Michael Buescher has extensive experience advising private and public entities on the full spectrum of employment matters, often leveraging his experience as a negotiator and litigator to deliver valuable insights to his clients.
Michael regularly represents employers in connection with compliance with federal and state employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Maine Human Rights Act, and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. Michael has developed specific expertise advising cannabis-related businesses on a wide range of employment matters including compliance with industry-specific rules and regulations, employment agreements and contracts, confidentiality agreements, handbooks, and policies.
A skilled negotiator and litigator, Michael is routinely consulted by employers of all sizes for help tackling difficult employment situations including discrimination, wrongful discharge, restrictive covenants, wage/hour issues, and discipline. Michael represents employers in arbitration, before federal and state administrative bodies such as the EEOC, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Commission, and the Maine Labor Relations Board, and before federal and state trial courts.
Michael also counsels schools on the ever-evolving landscape of education law including the constitutional rights of students and school employees, personnel and confidentiality issues, and compliance with various state and federal laws and regulations governing the operation of public schools. In his role, he is frequently invited to provide seminars and trainings for school personnel.
In his free time, Michael enjoys his other roles as a musician, teacher, writer, snowboarder, and mountain biker.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
Wesleyan University, B.A., 1999
Hon. Loretta Preska, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Katahdin Counsel, Honoring Pro Bono Legal Services in Maine
Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” – Labor and Employment Law – Management
Ginoux Inn of Court
Maine State Bar Association
From June 23, 2023 9:00 am
Understanding School Law: How You Can Best Support Your School Board in 2023
From June 20, 2023 8:00 am
The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – June
From March 8, 2023 12:00 pm
Getting Pay Right
From March 7, 2023 8:00 am
The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – March (CA)
NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to provide Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training to HR Professionals in Indian Country
From January 21, 2023 8:30 am
Collective Bargaining Post-Pandemic
From January 10, 2023 12:00 pm
Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification VIRTUAL Summit
NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to take the Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training virtual.
From December 2, 2022 9:00 am
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Update: ADA Fundamentals and Responding to Accommodation/Leave Requests for School Employees
From September 30, 2022 9:00 am
The FMLA Update: Maine’s New Mini-FMLA for School Employees, FMLA Fundamentals, and More!
From January 28, 2022 8:30 am
Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic…Still – ZOOM Edition
From June 25, 2021 9:00 am
School Boards: Leadership in Difficult Times
This conference will review basic legal principles that apply to school board action. Dan, Elek and Michael will then focus closely on school board leadership during difficult times, particularly as they relate to very public employment disputes, Facebook controversies that impact the board, and public concerns that overtake regular business.
From June 24, 2021 12:00 pm
Making it Work: A Workplace Game Changer
From January 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic for School Board Members
From December 9, 2020 12:00 pm
2020 HR Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2021
From December 8, 2020 12:00 pm
New Earned Paid Leave Law Takes Effect January 1
From September 9, 2020 12:00 pm
All Hands on Deck: Dealing with Employment Issues in a Pandemic
From June 10, 2020 8:30 am
HR in the Time of COVID-19
From May 12, 2020 12:00 pm
2020 Maine HR Convention, Legal Year in Review
From March 11, 2020 9:00 am
Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations
From December 6, 2019 12:00 pm
Collective Bargaining for School Board Members
From December 4, 2019 12:00 pm
Significant Cases and Highlights From 2019
From September 11, 2019 12:00 pm
The Levee Breaks: New Laws Flood Employers
From June 20, 2019 12:00 pm
School Boards in Crisis!!
From June 5, 2019 8:00 am
Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the Right Applicants, Interviewing, Onboarding, and I-9s
From May 7, 2019 12:00 am
2019 Maine HR Convention, 2019 Employment Law Year-in-Review The Latest from Maine and Washington
From March 20, 2019 8:00 am
Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an Employee Needs or Requests an Accommodation
From December 5, 2018 8:00 am
Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019
From September 12, 2018 12:00 pm
Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Complaints
From September 7, 2018 9:00 am
Guarding the Gates: Keeping Your Schools Safe from Violence and Harassment
From June 6, 2018 8:00 am
Violence in the Workplace: Handling Threats, Identifying Risks, and Recommended Policies
From September 6, 2017 12:00 pm