Melissa Gonzalez Boyce

About Melissa Gonzalez Boyce

I am the legal editor for the Labor Relations section of XpertHR. Prior to joining XpertHR, I practiced labor and employment law with a focus on union-related matters, including collective bargaining, grievance and disciplinary procedures and unfair labor practices, as well as a variety of other employment-related claims.

I represented private and public employers before the US District Court, the New Jersey Superior Court and Appellate Division, the EEOC and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.

Some of the topics I cover for XpertHR include:

Labor Relations
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Collective Bargaining Agreements
Collective Bargaining Process
Labor Management
National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Unfair Labor Practices

Twitter: @MelissaGBoyce

Author archive | Melissa Gonzalez Boyce

Guns in the Workplace: What Should Employers Do Now?

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the passionate marches soon after, the topic of guns is at the forefront of many conversations. No matter what side of the gun… continue
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Protecting the Workplace from the Flu Outbreak of 2018

This year’s flu season is setting dangerous records and people must take measures to protect themselves and their loved ones. Since the flu knows no boundaries, employers are not immune from the widespread flu outbreak affecting their employees and worksites.… continue
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The NLRB Goes Back to the Future

It did not come as a shock to many when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took advantage of its narrow window with a Republican-majority in late 2017 and overturned many controversial Obama-era NLRB rulings. As a result, the NLRB… continue
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Hurricane Horrors Highlight Importance of Employer Preparedness

As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have demonstrated, hurricanes and other natural disasters can devastate people’s homes and livelihoods.  However, while there is no way to prevent the unpredictable assault of these storms, technological advances and education now allow us… continue
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Equifax Incident Highlights Data Breach Risks for Employers

The recent data breach at Equifax affecting 143 million Americans not only grabbed national headlines but also the attention of many employers.  The alarming amount of personal information that was compromised over the several-month period highlighted just how vulnerable employers… continue
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Addressing Workplace Violence in Today’s Active Shooter Age

As a series of tragic events in recent years illustrate, employers must confront the reality that they are not immune from workplace violence, including the risk of active shooter events. While that challenge may seem daunting, there are certain steps… continue
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Zika Virus: Handling Employee Travel Concerns

Now that the Zika virus has hit the US with confirmed cases of locally transmitted infections, employers face a real threat to the health of their employees and their business. Typically spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes and direct… continue
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OSHA’s New Reporting Rules Raise New Concerns for Employers

Ever since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new reporting and recordkeeping rules, employers have been struggling to determine what they actually mean for their workplaces. Whether it is the various reporting requirements or the multiple effective dates,… continue
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What OSHA’s New Reporting Rules Mean for Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently finalized rules on the electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA’s new reporting rules place significant burdens on employers that bring the potential for substantial economic liability and serious frustration. These… continue
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How Do Municipalities Affect Your Employee Handbook?

Municipalities are leading the way in expanding employee rights. So, if updating an employee handbook is not challenging enough, employers now find themselves trying to keep up with municipalities stretching their own legislating power to carve out rights and benefits… continue
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