The MCAD in 2015

05/15/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Jamie R. Williamson, MCAD Chair, and Yaw Gyebi, Chief of Enforcement, will discuss the expansion of the Commission’s jurisdiction under the newly enacted Domestic Workers and Parental Leave Acts. The panelists will also discuss the challenges facing the Commission given an anticipated budget shortfall. How will the shortfall affect staffing, case investigation and adjudication? Join us to explore ways to ensure the continued protection of civil rights of Massachusetts residents....
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CLE - 42nd Annual Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists

05/09/2015
This annual program is designed to familiarize labor relations practitioners with current trends in collective bargaining and other issues affecting public employees....
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Employment Related Claims of Partners and of Shareholders in Closely Held Corporations

04/29/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Attendees will learn what issues of which to be aware when representing partner-employees and shareholder-employees, and the partnerships and closely held corporations employing them. ...
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Resolving Disputes Among Family Members: Wills, Inherited Assets, Elder Care, and Family Owned Businesses

04/23/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This panel presentation will address legal issues and interpersonal challenges when you represent clients in disputes with their relatives involving elder care, inherited assets or their financial/employment interests in family-owned businesses....
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CLE - The New Massachusetts Leave Laws: Domestic Violence, Parental Leave, and Earned Sick Time

04/14/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Gain insight into the three new Massachusetts leave laws, who is covered and what protections each law provides employees. After this seminar, attendees will have a greater understanding of the new laws in Massachusetts and how to counsel clients about these important rights....
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New Lawyer & Law Student Speed Networking with Employment Law Attorneys

04/01/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Join us to meet more 10 guest attorneys in small groups to learn about the career paths and legal opportunities available in Boston's employment law landscape....
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An Introduction to the Massachusetts Wage Act: What Every Lawyer Should Know

03/30/2015 - 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
The program is a great primer for non-employment lawyers new to the Wage Act as well as a refresher for more experienced employment lawyers....
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Union Organizing 2015: What the NLRB's New Election Rules and Recent Decisions Mean for Labor and Employment Attorneys

03/24/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Stay up to date on how new rules and recent decisions have changed the landscape for union organizing. Receive practical recommendations on proactive steps employers and unions can take to adapt. ...
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Negotiation, Execution, and Enforcement of Severance Agreements

03/18/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Need to learn more on severance agreements? This program will discuss the negotiation, execution, and enforcement of severance agreements in the employment law context....
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The Ins and Outs of Mediating an Employment Case

02/12/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will feature a lively and interactive panel discussion on the ins and outs of mediating employment disputes. Our speakers will provide the plaintiff's, defense, and mediator's perspectives on what makes employment cases well-suited to mediation, what the right time to mediate an employment case, how to prepare an employment case for mediation, and how counsel should approach mediation to reach the best outcome for their clients....
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Investigations and Privilege

02/11/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will discuss the attorney-client privilege, the attorney work-product doctrine, and the common interest doctrine in the context of internal investigations at colleges and universities....
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CLE - Protecting Your Practice from the Unexpected

01/29/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how to protect you and your practice. Whether you’re just starting out or celebrating 25 years helping clients, if you’re a small firm or solo practitioner, an event that interrupts your practice could put an end to it if you don’t have a plan in place....
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Employment Law Issues Related to Ebola and Other Pandemics

12/08/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Our panelists will discuss what steps employers can and should take to be prepared for a pandemic, and how to protect their employees and clients, without running afoul of discrimination, privacy, wage and hour, and other employment laws....
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CLE - Criminal Law & Employment Issues: Are You In The Know?

10/22/2014
Crimes invading the workplace may present the biggest risks for your clients. Are you prepared for handling crimes against the person, financial crimes, subpoenas, and dealing with accusations of criminal off site conduct? ...
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CLE - The Supremes: Review of 2014 Employment Cases

10/16/2014
Be up-to-date on the U.S. Supreme Court and the SJC employment decisions from the 2013-14 term. Learn how these decisions will impact the advice you provide your clients....
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CLE - Employment Law Basics: What Every Lawyer Should Know

09/23/2014
Get the inside scoop on what every employment law attorney should know. Our panel will discuss the life cycle of the employment relationship and the laws that effect it....
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6th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Confidential Information, and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

09/16/2014
It has been argued that employee non-compete agreements (NCA’s), in addition to being unfair, have hurt innovation and enterprise creation in Massachusetts. Advocates for the status quo insist that the NCA’s are strictly scrutinized and necessary for the protection of confidential information of employers. The 188th General Court Senate overwhelmingly approved an economic development bill that included both a BBA-tweaked version of the 48-states-adopted Uniform Trade Secrets Act and a compromise mechanism to discourage overreaching employee NCA’s. These provisions were “held in conference.” In the BBA’s sixth summer symposium on these issues, legislators, administrators and lawyers advocating or advising on reform will provide an overview of recent developments and issues going forward. Arguments will be made for the status quo. There will be opportunity for attendee questions and presentation of views. ...
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Background Checks: The Impact of Criminal Cases and DCF Records on Job Applicants

06/23/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Obtaining employment can often be a difficult and distressing process. This process has become more concerning for job applicants, as employers increasingly rely on records from commercial background check companies and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) to evaluate candidates. A disposition in a criminal case or an investigation by DCF - even those with favorable outcomes- may become a barrier to employment for many individuals. It is increasingly important for attorneys representing clients, particularly indigent clients, in criminal cases or care and protection cases to understand the impact cases may have on clients' employment prospects. This program will discuss how records may be available to employers to evaluate job applicants, and what advice attorneys can provide to clients about the impact of criminal or C&P cases on future job applications....
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CLE - Whistleblowers: A Practical Discussion of How to Respond to Claims and Address Risks

06/16/2014
In this CLE, we will provide an overview of whistleblower programs, key developments in applicable laws, how to develop an appropriate response to whistleblower claims, and steps that employers can take to address whistleblower risks....
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