Join us as we take our annual public sector seminar virtual! During the month of May, we will host a series of CLE webinars featuring timely topics as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting public sector employers.

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

Brave New World: Returning to the Office in a Post-Pandemic Environment
Date/Time: May 13, 2021 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Presenters: Andreana R. Bellach, Keegan Drenosky and Jessica Richman Smith
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The expedited roll out of the vaccine in Connecticut, which leads in vaccine distribution, as well as nationally, has sped up the return to work plans for many employers. But returning to work still presents employers with workplace and employee relations challenges. As offices look towards reopening, it is important to have the right strategy in place for employee safety, vaccine requirements and reasonable accommodations and risk mitigation. Join Shipman lawyers Andreana R. Bellach, Keegan Drenosky and Jessica Richman Smith for a webinar discussing these pressing issues, as well as a focus on the additional challenges specific to reopening for municipal employers.

Leave It To Us: Your Leave Policies and Procedures Questions Answered
Date and Time: May 14, 2021 from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Presenters: Dori Pagé Antonetti, Christopher E. Engler and Rebecca Rudnick Santiago
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Join Shipman lawyers Dori Pagé Antonetti, Christopher E. Engler and Rebecca Rudnick Santiago for an interactive webinar featuring an overview of various leave policies and implementation.

Topics will include:

  • Key concepts of FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation
  • Unemployment and Collective Bargaining topics related to leave policies
  • Best practices learned due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The second half of the webinar will be spent answering viewer questions regarding leave related issues. Registrants will be able to submit questions in advance on the event registration form.

Free Speech for Public Employees — Speak at Your Own Risk!
Date and Time: May 19, 2021 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presenters: Thomas B. Mooney, Natalia Sieira Millan and Sarah A. Westby
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Over fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court held that public employee speech is protected by the First Amendment. However, from the beginning public employees have been subject to discipline if their speech is disruptive. Now, when public employees speak on social media and offend others, disruption is a real possibility given how quickly and broadly such speech can be disseminated.

Join Shipman lawyers Thomas B. Mooney, Natalia Sieira Millan and Sarah A. Westby as they review the rules for public employee speech and present case examples of when public employee’s speech is protected and when it is not. Audience members will be able to submit questions during the presentation and in advance on the event registration form for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Bonus Session: Considerations for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Public Sector
Date: TBA
Presenters: Sarah E. Gleason and Kevin M. Roy

Join Shipman lawyers Sarah E. Gleason and Kevin M. Roy for a discussion focused on diversity, equity and inclusion workplace practices and policies.

Topics will include:

  • A primer on relevant legal considerations affecting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the public sector
  • What public sector employers can and cannot do in complying with their legal obligations with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Recommendations regarding best practices

Stay tuned for the registration link to this program in the coming weeks.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

This CLE program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York CLE Board for a maximum of 1.0 credit hour for each webinar in this series, of which 1.0 can be applied toward the Professional Practice requirement. This program is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

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 each webinar in this series 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 Dori Pagé Antonetti Dori Pagé Antonetti

Dori Antonetti is an associate in the School Law Practice Group. She advises public school districts on a variety of general education, special education, and labor and employment issues.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Dori worked as a Hearing Review Officer for…

Dori Antonetti is an associate in the School Law Practice Group. She advises public school districts on a variety of general education, special education, and labor and employment issues.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Dori worked as a Hearing Review Officer for the New York City Office of Labor Relations. Dori also clerked for Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Before law school, Dori joined Teach for America and worked as a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Spanish Harlem.

Dori is proficient in Spanish.

Photo of Andreana R. Bellach Andreana R. Bellach

Andreana represents boards of education in education law matters, labor relations and employment law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes, and education policies and practices. Andreana frequently speaks on…

Andreana represents boards of education in education law matters, labor relations and employment law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes, and education policies and practices. Andreana frequently speaks on education law and labor relations matter.

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 Natalia Sieira-Millan Natalia Sieira-Millan

Natalia Sieira Millan advises public school districts on all aspects of school law, and she also teaches school law at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut as well as the Quinnipiac University School of Education.  Prior to joining the…

Natalia Sieira Millan advises public school districts on all aspects of school law, and she also teaches school law at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut as well as the Quinnipiac University School of Education.  Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Sieira Millan was an Assistant Agency Legal Director with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Photo of Thomas B. Mooney Thomas B. Mooney

Tom is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group and is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all…

Tom is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group and is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. Tom is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (9th Edition, 2018), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law, and two columns, “See You in Court!,” which appears in the CABE Journal, and “Legal Mailbag,” which appears in the CAS Bulletin.

Photo of Rebecca R. Santiago Rebecca R. Santiago

Rebecca assists many school districts with labor relations, employment and education matters. She serves as the chief negotiator for a number of school districts in contract negotiations with non-certified units as well as teacher and administrator negotiations and represents districts in interest arbitration…

Rebecca assists many school districts with labor relations, employment and education matters. She serves as the chief negotiator for a number of school districts in contract negotiations with non-certified units as well as teacher and administrator negotiations and represents districts in interest arbitration proceedings.

Photo of Jessica Richman Smith Jessica Richman Smith

Jessica represents schools in a variety of education, labor relations and employment law matters.  She negotiates certified and non-certified collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous public boards of education.  Jessica also represents school districts in labor and employment disputes, freedom of information…

Jessica represents schools in a variety of education, labor relations and employment law matters.  She negotiates certified and non-certified collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous public boards of education.  Jessica also represents school districts in labor and employment disputes, freedom of information hearings, teacher tenure proceedings, student disciplinary matters, election law matters, and other legal proceedings arising in the education context.  In addition, Jessica advises schools on education policies and practices, compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, and other legal matters arising in the education context.

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 Sarah A. Westby Sarah A. Westby

Sarah Westby represents employers in labor disputes and employment-related litigation. She has significant experience litigating cases in state and federal court, administrative agencies, and through alternate dispute resolution. In addition to defending employment cases in court, Sarah counsels clients on a wide variety…

Sarah Westby represents employers in labor disputes and employment-related litigation. She has significant experience litigating cases in state and federal court, administrative agencies, and through alternate dispute resolution. In addition to defending employment cases in court, Sarah counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and contract-related issues, including alleged discrimination and sexual harassment, compensation, termination, and severance.