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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1490

Beth A. Deragon

Of Counsel, Employment Practice Group

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Beth's practice is focused on advising employers, including independent schools, on all aspects of the employment relationship and on defending employers in discrimination and other claims pending before state and federal agencies.

Beth has over 10 years’ experience assisting employers with employment issues including:
  • Hiring, corrective/disciplinary action and termination
  • Background checks
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Training supervisors and employees in harassment prevention & managing within the law
  • Handbooks and policies
  • Wage and hour compliance and audits
  • Independent contractor status
  • Leaves of absence and requests for reasonable accommodations
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements
  • Classification of employees as exempt/non-exempt
  • Safety and workplace violence
  • Unemployment compensation claims
  • Reductions in force/lay-offs
  • Separation/severance agreements
Beth has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for private employers and colleges and universities. She advises employers on union organizing, collective bargaining agreements, collective bargaining negotiations, and appears before the NH Public Employee Labor Relations Board. Beth also defends employers before the NH Commission for Human Rights, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, NH Department of Labor, NH Employment Security, and state and federal courts.

In 2015, Beth was appointed Chair of the Civil Penalty Appeals Board of the NH Department of Labor and is a volunteer mediator for the NH Commission for Human Rights.
Beth is fluent in Russian and basic French.

Areas of Focus

  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Education and Independent Schools
  • Investigations
  • Mediation



  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers 2016 (Employment Law - Management)
  • Above and Beyond Award Recipient, Business and Industry Association (BIA), May, 2015.
  • Chapter Author for State of New Hampshire, Employment at Will A State-by-State Survey, 2014 Cumulative Supplement, Bloomberg BNA Books Authored by the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law.


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
  • Appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to serve as Chair of the Civil Penalty Appeals Board of the New Hampshire Department of Labor
  • Labor & Employment Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Chair
  • Human Resources Association of Greater Concord, Member and Board of Directors
  • BIA - HR, Healthcare and Workforce Development Committee, Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
  • Gender Equality Committee and the Labor and Employment Law section, Member
  • SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management, Member
  • Co-author of the NH chapter of the ABA's Employment at Will: A State-by-state Survey (BNA Books 2011), and writes the NH Employment Law Blog for Business

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