Christopher M. Caiaccio

Of Counsel Atlanta

Chris Caiaccio has been practicing exclusively in the area of labor and employment his entire legal career.  He works with companies of all sizes to assist with labor relations and human resources issues including employment discrimination, non-compete agreements, employment contracts, sexual harassment, and wage and hour issues, among other things.

Mr. Caiaccio recognizes that employment disputes are often time consuming.  As a result, he encourages clients to be proactive in the area of labor relations in order to minimize unnecessary disputes and litigation.  In this regard, Mr. Caiaccio regularly works with clients to develop lawful and effective labor relations strategies, employment agreements, and human resources policies.

He also regularly advises clients on traditional labor relations mattes such as union avoidance, unfair labor practice charges, secondary boycotts, collective bargaining, strike contingency planning, grievance and arbitration, and other matters involving the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Caiaccio has particular expertise in representing clients in non-compete and trade secret litigation in state and federal court, including claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, computer fraud and abuse and violation of the Stored Electronic Communication Act.  He has helped clients enforce restrictive covenants, and has assisted clients in navigating the hiring of employees subject to restrictive covenants, including handling injunction and temporary restraining order proceedings.


Experience

A substantial portion of Mr. Caiaccio’s practice is in the area of tradition labor relations.  He regularly counsels clients on day-to-day labor relations matters and operating within the constraints of the National Labor Relations Act.  Mr. Caiaccio’s experience in the traditional labor area is wide-ranging and includes union avoidance, collective bargaining, union organizing drives and campaigns, secondary boycotts, strike contingency planning, due diligence relating to mergers and acquisitions, grievance administration and arbitration, unfair labor proceedings, and other proceedings involving the NLRB.

Mr. Caiaccio has particular expertise representing clients in the construction industry.  He regularly advises construction clients on matters such as Davis-Bacon compliance, double-breasting, and project labor agreements.  In addition to the construction industry, Mr. Caiaccio has extensive experience working with clients in manufacturing, restaurant and hospitality, health care, transportation, and newspaper, among other industries.

A large part of Mr. Caiaccio’s practice is devoted to restrictive covenant litigation and advice.  In this regard, Mr. Caiaccio assists clients with enforcing restrictive covenants against departing employees and executives.  In addition, Mr. Caiaccio assists clients with protecting the company’s trade secrets, copyrights, and confidential information, whether through litigation or otherwise.

Mr. Caiaccio also regularly provides human resources counseling and advice to clients.  For example, Mr. Caiaccio frequently advises clients on responding to federal agency investigations (EEOC charges, OSHA complaints, DOL audits, etc.).  He also advises clients regarding disciplinary matters, separation agreements, management training, and wage and hour classifications, among other things.

Mr. Caiaccio also maintains an active employment litigation practice.  He regularly represents clients in employment-related disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country.  Mr. Caiaccio’s employment litigation experience includes wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment, retaliation, and employment discrimination.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Labor and Employment Council, Associated General Contractors
  • Georgia Chapter of Associated General Contractors
  • Atlanta Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors
  • American Bar Association (Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Has the Use of Independent Contractors Fizzled Out in the Fissured Workplace?'' - Atlanta - May 19, 2016
  • AGC's Construction Professionals Conference - ''Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Landmines'' - Atlanta - April 27, 2016
  • IEC Conference - ''How to Navigate Your Way Through an OSHA Investigation'' - Tampa - October 22, 2015
  • IEC Conference - ''Avoiding Davis Bacon Compliance Mistakes'' - Tampa - October 22, 2015
  • IEC Policy Conference - ''Ambush Election Rules - What Employers Must Do Now'' - Washington, DC - May 05, 2015
  • IEC Atlanta - ''NLRB's Ambush Election Rules and NLRB's Decision in Purple Communication'' - Atlanta - January 2015
  • IEC Atlanta - Employment Law Compliance - ''Hot Button Issues for Electrical Contractors'' - Atlanta - September 2014
  • Committee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act, 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting - ''California Dreamin' - Could Register Guard Survive?'' - Carlsbad - February 27, 2013
  • Atlanta Engineering Personnel Associates - ''Union Organizing and the Employee Free Choice Act'' - Atlanta - April 2009
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