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Local Attorneys to Review Developments Affecting Employer Policies

SPRINGFIELD — Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a leading labor and employment-law firm serving the Greater Springfield area, announced that partners Susan Fentin and Timothy Murphy will present a Breakfast Briefing on Friday, May 15 at Sheraton Springfield, One Monarch Place.

The event, “Your 2015 Handbook: New Developments That Employers Must Understand,” will highlight recent legal developments that have affected policies in the workplace, including the Domestic Violence Leave Act, the Parental Leave Act, the Earned Sick Leave Law, and the March memorandum from the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding impermissible handbook language.

“This has been quite a year for employers in Massachusetts. Beginning last August, there have been three new statutes impacting employment policies,” said Fentin. “The Earned Sick Leave Law, passed by referendum in November, is slated to go into effect on July 1, and the attorney general’s regulations on that statute were issued in April. The Breakfast Briefing will cover the statute and those regulations and their potential impact on your obligations under the law.”

In addition, Murphy noted, “the National Labor Relations Board has had employee handbooks under a microscope, finding certain, common policies to be unfair labor practices that subject an employer to liability, even if none of the employer’s workers are unionized.”

The Breakfast Briefing will focus on these new developments and will cover the policy changes required by the new laws and the NLRB. Attendees will review the handbook provisions that may need to be changed under the Earned Sick Leave Law, as well as those that have been ruled to be violations under the National Labor Relations Act. “If a handbook review is in your future — and we think it should be — you won’t want to miss this important Breakfast Briefing,” said Fentin.

The continental breakfast and registration begin at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. The cost of the event is $25. For more information or to register, visit www.skoler-abbott.com.

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