James Paretti

Shareholder

Littler Mendelson P.C.

James Paretti

Shareholder

Littler Mendelson P.C.

James Paretti, Jr. is a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C. He is an experienced management-side employment and labor relations attorney with in-depth political and policy knowledge of labor, pension, healthcare and employment law, regulations and legislation. Jim is well versed in all aspects of legislative and political processes with demonstrated knowledge in the substance of federal labor and employment policy. He has over two decades of experience working with federal legislators and policymakers, including former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Chairmen of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and senior level administration officials.

Prior to joining Littler, Jim was chief of staff and senior counsel to the acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He provided legal and political counsel with respect to all aspects of agency business, administered and managed the Office of the Chair where he was responsible for over 2,200 employees and a 375 million dollar annual budget, and served as primary liaison to regulated stakeholders and Capitol Hill.

His extensive experience includes developing policy and providing legal counsel on the Committee on Education and Labor in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as coordinating external communications and media relations for a senior member of Congress. Jim represented corporate and nonprofit clients in employment litigation in federal and state court, before administrative agencies and in private arbitration while with two Boston firms.

Contributions

Deep Dive Episode 107 – COVID-19 in the Workplace: Mandated Paid Sick Leave

April 24, 2020

On March 18, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” Karen Harned and James Paretti will walk listeners through key provisions of this new law.

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Give Me a Break: The Need for DOL to Review Outdated and Stifling Workplace Rules

James Paretti

August 13, 2019

As the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) prepares for new leadership in the coming months, now more than ever the time is right for it to consider a stem-to-stern review of its regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act – a law passed in 1938, and implemented by regulations which often bear little relation to the realities of today’s 21st century workforce.

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