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  • 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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    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.

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  • 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: ,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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