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Seacoast Employment Law Update

Date: November 14, 2023 Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm


Cost: $100

Location 22 Portwalk Place
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States

McLane Middleton’s Seacoast Employment Law Update, which will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Venue at Portwalk Place in Portsmouth, NH.

Topics for this half-day seminar include legal updates, wage and hour compliance and documentation, and discipline and discharge best practices. Join our employment attorneys in discussing the latest trends in employment law as we prepare you to manage your workforce in the coming year.



8:00 a.m. – Registration/Welcome

8:30 a.m. – News You Can Use 
Presenters: Adam M. Hamel & Jennifer L. Parent
This session will discuss federal and state court decisions affecting religious accommodations, diversity initiatives, and a wide range of other employment laws.  In addition, the EEOC, US DOL, FTC and NLRB agencies have all recently issued guidance and proposed rules for employers.  The impact of these decisions and agency actions on the workplace will be reviewed to ensure your business is remaining in compliance.

9:30 a.m. – Wage and Hour Developments
Presenter: Peg O’Brien
This session will provide an overview of employee wage and hour concerns, including classification of employees, calculation of overtime, and compliance with New Hampshire Wage Laws. Recent decisions on these topics and others will be reviewed to help employers avoid a costly wage claim.

10:30 a.m. – Break

10:45 a.m. – Managing Difficult Employees
Presenters: Brian B. Garrett & Amy M. Cann

This session will discuss managing and documenting employee performance, discipline and termination without triggering a claim against the business for discrimination or harassment. In addition various fact patterns to help your company effectively manage employment law litigation risks will be covered.

12:00 p.m. – Employee Handbooks
Presenter: Vineesha S. Sow
This session will review the key policies every employer should include in their employee handbook, as well as provide updates on policies employers may wish to review/adopt in preparation for 2024 in light of recent changes in employment laws and related developments including the impact of recent NLRB decisions on handbook policies.

12:30 p.m. – END

COST: $100 per person

Fee includes continental breakfast, electronic copies of materials, and credits.

Payment can be made via credit card and are fully refundable until Friday, November 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


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Adam M. Hamel

Adam is a director in McLane Middleton’s Litigation Department and chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of business, employment and probate litigation. Adam regularly assists clients on a variety of commercial and employment litigation matters, including claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and violations of restrictive covenants. Adam also has extensive experience working on will contests, fiduciary litigation and guardianships.

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Margaret "Peg" O'Brien

Peg O’Brien assists employers with legal compliance and risk management in all phases of the employment relationship, as well as defense of employers in matters pending before government agencies and courts. Peg provides on-site and virtual training for employees and supervisors on harassment prevention and documentation and discipline best practices, and other employment law matters. In addition, Peg conducts workplace investigations as an internal or outside independent investigator, and recently completed the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Certified Course on Conducting Discrimination Complaint Investigations.

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Amy M. Cann
Of Counsel

Amy is a member of the Litigation Department and the Employment Law and Cybersecurity Practice Groups. She has an extensive business background with over 20 years of experience as an Human Resources and Safety professional and as a business owner before becoming an attorney. She graduated from the University of Maine School Law and earned a Certificate in Information Privacy from their nationally recognized program. She is also a Certified Informational Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  Her experience includes teaching at the University of New Hampshire for the past ten years in their professional development program.

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Brian B. Garrett
Of Counsel

Brian has extensive experience in a broad range of complex education and employment matters throughout the country, including in state and federal courts, in alternative resolution processes, and before various administrative agencies. In the employment context, Brian guides clients with respect to issues involving hiring and on-boarding employees, wage-and-hour compliance, establishing and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries, performance management, and risky terminations. Brian also assists clients with the myriad compliance documents such as enrollment agreements, offer letters and employment agreements, student/parent handbooks, employee and faculty handbooks, trip permission and release forms, student health audits, separation and settlement agreements, and drafting various additional policies and authorizations.