Join us as we take our annual fall seminar virtual! For the month of October, we will be hosting one webinar a week that will feature timely topics as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting employers.

We invite you to register for any of the complimentary CLE webinars listed below:

REGISTER HERE

Free Speech in the Workplace: Politics, Pandemic, Social Media and Protests

Date: October 15, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Presenters: Daniel A. Schwartz and Julie C. Fay

There is little doubt that 2020 will go down as one of the more memorable years. With a pandemic, issues of racial injustice, economic turmoil, and an upcoming Presidential election all demanding our attention, employers are increasingly having to confront the issue of employees engaging in speech both in and outside of the workplace. Company policies regarding political speech have come under fire and the use of social media only serves to complicate matters further. Join us for this informative presentation focusing on free speech and social media issues in the workplace.

Managing a Rapidly Shifting Workforce: Work-From-Home and Hybrid Considerations

Date: October 22, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Presenters: Kevin M. Roy and Peter J. Murphy

As return-to-work plans continue to develop, many employers are choosing to maintain work-from-home and “hybrid” remote working arrangements for their employees. However, managing a remote workforce presents its own unique set of employment challenges, including accommodation requests for employees who cannot or will not return to work,wage and hour considerations related to overtime eligibility and tracking of hours, workers’ compensation claims for injuries that occur at home, and discrimination claims based on claims of disparate treatment. Join us for this informative session where we will discuss how employers address these challenges, limit their liability, and ensure their employees’ safety.

Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law

Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Presenters: Gabriel J. Jiran and Keegan Drenosky

As we head into the final months of 2020, employers are reflecting on one of the most challenging years they have ever faced. Employers have had to remain diligently aware of potential legal risks of a new and rapidly changing workplace. Our Hot Topics session will review the year’s most pressing employment issues and provide a look at what employers can expect in 2021.

The New Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Program: A Conversation with Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority CEO, Andrea Barton Reeves

Date: On-Demand

Presenters: Jarad M. Lucan and Andrea Barton Reeves, CEO, Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority

June 25, 2019, Connecticut passed legislation to create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program (PFMLI Program). As 2020 begins to wind down, employers need to be ready when aspects of the PFMLI Program become effective January 1, 2021. No doubt, employers will have many questions about the Program, including what it is, does it apply to my organization, what obligations do I have in 2021 and beyond, and what does it mean for my employees? Join us for an insightful discussion with CEO Andrea Barton Reeves.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approves or accredits CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of Shipman & Goodwin that this activity qualifies for one hour toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including zero hour(s) of ethics/professionalism, but is subject to change based on actual instruction/attendance time.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please email events@goodwin.com. We reserve the right to register only clients and prospective clients of the firm.

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Photo of Tyler Bischoff Tyler Bischoff

Tyler Bischoff is a member of the firm’s School Law Practice Group, where he advises public school districts on a variety of general education, special education and labor and employment issues.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Tyler served as a law clerk…

Tyler Bischoff is a member of the firm’s School Law Practice Group, where he advises public school districts on a variety of general education, special education and labor and employment issues.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Tyler served as a law clerk for the Honorable Christine E. Keller of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Prior to law school, Tyler worked as a college admissions counselor at a private university. While in law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and an intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island.

Photo of Keegan Drenosky Keegan Drenosky

Keegan Drenosky practices in the area of labor and employment law and business litigation. She has represented employers in cases involving claims of discrimination and retaliation before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal…

Keegan Drenosky practices in the area of labor and employment law and business litigation. She has represented employers in cases involving claims of discrimination and retaliation before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal Court.

Photo of Christopher Engler Christopher Engler

Chris Engler focuses his practice on the area of labor and employment law. He has assisted both public and private sector clients in a range of legal matters, running the gamut from grievance arbitrations before the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and…

Chris Engler focuses his practice on the area of labor and employment law. He has assisted both public and private sector clients in a range of legal matters, running the gamut from grievance arbitrations before the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and prohibited practice proceedings before the State Board of Labor Relations, to claims of employment discrimination and retaliation before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Photo of Julie C. Fay Julie C. Fay

Julie represents public and independent schools in a variety of special education and general education law matters, with a particular focus on issues relating to students with disabilities, student discipline, confidentiality, school governance and policy. Julie frequently represents schools in administrative hearings, including…

Julie represents public and independent schools in a variety of special education and general education law matters, with a particular focus on issues relating to students with disabilities, student discipline, confidentiality, school governance and policy. Julie frequently represents schools in administrative hearings, including expulsion hearings, special education due process hearings and related proceedings, and is often called upon to guide districts in drafting policies and administrative procedures in all education law areas. As part of her practice, Julie has conducted numerous professional development workshops for clients and other school organizations.

