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  • Aug 20, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Labor & Employment Clerk

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Alyssa M. Hicks as a law clerk with the firm. She joins the Labor & Employment Practice Group.

    “We are very excited to have Alyssa join our Labor & Employment Law Department. Her academic and work credentials are outstanding. She will be a valuable asset to our team,” said George Hlavac, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

    Hicks will counsel employers in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, contracts, policies, and handbook reviews. She will represent companies in employment-related litigation and handle administrative matters before the EEOC and PHRC.

    Hicks earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Shippensburg University in 2015 and her J.D., cum laude, from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in 2018. While at Widener, Hicks served as President for the Moot Court Honor Society and Assistant Editor-In-Chief for the Widener Journal of Law, Economics Race. As a law student, she interned for the Office of the Secretary/Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Senate, the Honorable John F. Cherry, at the Court of Common Pleas in Dauphin County; Santos Law Group, PC; and the Dauphin District Attorney’s Office.

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  • Aug 01, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Associate

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Timothy S. Klimpl as an Associate in the executive compensation and employee benefits group. He also joins the firm’s labor and employment, and taxation groups.

    Klimpl has advised numerous collectively-bargained, multiemployer, and governmental employee benefit plans, and helps clients devise cost-effective approaches to creating and sustaining compliant organizations. He advises clients in a range of issues including ERISA compliance, the Pension Protection Act, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ACA investigations, COBRA, HIPAA, tax qualification requirements under the Internal Revenue Code for employee benefit plans, preparation of benefit determination notices, and the IRS Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) for retirement plans under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).

    Klimpl has reviewed and interpreted collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and drafted CBA language relating to employer funding obligations under the Pension Protection Act and tax provisions under the ACA. He also prepares employee handbooks and advises employers regarding wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination statutes, and employment agreements; and engages in corporate formation and applies for and obtains federal tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations.

    Klimpl received his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from Syracuse University. He is a member of the American, New York State, and Connecticut Bar Associations.

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  • Jul 02, 2018Annmarie Simeone and Margaret Raymond-Flood to Present Webinar

    Annmarie Simeone and Margaret Raymond-Flood, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the webinar “Policies & Procedures for Preventing Harassment and Strategies for Controlling Discovery” in conjunction with Corporate Counsel Business Journal on Tuesday, July 10, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST.

    In this webinar, Simeone and Raymond-Flood will discuss effective policies, procedures, and training to help prevent and address workplace harassment, as well as strategies and best practices for preservation, management and cost controls for document collection, review and production.  CLE credit is available for NJ, NY, and PA, and copies will be available for on-demand viewing for registrants who cannot attend. For more information and to register, click here.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

    Raymond-Flood devotes her practice to general litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial matters. She has considerable experience in the defense of environmental, professional liability, and insurance claims.  Her extensive litigation experience includes pretrial procedure, motion practice, and taking and defending depositions of corporate representatives, employees and expert witnesses throughout the country.  Raymond-Flood has tried several complex matters, on both the state and federal levels, and she has used state-of-the-art technology as part of her trial preparation and presentation.  She is also Chair of the firm’s Response to Electronic Discovery and Information (“REDI”) Group, an interdisciplinary team that helps clients with the identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of massive amounts of electronically stored information required by federal and state court rules.

    Raymond-Flood received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1991 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University in 1988.

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  • Jun 11, 2018Barbara Hollenbach a Moderator for the 17th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was a moderator for “Legal Updates” on June 7 and June 8 at the 17th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The sessions focused on leading cases and potential problematic issues facing workers’ compensation practitioners.

    The 17th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, had over 1,000 attendees, including employers, case managers, third-party administrators, defense/claimant counsel, labor and others. The conference provided a sharing of practical, useful and timely information, and provided unique opportunities to network with other workers’ compensation professionals.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation. Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products, as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians. She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. Hollenbach is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 10 years. She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section. From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee. A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000. An active community volunteer, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1978 from Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with highest distinction, in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University.

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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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  • Mar 19, 2018Barbara Hollenbach Speaks on Workers’ Compensation

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was a panelist at the “Second Annual National Workers’ Compensation Symposium,” presented March 3, by The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.  Hollenbach’s topic was “Worker Attorney Involvement in Workers’ Comp Cases.”  The symposium featured some of the Nation’s most distinguished and knowledgeable workers’ compensation practitioners and professionals.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation.  Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products, as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians.  She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity.  Hollenbach is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  She has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past ten years.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000.  An active community volunteer, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.  She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1978 from Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with highest distinction, in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Mar 14, 2018Medical Practices in the New Age of Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

    Members of the firm, David N. Vozza and Keya C. Denner, recently wrote an article for the Onondaga County Medical Society Bulletin‘s “The Legal Treatment” section.  Medical Practices in the New Age of Sexual Harassment and #MeToo” discusses the hot topic of sexual harassment in the workplace, which does not exclude medical practices, and its applicable laws, legal definition, employer liability, retaliation, and best practices in anti-harassment policies and training.

    Vozza 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. He also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline.  Vozza frequently lectures at hospitals throughout the state of New York regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.   He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.A. at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

    Denner devotes his practice to labor and employment law, executive compensation, and commercial litigation.  In 2017, Denner was named New Leader of the Bar by New Jersey Law Journal, and in 2016 and 2017, he was included on the Employment & Labor list of New Jersey Rising Stars, published by Super Lawyers Magazine.  He 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.  He is a past co-chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Somerset County Bar Association.  He also sits on the Personnel Committee for the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy.  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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  • 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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