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  • 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.

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

  • Mar 23, 2020Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Other Employment Laws Impacted by COVID-19 [WEBINAR]

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, will present the COVID-19-related webinar, “What the Family First Act Means for You and Your Business,” hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership. Pat will discuss:

    • Furlough, Layoff, Isolation, and Quarantine
    • Family and Medical Leave Expansion
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • Tax Credits
    • Employer Notice
    • Prohibitions
    • Penalties and Enforcement
    • Other Employment Laws Impacted by COVID-19

    When: Thursday, March 26, 2020

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 427 046 680

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    Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abws1wNAyw

    Registration: scbp.org

    For more information on this topic, read Pat’s “Family First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Act” blog or visit our Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About 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.

    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.

    About Norris McLaughlin’s COVID-19 Response

    To better serve our clients and to protect our attorneys and staff, we empaneled a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force to keep abreast of and study the developments and make recommendations to Firm Management related to best practices for our collective health and welfare.

    Recognizing that transparency of information and advice about this health crisis is paramount to stopping the spread of the virus, we are pleased to launch this Norris McLaughlin Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center. Here you will find links to critical information, updates, and best practice directives from the WHO, CDC, the HHS, and many of our experienced attorneys. We will continue updating these materials and resources as necessary to ensure we are communicating the most current information and advice.

    Posted in: Events, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: , ,

  • Feb 24, 2020Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Two New Members to Pennsylvania Office

    The Pennsylvania office of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Christopher R. Gray and the Honorable Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.) as Members of the firm. Gray joins both the Tax, Trust, and Estates Practice Group and the Business Law Practice Group, while Warren will be a part of the Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Business Law Practice Groups.

    “We are grateful to have these two established attorneys join our team and look forward to enhancing our multiple practices at Norris McLaughlin. Our clients will benefit from the additional experience Chris and Rebecca are bringing,” said S. Graham Simmons, III, Administrative Partner of the firm’s Pennsylvania office.

    About Christopher Gray

    Gray focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and income tax planning.

    In addition, Gray is experienced in corporate matters, business transactions, non–profit issues, health care governance, elder law, and general litigation. He represents high net-worth clients and their businesses in developing estate, gift, income tax, and succession planning strategies.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Gray has worked both in private practice and with a financial strategies company advising affluent private clients on business investments, multigenerational estate preservation, and wealth planning.

    A long-time resident of Pennsylvania, Gray is a past officer of the Lehigh Valley Estate Planning Council, and currently serves on the Northampton Community College Foundation Board of Directors, where he is also Chair of its Planned Giving Committee.

    With 25 years of experience, Gray frequently presents on tax law and initiatives, estate planning tools and techniques, and asset protection.

    Gray received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude, in 1993 and his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1987. He also earned his LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.

    “Our Practice Group has witnessed recent and robust growth. We are delighted to welcome Attorney Gray to join our Team at this auspicious time. Chris is a fine asset to our firm and to our clients,” said Judith A. Harris, Co-Chair of the Tax, Trust, and Estates Practice Group.

    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, Warren is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. She has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. Warren 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.

    Warren 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. She was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Warren founded a multi-county law firm and real estate closing company and was a partner in a Philadelphia firm.

    Warren was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1 margin. 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.

    Warren received her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1991 and her B.A. with honors from Bloomsburg University in 1988.

    “We are excited to see growth within the firm and I am proud to be able to extend our team’s reach in Pennsylvania by adding Rebecca’s many years of experience. Having her in-house perspective, as well as her service as a District Attorney, will be a great addition to our group,” said Patrick T. Collins, Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.

    Posted in: Business Law, Christopher R. Gray, Elder Care & Special Needs Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, Litigation, News, Taxation | Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Nov 06, 20192019 Employment Law Hot Topics – Session 2

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a presentation on significant legal issues facing human resource professionals, business owners, and in-house lawyers. This program will highlight timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law.

    Our Hot Topics seminar will feature a panel of speakers presenting in-depth on timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law, including:

    • The Wage Theft Act (significant amendments to New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Laws) – Patrick T. Collins
    • NJ Ban on Salary History Questions – Annmarie Simeone
    • NJ Ban on Confidentiality Agreements and Arbitration Agreements for discrimination claims
    • Expansion of NJ Medical Marijuana Act protections – Keith D. McDonald
    • Update on NJ Non-compete developments – Edward G. Sponzilli

    A short update on the federal overtime rule and expansion of the NJ Family Leave Act will also be provided.

    Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues. We are offering this seminar free of charge. However, space is limited.

    This program has been approved for CLE, HRCI, and SHRM credits.

    When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 —9:00 a.m.

    Program: 9:00—11:00 a.m.

    Questions & Answers: 11:00 —11:30 a.m.

    Where: Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933

    Please click here to register.

    Please Note: Due to the overflow of requested attendance, in order to accommodate everyone, we have added a simulcast option. As a registered attendee of the simulcast session, you will view the 2019 Employment Law Hot Topics seminar from a conference room through a live video stream.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Business Law, Edward G. Sponzilli, Events, Keith McDonald, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: ,

  • Oct 30, 20192019 Employment Law Hot Topics – Session 1

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a free seminar on significant legal issues facing human resource professionals, business owners, and in-house lawyers. This program will highlight timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law.

    Our Hot Topics seminar will feature a panel of speakers presenting in-depth on timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law, including:

    • The Wage Theft Act (significant amendments to New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Laws) – Patrick T. Collins
    • NJ Ban on Salary History Questions – Annmarie Simeone
    • NJ Ban on Confidentiality Agreements and Arbitration Agreements for discrimination claims
    • Expansion of NJ Medical Marijuana Act protections – Keith D. McDonald
    • Update on NJ Non-compete developments – Edward G. Sponzilli

    A short update on the federal overtime rule and expansion of the NJ Family Leave Act will also be provided.

    Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues. We are offering this seminar free of charge. However, space is limited.

    This program has been approved for CLE, HRCI, and SHRM credits.

    When: Thursday, December 5, 2019

    Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 —9:00 a.m.

    Program: 9:00—11:00 a.m.

    Questions & Answers: 11:00 —11:30 a.m.

    Where: Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933

    Please click here to register.

    Please Note: Due to the overflow of requested attendance, in order to accommodate everyone, we have added a simulcast option. As a registered attendee of the simulcast session, you will view the 2019 Employment Law Hot Topics seminar from a conference room through a live video stream.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Business Law, Edward G. Sponzilli, Events, Keith McDonald, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: ,

  • 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: , ,

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