I’m a partner in Robinson+Cole’s Environmental and Utilities Practice Group. I’ve been practicing law with a focus on environmental and health and safety issues for over 20 years. I work with a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 50 companies and large institutions such as universities, to small, closely-held businesses and municipalities. Here’s the link to my full and official bio.

Many of my clients are manufacturers with ongoing environmental, health and safety issues associated with their business operations. I advise them on day-to-day compliance and permitting issues, work with them to compile or review health and safety manuals, and defend them against enforcement actions resulting from allegations of violations of environmental or occupational health and safety regulations. I see myself as part of the client team – my task is not just to raise issues and liabilities, but to work with the client to come up with cost-effective, practical solutions to those issues, and to minimize liabilities. To do that, I need to know the business – what do they make and how do they make it? I’m comfortable talking to management, or the folks on the floor. Getting to know the business and how the client does what they do – that’s what drives me to work with manufacturers. I’m never happier than when learning how something works, how something is made, or just something new.

Manufacturers are increasingly using temporary employees (“temps”) to supplement the work force.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the temporary workforce has increased exponentially.  Manufacturers  previously used temps as a stopgap for labor, but are now routinely using temps to supplement the workforce.  Our 360 post this week touches on the issues associated