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June 11, 2013

Mark Whitney to Present at Annual Employment Law Update of MetroWest Human Resource Management Association (Framingham, MA) REDUCED FEE FOR MB&J CLIENTS/E-NEWSLETTER RECIPIENTS

Mark Whitney will present a full-day seminar entitled 28th Annual Employment Law Update for HR Professionals on Tuesday, June 11th.  This popular annual event is sponsored by the MetroWest Human Resource Management Association, and is held at the Clark University Graduate Management Center, 333 Turnpike Road (Rt. 9), Southborough, MA.

For directions and registration information, contact the MetroWest HRMA at 508-429-2424 or by email at

There is a fee for this seminar:  Full day attendance = $129*; Morning Session/afternoon session only = $75* (The full day fee also includes lunch by Roche Brothers Catering.)

* These are discounted rates for MB&J clients and e-Newsletter recipients!

Seminar Agenda:

8:00 to 8:30 REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING for full day and morning session

  • Check-in, continental breakfast, and networking with HR professionals

8:30 to 12:30 MORNING SESSION Our traditional review of developments from the past year and their implications for HR with speaker Mark Whitney, Esq., from the firm of Morgan, Brown and Joy, LLP.

Overview of recent developments in the law, including:

  • Significant and interesting cases from Mass, NH and other courts that impact New England employers
  • Waiver of Wage Act claims in settlements and separation agreements
  • Validity of fixed leave policies and 100% healed policies
  • Trends and updates in employee mobility legal issues, including restrictive covenants and trade secret/intellectual property protections

Legislative update:

  • Legislative efforts to modify noncompete agreement law
  • Massachusetts medicinal marijuana law implications
  • Temporary Worker’s Right to Know Law
  • Amendments to the Economic Espionage Act
  • EEOC enforcement and litigation statistics
  • Social media-related regulation, including Maryland’s “Facebook Law”

NLRB Update and its impact on union and non-union employers

  • HR policies that may infringe employees’ rights under the NLRA
  • Impact on confidentiality of investigations
  • Posting requirements update
  • A fresh look at the NLRB’s social media stance

Best practices in hiring:

  • Update on Massachusetts CORI reform
  • Guidance from the EEOC on use of arrest and conviction records

12:30 to 1:15 LUNCH for full day participants furnished by Roche Brothers Catering

1:15 to 3:45 AFTERNOON SESSION (check in 12:45 to 1:10)

Understanding the Application of the FLSA and FMLA on Complex Issues with Patricia Colarossi, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, Wage and Hour Division, USDOL

Fair Labor Standards Ac

  • Salaried Exemptions
  • Employment Relationship
  • Whether or not an individual is an independent contractor
  • Liquidated damages under the Act
  • Other general provisions.

Family and Medical Leave Ac

  • Discussion of the recent changes to the Act.