Nicholas  Anastasopoulos

Nick is a member of the Firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and former 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 175 collective bargaining agreements and successfully represented public sector/public safety 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.

Prior to joining the Firm, Nick was labor counsel for the City of Boston and an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County.

Bar & Court Admissions

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

Publications/Presentations

 

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

Employers Must Remember Their Obligations under the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”), which went into effect on April 1, 2018, amended Massachusetts General Law c. 151B to include “pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy, including, but not limited to, lactation, or the need …

[ load webpage to read more ]

DOL Proposes to Revert the Independent Contractor Analysis to the Employee-Friendly Totality-Of-The-Circumstances Analysis 

On October 11, 2022, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a new proposed rule, entitled “Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” for determining whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor …

[ load webpage to read more ]

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance Regarding COVID Screening by Employers

On July 12, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued updated guidance for employers regarding COVID-19 testing and accommodations. Perhaps most impactful, the EEOC altered its position regarding employers testing employees for COVID-19 as part of a mandatory screening prior …

[ load webpage to read more ]

Don’t Delay: MA Employers Are Now Strictly Liable for Three Times the Amount of Wages for Late Payments With No Safe Harbor for Paying in Full Prior to Suit!

Under the Massachusetts Wage Act (the “Wage Act”), if an employee voluntarily quits their employment, the employer must pay the employee their final wages, including any earned, unused vacation pay, on the employer’s next regular pay day. However, when an employee …

[ load webpage to read more ]

The Times They Keep A-Changing: The New Illinois Restrictions on the Use of Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreements

The state-by-state non-compete reform movement keeps rolling – this time in the state of Illinois.  Effective January 1, 2022, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act has dramatically changed the landscape for employers in that state who desire to use non-compete …

[ load webpage to read more ]

OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 ETS, But Signals That It Is Moving Forward with Final Rule

On January 25, 2022, OSHA announced the withdrawal COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (the “ETS”). In the announcement, OSHA stated that although it “is withdrawing the [ETS] as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, [it] is not withdrawing the …

[ load webpage to read more ]

Supreme Court Stays OSHA’s COVID ETS

The OSHA COVID ETS is once again stayed. On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court stayed OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard which required that employers with 100+ employees require employees to either (a) become vaccinated against COVID-19; or (b) …

[ load webpage to read more ]

The District of Columbia’s Aggressive Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Likely to Take Effect in 2022

In December 2020, the District of Columbia Council passed and in January 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed legislation entitled the Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 (the “DC Act”).  While the effective date of the Act was delayed …

[ load webpage to read more ]

Don’t Forget! Minimum Wage Rates in Massachusetts Increase, Effective January 1, 2022

The minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase from $13.50 to $14.25 an hour, effective January 1, 2022. In addition, the minimum wage for tipped employees who make more than $20/month in tips will increase from $5.55/hour to $6.15/hour. Employers may …

[ load webpage to read more ]

CDC Shortens COVID-19 Related Isolation and Quarantine Period, and Distinguishes Between Vaccinated Individuals With/Without Booster

On December 27, 2021, the CDC issued updated guidance which significantly shortens the periods of isolation and quarantine it recommends for COVID-related diagnosis and/or exposure. Specifically, the CDC now recommends that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination …

[ load webpage to read more ]