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  • Jun 16, 2020Opening Your Business Best Practices

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the free webinar, “Opening Your Business Best Practices,” for the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.

    About Opening Your Business

    Annmarie will address EEOC guidance. Additional discussion topics from other presenters will include:

    • Existing Policies
    • Protocols
    • PPE Kits
    • Monitoring Success

    When: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

    Registration: hunterdon-chamber.org

    About Annmarie Simeone

    Annmarie concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.

    Annmarie’s work includes the defense of corporate defendants, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, as well as challenges faced by larger companies. In addition, she provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements. Annmarie also drafts employee manuals and employment-related policies and procedures.

    Annmarie has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees. She has presented programs on handling workplace investigations; on acceptable workplace behavior which includes issues of harassment, bullying, and other workplace conduct rules; and on how to properly craft and implement employee handbooks.

    Annmarie also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation, focusing on business disputes such as shareholder actions, commission disputes, and breach of contract matters. In connection with all areas of her practice, she is responsible for the supervision and handling of pretrial proceedings, including discovery and motion practice, as well as settlement negotiations, dispositive motions, arbitrations, and mediations, counseling clients through all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Events, Labor & Employment | Tags: ,

  • May 28, 2020Lana Ros and Rebecca Warren to Present to New Jersey Medical Societies on Reopening Practices

    Svetlana (Lana) Ros and the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “The Road Back to Recovery: Resuming Elective Surgery and Reopening Medical Practices,” 6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, for multiple medical societies, in which the firm is general counsel for, as part of its COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series.

    “Making sure your medical practice is compliant in every way is essential and we realize that a physician’s focus is on the delivery of medical care, but ensuring that your practice is compliant from a legal point of view is like preventative medicine; it is more effective and usually much less costly,” said Ros.

    Warren added, “We realize that physicians need a trusted legal resource to provide practical guidance and the necessary tools to correctly resume their medical practices. Our educational webinars and informative blogs are specifically tailored to assist physicians so that their attention can be focused on turning the key, reopening their doors, and treating patients in the ‘new normal.’”

    For more topics related to COVID-19, visit the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center or its Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About the COVID-19 Medical Practices Webinar

    Ros and Warren will review New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 145, allowing physicians to resume elective surgeries and invasive procedures. Other discussion topics include office set-up for patients and staff, employees refusing to return to work, screening patients before allowing them into the office, potentially being sued by employees or patients if they claim they contracted COVID-19 in the office, and the legal obligations to supply workers with PPE. They will also answer participant questions within the webinar. However, it is strongly encouraged to submit questions in advance via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line by 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3. For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

    About Lana Ros

    Ros focuses her practice on health care law, specifically in the area of civil and administrative litigation, with a concentration in professional licensure and general defense before government agencies providing oversight to the practice of medicine and dentistry. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting healthcare providers. Ros routinely represents healthcare professionals before federal agencies, including Medicare, Office of Civil Rights, and Office of the Inspector General, and state agencies such as Department of Banking and Insurance, Attorney General’s Office, and Department of Health.

    Ros writes and lectures throughout New Jersey and New York on legal issues affecting healthcare professionals, such as over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, health care-related cybersecurity issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, HIPAA, and employment law. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2007 and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University in 2003.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Warren devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Warren has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. She is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Warren is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states. In addition, Warren has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She received her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1991 and her B.A. with honors from Bloomsburg University in 1988.

    Posted in: Health Care & Life Sciences, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, News, Svetlana (Lana) Ros | Tags: , , ,

  • May 08, 2020Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present “Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues,” a webinar hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) to address critical employment issues affecting the workforce as businesses prepare to reopen during this COVID-19 pandemic.

    About COVID-19 Employment Issues

    Please join Norris McLaughlin Members Charles A. Bruder, Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Law Practice Group; Patrick T. Collins, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group; Annmarie Simeone; and the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.) as they cover the following employment law issues developed from the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • CARES Act
    • EEOC Concerns
    • FFCRA
    • Furloughs, Layoffs, and RIFS
    • OSHA Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces
    • PPP Loans
    • Salary Reductions/Unemployment
    • Tax Credits and Assistance Available for Employers
    • Updates on State Leave Laws
    • WARN Act
    • Other Employment Issues on Reopening

    When: Thursday, May 21, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: scbp.org

    This webinar is free to SCBP members and $20 for non-members. If you wish to join the SCBP, please click here to learn more.

