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  • Nov 06, 2018Edward Easterly Presents at NAILBA 37th Annual Meeting

    Edward J. Easterly, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Employment Law According to Seinfeld” on November 1 at the 37th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida.

    Easterly reviewed the handling of all employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, employee discipline issues, and employee termination, from the point of view of Seinfeld characters.  The meeting, held October 31 – November 2, featured a total of 20 sessions, 20 hours of presentations, and approximately 1,000 representatives from different agencies across the country.

    NAILBA is a nonprofit trade association with over 300-member agencies in the U.S. Since 1981, NAILBA has represented independent wholesale life brokerage agencies. For more information, click here.

    Easterly practices before federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies, representing clients in matters related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  He assists clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with employment matters. Easterly’s labor law practice focuses on representing management.  He has handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification hearings, and grievance arbitrations for matters such as wage discipline and termination.  He counsels employers in union avoidance and has helped his clients successfully defeat union representation elections.  He assists public and private employers in negotiations during collective bargaining.  He has also represented clients in interest arbitrations during the collective bargaining process.  Additionally, he advises clients in all aspects of strikes, lockouts, and mass picketing.  In addition to his private-sector clients, he represents municipalities with respect to their labor unions.

    Easterly is a member of the Muhlenberg Board of Associates; the Executive Board of the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America; and the Board of Advisors for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks; and a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown. Easterly actively writes about employment law on the firm’s Lehigh Valley Employment Law Blog. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College.

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  • Sep 24, 2018George Hlavac to Speak at Lehigh Valley Business HR Symposium

    George C. Hlavac, Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Group of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to participate in the Lehigh Valley Business HR Symposium, Wednesday, October 3, 8 – 10:30 a.m. Hlavac will update human resource professionals, business owners, and managers with respect to the steps that must be taken by all businesses to avoid liability for harassment claims in the current #MeToo environment.  The symposium will feature panel discussions on harassment and other topics pertinent to the Greater Lehigh Valley business community. For more information, click here.

    Hlavac focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law. He handles traditional law matters and employment-related litigation, and counsels employers of all sizes about workplace issues including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, safety and health, wage and hour, workplace accommodations, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, employment contracts, employee handbooks, unemployment compensation, union avoidance, collective bargaining negotiations and agreements, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. Hlavac was selected as a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, where he also served as the Board’s Vice Chair and was a member of the Executive and Human Resources Committee. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, magna cum laude, in 1991 and from George Washington University Law School, with honors, in 1994.

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  • Jun 05, 2018Edward Easterly to Speak at National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Edward J. Easterly, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak on internships, harassment, and pre-employment issues at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Conference and Expo, scheduled for June 5 – June 8 at Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana. Easterly will speak at 3:30 p.m., June 6 on “Legal Issues Surrounding Internships,” at 3:00 p.m., June 7 on “Legal Issues: Harassment,” and at 4:15 p.m. June 7 on “Preemployment Testing.”

    The NACE Conference and Expo will feature speakers addressing the current trends in the college and employer industry. Attendees can choose from more than 80 professional development workshops while learning about new business solutions within their field. For more information, check out the conference program here.

    Easterly practices before federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies, representing clients in matters related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. He assists clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with their employment matters.

    Easterly’s labor law practice focuses on representing management. He has handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification hearings, and grievance arbitrations for matters such as wage discipline and termination. He counsels employers in union avoidance and has helped his clients successfully defeat union representation elections. He also assists public and private employers in negotiations during collective bargaining, and has represented clients in interest arbitrations during the collective bargaining process. Additionally, Easterly advises his clients in all aspects of strikes, lockouts, and mass picketing. In addition to his private-sector clients, he represents municipalities with respect to their labor unions.

    He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2006, and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College in 2003.

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  • Apr 18, 2018Harassment in the Workplace: How to Prevent and Handle Claims of Harassment

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and George Hlavac, Edward Easterly, and John Buckley of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group are pleased to invite you our complimentary seminar, “Harassment in the Workplace: How to Prevent and Handle Claims of Harassment.”  This seminar is designed to help employers, namely human resource professionals and business owners, understand what constitutes harassment (hint: it’s not just sexual harassment!), how to prevent claims, how to investigate and handle claims if and when they arise, and how to avoid legal liability.  Discussed will be the difference between harassment and merely an unhappy workplace, what constitutes an effective harassment policy, how employees and supervisors should be trained, how to conduct an effective investigation, and how to implement prompt measures to remediate harassment.  We will also address frequent mistakes employers make when handling claims of harassment, which includes issues of retaliation.  For your convenience, we are offering the seminar on two days at different locations. If you have any questions, please email , or call 610-391-1800.

     

    When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018                  – OR –               When: Thursday, May 17, 2018

    noon —12:30 p.m. Registration & Lunch

    12:30 p.m.—3 p.m. Program

    3 p.m.—3:30 p.m. Questions & Answers

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

    9 a.m.—11:30 a.m. Program

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

    Where: Camelback Lodge

    Camelback D

    193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372

    Where: Mohegan Sun Pocono

    Full Meeting Rooms

    1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

    For more information or to register, click here.

    This program has been submitted for recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.  We are offering this seminar free of charge.  Please share with your colleagues. If you have any questions, please email , or call 610-391-1800.

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  • Feb 20, 2018Keya Denner to Speak on Sexual Harassment & Rules of the Modern Workplace

    Keya C. Denner, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at the Somerset County Business Partnership Business Builders Breakfast, “Sexual Harassment & Rules of the Modern Workplace,” on Tuesday, February 27, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster.

    The “#metoo” movement is here to stay.  In just over four months, it has become a game changer in the field of sexual harassment and social norms in the American workplace.  Not only have many prominent individuals and their employers already been affected, it is only a matter of time before this powerful social movement takes a firm root in all businesses, both small and large.

    This seminar will explore the legal framework and best practices that all employers must understand in order to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, and discuss the incentive for businesses to create a happier, healthier, and more profitable workplace that results from a harassment-free environment.

    Denner devotes his practice to labor and employment law and executive compensation.  As a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, he represents both small and large employers in matters ranging from breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants to discrimination, disability, and wage and hour violations under federal and state laws.  He has appeared before state and federal administrative agencies throughout the country, and regularly represents management in arbitration proceedings.  A significant part of his practice is devoted to helping his clients avoid litigation, by training management and human resources personnel on best practices and drafting policies and agreements to ensure compliance with the latest laws and regulations in the field.  Denner also advises clients during union organizing campaigns and represents clients in representation and unfair labor practice charge proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

    As a member of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group, Denner represents senior-level employees of public and private companies in negotiating their employment packages and associated agreements, at both the commencement of the employment relationship and at termination.

    Denner was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as a 2017 New Leader of the Bar for his impressive accomplishments and great promise in the legal profession.  For the past three years, he has been selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers Employment & Labor list of New Jersey Rising Stars.  Denner is host of the Somerset County Business Partnership’s Human Resources Roundtable Group, and is Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee of the Somerset County Bar Association.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Visiting Nurse Association, where he is Chair of the By-Laws Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee, and is a member of the Personnel Committee for the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy.  A resident of Boonton, Denner earned his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A., cum laude, from Boston University in 2000.

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