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  • Sep 19, 2019Ray Lahoud to Speak at 2019 Lehigh Valley Business HR Symposium

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present “Is Your Business Struggling with Immigration Compliance?” at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business HR Symposium on Wednesday, September 25.

    About the Presentation

    The firm is a proud presenting sponsor of the event, to be held 8:00 – 10:30 a.m., at ArtsQuest at SteelSacks in Bethlehem. Lahoud will discuss how critical it is for local businesses to be prepared, as immigration enforcement is om the rise.

    “Employers must be reminded that immigration compliance is now a critical component in the management of all businesses, regardless of size or industry, including taking preventive measures on a continual basis. I feel it is my responsibility as an employment immigration compliance attorney to get in front of as many business owners and HR professionals as possible to really urge the importance of this legal immigration issue,” said Lahoud.

    Panel discussions will also address company culture, overtime law, and other topics of interest to the Greater Lehigh Valley business community. For more information, click here.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.

    Lahoud’s experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s immigration practice is broad in scope, with extensive national and global capabilities, to serve individuals and families; small, mid-size, and large businesses; national and international corporations; non-profits, hospitals, universities, colleges, and research institutions; manufacturers, importers, exporters, investors, and others, to allow for ease in clients’ global mobility.

    The Norris McLaughlin labor and employment attorneys counsel private and public sector clients on a wide range of issues, including workforce counseling; labor and employee relations; corporate and workforce compliance; review and updating employment policies and procedures; employment litigation; unfair competition and trade secrets; privacy and e-discovery issues; employment training; employee benefits and tax issues; wage and hour compliance; immigration; and government contracts.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

    Posted in: Immigration, Labor & Employment, News, Raymond G. Lahoud | Tags: , ,

  • May 31, 2019Barbara Hollenbach Moderates “Legal Updates” at the 18th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Conference

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will moderate “Legal Updates” on June 3 – 4 at the 18th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference in Hershey. The panel is an open discussion focusing on leading cases and potential problematic issues facing workers’ compensation practitioners.

    The conference, which promises a sharing of practical, useful and timely information, and provides a unique opportunity to network with other workers’ compensation professionals, is attended by 1,400 people including employers, case managers, third-party administrators, defense/claimant counsel, and others. For more information, please click here.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation. She is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products; professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians. She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 10 years.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000.  An active community volunteer, she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

    Hollenbach earned her J.D., cum laude, from Dickinson School of Law in 1978, and her B.A., with highest distinction, from Pennsylvania State University in 1975

    Posted in: Barbara L. Hollenbach, Labor & Employment, Litigation, News, Products Liability Defense, Professional Liability & Malpractice, Workers’ Compensation—Pennsylvania Office | Tags: , ,

  • May 28, 2019Barbara Hollenbach to Participate in Pennsylvania Bar Institute Best Practices Forum

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Institute “Best Practices: The Well-Prepared Workers’ Compensation Lawyer,” sponsored by PBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section on Wednesday, May 29, 1:00 – 4:15 p.m.

    The 2019 Best Practices forum features a distinguished panel of judges and attorneys who will analyze the top issues including preparedness, professionalism, and communication in relation to WCAIS, hearings and mediations, and evidence. For more information, please click here.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation. She is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products; as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians. She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 10 years.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000.  An active community volunteer, she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

    Hollenbach earned her J.D., cum laude, from Dickinson School of Law in 1978, and her B.A., with highest distinction, from Pennsylvania State University in 1975.

    Posted in: Barbara L. Hollenbach, Labor & Employment, Litigation, News, Products Liability Defense, Professional Liability & Malpractice, Workers’ Compensation—Pennsylvania Office | Tags: , ,

  • May 07, 2019Patrick Collins to Speak on Managing Employment Issues

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, will present “Managing Evolving Employment Issues with Limited Resources” on Thursday, May 9, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., at Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. in Little Ferry.  He will discuss wage and hour issues; paid sick, family, and disability leave; workers compensation; #MeToo issues; anti-harassment training; social media in the workplace; handbook updates; the proposed overtime rule changes; the NJ Pay Equity Law; and New Jersey’s new minimum wage.

