Information about upcoming educational opportunities, including workshops and seminars presented by Skoler Abbott attorneys.


Breakfast & Learn – 2019 HR Update


Hot Topics for Employers in 2019

Is your New Year’s resolution for 2019 to stay up-to-date on the latest in labor and employment law? Join this presentation with Attorney John Gannon of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., one of the leading labor and employment law firms serving employers in New England, for a discussion aimed to prepare you to enter the New Year with a better understanding of state and federal laws employers need to be aware of in 2019. This presentation will focus on the continuing barrage of new laws and cases at the state and federal level impacting Massachusetts employers in 2019, as well as proposed legislation that should be on your radar.

Join us for a discussion on what to expect in 2019. This Breakfast & Learn program is a training/ development event scheduled during morning hours. Our Chamber Breakfast & Learn includes a continental breakfast of pastries, muffins, fruit, yogurt and coffee, tea and juices to boost the day’s activity with good nourishment – after all, we are asking attendees to give up work time.


2019 Upgrades to Your Practice



8:00 a.m. Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast

8:20 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

8:30 a.m. Integrating Behavioral Health in Private Practice – Jonas Bromberg, JD & Carol O’Neil

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. How Your 2019 Employee Handbook SHOULD Look! – John S. Gannon

 a.m. Event Adjourns


Advanced Employment Law


This program will give senior leaders advanced information about employment law; plus skills and strategies for managing agency staff that can help to avoid employment litigation. Attorneys Timothy Murphy and Susan Fentin will provide executives with in depth training on new and changing issues that affect the nonprofit sector.


Drafting and Updating Job Descriptions: Why You Need Them, What to Include, and What to Leave Out


Writing and updating job descriptions can seem like a tedious—and never-ending—task for HR. But, it’s a crucially important one.

If a job’s essential functions are poorly defined or outdated, it can be difficult to achieve full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This means well-written and up-to-date job descriptions are critical when it comes to recruiting, promoting, and classifying employees, conducting performance reviews, and providing reasonable accommodations.

Join Attorney Kimberly Klimczuk on February 20, 2019, for a webinar with live Q&A when she will explain how to accurately draft new job descriptions and update existing job descriptions.


Employment Law 101


Many supervisors do not understand how their decisions about employee issues can create liability, not only for the agency but also for themselves personally.  This program will give supervisors basic information about employment law; plus skills and strategies for managing agency staff that can help to avoid employment litigation.

Past Events


Employment Law Update Webinar: Was 2018 a Bang or a Bust for Employers?


Another year has come and gone, but you can continue to count on Skoler Abbott to help you learn about and comply with the myriad of state and federal laws that govern the workplace.  So why not kick off 2019 with us, as we present our Employment Law Update, the first in a series of free webinar presentations designed to help employers stay on top of important legal developments in the fields of labor and employment law.

Join Attorneys John Gannon and Erica Flores on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 12:30 p.m., from the comfort of your desk.  They’ll discuss whether 2018 was a bang or a bust for employers and preview what businesses can expect in 2019.  Among other things, the webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Preparing for Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Minimum Wage Increases in Massachusetts
  • The Amended Pay Equity Law
  • Non-Compete Reform
  • The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
  • Important Legal Decision on the Duty to Provide Accommodations Under the ADA

Connecticut Employment Law


Employer-employee relationships are infinitely varied and rife with potential conflict. This comprehensive employment law guide will walks through the legal essentials you need to speak with authority on employment issues. Explore both litigation and compliance aspects of the law to help you handle any questions likely to cross your path. Register today!

  • Get the latest update on state and local employment laws and regs.
  • Walk through FMLA, USERRA and other employee leave laws.
  • Ensure all equal employment rules are obeyed.
  • Review common discrimination, harassment and retaliation issues.
  • Get FLSA and state wage and hour essentials on employee classifications and top claims.
  • Clarify workplace safety and employee benefits rules and best practices.
  • Find out how workplace investigations are used in employment litigation.

Massachusetts Association of Early Education & Care, 16th Annual Management and Administration Conference


Morning Session

W1. Beginning and Ending the Employment Relationship: How to Hire Employees without Vio-lating the Law, and the Steps to Follow Upon Termination

W2. Creating a Safety Protocol in Early Education & School Age Setting

W3. Preventing Fraud and Mitigating Risk in Your Business

W4. MA QRIS: Past, Present, & Future

Afternoon Workshop Session

W5. How to Prepare for the New Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

W6. Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Education and School Age Settings

W7. New Background Record Check Regulations: Who? How? When


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Workshops: Please make a 1st,and 2nd choice for each session. Workshops are filled on a first-come,
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Send conference registrations to Sharon MacDonald:
Fax: (508) 754-2026
Mail: MADCA, 405 Grove St., Suite 201
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone#: (508) 755-2238 ext: 15

Send payment to MADCA,
405 Grove Street, Suite 201 Worcester, MA 01605

(or bring check with you to the conference

Cost of Conference:
MADCA Members: $125
Late Registration (after November 21): $150
Non-Members: $150
Late Registration (after November 21): $175
(Special rates for sponsor agencies. If you have questions, please feel free to email Sharon at