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NEHRA's 2020 Virtual Legal Summit

5/14/2020 to 5/15/2020
When: May 14 - 15, 2020
8:45am - 12:15pm
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Marissa Cammarano

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NEHRA's 2020 Virtual Legal Summit
May 14 - 15



Day One - May 14

8:45 – 9:00am – Welcome Remarks

9:00 - 10:30am - Live Breakout Session

COVID-19 Employment Law Update

Presenter: Dan Klein, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Dan Klein is a member of Seyfarth’s COVID-19 Task Force, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys working together to advise on short-term responses and long-term strategies for dealing with the effects of the pandemic on organizations. 

Dan will provide practical recommendations and actions to be taken as businesses prepare to re-open, as well as guidance on potential post-COVID-19 litigation issues. This session will review any other rapidly changing laws/regulations related to the pandemic.


10:45am – 12:15pm - Live Breakout Session

Effectively Managing Furloughs, Layoffs and Reduction in Hours

Presenter: Tracy Thomas Boland, Employment Lawyer, Morgan, Brown & Joy


Tracy will discuss furloughs and layoffs (how are they different, when to use each, legal and practical pitfalls and advantages, and when and how to come back from them) as well as unemployment benefits (the old and the new, how to navigate, and the real life impact that current benefits may be having on your business).

12:15pm - Virtual lunch - The session will remain open until 1:00pm - feel free to stay on, enjoy your lunch with us and chat with colleagues



Day Two - May 15

9:00 - 10:30am - Live Breakout Session

Legal Implications of Managing a Remote Workforce
Presenter: Charla Stevens, Director, Litigation Department & Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group, McLane Middleton 


With the constantly changing information concerning the COVID-19 global pandemic, businesses are navigating in uncertain and unprecedented times. This session will focus on two of the most significant issues with which employers are wrestling: managing a remote workforce and addressing wage and hour issues specific to reductions in workforce and work hours. 

Employment and Wage Related Issues

Wage and Hour Information for Remote Employees or Quarantined Employees
Workforce Reduction Issues
Update on Unemployment Insurance
Update on state and federal assistance


Remote Work

Adjusting to the “New Normal”

Timekeeping and record-keeping

Information security

Keeping employees engaged and productive


10:45am – 12:15pm – Live Closing Panel

Ask the Legal Expert

Dan Klein, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Charla Stevens, Director, Litigation Department & Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group, McLane Middleton 
Martha Zackin, Partner, Bello Welsh, LLP

Join us for a panel-version of the popular “What to Do When” session and gain relevant and impactful insight into important employment law issues. Bring a question of your own or hear responses and guidance from the panel of attorneys on challenges that fellow attendees are facing. This session will be a great way to wrap up two days of new and complex information with a chance to review it before the summit concludes.


12:15pm -Closing Remarks


 *Attendees will also get access to an additional set of 4 breakout sessions to watch at your own pace! These will be sent out to registrants at the conclusion of day 2. Topics will include: 

Harassment in the #MeToo Era: Practical Strategies to Promptly, Thoroughly, and Impartially Respond to Employee Complaints
Presenter: Allyson Kurker, Partner, Kurker Paget, LLC
An employee just reported that she has been harassed and wants something done about it. Today. You’ve been asked to spearhead your organization’s response. Where do you start? This program will provide practical strategies for HR professionals to readily recognize an obligation to investigate and respond to internal harassment complaints. Allyson will walk participants through the anatomy of an investigation, including how to plan the investigation, interview parties and witnesses, and document findings. The program will conclude with an overview of common “trips and traps” to avoid. 

US Immigration Impacts of COVID-19
Presenters: Scott Fitzgerald, Managing Partner, Fragomen, Tejal Patel, Associate, Fragomen & Jennifer Schaaf, Associate, Fragomen
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented employers with a host of new challenges in keeping their foreign national employee population in legal status, and their company in compliance with a variety of US immigration laws.  These efforts have become even more complicated as employers throughout the New England region begin to institute salary reductions, furloughs and layoffs in response to the deteriorating economy.  

Join legal experts from the Boston office of the Fragomen law firm to hear the latest developments in this critical area, including:      

  • on-going effects of border and consular closings 
  • employer's continuing compliance obligations with USCIS still accepting case filings 
  • immigration rules relating to work from home arrangements. 
  • immigration rules relating to wage reductions, furloughs and layoffs 
  • relaxed USCIS rules regarding certain filing deadlines and I-9 employment eligibility compliance 
  • update on H-1B lottery results and petition filing challenges 
  • views on the road ahead 

Effective Workplace Investigations – HR and Outside Counsel Working as One
Presenter: Lorenzo Cabantog, Associate, Ogletree Deakins
How an employer investigates and responds to claims can mean the difference between a properly conducted workplace investigation or increased risk of litigation and exposure.  This presentation will provide you with best practices to help you conduct effective investigations, provide insight on outside counsel and the litigation process, and how to increase cooperation between counsel and the investigator.  These techniques and guidelines will not only assist you in conducting an investigation in the workplace, but they will also position the company in the best possible light in the event of litigation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Selecting the Appropriate Investigator
  • Preparing for the Investigation: Gather the Evidence and Reviewing Documents
  • Review of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Asserting It
  • Post-Investigation Reporting: A Written Report or Its Alternatives
  • Findings and Conclusions: Facts and not Opinion

PFML Updates
Presenters: Molly Mooney, Associate / Labor & Employment Department, Seyfarth Shaw  & Shannon Berube, Staff Attorney / Labor & Employment Department, Seyfarth Shaw

Paid family and medical leave benefits will be available to Massachusetts employees on January 1, 2021 -- a date that is rapidly approaching.  This session provides an overview of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, what it requires of employers, and what employers should be thinking about moving forward, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

NEHRA's 2020 Virtual Legal Summit

$399 REDUCED RATE for Members*
$599 Non-Members*
$999 Member & Non-Member Group Rate for 2+ registrants from the same organization (register the main attendee and we will contact you directly to register additional attendees)

NEHRA's 2020 Virtual Legal Summit & Back to Work Program Series Bundle
$599 REDUCED RATE for Members*
$799 Non-Members* (includes 1 year membership)

*Please note, this pricing is based on content provided for one registrant only and is intended for individual use. The code provide for HRCI/SHRM Credits can only be reported for the registrants records. Please use our discounted group rate for groups of 2 or more.


NEHRA Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing at least 3 days prior to the summit in order to receive a refund.


CEU Credits:

This program has been applied for 6 General Credit Hours.


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