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45th Annual Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists

Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Harvard Law School - , Cambridge, MA


Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists | 05.05.18

Join the BBA at Harvard Law School for this intensive workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations professionals. This annual program will familiarize labor relations practitioners with current trends in collective bargaining and other issues affecting public employees.


I. Significant Labor Law Decisions of the Supreme Judicial Court

Marc D. Greenbaum, Esq.
Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

II. Remarks by Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

III. Update from the Department of Labor Relations

Edward Srednicki
Department of Labor Relations

Marjorie Wittner
Department of Labor Relations

Margaret Sullivan
Department of Labor Relations

John Hanson
Department of Labor Relations

Panelists will provide an overview of:

  • Staffing, case processing, budget, and appeals docket
  • Significant SERB decisions of the past year and relevant practice tips
  • FY17 decisions that raise interesting issues
  • Developments at the JLMC

IV. It Isn't Over When It's Over: Perls to Pension Benefits That Employees Encounter When They Are About to Be Terminated

Judith Corrigan
Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission

Brian Fox
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP

Nick Poser
Law Office of Nicholas Poser

This panel will explore the hazards public employees facing termination to their pension benefits face. The topics include:

  • How to counsel clients facing discharge to ameliorate danger to their pension benefits.
  • Forfeiture - What is the basis for forfeiting a pension under C. 32 §15(4)  based on an employee’s  conviction?
  • Can pension payments be suspended after an employee is idicted?
  • Excessive Fine - When does a forfeiture amount to an excessive fine under the terms of the Excessive Fines Clause of the 8th Amendment?
  • What standards govern the permissible amount of pension forfeiture?
  • What benefits factor in to the determination of "regular compensation"? Deferred vacation leave compensation? Deferred Personal Leave? Benefits that increase workers' comp to full compensation? Other?
  • Is there a way to structure a early or pre-retirement incentive so that it is considered regular compensation?
  • Impact on termination on retiree health benefits.

Registration Fee - $150.00

Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please contact Megan Leppert at or (617) 778-1924.




Rachel Andreas


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