Employment Compliance, Employment Litigation, and Labor Relations
Christine Belcaid represents both local Hawaii and national employers in all aspects of labor and employment law as an Associate at the firm. Her main areas of practice include defending unfair labor practices before the NLRB, countering union organizing efforts, labor arbitration, conducting workplace investigations, and defending employers before the state and federal employment discrimination agencies. In addition, Christine litigates discrimination, retaliation, and wage/hour cases, as well as counsels employers in all areas affecting human resource management, including by drafting and revising employee handbooks. She also has significant experience with FLSA collective actions, tip pooling, and tip credit, and with occupational safety and health matters.
Ms. Belcaid is an active member of the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment and serves on the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She received a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, where she graduated in the top nine percent of her class, and her law degree from Boston University School of Law, where she founded the school's participation in the American Bar Association's Arbitration Competition. Prior to law school, Ms. Belcaid worked in the hospitality and real estate industries. During law school, Ms. Belcaid interned with New Hampshire Legal Aid, the National Labor Relations Board, and Harvard University's Office of Labor and Employee Relations.
Ms. Belcaid volunteers with the Society for Human Resource Management, Hawaii Chapter and the Junior League of Honolulu.
- J.D., 2013, Boston University School of Law
- B.S., 1999, Cornell University
Admitted to Practice
- Hawaii State Bar, 2014
- United States District Court, District of Hawaii, 2014
- United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2018
Areas of Practice
Recent Representative Matters include
- Prevailed on behalf of the employer in a high profile labor arbitration involving four terminated employees who caused over $4.5 million in damage to the employer's property.
- Advised an employer throughout the union organizing process to ultimately defeat the union in an NLRB secret ballot election.
- Successfully represented various employers to reach favorable settlements for the employers in employment discrimination matters, including racial harassment and a whistleblower claim.
- Prevailed on behalf of the employer in two separate Section 8(b)(1)(A) NLRB proceedings against UNITE HERE Local 5.
- Prevailed on behalf of the employer in a labor arbitration involving two employees disciplined for insubordination despite no disciplinary history and ambiguous contract language.
- Prevailed on behalf of the employer in an FLSA collective action in which the federal court denied conditional certification.
- Prevailed on behalf of the employer in a labor arbitration involving an employee terminated for insubordination despite no disciplinary history.