Labor Law

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Labor Law

Darcie P.L. Beaudin
Bryan M. Dench
Amy Dieterich 
Jordan Payne Hay 
Rebecca S. Webber

Labor law requires a lawyer with a thorough knowledge of federal laws, Maine law and judicial and administrative decisions, all of which govern employer-employee relations. Skelton, Taintor & Abbott lawyers have extensive experience handling labor and employment matters including labor negotiations, collective bargaining disputes, wage and hour cases, discrimination cases and grievances for private and government employers. We are a management law firm.

For example, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott attorneys have negotiated every collective bargaining agreement on behalf of Androscoggin County with Androscoggin County employees since the start of collective bargaining in 1981. We have negotiated and settled other labor contracts for public entities from Kittery to Bangor and have years of experience with mediation, fact finding, and arbitration to settle impasses.

We have counseled public and private employers extensively on contract interpretation to help them avoid labor disputes and grievances. When the grievances come, we represent our clients to protect their decisions and authority and we do it effectively and successfully.

At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we have a deep understanding of labor law and an appreciation of the nature of labor disputes.

On the federal level, the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor Management Relations Act, also called the Taft-Hartley Act, govern employer-employee relations in private sector businesses involved in interstate commerce. States also extensively regulate employer-employee bargaining. Our public sector labor lawyers have years of experience under the Municipal Public Employees Labor Relations Law and have handled University labor law disputes. Through strategic analysis and careful negotiation, we seek to strike a balance in relations between employer and employees that maintains a productive work environment while protecting management’s ability to manage.

Based in central Maine, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott serves clients in Portland, South Portland, Biddeford, Lewiston, Auburn, Rockland, Augusta, Waterville and Bangor, as well as Androscoggin, Cumberland and York Counties and throughout Maine.