Eugene A. Boyle has extensive experience counseling and defending companies nationally in all facets of labor and employment law. Gene regularly advises employers of all sizes, and across many industries, with respect to the impact that employment laws and regulations have on particular business decisions or objectives, and helps devise strategies to achieve the stated objective. He has negotiated and drafted numerous key employment agreements, separation agreements, outsourcing agreements and non-compete and confidentiality agreements. He has assisted in the planning and execution of complex workforce reductions, including compliance with state and federal plant closing laws, worked with clients to assess wage and hour law compliance and provided general advice and counsel in connection with all areas of employment regulation. Gene also has significant traditional labor law and labor relations experience. He has negotiated many collective bargaining agreements, serving both as chief spokesperson for the company and as advisor to the negotiating committee. He also regularly provides advice with respect to contract administration and grievance-handling.
The other focus of Gene’s practice is dispute resolution and he has litigated employment claims all across the country on behalf of management. Gene has successfully defended employers in both single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff cases involving employment discrimination claims, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, wage and hour claims, retaliatory discharge claims, breach of contract claims and various other employment-related claims. He has also handled numerous labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice and representation cases before the National Labor Relations Board and injunction proceedings in state and federal courts.
Gene is a frequent speaker and has lectured on a variety of employment law and traditional labor topics including Workplace Privacy Issues, Advanced Topics under the FMLA, Crafting Effective Employment Agreements and the Employee Free Choice Act. Gene has been listed in the 2009-2011 and 2016-2017 editions of Illinois Super Lawyers.
Gene is a member of the Labor & Employment Law section of the American Bar Association and is a member of the ABA’s Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities. He is also a contributing author to the Labor Law Handbook, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
While in law school, Gene was executive editor of the Washington University Law Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.