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the town hall to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “SCBP TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line.

    About the Presenting Attorneys

    Charles Bruder

    Charles focuses his practice in the areas of ERISA, executive compensation, and taxation. Possessing a wealth of experience in all aspects of employee benefits arrangements, he frequently provides counsel to both for-profit and not-for-profit entities regarding numerous employee benefit and retirement benefit arrangements. Charles is regularly involved with issues involving defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans, Code Section 403(b) plans, multiemployer pension plans, ESOPs, and other equity-based and incentive compensation arrangements.

    As many of his clients maintain both tax-qualified and non-qualified arrangements, Charles is often called upon to provide compliance and drafting guidance for deferred compensation arrangements, Code Section 457(b) and 457(f) plans, and similar executive compensation vehicles. Recognizing that education is a key to maintaining successful employee benefit plans, he regularly advises his clients with respect to their group health insurance arrangements, including the ever-changing aspects of compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Charles’s compliance expertise extends to ERISA fiduciary issues, prohibited transaction and controlled group analyses, and government-sponsored correction programs, such as the Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Correction Program (DFVCP), and the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP).

    Pat Collins

    Pat practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel. He has a wide range of experience 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, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Pat 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.

    A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions, which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on issues concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Pat has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, and has 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.

    Annmarie Simeone

    Annmarie concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability. Her work includes the defense of corporate defendants, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, as well as challenges faced by larger companies.

    In addition, Annmarie provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements. She also drafts employee manuals and employment-related policies and procedures. Annmarie has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees. She has presented programs on handling workplace investigations; on acceptable workplace behavior which includes issues of harassment, bullying, and other workplace conduct rules; and on how to properly craft and implement employee handbooks. She also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation, focusing on business disputes such as shareholder actions, commission disputes, and breach of contract matters.

    Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. She is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states. In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate planning and administration, family law, and real estate.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Charles A. Bruder, Events, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • May 07, 2020Business Preparedness for Workforce Return

    Michelle M. Forsell and the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Business Preparedness for Workforce Return,” hosted by the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    Being Prepared for Workforce Return in Pennsylvania

    With Pennsylvania Governor Wolf reclassifying of certain counties to “yellow” status as of Friday, May 8, many businesses are unsure of the legal and practical requirements to prepare their physical location, workforce, customers, and clients for the return to work. Michelle and Rebecca will discuss how business owners can best plan for the resumption of business operations, as well as address employee retention and compensation, unemployment issues, and available coronavirus relief loan programs.

    When: Thursday, May 14, 2020

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: upvchamber.org/events

    About Your Presenting Attorneys

    Michelle Forsell

    Michelle focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, and municipal law. She represents clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, and careful analysis to minimize the tax liabilities resulting from such planning.

    Former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, Michelle is experienced in drafting and implementing resolutions and ordinances, complying with the Right to Know law, and dealing with zoning and land use issues and tax appeals. She serves as a Montgomery County Arbitrator, and teaches a number of law courses at Cedar Crest College. Michelle is also accredited by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and provides advice to veterans, helps with the preparation of VA paperwork, and represents veterans before the VA.

    Michelle is a board member of The Gulack Foundation, the Upper Perkiomen YMCA, and the Project Live Upper Perk. She is 2nd Vice-Chair for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states.

    In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court on thousands of hearings, proceedings, arbitrations, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Rebecca was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Rebecca was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1 margin, serving from 2012 to 2016. In that role, she designed and implemented an intensive, personalized victim rights program; created the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team for child abuse cases to minimize trauma for minor victims; and collaborated with agencies to provide services and treatment for offenders.

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, Michelle M. Forsell | Tags: , , , ,

  • May 04, 2020Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present “Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues,” a free, virtual town hall addressing the latest COVID-19 employment law issues facing employers as workplaces begin to reopen and employees begin returning to work.

    About the COVID-19 Employment Law Issues

    Please join Norris McLaughlin Members Charles A. Bruder, Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Law Practice Group; Patrick T. Collins, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group; Annmarie Simeone; and the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.) as they address topics such as:

    • OSHA Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces
    • CARES Act
    • FFCRA
    • Updates on State Leave Laws
    • WARN Act
    • EEOC Concerns
    • PPP Loans
    • Tax Credits and Assistance Available for Employers
    • Salary Reductions/Unemployment
    • Furloughs, Layoffs, and RIFS
    • Other Employment Issues on Reopening Your Workforce

    When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the town hall to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020, via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line.

    About the Presenting Attorneys

    Charles Bruder

    Charles focuses his practice in the areas of ERISA, executive compensation, and taxation. Possessing a wealth of experience in all aspects of employee benefits arrangements, he frequently provides counsel to both for-profit and not-for-profit entities regarding numerous employee benefit and retirement benefit arrangements. Charles is regularly involved with issues involving defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans, Code Section 403(b) plans, multiemployer pension plans, ESOPs, and other equity-based and incentive compensation arrangements.

    As many of his clients maintain both tax-qualified and non-qualified arrangements, Charles is often called upon to provide compliance and drafting guidance for deferred compensation arrangements, Code Section 457(b) and 457(f) plans, and similar executive compensation vehicles. Recognizing that education is a key to maintaining successful employee benefit plans, he regularly advises his clients with respect to their group health insurance arrangements, including the ever-changing aspects of compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Charles’s compliance expertise extends to ERISA fiduciary issues, prohibited transaction and controlled group analyses, and government-sponsored correction programs, such as the Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Correction Program (DFVCP), and the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP).

    Pat Collins

    Pat practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel. He has a wide range of experience 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, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Pat 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.

    A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions, which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Pat has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, and has 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.

    Annmarie Simeone

    Annmarie concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability. Her work includes the defense of corporate defendants, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, as well as challenges faced by larger companies.

    In addition, Annmarie provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements. She also drafts employee manuals and employment-related policies and procedures. Annmarie has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees. She has presented programs on handling workplace investigations; on acceptable workplace behavior which includes issues of harassment, bullying, and other workplace conduct rules; and on how to properly craft and implement employee handbooks. She also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation, focusing on business disputes such as shareholder actions, commission disputes, and breach of contract matters.

    Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. She is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states. In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate planning and administration, family law, and real estate.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Charles A. Bruder, Events, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Apr 28, 2020Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Present to Medical Management on COVID-19 Employment Law Updates

    Patrick T. Collins, Svetlana (Lana) Ros, and David N. Vozza, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the virtual town hall, “COVID-19 Guidance: A Discussion about FFCRA and Other Employment Laws Impacting Medical Practices,” at noon on Friday, May 8, for nine state chapters of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on significant changes to the employment law landscape and because it is extremely fluid and constantly changing, it’s critical to monitor and understand the ongoing developments,” said Collins.

    Ros added, “For medical practices on the front lines, staying up-to-date on the coronavirus is vitally important. That’s why we have been dedicated to providing critical information, updates, and best practice directives.” For more topics related to the coronavirus, visit the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center or its Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About the COVID-19 Employment Law Update

    Collins, Ros, and Vozza will address the recent employment law passed in response to COVID-19, strategies to manage obligations regarding employment contracts in the midst of COVID-19, and how to deal with reduced hours. They will also answer participants’ questions regarding the recently expanded Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Leave, furloughs, layoffs, employment contracts, and other employment issues medical practices are currently facing. For more information about the MGMA, visit mgma.com.

    About the Presenting Attorneys

    Pat Collins

    Collins, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, 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. Collins 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. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Collins 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 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.

    Lana Ros

    Ros, a member of the Health Care & Life Sciences Law Practice Group, focuses her practice on health care law, specifically in the area of civil and administrative litigation, with a concentration in professional licensure and general defense before government agencies providing oversight to the practice of medicine and dentistry. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting healthcare providers. Ros routinely represents healthcare professionals before federal agencies, including Medicare, Office of Civil Rights, and Office of the Inspector General, and state agencies such as Department of Banking and Insurance, Attorney General’s Office, and Department of Health.

    Ros writes and lectures throughout New Jersey and New York on legal issues affecting healthcare professionals, such as over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, healthcare-related cybersecurity issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, HIPAA, and employment law. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2007 and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University in 2003.

    David Vozza

    Vozza, a member of the Health Care & Life Sciences Law Practice Group, devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

    Posted in: David N. Vozza, Health Care & Life Sciences, Labor & Employment, News, Patrick T. Collins, Svetlana (Lana) Ros | Tags: , , , , ,

  • Apr 06, 2020New Jersey Food Processors Association Virtual Town Hall: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A

    Deemed an essential business during these unprecedented times, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, food processors are critical. The success of the food industry will have a major impact on the citizens of New Jersey. There is a lot of information out there, so the New Jersey Food Processors Association is hosting a virtual Town Hall to bring members together along with industry experts and business leaders to discuss the coronavirus challenges impacting the industry.

