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2021 Employee Handbook Revisions: Are You Up to Date?

  • 06 May 2021
  • 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Webinar


  • Speaker/Presenter
  • If registering as the sponsor please send Logo and Company Description to


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Remote Meeting

      8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome from Amy Sabato
             8:30 AM - 8:55 Legal Update and Q&A with Deb Najjar

             9:00 - 10:30 Program

      Approved for 1.50 SHRM credits, HRCI credits pending

Topic: 2021 Employee Handbook Revisions: Are You Up to Date?

From the new Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave law to the COVID-19 pandemic, laws and regulations surrounding the workplace are constantly changing. Are you confident that your company's handbook aligns with the latest best practices?  An up-to-date employee handbook is a critical tool to help mitigate risk to your business.  Join us for a lively discussion of best practices and recommended 2021 updates to your handbook.  Topics will include:


Leave policies;

Work-from-home/remote work policies;

Discrimination, harassment, and anti-retaliation policies;

Development of policies that balance flexibility with clear guidance;

Miscellaneous handbook policies that may require review and revision; and

Best practices on maintaining a handbook and updating employees.


Our Speakers:  Kathleen O'Toole and Catherine DiVita from Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP - Boston, MA

Kathleen R. O’Toole

Kate primarily focuses her practice on employment matters, as both a litigator and a trusted advisor. On the litigation side, Kate represents employers facing various employment lawsuits, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour claims. She regularly works with employers in a counseling capacity, as well, helping them to resolve challenging workplace issues and collaborating with them on practices, policies, and problem-solving strategies that help to prevent litigation.  She also represents clients (both individuals and employers) in the negotiation of severance agreements and employment contracts.  In addition to her employment law practice, Kate also defends professional liability claims and advises clients on insurance coverage matters.  

Catherine M. DiVita

Catherine maintains a broad civil litigation practice, with a focus on employment law, insurance disputes, and professional liability. She represents employers in defensive litigation, working to reach a favorable settlement or win the case via dispositive motions or a verdict, if necessary. She also counsels employers on their internal policies and procedures to help their businesses run smoothly and hopefully avoid litigation. Prior to joining Conn Kavanaugh, Catherine clerked for Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson on the Connecticut Supreme Court and for former Chief Justice Scott L. Kafker on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, who is now on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Our Sponsor:  Interested in sponsoring? Contact Lisa Lemieux at 



For more information:

Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

Phone: 978-204-3207


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087


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