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James N. Boudreau is Co-Chair of the Global Labor & Employment Practice and the Labor & Employment Practice’s Collective & Systemic Employment Litigation group. He represents management in class action and complex employment litigation and devotes the majority of his practice to managing teams of attorneys and paralegals in nationwide class and collective actions from receipt of the complaint through discovery, class certification and trial. He is considered a thought leader in class-based employment litigation and has been listed by Human Resource Executive magazine as one of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers – Top 100," each year since 2013.  He was also selected as one of five Law360 "MVP - Labor and Employment," for 2012, for his cutting-edge work representing employers in class and collective actions.

On Feb. 22, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas denied the Restaurant Law Center and Texas Restaurant Association’s much-watched emergency motion seeking to enjoin nationwide
Continue Reading Federal Court Denies Restaurant Industry’s Request to Temporarily Enjoin New Tip Credit Regulations: Next Steps for Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Employers

Employers have faced a tidal wave of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action litigation in the last 15 years, fueled in large part by courts that have made it
Continue Reading Fifth Circuit Rejects Longstanding ‘Lenient’ Standard for Deciding Whether to Authorize Notice of a FLSA Collective Action

Following up on its proposed rule issued in September 2020, on Jan. 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule on worker classification. The final rule, effective
Continue Reading Department of Labor Issues Final Rule for Identifying Independent Contractors in an Employer’s Workforce


Continue Reading EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) offers economic aid, such as small business loans and unemployment assistance, to self-employed individuals who traditionally have not been eligible


Continue Reading The CARES Act and the Self-Employed: A Primer

In 2019, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania each enacted substantial legislation affecting companies that employ individuals in those states. This GT Alert provides a summary of the most significant
Continue Reading 2019 Employment Law Snapshot: New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania