On March 26, 2014, Bennett & Belfort partner David Belfort teamed up with his colleague Catherine Reuben of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein to present a seminar on Employment Law for Lawyers at the Massachusetts Bar Association. Geared to the sole or small firm practitioner or firm administrator, this program delivered practical advice and insights on a variety of work related issues faced by lawyers in their roles as employers.
Regardless of the area of legal practice, as law firms seek to properly manage their workforce and add lawyers, paralegals and other support staff, proactive personnel management becomes crucial. Lawyers often spend increasing amounts of time managing internal employee issues rather than engaged in the practice of law – and are advised to tread carefully, seeking the advice of outside employment counsel when necessary, in the ever changing discipline of employment law.
Attorneys Belfort and Reuben led an interactive seminar that included discussion on the following issues:
Salary and overtime regulations,
Contracting temporary employees,
Legal (and illegal) interview questions,
“Must have” policies for personnel manuals,
Fair benefit and time-off practices, and
Absenteeism and leaves of absence.
In addition, participants examined how to treat employees properly when faced with poor performance or on the way out – and minimizing law firm exposure in discipline and termination based claims.
This valuable program is available through the Massachusetts Bar Association “MBA On Demand” service at: http://www.massbar.org/cle/mba-on-demand?p=3397