2015 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
APRIL 2, 2015
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

HR Professionals, C-level Executives, In-House Counsel and Business Owners
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Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Attorneys:

Nicholas Anastasopoulos

Amanda M. Baer

Brian M. Casaceli

Corey F. Higgins

Robert L. Kilroy, Chair

John P. McMorrow

D. M. Moschos

Michael P. Murphy

Kimberly A. Rozak

Sharon P. Siegel

Jonathan R. Sigel

Marc L. Terry

Richard C. Van Nostrand


Health Law Attorneys:

Jackie L. Caynon, III

Matthew R. Fisher 



Susan D. Hunt

Susan P. Mitchell

Cheryl A. Spakauskas

Networking Breakfast

General Session:
Update on Paid Sick Leave, Domestic Violence Leave, and Parental Leave: How do these leave law changes affect PTO Policies?
Jonathan Sigel and Corey Higgins will explore the changing landscape under the new earned sick time law, the domestic violence leave law, and the now gender-neutral parental leave law (formerly known as the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act), as well as the potential effect these laws may have on employer's paid time off policies.

Breakout Sessions:
Wage & Hour Update
Kim Rozak and D. Moschos will provide an overview of federal and state wage and hour laws, including a discussion of fundamental issues such as who are exempt/non-exempt employees, minimum wages, and base wages versus regular rates of pay.  For those employers with a workforce that cannot live without technology, the presentation will address accounting for time worked on smart phones and iPads and the issues created by a 24/7 workplace.  As well, the seminar will forecast what the future holds relative to the much-anticipated new DOL regulations that are expected to reflect President Obama's directives concerning the white-collar exemptions under the FLSA.

Why Should the Non-Union Employer Care about the National Labor Relations Act?
The National Labor Relations Board, through recent rulemaking and decisions, has sought to greatly broaden the application of the National Labor Relations Act to non-union employees.  As a result, all employers, regardless of whether their employees are unionized, must be aware of the NLRB's expanding reach.  Through this presentation, Nick Anastasopoulos and Marc Terry will bring you and your employer up to speed on recent developments at the NLRB, including a look at the latest on ambush union elections, social media, employee handbooks and confidentiality policies, and will provide guidance and insight on how to best comply with the law.

Affordable Care Act and HIPAA Compliance Update.
John McMorrow will cover what constitutes "affordable" coverage. Jackie Caynon will discuss who is a full-time employee under the employer mandate and Matt Fisher will discuss structuring business associate agreements.

Top 10 HR Policy Updates to Consider in 2015
The recent enactment of new leave laws in Massachusetts and increasing activism by regulators and plaintiffs in areas such as social media, criminal records, and wage and hour makes it critical that employers review their existing HR policies to ensure that they comply with the current state of the law.  Mike Murphy and Amanda Baer will discuss the "Top Ten" areas that employers should focus on when conducting such a review and provide helpful tips on what should be included when updating your policies. 

General Session:  
Ask the Experts