Thomas B. Fiascone
Thomas Fiascone is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Tom has experience practicing in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As part of his employment litigation practice, Tom has assisted in single-plaintiff lawsuits and class and collective actions. Tom also has experience practicing traditional labor law, assisting with collective bargaining negotiations, arbitration proceedings, and responding to unfair labor practice charges.
Tom has represented clients across many different industries, including representing financial institutions, sports entities, healthcare institutions, utility providers, public transportation services, and news and media organizations.
Tom also maintains a pro bono practice, advising local non-profits and charitable organizations on day-to-day labor and employment issues.
Tom earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was a senior editor and staff writer on the Boston College Law Review. During law school, Tom served as a judicial intern in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
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National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) General Counsel (“GC”) Jennifer Abruzzo stated over a year ago that 10(j) injunctions in NLRB charges were “one of the most important tools available to effectively enforce the [National Labor Relations] Act.” GC Memorandum 21-05. Today, the GC has issued another memorandum on the topic of 10(j) injunctions, GC Memorandum … Continue Reading
The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming term will include review of whether the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”) preempts state court lawsuits for property damage caused during strikes, which could have significant implications for employers and unions. Factual Background The case – Glacier Northwest Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 174 – … Continue Reading
For decades, employers had been free to gather employees to discuss – in a non-coercive manner – the employer’s views on unionization, and had been free to share with employees what employees’ rights were with respect to the same. Earlier today, the NLRB General Counsel issued a memorandum declaring her intent to attempt to overturn … Continue Reading
The recently-sworn in General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Jennifer Abruzzo, has had a busy month, setting the stage for a slate of new enforcement initiatives. First, the GC issued Advice Memorandum 21-04 (discussed here last week), identifying numerous Board decisions that are all but certain to be reassessed once the full complement … Continue Reading
Over the past few years, the National Labor Relations Board has frequently weighed in on employer’s workplace and employee handbook policies, examining whether an employer’s policy impacts employees’ rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Employers received a needed dose of clarity in Boeing Co., 365 NLRB No. 154 (2017), where the … Continue Reading
Though the National Labor Relations Board has established a pathway for holding in-person union elections, mail-ballot elections continue to be the norm in many Regions across the country. Of course, the more mail-ballot elections that occur, the more unique issues arise. In XPO Logistics Freight, Inc., 370 NLRB No. 99 (2021), the Board weighed in … Continue Reading
As most of the country’s workforce continues to adjust to the new realities of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and limited travel, the practice of law and the forums for adjudicating disputes have shifted to video and telephonic hearings to ensure that the wheels of justice continue to turn notwithstanding COVID-19. The NLRB has been no … Continue Reading
When it comes to an unfair practice allegation asserting an employer’s statement is unlawful, words matter. And, so does context. Under NLRB case law, the actual employer statements are evaluated as well as the overall context the words were uttered to determine whether there exists coercion. Recently, the NLRB addressed an unusual case where an … Continue Reading