New 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 to submit questions in advance.

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

3:00 – 4:00 p.m


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.