    The event is co-sponsored by The Association of Corporate Counsel Small Law Department Network, the world’s largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe, and Meritas® Law Firms Worldwide, the premier global alliance of independent law firms working collaboratively to provide businesses with qualified legal expertise.  To learn more and register, please click here.

    A resident of Branchburg, Collins practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He is experienced in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Collins represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Collins has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    Much of Collins’ practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. Collins regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. He has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, as well as drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Collins is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and their Labor & Employment Sections, as well as the Somerset County Bar Association. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey and is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District XIII Ethics Committee and the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court.  He also serves on the Somerset Valley YMCA Advisory Board.

    Collins received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1983 and his B.S. from Glassboro State College in 1979.

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  • Apr 29, 2019Rashmee Rayna Sinha Named Among New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars

    Rashmee Rayna Sinha, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been included in the New Jersey Rising Stars® 2019 Edition in the Employment Litigation: Defense category for the fourth consecutive year.  Only five percent of New Jersey attorneys are given this honor.

    New Jersey Super Lawyers, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, published in New Jersey Monthly and in New Jersey Super Lawyers MagazineNew Jersey Super Lawyers are selected based on a peer-review survey mailed to more than 32,000 attorneys throughout the state, a “blue ribbon review” process, and independent research on each candidate.  Polling, research, and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc.

    As a logical, strategic, and pro-active employment defense attorney, Sinha has a proven track record of extricating clients from suit in the early stages of litigation. She primarily handles claims under Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Directors and Officers and Errors and Omissions polices related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, whistle-blower, and wrongful discharge on the basis of protected categories (i.e. age, sex, disability, race, gender, national origin, religion, pregnancy etc.).

    Sinha represents employers from industries including healthcare, construction, financial services, property management, insurance, technology, transportation, building services, hotel and hospitality, retail, manufacturing, power and energy, and pharmaceutical.

    Sinha is experienced in all areas of employment litigation in both federal and state courts. She has defended administrative proceedings and regulatory compliance investigations before numerous employment practice agencies including the EEOC, and the federal and state Department of Labor and the Department of Health. Sinha counsels employers on employment and compliance issues including employment policies, contracts, discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, accommodations, complaints, investigations, benefits, proprietary information, restrictive covenants, reorganizations, and executive compensation.

    Sinha earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.A. from Boston University. She is a member of the Labor of Employment Section of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also an active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce.

    Posted in: Labor & Employment, News, Rashmee Rayna Sinha, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Apr 10, 2019Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Labor and Employment Member

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Rashmee Rayna Sinha as a Member of the firm.  She joins the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.

    As a logical, strategic, and pro-active employment defense attorney, Rashmee has a proven track record of extricating clients from suit in the early stages of litigation. She primarily handles claims under Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Directors and Officers and Errors and Omissions polices related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, whistle-blower, and wrongful discharge on the basis of protected categories (i.e. age, sex, disability, race, gender, national origin, religion, pregnancy etc.).

    Sinha represents employers from industries including healthcare, construction, financial services, property management, insurance, technology, transportation, building services, hotel and hospitality, retail, manufacturing, power and energy, and pharmaceutical.

    Sinha has extensive experience in all areas of employment litigation in both federal and state courts. She has defended administrative proceedings and regulatory compliance investigations before numerous employment practice agencies including the EEOC, and the federal and state Department of Labor and the Department of Health. Sinha counsels employers on employment and compliance issues including employment policies, contracts, discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, accommodations, complaints, investigations, benefits, proprietary information, restrictive covenants, reorganizations, and executive compensation.

    Sinha earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.A. from Boston University. She is a member of the Labor of Employment Section of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce, the Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey, and the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, and the Legal Committee, Fairways Community Condominium, Teaneck, New Jersey.

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