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  • Sep 15, 2020HR Roundtable: Return to Work Issues During the Pandemic

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, will present the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) HR Roundtable: “Return to Work Issues During the Pandemic” as Chair of the group. Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of the event.

    About the HR Roundtable

    The HR Roundtable provides an opportunity to discuss hot topics with an experienced employment law attorney and other experts in an informal setting that allows participants to grow as professionals and add value to their business at the same time. It is meant for human resources professionals responsible for overseeing personnel issues within their companies, seeking a local support system of peers, hoping to stay ahead of the constantly evolving, complex labor and employment laws and regulations.

    Discussion topics will include:

    • High-Risk Workers
    • School Closings
    • Travel Quarantine
    • Positive Test Results
    • FFCRA Issues
    • Leave Sharing Policies
    • Paid Leave Benefits
    • Phase 2 and Remote Work

    When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Registration: web.scbp.org

    Free for SCBP members; $20 for non-members.

    About Pat Collins

    Pat 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, 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.

    Much of Pat’s 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. Pat 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.

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  • Sep 10, 2020Patrick Collins Appointed Chair of Somerset County Business Partnership HR Roundtable

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, has been appointed the Chair of the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) HR Roundtable.

    “I am honored to lead this group of exceptional professionals in Somerset County’s HR industry. As a long-time resident, I look forward to continuing to contribute to this community and the SCBP is the perfect outlet to do so,” said Collins.

    About the SCBP HR Roundtable

    The SCBP is the premier business resource in Central New Jersey. A member-driven organization, this enhanced Chamber of Commerce, with Four-star Accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, speaks with a powerful, unified, and dynamic voice representing many vital interests in Somerset County. A diverse composition of investors and members allows the SCBP to integrate the agendas of many organizations working toward similar economic, educational, and quality of life goals.

    The HR Roundtable provides an opportunity to discuss hot topics with an experienced employment law attorney and other experts in an informal setting that allows participants to grow as professionals and add value to their business at the same time. It is meant for human resources professionals responsible for overseeing personnel issues within their companies, seeking a local support system of peers, hoping to stay ahead of the constantly evolving, complex labor and employment laws and regulations.

    About Pat Collins

    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. 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 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.

    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.

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

    Vozza 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 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.

    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 | 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: , , , ,

  • 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: , ,

  • 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.

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