• The Grossman Companies, Inc.
  • Acquisition and construction of East Boston self-storage facility
  • Centrix Bank
  • Lender counsel in numerous commercial financings
  • Harbar LLC and Built By Nature Group, LLC
  • Industrial development bond financing for major plant expansion

Service Areas


Members of the Employment Law Group use a proactive approach to guide our clients through the complex maze of employment and labor law issues.  Our emphasis is on litigation avoidance and creative problem solving in an efficient, common sense manner, which allows our clients to focus on running their businesses.  When it becomes necessary to litigate, we bring many years of experience to successfully try cases.  Our aggressive approach permits us to negotiate favorable settlements for our clients.

What we do.

Posternak’s employment attorneys counsel employers in the day-to-day management of their workforce.  This includes the full range of issues such as wage and hour, telecommuting , privacy rights, social media problems, navigating leave and other employee protection laws,  developing and implementing personnel policies, discrimination and harassment matters, breach of contract, disputes concerning non-competition and disclosure of confidential information, labor relations matters, and defamation and product disparagement by employees.  We also provide the full range of immigration services to businesses.  Our emphasis is on counseling clients to avoid disputes and litigation.  To that end,  we provide comprehensive training programs for managerial and supervisory personnel.  We also keep our clients informed of changes in the constantly evolving employment laws.

The Employment Group comprises experienced litigators who have represented clients in the state and federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings before agencies in many states, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), the City of New York Commission on Human Rights (NYC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR),the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board.  Our attorneys are also licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine and frequently appear before administrative agencies in those states.  In addition to litigation, our attorneys are experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

We routinely advise clients in connection with the drafting and formulation of employee handbooks, severance agreements, employment contracts, offer letters, and personnel policies, such as those concerning discrimination, harassment, social media, drug testing, social media issues, and internet defamation.  Our attorneys conduct comprehensive audits of personnel practices and make recommendations to implement best practices in human resources.  We also represent clients in labor relations issues such as grievance arbitration, in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

The Employment Group works closely with attorneys in the firm’s Business Department to meet our clients’ broad range of legal needs.  Our attorneys also counsel clients on employee benefits issues, including ERISA, retirement plans, stock option plans, and COBRA. 

Representative matters we have handled for employers and insurers.

  • EEOC religious discrimination class action lawsuit in federal court in Chicago.
  • Unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
  • Wage and hour claims, including class actions, in federal and state courts in Massachusetts.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act claims in Massachusetts federal court.
  • Discrimination claims nationwide.
  • Race, sex, disability and age discrimination claims in Massachusetts federal and state courts, including a federal class action age discrimination case.
  • Diversity discrimination investigation by the New York City Human Rights Commission.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims in closely-held companies.
  • Injunctive relief in non-compete and non-solicit cases or where disclosure of confidential information was at risk.
  • Labor arbitrations.
  • Collective bargaining agreements on behalf of unionized employers including handling strikes and other forms of labor strife.
  • Defamation via social media and the internet.

Employment: Related Services Areas

Employment: Professionals

Adam L. Littman

Associate 617.973.6195 ext.   fax 617.722.4939

James E. O'Connell, Jr.

Partner 617.973.6181 ext.   fax 617.722.4991

Nancy J. Puleo

Partner 617.973.6124 ext.   fax 617.722.4997

Berin S. Romagnolo

Partner 617.973.6105 ext.   fax 617.722.4929

Valerie C. Samuels

Partner 617.973.6248 ext.   fax 617.722.4949

Rosanna Sattler

Partner 617.973.6135 ext.   fax 617.722.4950

Jennifer A. Yelen

Partner 617.973.6182 ext.   fax 617.722.4990

Employment: Publications

Summer Brings Hot Weather . . . and Interns

Boston Business Journal, Rosanna Sattler, July 3, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Raises HR Questions, Valerie C. Samuels, July 2, 2014

Accommodation of Religious Grooming and Garb in the Workplace

Employment Law Strategist, Rosanna Sattler, Laura A. Otenti, July 1, 2014

SS Numbers and Online Applications

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, May 19, 2014

Bill Banning Non-Compete Agreements Gaining Traction

NECN, Rosanna Sattler, May 2, 2014

Can Discussing Salaries With Colleagues Be Illegal?

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, April 30, 2014

Records: To Have and To Hold

NASW Focus, Nancy J. Puleo, February 6, 2014

Is my Severance Package Agreement Violating the First Amendment?

Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, January 22, 2014

Time to Give Transgender Community the Rights They Deserve

Boston Business Journal, Valerie C. Samuels, November 29, 2013

Collecting Employee Health Information - Is It Legal?

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, August 14, 2013

Harassment Concerns Within The Workplace

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, August 12, 2013

Court Ruling Stirs Debate Over Intern Pay

The Boston Globe, Rosanna Sattler, June 26, 2013

Experts: CVS won’t be last to seek health info

Boston Herald, Valerie C. Samuels, March 21, 2013

Is it Management or Harassment?

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, January 23, 2013

Calculation of Vacation Payout

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, January 7, 2013

CA Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Rosanna Sattler, Laura A. Otenti, January 4, 2013

Potential Legal Pitfalls With Online Reviews

NECN Business News, Rosanna Sattler, December 26, 2012

Unemployment Eligibility

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, November 28, 2012

Drafting Confidentiality Agreements in Business Contracts

National Business Institute, David M. Barbash, Rosanna Sattler, October 19, 2012

Labor strife racks NFL, NHL

NECN, Dustin F. Hecker, September 24, 2012

Policies On Travel Expenses Should Be Clear

The Boston Globe, Valerie C. Samuels, August 26, 2012

Mandatory Retirement in Law Firms and Other Partnerships

Employment Law Strategist, Rosanna Sattler, James E. Kruzer, August 1, 2012

Lawyers Say Social Media Poses Risk for Clients

Boston Business Journal, Rosanna Sattler, July 20, 2012

Berkshire Bank’s Territorial Designs Tested With Latest Acquisitions

Banker & Tradesman, Nancy J. Puleo, June 18, 2012

Independent Contractor Classification

Employment Law Strategist, Rosanna Sattler, Nancy J. Puleo and James E. Kruzer, June 5, 2012

Facebook password necessary for interview process?

Fox 25 Evening News, Rosanna Sattler, March 20, 2012

Gender Identity To Be Protected Under Massachusetts Law

Valerie C. Samuels, December 9, 2011

Social Media and the Workplace: Potential Liability to Employees

Rosanna Sattler, Nancy J. Puleo, June 23, 2011

Intellectual Property Issues and Employment Law

Valerie C. Samuels, January 27, 2011

"Dodging the Tax Bullet" MCLE seminar

Valerie Samuels, September 15, 2010

I-9 Goes Green

Berin S. Romagnolo, July 22, 2010

Complying with Employment Regulations

Aspatore, Valerie C. Samuels, July 9, 2010

A Right to Bear Arms in the Office?

Employment Law Strategist, Rosanna Sattler, Nancy J. Puleo, February 10, 2010

Important - Department of Labor Issues Model COBRA Notice

Employers Must Comply With New Rules Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Rosanna Sattler, Laura A. Otenti, March 23, 2009

How to Safeguard Employee Data

Rosanna Sattler, Nancy J. Puleo, March 11, 2009

Office Space Without Walls

Employment Law Strategist (Volume 16, Number 3), July 8, 2008

Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Rosanna Sattler, Joseph W. Corrigan, November 2007

Employment Alert

Nancy J. Puleo, December 2006