Title: Legal Update
From the HR perspective, much of our focus in 2020 was necessarily on quickly reacting to the widespread changes due to the pandemic, which did not leave much time for focusing on other important developments in 2020 unrelated to the pandemic, or for reflecting on the future impact of some of the pandemic measures. In addition, 2021 has continued the trend of unprecedented legal challenges for HR professionals to navigate. Join us as we look back at 2020 developments and ahead to 2021 impacts and initiatives. Among the topics discussed in this informative session will be:
- Update on pandemic-related laws and guidance on the Federal and State levels
- Cases related to potential employer liability for COVID-19 and interplay with OSHA
- ADA update on accommodating employees with disabilities both because of and despite the pandemic
- USDOL new regulations and guidance: regular rate, fluctuating workweek pay, telework, independent contractors, joint employers, and more
- Workplace compliance for ongoing remote work arrangements
- Diversity and inclusion initiatives: dealing with microaggressions and promoting racial justice
- Renewed focus on whistleblower protections
- Update on paid family/medical leave laws and initiatives
- Proposed legislation HR should be watching on the Federal and State levels
- What a new Administration in Washington, D.C. will mean for employers
Employment lawyers Andrea G. Chatfield & Jennifer Shea Moeckel of Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, pllc
Andrea provides practical advice and guidance to employers on risk management issues in the workplace. This includes both day-to-day personnel decisions that can have a high degree of liability if not done carefully, and high level policy-making decisions, such as developing employee handbooks, executive employment agreements, non-competition agreements, social media policies, and other organizational protocols.
Andrea has successfully represented employers of all types and sizes before administrative agencies in discrimination, whistleblower, unemployment, and wage disputes.
Andrea also serves as an outside investigator for employers who need to respond to highly sensitive internal complaints of discrimination and harassment. In addition, Andrea develops and conducts in-house trainings for businesses and other employers in such matters as preventing workplace harassment and how to manage within the law. She is frequently a public speaker on employment law topics.
Jennifer Shea Moeckel
Jen devotes her practice to assisting employers with compliance during all phases of the employment relationship and defending employers in discrimination and other claims pending before state and federal agencies. Jen provides training on issues including harassment prevention and managing within the law, and serves as an outside investigator for employers and educational institutions in matters including harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault. Jen frequently presents on employment law topics for business, industry, and employer groups. Jen is recognized by Chambers USA as one of New Hampshire’s leading Employment Law attorneys, is listed in Best Lawyers of America® for Employment Law – Management (recognized in 2015 and 2017 as “Lawyer of the Year” in Manchester in the area of Employment Law – Management), is a New England Super Lawyer in the area of Employment and Labor, and is Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rated AV®. Jen is appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to serve as a member of the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners.
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