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GMVHRA - 2015-06-10 "Managing Employee Leaves of Absence: Navigating New Laws and Old Challenges"

  • 10 Jun 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • NECC Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack St., Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA - ENTRANCE: K - 3rd Floor


  • Guest - 1st time attending


Wednesday, June 10, 2015: "Managing 


TOPIC: "Managing Employee Leaves of Absence:  Navigating New Laws and Old Challenges"



This presentation and interactive discussion of the wild and wooly world of employee leaves of absence.  We will review a number of new laws on the books, including the new Massachusetts sick leave and domestic violence leave laws and expanded parental leave law.  We’ll also talk about not-so-new legal and practical issues that continue to cause headaches for HR professionals, including intermittent leave under the FMLA, leave as a reasonable accommodation and special obligations owed to employees returning from military leave. 



Our Speakers: Catherine E. Reuben and Laurie Bishop of the law firm of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP.



Cathy Reuben provides counseling, training, and litigation defense for employers' labor and employment matters. Cathy's clients include both private and nonprofit businesses and professional organizations involved in a wide range of industries, including education, technology, healthcare, human service, manufacturing, legal and other professional services, insurance, finance/banking, hospitality, and retail.



Cathy is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is ranked by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers and top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts, and one of the top 100 lawyers in New England. She is also ranked in Chambers USA for employment law. Cathy is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law issues. She has chaired seminars and served on panels for a variety of trade, bar, and continuing legal education associations, organizations, and schools. She is an MCAD-certified trainer in discrimination, harassment, and reasonable accommodation.



Cathy is an active participant in the legal community. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Ethics and Education Committees, and formerly served as Co-Chair of its Labor and Employment Law Section. She is involved in numerous other professional and civic activities and projects, including projects related to youth outreach and transgender rights.

Laurie Bishop represents companies and non-profit institutions on various employment, compliance, and risk management issues, including privacy laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, anti-discrimination statutes, contracts, restrictive covenants, and employment policies and practices. Laurie defends clients in employment discrimination suits, in both court and administrative agencies, and she has experience in dealing with covenants not to compete, severance and release agreements, policies and handbooks, and minority shareholder issues in closely-held corporations. Laurie also represents and advises clients on complex business issues including intellectual property matters, contract negotiations and disputes, and sweepstakes and promotions.  Laurie has trained managers and employees on a variety of matters, including litigation avoidance tactics, employment statutes, and leadership.

Laurie’s practice also includes advising colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations on their policies and procedures, and aiding them in various risk-management decisions.



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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
9:10 AM - 10:30 AM Program

LOCATION: NECC Riverwalk , 360 Merrimack St. Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA ENTRANCE K - 3rd Floor

Location: 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA ENTRANCE K, 3rd Floor  Get directions

For more information:

Contact: Lisa Lemieux
Phone: 978-204-3207


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087



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