Nicholas  Anastasopoulos

Nick is a member of the Firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and chair of the Higher Education Group.  His practice includes traditional private- and public-sector labor law, litigation of employment disputes, and counseling on labor, employment and human resource matters.  While maintaining a diverse practice, he has developed a significant emphasis on labor relations.  Nick regularly counsels clients on traditional labor issues, including election campaigns, complex contract formation disputes, grievance adjustment and arbitration, unfair labor charges, strikes, picketing, and other work stoppage issues and reduction-in-force planning. Nick has negotiated over 150 collective bargaining agreements and successfully represented public sector clients at the JLMC.  He has appeared before numerous state and federal agencies including the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In 2017 and in 2018, Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon have recognized Nick as being one of the “Top 20 Lawyers in Traditional Labor & Employment Law.” Boston magazine and Law & Politics have recognized Nick as one of Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” every year since 2013 and a Massachusetts “Rising Star” from 2006 to 2010. He was also selected by the Worcester Business Journal as one of the “40 Under Forty” young professionals honored for their professional achievements and community service.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • New England School of Law JD (1996)
  • Northeastern University BS (1993)

Publications/Presentations

  • “Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Adopts Emergency Regulations Addressing Student Learning Time,” Mirick O’Connell Client Alert, December 18, 2020“
  • How do business owners protect themselves, their employees and clients as businesses start to reopen?,” On Air with Mirick O’Connell legal podcast, June 19, 2020
  • "COVID-19: OSHA’s Updated Guidance - Face Masks in the Workplace,” Mirick O’Connell Client Alert, June 18, 2020
  • “Update on COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Enforcement by OSHA and the Massachusetts Attorney General,” Mirick O’Connell Client Alert, May 22, 2020
  • “COVID-19 and NLRA AND OSHA," On Air with Mirick O’Connell legal podcast, April 7, 2020
  • “National Labor Relations Board Ends 2019 by Overturning Multiple Obama-Era Labor Decisions,” GGI Insider, March 2020

Professional / Community Affiliations

  • Department of Labor Relations Advisory Council, chair, re-appointed by Governor Baker
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association, Board member
  • Town of Sherborn, Personnel Board, Chair
  • Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Massachusetts Municipal Association, Personnel and Labor Relations Policy Committee

Link Fixed! Minimum Wage Increases to $13.50 Per Hour While Holiday and Sunday Premium Pay for Retail Employees Continues Down The Path To Abolishment

As of January 1, 2021, the minimum wage for regular employees (i.e., non-tipped minimum wage employees) increased to $13.50 per hour.  The minimum wage is scheduled to increase twice more, to $14.25 and $15.00 per hour, on January 1, 2022 …

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President Biden Issues Executive Order Regarding Workplace Discrimination

That was quick! On his first day in office, President Joseph Biden issued the Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.  With the Executive Order, President Biden instructed each federal agency …

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COVID-19 Related Updates for Massachusetts Employers

New COVID Relief Bill On Monday, December 21, 2020 the United States Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes several provisions aimed at providing COVID-19 relief (the “Relief Bill”).  As public employers and employers with less than 500 …

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EEOC Releases Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations

With Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine receiving emergency approval from the FDA, and emergency approval for Moderna’s vaccine expected shortly, many employers are wondering whether they can require employees to receive the vaccine once it becomes available to the general public. On December …

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Massachusetts’ Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Office Spaces Updated

Governor Baker’s administration updated Massachusetts’ Sector Specific Workplace Specific Safety Standards for Office Spaces to Address COVID-19 (the “Standards”).  While all employers operating office spaces are advised to review the complete Standards, key provisions are: Face coverings: workers and visitors …

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Paid Family and Medical Leave is Right Around the Corner!

Beginning on January 1, 2021, covered individuals in the Commonwealth will be eligible to begin using Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”). Under the law – which was enacted in 2018 as part of the so-called “Grand Bargain” between the …

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What does the December 8th Rollback Mean for Massachusetts Employers?

On December 8, 2020, Governor Charles Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 58, which returns all of Massachusetts to Step 1 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, effective December 13, 2020.   As a result, all “Phase 3, Step 2” …

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PFML Certification Form for a Serious Health Condition

This week, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave published a Certification of a Serious Health Condition form, which must be completed when an individual requests medical or family leave under the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave …

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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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