Attorney Susan Fentin to Present Popular “Employment Law 101” Workshop on November 1, 2012

Employment law has become so complex, many employers find themselves confused as to what constitutes grounds for litigation. To help employers, human resource professionals, and supervisors comply with the law and make sound employment-related decisions, Susan G. Fentin, Partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., will present “Employment Law 101, an advanced interactive workshop to be held on Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 9: a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Delaney House, 1 Country Club Road (Route 5) in Holyoke, MA.

The one-day seminar is being presented as part of the Human Service Forum’s (HSF)     5-part Supervisory Skills Certificate Series.  Because this seminar has been so well-received, HSF allows registrations for this one day session, independent of the other parts of the Supervisory Skills Training presented by HSF.  In it, Attorney Fentin will cover protected classes and conduct in Massachusetts, and the elements of a basic case of employment litigation, in addition to other details of employee management, including wage and hour issues, compliance with the ADA and FMLA, and employee management and motivation.

“The interactive format of the seminar makes it extremely engaging,” said Attorney Fentin. “Attendees will find it easy to develop the specific tools and decision-making skills they need to improve performance and avoid the missteps that can lead to litigation.”

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss real-life examples of difficult personnel issues and share their conclusions with other attendees in small groups. By the end of the training, they will know:

  • What an employee needs to be able to show to win a case of employment discrimination
  • The four key words that should guide every difficult employment decision
  • Why retaliation is listed as the most common reason for filing a charge of discrimination and how to avoid a charge
  • The role of a performance-improvement plan in performance management
  • The importance of documentation and the essential elements to include in every disciplinary notice
  • What to do when an employee raises his or her health in the context of their work
  • The three most common mistakes supervisors can make in wage and hour law and what to do to avoid liability
  • The critical difference between Massachusetts and federal law regarding sexual and other illegal forms of harassment that can create automatic liability for employers and personal liability for the wrongdoers.

Online registration is available at www.humanserviceforum.org. Go the HSF calendar for our events list.  The fee for the single workshop is $115 for HSF members and $175 for non-members.  Contact Kathleen Dowd at 413-693-0214 with any questions.

Continuing Education credits are available for this seminar through the Elms College.  The Human Service Forum can provide additional information on this opportunity.

The Human Service Forum (HSF) has 25+ years of experience working to strengthen the capacity of our nonprofit community, ensuring a vibrant and successful network of health and human services for Western Massachusetts. HSF recognizes that successful organizations are the result of collaborative CONNECTions, cutting edge LEARNing AND innovative LEADership.  We provide space where people CONNECT, fostering and nurturing relationships outside our own disciplines. We recognize that we LEARN from and with each other. We believe offering opportunities to LEAD in ways that make our communities healthier and stronger is vital for a healthy future for all.

Attorney Susan G. Fentin is a partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. in the firm’s Springfield, Massachusetts office. Before beginning her law career, she had a career in business and owned and operated her own company, giving her unique insight into the employment problems faced by business owners. She is Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, has been routinely named a “Super Lawyer” and, since 2010, has been ranked as one of the best labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating service.  She is experienced in both labor law and employment litigation.