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June 9, 2009

Annual Employment Law Update for HR Professionals (Framingham, MA)

Mark Whitney and Greg Manousos will present a full-day seminar entitled 24th Annual Employment Law Update for HR Professionals.  This popular annual event is sponsored by the MetroWest Human Resources Management Association, and is held at the Clark University Graduate Management Center, 1671 Worcester Road (Rt. 9), Framingham, 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 ($149 for non-members, which includes lunch).

Seminar Agenda:

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
Check-in, continental breakfast, and networking with HR professionals

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Morning Session

Employment Law Update:  What's New and How Will It Impact Your Organization?
Our traditional review of developments in the law will address noteworthy cases and legislative/regulatory developments from the past year and explore the implications for HR, including developments in the areas of:
  • Recent US Supreme Court cases involving issues such as:  arbitration provisions in collective bargaining agreements; rights of employees who speak out against discrimination but do not complain.
  • Recent Mass. SJC decisions addressing such key issues as:  employers with fewer than 6 employees; limiting discrimination claims in court strictly to the claims asserted at the MCAD; religious discrimination and grooming policies; wage and hour cases
  • Key legislative and regulatory developments, including:  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; the 2009 ADA amendments Act; new whistleblower protections; changes to the FMLA; genetic discrimination; and new guidance on religious discrimination.
  • Independent contractor classifications
  • Individual liability of managers under Title VII, Sex stereotyping and Care-giver discrimination
  • Pending legislation which may adversely affect HR issues and
  • Developments in enforcement of noncompete, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements and much more
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch by Panera Bread of Framingham

1:15p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Afternoon Session

Focus on Key Topics:

Topic 1:  Planning for Layoffs - Best Practices Tips for Minimizing Litigation Risks
While we can only hope that the worst may be over, layoffs, especially mass layoffs, continue to be a challenge for a company to carry out.  This portion of the afternoon program will address the legal and organizational strategies that offer best practices in:
  • Making reductions in force run smoothly, How to select layoff criteria & How to prepare a layoff “birthday list”
  • Should you offer a severance plan and, if so, should it be contingent upon a general release
  • Critical steps to avoid litigation
Topic 2:  Protection of Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships in a Layoff Environment

According to a recent study, nearly 60% of people who are either laid-off from their job or simply moving to another opportunity often secretly take proprietary data from their employer on their way out the door.
  This session will help attendees better understand:

  • best practice tips for employers to protect their trade secrets and customer relationships from harm by former employees;
  • the laws that protect employers’ trade secrets from misappropriation by employees;
    various policy and contractual options available to employers;
  • appropriate communications between the employer and the former employee and his or her new employer; and

  • potential security measures.