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Laura E. Schneider

Partner

Schneider, Laura E.

Laura Schneider’s practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law. She represents employers before state and federal courts and government agencies in a wide range of litigation matters, including those involving discrimination and harassment, contractual disputes, unfair competition, ERISA, and wage and hour claims. She also counsels clients on employment law compliance issues, personnel policies, employee relations and performance management. Additionally, Ms. Schneider consults on immigration matters in connection with workforce composition and transactions.

Ms. Schneider regularly negotiates employment and severance agreements, and advises clients on the employment and labor issues associated with mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. She also assists employers in preparing for and managing government audits in areas including employee classification and affirmative action compliance. Learn more about Ms. Schneider's practice and how she can support your startup on WilmerHaleLaunch.com.

Ms. Schneider's practice also focuses on traditional labor law. She represents clients in a variety of matters involving unions, union avoidance, collective bargaining, contract administration, grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges and other litigation involving the National Labor Relations Act. Ms. Schneider also assists employers with preparing for and managing strikes and other labor disputes.

Ms. Schneider conducts customized management training and seminars on topics including discrimination and harassment avoidance, hiring and firing, disability accommodation and leave management, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, union awareness and positive employee relations.

Honors & Awards

  • Named among the 2016-2018 Best Lawyers in America in the area of employment law - management
  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star" in labor and employment in the May 2005 edition of Boston Magazine

Publications & News

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March 30, 2018

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Due Date Nears

As the April 1, 2018 effective date nears, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind Massachusetts employers of their obligations under the new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

March 5, 2018

Department of Justice Launches New Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

On February 28, 2018, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division announced a new Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Initiative (SHWI) that will focus on combating workplace sexual harassment in the public sector.

January 23, 2018

WilmerHale Represents HS2 Solutions in Acquiring LunaMetrics

Digital transformation agency HS2 Solutions announced that it has completed the acquisition of LunaMetrics, an award-winning analytics consultancy that specializes in using data to help businesses illuminate the bridge between marketing, user behavior and ROI.

October 16, 2017

DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers

On October 11, 2017, the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a partnership aimed at protecting US workers from discrimination and combatting fraud by employers that misuse visas.

August 31, 2017

UPDATE: EEO-1 New Pay Data Reporting Requirement - STAYED

The EEOC has announced a stay in the much-anticipated pay data reporting that was to be part of the new EEO-1 Report due by March 31, 2018 (previous reporting due by September 30 each year).

August 24, 2017

EEO-1 New Pay Data Reporting Requirement—Possible Delay or Suspension?

This is the time of year when employers with 100 or more employees (and federal contractors with 50 or more employees) would typically be gathering information to complete the EEO-1 reporting by September 30.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

May 8, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Genpact in Acquisition of BrightClaim

Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation for clients, announced that it has acquired BrightClaim and its associated company National Vendor.

February 14, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Cynosure in $1.65B Acquisition by Hologic

The WilmerHale team on the transaction was led by Hal Leibowitz and Jason Kropp and included Andrew Bonnes, Kim Wethly, Leon Greenfield, Bruce Manheim, Steve Barrett, Laura Schneider, Amy Null, Julie Hogan Rodgers, Ciara Baker, Davis Sluis, Caroline Dotolo and Alex Civetta.

September 22, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Eleven Biotherapeutics in Acquisition of Viventia Bio

The acquisition creates a NASDAQ-listed company focused on the development of novel therapies based upon antibody fragments genetically fused to cytotoxic proteins, or targeted protein therapeutics, as new treatments in areas of oncology with significant unmet need.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association

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Education

JD, Northeastern University School of Law, 1992

AB, cum laude, Harvard University, 1988

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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