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Michael Spagnola regularly handles the most difficult and complicated labor and employment matters on behalf of management.
Mr. Spagnola represents management exclusively in connection with all aspects of labor and employment law, and in particular, labor and employment litigation and preventive labor and employment law.
Mr. Spagnola represents management in connection with employment litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including cases relating to discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblowing, wrongful discharge, wage and hour law, worker classification, unemployment compensation, FMLA, workplace torts, breach of contract, non-competition agreements, and trade secret misappropriation. Mr. Spagnola also handles severance negotiations on behalf of management. Mr. Spagnola has also negotiated contractual language on behalf of businesses, and represents businesses in commercial litigation.
Mr. Spagnola also represents management in connection with labor-relations matters, including unfair labor practice charges, union election petitions, grievance arbitrations and serving as lead negotiator in collective bargaining with labor unions. Mr. Spagnola also counsels management on issues relating to union avoidance. Mr. Spagnola has also represented employer trustees in deadlock arbitrations under the Labor Management Relations Act.
Mr. Spagnola also counsels employers on preventive labor and employment law measures, with a focus on lawful employee discipline, and statutory, regulatory, and contractual compliance. Mr. Spagnola works with management to identify problematic labor and employment law issues, and develops strategies, policies and procedures to assist in litigation avoidance.
Recently, Mr. Spagnola argued the successful appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act, 324 Conn. 822 (2017), a case of first impression concerning Part C of Connecticut’s “ABC Test” for determining independent contractor status.
While in law school, Mr. Spagnola served as an Editor for the Quinnipiac University Law Review. Mr. Spagnola also served as a Judicial Intern to the late Honorable Peter C. Dorsey, District Judge for the United States District Court in Connecticut.
Employment Law/Litigation, Labor Relations Law and Prevention Practices, Wage and Hour Law, Government Regulation Compliance