Shaevel, Krems, O'Connor & Jackowitz, LLP
Attorneys at Law

Labor & Employment Law

Labor & Employment Law

Our Practice

In the modern economy, the workplace is highly regulated and governed by a complex web of federal, state and local laws. We help our clients understand the legal landscape and understand their rights and duties as it relates to the law of work. Our experienced team of lawyers and paralegals provide personal service and guidance to our clients who need representation in labor and employment law.


We are seasoned litigators with broad experience in state and federal courts, in administrative proceedings, and in alternative dispute resolution processes. We have substantial experience in the following areas:
• Employment discrimination cases 
• Labor arbitration
• Americans with Disabilities Act 
• Unfair labor practices
• Wrongful termination
• Workers’ compensation
• Public employee retirement cases
• Unemployment hearings 
• Abuse cases


We have advocated for clients in numerous employment-related cases at the appellate level, including work on the following sample of reported cases:
• School Committee of Lexington v. Zagaeski, 469 Mass. 104 (2014)
• Kalil v. Acting Dir. of the Division of Unemployment Assistance, 84 Mass. App. Ct. 1117 (2013)
• Ballotte v. City of Worcester, 51 Mass. App. Ct. 728 (2001)
• Blanchette v. Westwood Sch. Comm., 427 Mass. 176 (1998)
• New Bedford Sch. Comm. v. Labor Relations Comm., 15 Mass. App. Ct. 172 (1983)
• Puglisi v Whitman Sch. Comm., 11 Mass. App. Ct. 142 (1981)
• Springgate v. Mattapoisett Sch. Comm., 11 Mass. App. Ct. 304 (1981)


• Negotiate and draft employment contracts and severance agreements
• Negotiate reasonable accommodations for clients under anti-discrimination laws
• Negotiate collective bargaining agreements
• Consultation and advice to employees, non-profits, unions and employers in all employment-related matters
• Pursue litigation alternatives to resolve employment disputes
• Representation in grievance arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements and in employment arbitrations under the terms of an employment contract
• Representation in mediation