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Natalie C. Groot

Associate

NCGroot@mintz.com

+1.617.348.1768

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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 leads workplace investigations and conducts employee trainings on a regular basis. She also advises clients on 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, including family and medical leaves.

At Mintz, Natalie is a member of both the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee (a cross-sectional group of attorneys who select pro bono projects and provide support for long-term initiatives) and the Women’s Associate Subcommittee of the Firm’s Women’s Initiative (an affinity group dedicated to supporting the lives and careers of the firm’s female attorneys).  Natalie championed the Firm’s adoption of a Compassionate Leave policy that provides paid leave following a miscarriage. Outside the Firm, Natalie is a member of the Associate Leadership Board of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network (an organization that serves a distinct population of students who struggle 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 recognized Natalie on its “Honor Roll” or “High Honor Roll” for the provision of pro bono legal services in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Natalie has received numerous professional honors for her work as a lawyer and as a member of Boston’s legal community, including her selection for the Massachusetts Rising Stars: Employment & Labor List and the Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” List. 

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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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 Paid Family and Medical Leave 2020 Regulations – Focus on the Private Plan Exemption

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. The Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) recently 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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35 Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers and 25 Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars for 2022.
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

  • Super Lawyers: Included on the list of Massachusetts Rising Stars (2022)
  • Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America – Diversity & Inclusion: Future Leader (2022)
  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers – Employment (2021)
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Natalie C. Groot

Associate

Boston