Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. Partners Keep Busy Speaking Schedule

March 14, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., one of the largest law firms in New England specializing in the practice of labor relations and employment law exclusively for management, announces upcoming speaking engagements for several of our partners.

On March 17, 2011, Susan Fentin will present Experience Counts and So Does the Law at the Human Service Forum. The day-long session will take place at The Delaney House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an advanced supervisor training, suitable for managers in Human Service Agencies. Interested individuals can contact Kathleen Dowd at the Human Service Forum at (413) 693-0209.

Attorneys Fentin and Marylou Fabbo will conduct a Family Medical Leave Act Master Class on March 22, 2011. While the Family and Medical Leave Act has been a part of the workplace for almost 20 years, it has not gotten easier for HR to administer. Confusing regulations, coupled with numerous recent changes at both the legislative and regulatory levels, and conflicting court decisions have made FMLA compliance one of the biggest headaches for employers. This program, which should help relieve some of the headache, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. It will take place at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge, MA, and will be open to the public. More information about this event can be found at

On March 25, 2011, Attorney Fentin will present Independent Contractors Under Massachusetts Law: An Endangered Species to the Massachusetts Small Business Development Council. She will discuss the amendment to the Mass. Independent Contractor statute in 2004, and how misclassification has caught the attention of the Department of Labor. Fentin will cover how the amendment applies to individuals in the workforce, and the steps an employer needs to ensure compliance. The fee is $10. For more information, call (413) 737-6712, e-mail, or visit

On April 12, 2011, Fentin will host a workshop titled Performance Appraisals — Rewards and (yes) the Risks, at the Human Service Forum Nonprofit Risk Management Conference at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, MA. The day-long event includes breakfast and a keynote address, followed by workshops in which Fentin and participants will analyze the top risks facing human service and nonprofit organizations. Organizers say the program is relevant and thought-provoking for leaders in various roles, including ED’s, CEO’s, Sr. Management teams from HR, and Finance, and Program Directors.

Other workshops include:

For EDs/CEOs Only: Let’s Talk About Risk with Melanie Lockwood Herman, ED, Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Financial Risk Management — Robin Kelley and John Buckley, CPAs and Vice Presidents, Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., P.C.
Facilities/Property Management — Paul Stelzer, President, Appleton Corporation

Partner Timothy F. Murphy will be presenting a Continuing Legal Education presentation to Certified Public Accountants on April 26, 2011. The event will be held at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College from 3:00 to 5:40 p.m.

Murphy will also present at the CUE, a national organization for positive employee relations of which he is a member, on May 24, 2011. The event will be held in Charleston, S.C. from May 22 to May 25, 2011.

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