncompete Reform: Three Other New England States Get In On the Act – Part 2

Following the Massachusetts legislature’s attempt at reform of the use of employee noncompetition agreements last summer, three other New England states – New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island –passed their own noncompetition agreement reform bills in the summer of 2019. …

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The Summer of Noncompete Reform: Three Other New England States Get In On the Act – Part 1

Most readers are probably aware that the Massachusetts legislature, after a decade of starts and stops, passed a very detailed bill retaining but reforming the use of employee noncompetition agreements last summer.  While we were the first New England state …

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Employers Should Continue to Use Expired Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers should to continue to use the currently available version of the Form I-9, even though the form lists an expiration date of August 31, 2019. USCIS intends to issue …

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More News on the Noncompete Front: Employers Should Still Expect Strict Scrutiny of Their Restrictive Covenant Agreements

In earlier posts, I reported on the passage of the new Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act, which took effect on October 1, 2018. That Act significantly changed the law in this area, narrowing the permissible protections and imposing several new requirements …

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MA Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

On June 14th, we reported that Massachusetts delayed the implementation of the payroll tax under the Family and Medical Leave law by three months (i.e., until October 1, 2019). At the time, the government informed the public that the contribution rate …

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Massachusetts Delays Family and Medical Leave Act Payroll Contribution Three Months

Late Tuesday evening, news broke from Beacon Hill that the payroll tax funding the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act – scheduled to take effect on July 1st – is being delayed three months to October 1, 2019.  According to …

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Department of Family and Medical Leave Announces Extension of Time to Provide Notice to Employees

On May 1st, the Commonwealth’s Department of Family and Medical Leave announced that the deadline for the employer notice to employees has been extended from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019.  The notice, which may be provided electronically, must …

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A Rebalancing for Wage Act Claims and Class Actions?

Citing three Wage Act cases in 2018, I raised the question in this space whether the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court was now taking a more pro-employer view. With appointees of Governor Baker now holding a majority of the Court, did …

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