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, and Keith McDonald, a Member of the firm, will participate in the Town Hall to address:

    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
    • Attendance Policies
    • Health Screenings
    • Employee Incentives to Meet Increased Capacity and Demand
    • Other Labor and Employment Issues

    Other discussion topics include the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as general health and food safety for food processors. You can also email help@njfoodprocessors.org to submit questions in advance.

    When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m

    Where: njfoodprocessors.org

    About Your Presenters

    Patrick T. Collins

    Pat practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel. He has a wide range of experience 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, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Pat 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. Pat has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions, which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Pat has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits and has 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.

    Keith McDonald

    Keith concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, labor and employment, and higher education law.

    Keith’s labor and employment law practice focuses on the representation of management in all aspects of employment law, with particular focus on defending against discrimination claims under federal and state laws, including whistleblower claims and claims of harassment and discrimination based on sex, age, race, national origin, and disability. He also regularly counsels employers and their human resource departments on a wide range of employment-related policies and procedures.

    In the area of commercial litigation, Keith represents a broad range of clients in all phases of litigation in both state and federal court.  He has recently litigated cases involving false advertising, product disparagement, restrictive covenants, and contract-related disputes. Keith has developed an expertise in federal court practice and has substantial experience in handling emergent matters and dispositive motion practice. He has also litigated several matters through the trial and appeal stages.

    Posted in: Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Keith McDonald, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: , , , ,

  • Apr 02, 2020What Is FFCRA and How Does It Impact Your Business? [WEBINAR]

    Michelle M. Forsell and Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “What Is FFCRA and How Does It Impact Your Business?” hosted by the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    FFCRA Discussion Topics

    • Layoffs and Furlough
    • Paid Time Off and Sick Leave
    • Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • Medical Benefits
    • Unemployment Compensation and Reduced Hours

    When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Registration: upvchamber.org/events

    About Michelle Forsell

    Michelle focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, and municipal law. She represents clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, and careful analysis to minimize the tax liabilities resulting from such planning.

    Former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, Michelle is experienced in drafting and implementing resolutions and ordinances, complying with the Right to Know law, and dealing with zoning and land use issues and tax appeals. She serves as a Montgomery County Arbitrator, and teaches a number of law courses at Cedar Crest College. Michelle is also accredited by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and provides advice to veterans, helps with the preparation of VA paperwork, and represents veterans before the VA.

    Michelle is a board member of The Gulack Foundation, the Upper Perkiomen YMCA, and the Project Live Upper Perk. She is 2nd Vice-Chair for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states.

    In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court on thousands of hearings, proceedings, arbitrations, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Rebecca was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Rebecca was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1 margin, serving from 2012 to 2016. In that role, she designed and implemented an intensive, personalized victim rights program; created the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team for child abuse cases to minimize trauma for minor victims; and collaborated with agencies to provide services and treatment for offenders.

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  • Mar 30, 2020What Is FFCRA and How Does It Impact Your Business? [WEBINAR]

    Michelle M. Forsell and Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “What Is FFCRA and How Does It Impact Your Business?” hosted by the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    FFCRA Discussion Topics

    • Layoffs and Furlough
    • Paid Time Off and Sick Leave
    • Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • Medical Benefits
    • Unemployment Compensation and Reduced Hours

    When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Registration: upvchamber.org/events

    About Michelle Forsell

    Michelle focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, and municipal law. She represents clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, and careful analysis to minimize the tax liabilities resulting from such planning.

    Former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, Michelle is experienced in drafting and implementing resolutions and ordinances, complying with the Right to Know law, and dealing with zoning and land use issues and tax appeals. She serves as a Montgomery County Arbitrator, and teaches a number of law courses at Cedar Crest College. Michelle is also accredited by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and provides advice to veterans, helps with the preparation of VA paperwork, and represents veterans before the VA.

    Michelle is a board member of The Gulack Foundation, the Upper Perkiomen YMCA, and the Project Live Upper Perk. She is 2nd Vice-Chair for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states.

    In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court on thousands of hearings, proceedings, arbitrations, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Rebecca was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Rebecca was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1 margin, serving from 2012 to 2016. In that role, she designed and implemented an intensive, personalized victim rights program; created the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team for child abuse cases to minimize trauma for minor victims; and collaborated with agencies to provide services and treatment for offenders.

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