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  • May 17, 2018Norris McLaughlin to Receive 2018 Healthy Workplace Award

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been recognized as one of the “Gold 2018 Healthy Workplaces” by Healthier Somerset, a partnership of over 50 organizations aiming to improve the health and well-being of those who live and work in Somerset County.  Charles A. Bruder, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Practice Group, will accept the award on the firm’s behalf at the second annual 2018 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awards.

    The event, to take place 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in Somerset, will feature “Cultivating Your Culture,” a presentation by Dr. Vince Sferra, the founder and Clinic Director of Natural Medicine and Rehabilitation, followed by a panel discussion of best practices for employee wellness.  For more information and to register, visit healthiersomerset.org.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. has been recognized for its firm-wide wellness program, Legally Fit!, which, sponsors and promotes such health-conscious initiatives as Fresh Fruit Fridays, a Fresh Farm Box Delivery Program, the Weight Watchers at Work program, chair massages, yoga classes, weekly inspirational quotes, and a Lunch & Learn Series of educational seminars on topics such as healthy eating and exercise habits.

    “The firm started Legally Fit! to promote a workplace culture that supports and encourages employees to develop and maintain a lifelong commitment to their health; encourage habits of wellness; increase awareness; provide activities, information, and services; and recognize employees for participating in the wellness program that supports healthy lifestyle choices,” said Sharon Taggert, the firm’s Senior Benefits Administrator.

    Also part of Legally Fit! is the NM Cares initiative.  The program encourages its employees to take an active role in charitable activities that better the community.  Under NM Cares, the firm is granting each of its employees paid time off equal to one work day each year exclusively for charitable work.  An employee who seeks to participate in NM Cares must complete a participation form to be approved by the Marketing Department, tell the story of why they chose the charity, explain how they became involved, and provide photos of their experience.  The pictures and writings will be shared with clients and friends on the new NM Cares website, on social media, and in the press to demonstrate to the community our employees’ involvement in charitable endeavors.

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  • Dec 19, 2017Charles Bruder to Present Webinar on Pitfalls in Executive Employee Separations

    Charles A. Bruder, Member of the  law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Practice Group, will present the webinar “Avoiding the Pitfalls in Executive Employee Separations” in conjunction with Metropolitan Corporate Counsel on Wednesday, December 20, from 1-2 p.m.

    In this webinar, Bruder, will present key issues for business organizations to consider when separating of an executive from employment to avoid litigation and benefit both the employer and the departing employee.  Topics include severance pay entitlement, deferred compensation issues, bonuses, income tax aspects, and employee benefits considerations.  For more information and to register, click here.

    Bruder is experienced in all aspects of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, deferred compensation arrangements, stock option plans, employee stock ownership plans, and other incentive and equity-based compensation arrangements. He frequently counsels clients on plan qualification and administration issues, ERISA fiduciary matters, plan compliance issues, and employee benefits matters in the context of business reorganizations.  In addition, Bruder is knowledgeable in the handling of group health plans, cafeteria plans, and other health and welfare benefits arrangements. He is a frequent lecturer on employee benefits and has published articles in The Exempt Organizations Tax Review and New Jersey Law Journal and has been quoted in The Hedge Fund Law Report. Bruder received his LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from Widener University School of Law, and his B.A. from LaSalle University.

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  • Mar 02, 2017Charles Bruder & David Harmon To Present Webinar on Settlement and Severance Packages

    Charles A. Bruder and David T. Harmon, Members of the  law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chairs of the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group, will present the webinar “Utilizing Settlement and Severance Packages” in conjunction with Lorman Education Services on Tuesday, March 21, from 1-2:30pm.

    Since employers, large and small, are dealing with more frequent changes in their employee populations than ever before, this webinar will help them understand key issues to address in a settlement or severance agreement to avoid litigation and that will benefit both the employer and the departing employee.  To learn more and to register, click here.  CLE, CPE, SHRM, HRCI, and NASBA credits are available.

    Bruder is experienced in all aspects of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, deferred compensation arrangements, stock option plans, employee stock ownership plans, and other incentive and equity-based compensation arrangements. He frequently counsels clients on plan qualification and administration issues, ERISA fiduciary matters, plan compliance issues, and employee benefits matters in the context of business reorganizations.  In addition, Bruder is knowledgeable in the handling of group health plans, cafeteria plans, and other health and welfare benefits arrangements. He is a frequent lecturer on employee benefits and has published articles in The Exempt Organizations Tax Review and New Jersey Law Journal and has been quoted in The Hedge Fund Law Report. Bruder received his LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from Widener University School of Law, and his B.A. from LaSalle University.

    Harmon represents senior-level employees of both public and private companies in the negotiation of their employment packages and all associated agreements, whether at the commencement of the employment relationship or at termination.  His successful negotiation of employment and severance packages for clients includes employment and post-employment compensation, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, and garden leave covenants, the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, change of control provisions, and benefits and protections within the structures and strategies for those packages. Harmon’s representation also includes providing advice and counsel to employers in the negotiation of employment and severance packages with their employees, the design of human resources compliance programs, including employee policy manuals, and counseling and training concerning implementation of those policies. In 2012, Harmon launched his blog Transitions in Employment, which focuses on developments in executive compensation and employment law. Harmon is a member of the Business Law and Labor & Employment Sections of the New York State and American Bar Associations, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Technology Association.  He received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and his B.A. from Tufts University.

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