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© 2021 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 an adjunct professor of labor relations at Clark University School of Professional Studies.

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

  • “New Regulations Surrounding the Paid Medical Leave Act,” Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Webinar (October 28, 2020)
  • “NEW Federal Employment Acts (Emergency Sick Leave, Emergency FMLA Amendment and Payroll Protection Act),” Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Webinar (April 2, 2020)
  • “Employment Issues Involving School Employees in General,” Co-Author of Chapter, MCLE School Law in Massachusetts, 3d Edition (2018)
  • "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, former chair
  • Worcester Regional Research Bureau, director and clerk
  • Business Education Foundation, director and former chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Worcester County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, a founder and past chair
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, Captain
  • Catholic Charities Worcester County, incorporator; former president
  • Massachusetts Municipal Managers Association
  • Worcester Art Museum

Employers Must Ensure Compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as they Re-Open and Recall Employees from Furlough

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new Questions and Answers regarding its interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). In relevant part, the DOL made clear that if an employer is calling employees back from furlough, the …

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Update: Families First Coronavirus Act

The Department of Labor issued new guidance over the weekend regarding the Families First Act, including important definitions and clarifications.  I broke down the new guidance into the overall framework of the new EFMLA and EPSLA in this recorded webinar. …

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Department of Homeland Security Relaxes Standards for Verifying Work Authorization

  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security has relaxed its standards requiring in-person review of work authorization documents required to complete the I-9 form. Specifically, if an employer has no employees physically present at a …

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Congress Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, Congress passed a bill entitled “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”) aimed at alleviating several major burdens families are currently facing as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Act, which goes into effect on …

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Executive Order Loosens Open Meeting Law Requirements During Coronavirus Emergency

Governor Baker signed an Executive Order relieving government boards and committees from compliance with certain Open Meeting Law requirements during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. The Order gives public bodies greater leeway to hold closed-door and remote meetings, so that government agencies …

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The Coronavirus and Its Impact on the Workplace

With cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) significantly on the rise, the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and Governor Baker recently declaring a state of emergency in the Commonwealth, employers should be prepared to address a number …

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NLRB Issues Employer-Friendly “Joint Employer” Definition

On February 25, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) announced the final rule governing “joint employer” status under the National Labor Relations Act. The determination of whether an entity is a “joint employer” with a direct employer for purposes …

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Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Devices Went into Effect Yesterday

On November 25, 2019, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved Chapter 122 of the Acts of 2019. Under this Act, operators of motor vehicles cannot use handheld electronic devices while driving. The Act specifically holds that no operator of a motor vehicle shall …

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U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Updates Joint Guidance on the Applicability of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Records

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued an update to their Joint Guidance on the Applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and …

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Joint Employer Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On January 12, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) governing joint employer status, which significantly narrows the scope of joint employer liability. Under the prior Administration, the DOL …

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