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Back 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.