Morgan, Brown & Joy attorneys James M. Pender and Richard V. Gello presented the webinar, “Progressive Discipline for Local Housing Authorities,” sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on September 13, 2022. In their presentation, Pender and Gello addressed the different levels of progressive discipline, how local housing authority directors and managers can determine appropriate discipline for employees, and additional considerations in the disciplinary process such as employee rights, documentation, and policies.
Pender provides labor and employment law advice and litigates matters on behalf of public and private sector employers. Much of Jim’s practice involves providing legal advice and guidance to clients regarding both union and non-union personnel to help employers navigate the often complicated array of federal and state laws and regulations affecting employment. He represents a diverse client base, including municipalities, school committees, housing authorities, municipal light plants, state agencies, corporations, small privately-held companies, and colleges and universities. Jim has been with Morgan, Brown & Joy since 2001 and is a partner with the firm.
Gello counsels private and public sector employers in labor and employment matters. Rick’s extensive labor law experience includes handling discipline, performance, management, and collective bargaining negotiations. He assists employers with all legal aspects of working harmoniously with labor unions. In his employment counseling practice, Rick helps clients avoid and resolve workplace allegations of discrimination and harassment, as well as implementing leave laws, reasonable workplace accommodations, wage and hour matters, and all related employment law claims. Rick also crafts policies, handbooks, employment contracts and other guiding documents that help employers proactively manage healthy employee relationships.
The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, through its community and business partners, provides affordable housing options, financial assistance, and other support to Massachusetts communities. DHCD oversees different types of assistance and funding for consumers, businesses, and non-profit partners.
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