Photo of Bradley M. Harper Bradley M. Harper

Bradley Harper is a member of the firm’s Immigration practice, where he advises clients on the immigration process, assists them with preparing and filing employer-sponsored immigration petitions including H-1B, L-1, O-1, and TN nonimmigrant visa types and EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant visa/“green…

Bradley Harper is a member of the firm’s Immigration practice, where he advises clients on the immigration process, assists them with preparing and filing employer-sponsored immigration petitions including H-1B, L-1, O-1, and TN nonimmigrant visa types and EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant visa/“green card” petitions, as well as with preparing and filing Responses to Requests for Evidence. He also provides general immigration advice to clients who have submitted or are preparing to submit family-sponsored immigrant visa (“green card”) petitions, adjustment of status applications, and applications to become naturalized U.S. Citizens.

Photo of Gabriel Jiran Gabriel Jiran

Gabriel Jiran is Chair of the Firm’s Employer Defense and Labor Relations Practice Group. Gabriel practices labor and employment law on behalf of corporations and public employers. He assists employers in addressing the full spectrum of issues associated with the employment relationship. He…

Gabriel Jiran is Chair of the Firm’s Employer Defense and Labor Relations Practice Group. Gabriel practices labor and employment law on behalf of corporations and public employers. He assists employers in addressing the full spectrum of issues associated with the employment relationship. He negotiates collective bargaining agreements, and frequently represents employers before administrative agencies and courts in labor disputes. Gabriel also litigates employment disputes on behalf of employers.

Photo of Jarad M. Lucan Jarad M. Lucan

Jarad practices labor and employment law on behalf of both public and private sector clients.  Jarad has successfully represented employers in grievance arbitration matters, prohibited practice proceedings before the State Board of Labor Relations, and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor…

Jarad practices labor and employment law on behalf of both public and private sector clients.  Jarad has successfully represented employers in grievance arbitration matters, prohibited practice proceedings before the State Board of Labor Relations, and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.  He has also represented employers in cases involving claims of discrimination and retaliation before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and State and Federal Courts.

Photo of Peter J. Murphy Peter J. Murphy

Peter represents public and private sector employers in a broad array of cases, with a focus on cases involving claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, first amendment retaliation, and other labor and employment disputes. In addition, Peter advises employers on issues such as employee…

Peter represents public and private sector employers in a broad array of cases, with a focus on cases involving claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, first amendment retaliation, and other labor and employment disputes. In addition, Peter advises employers on issues such as employee discipline, disability accommodations, and internal investigations, and provides training and seminar presentations on those issues.

Photo of Kevin M. Roy Kevin M. Roy

Kevin represents public sector clients with respect to the full complement of labor and employment matters, including contract negotiations, interest arbitration, contract administration issues, grievance arbitration cases, prohibited practice proceedings, administrative appeals of decisions of the State Board of Labor Relations filed in…

Kevin represents public sector clients with respect to the full complement of labor and employment matters, including contract negotiations, interest arbitration, contract administration issues, grievance arbitration cases, prohibited practice proceedings, administrative appeals of decisions of the State Board of Labor Relations filed in Superior Court, and applications to vacate arbitration awards filed in Superior Court.

Photo of Daniel Schwartz Daniel Schwartz

Dan represents employers in various employment law matters such as employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, human resources, retaliation and whistle blowing, and wage and hour issues. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in both federal and state courts in a variety of areas…

Dan represents employers in various employment law matters such as employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, human resources, retaliation and whistle blowing, and wage and hour issues. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in both federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation and trade secret enforcement. Dan is the author of the independent Connecticut Employment Law Blog. The blog discusses new and noteworthy events in labor and employment law on a daily basis.