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Natalie C. Groot

Associate

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Natalie counsels clients and litigates employment disputes on a wide variety of employment and labor matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Her litigation practice includes non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims, and wage and hour compliance. Natalie regularly leads workplace investigations and conducts employee trainings. She also counsels clients on various employment and labor issues, including employment and separation agreements, terminations and reductions in force, internal workplace investigations, workplace health and safety, independent contractor and employee classifications, employee handbooks, and company policies, such as sick time and other leaves of absence. 

At Mintz, Natalie serves as a member of both the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee (a cross-sectional group of attorneys who select new pro bono projects and provide continuing support for long-term initiatives) and the Women’s Associate Subcommittee of the Firm’s Women’s Initiative (an affinity group dedicated to supporting and enriching the lives and careers of the firm’s female attorneys).  Natalie also championed the Firm’s adoption of a Compassionate Leave policy, providing paid leave following a miscarriage. Outside the Firm, Natalie serves as a member of the Associate Leadership Board of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network (an organization serving a distinct population of students struggling with their academic program) and the Boston Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Steering Committee (a group of Massachusetts lawyers who meet to expand their expertise in the areas of labor and employment, labor-management relations, and employment discrimination). The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has recognized Natalie on its “Honor Roll” or “High Honor Roll” for the provision of pro bono legal services in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Natalie’s additional legal experience includes internships with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston.

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Updates – What You Need to Know

April 21, 2022 | Blog | By Natalie C. Groot, Danielle Dillon

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) has issued a series of updates concerning Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (“MAPFML”).  These updates reflect the latest changes made to MAPFML since the Department’s last quarterly briefing, as discussed in our prior coverage of the MAPFML.
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Impact of Recent OSHA and CDC Updates on Employers’ Mandatory Vaccination Policies

February 14, 2022 | Blog | By Natalie C. Groot, Danielle Dillon

Now that OSHA has withdrawn its vaccine or test rule, many employers are considering the use of mandatory vaccination policies in their workplaces. Employers have met this development with varied responses – some employers have rescinded vaccination requirements that were compliant with the more stringent OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) requirements, some have retained mandatory vaccination policies compliant with the now-withdrawn ETS, and still others have created mandatory vaccination policies without reference to the ETS.
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Mintz’s pro bono work for The Food Project, a nonprofit focused on youth development and reducing food insecurity, has included advising the organization on governance, real estate, employment, privacy, and litigation matters.
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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave—Updates from the Department

October 21, 2021 | Blog | By Danielle Dillon, Natalie C. Groot, Patricia Moran

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) has issued a number of changes relating to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (“MAPFML”) since their last quarterly briefing. 
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Webinar Recording - Delta's Impact on Return to Office Plans

September 14, 2021 | Blog | By David Barmak, Natalie C. Groot, Andrew Matzkin, Nicole Rivers

As new developments occur with the Delta variant, employers must adapt their return to office (RTO) plans to comply with fluctuating CDC guidance, state and local requirements, and employee expectations.
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Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

June 7, 2021 | Blog | By Andrew Matzkin, Natalie C. Groot

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed legislation requiring employers to provide COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave (“COVID-19 EPSL”) to employees who are unable to work for COVID-19-related reasons. In this post, we summarize and answer some frequently asked questions.
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Conference Recordings: Mintz's Annual Employment Law Summit

March 12, 2021 | Webinar | By Michael Arnold, David Barmak, Micha Mitch Danzig, Geri Haight, Andrew Matzkin, David Lagasse, Jennifer Rubin, Alexander Hecht, Danielle Bereznay, Delaney Busch, Corbin Carter, Emma Follansbee, Natalie C. Groot, Paul Huston, Brendan Lowd, Nicole Rivers, Richard Block

Mintz’s Annual Employment Law Summit brought together thought leaders to discuss the most pressing issues employers are facing in today’s unprecedented work environment. Attendees heard presentations on the continued impact of COVID-19; social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; recent and anticipated changes to employment laws; and best practices for managing sensitive employee situations.
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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law – January 2021 Update for Employers

January 8, 2021 | Blog | By Natalie C. Groot, Patricia Moran, Emma Follansbee

Happy New Year! While many of us are thrilled to see 2020 in the rear view, 2021 ushers in a huge challenge for Massachusetts employers – the beginning of benefits and Job protections under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (MAPFML).
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REMINDER: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Next Steps

October 23, 2020 | Blog | By Natalie C. Groot, Emma Follansbee, Patricia Moran

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Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Finalizes Revised Regulations: Here’s What You Need to Know

August 13, 2020 | Blog | By Patricia Moran, Natalie C. Groot, Emma Follansbee

Under the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Law, M.G.L. c. 175M (“MAPFML ”), employees and other covered individuals in the Commonwealth will be entitled to a generous set of new leave benefits and rights beginning January 1, 2021. On July 24, 2020 , the Department of Family and Medical Leave (the Department) issued updated MAPFML regulations effective July 24, 2020 (the “2020 Regulations”). These regulations make several key changes to the MAPFML regulations issued in 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”). In our companion post, we cover the key changes between the 2019 Regulations and the 2020 Regulations. This post examines, in depth, changes affecting the MAPFML “Private Plan” exemption pathway.
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News & Press

Mintz Associate Natalie Young is quoted in this Turnarounds & Workouts article explaining a bankruptcy court’s decision to allow Trump Entertainment to reject expired collective bargaining agreements and the impact of the court’s decision on debtor-employers.
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Recognition & Awards

  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers – Employment (2021)
  • Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America – Diversity & Inclusion: Future Leader (2022)
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Natalie C. Groot

Associate

Boston