Employment Law Forum
October 20, 2021 

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Prescribing the Right Medical Accommodation
8:30 am - 9:00 am  

Kerri A. Wright

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Kerri is a Principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and focuses her practice in the areas of employment and education law, specifically in representation of management in both. Kerri handles a variety of employment law matters for the firm’s public and private sector clients in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, PERC, NLRB, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. She has litigation and counseling experience in numerous areas of employment law, including wage and hour claims, restrictive covenants, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing. Kerri successfully has defended management in class-action wage and hour lawsuits and has handled numerous investigations by management into allegations of employee wrongdoing. She also has represented management in all facets of collective bargaining and labor disputes.

“Rite” Religious Accommodations
9:00 am - 9:30 am 

Janelle Edwards-Stewart

Janelle is a Principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and concentrates her practice in employment and education litigation and counseling. She handles an array of employment law matters affecting the firm's public and private sector clients, including issues involving wage and hour claims, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing. Janelle has significant expertise and experience in employee discipline and removal, tenure and seniority, discrimination, and accommodations. Clients particularly enjoy Janelle's ability to bring about swift, cost-effective, and amicable resolutions, or favorable litigation outcomes, in the alternative.

Not Your Mother's Maternity Leave: 2021 Considerations For Accommodating Pregnant Workers and New Parents
9:30 am - 10:00 am 

(973) 889-4046

Kathryn K. Forman

Kathryn is Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and concentrates her practice in the area of employment and labor law, defending against employment discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, and wage and hour claims for public and private sector clients, (in all aspects of discovery, motion practice and trial preparation and settlement negotiations. Kathryn also represents management in matters pending before the EEOC, the NJDOL, and other state agencies). In addition, Kathryn counsels clients on a wide variety of issues concerning compliance with employment and labor laws, conducts workplace investigations, provides customized training on various topics to management and employees, and negotiates and drafts employee contracts, restrictive covenants, and independent contractor agreements, as well as employee manuals and workplace policies.

Independent Contracting Today: Are Those Workers Really Your Employees?
10:00 am - 10:30 am  

973) 889-4045 

Richard H. Bauch

Rich is of Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and defends public and private employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He represents clients in a variety of traditional labor law matters, including collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitration, and unfair labor practice and representation proceedings, before the National Labor Relations Board and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission. Rich also has successfully represented private and public employers in numerous labor and employment law cases, including discrimination and harassment cases, and whistleblower and alleged retaliation cases. Rich is a Civil Mediator qualified under N.J. Court Rule 1:40.

(973) 889-4287  

Melanie D. Lipomanis

Melanie concentrates her practice on counseling and defending public and private employers in employment litigation, EEOC and unfair labor practice charges, restrictive covenants, OSHA investigations, wage and hour audits, and investigations by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s/Homeland Security. Melanie partners closely with human resources and labor relations professionals to provide counseling on workplace policies and compliance involving all aspects of the employment relationship; conducts internal investigations involving employee complaints; and provides workforce training on anti-discrimination, diversity and inclusion, and ethics compliance. Melanie is the firm's liaison to the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance and a member of the New Jersey and New York State Bars, serves on the New Jersey State Bar Committee on Higher Education, is a member of the Defense Research Institute and serves on its Publications Committee, and teaches a class on employment law for Rutgers University.

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Employee’s Use of Marijuana and Its Impact on Employers
10:45 am - 11:15 am  

(973) 889-4323

Beau W. Huch

Beau is Of Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman and a member of the Litigation Practice Group, where he counsels clients on compliance and regulatory issues relating to the emerging cannabis market. Beau also serves as Director with the firm's lobbying subsidiary, Porzio Governmental Affairs. He advises clients on strategies to navigate the legislative landscape in the areas of cannabis, healthcare, environmental, and law enforcement. He previously served as a Legislative Aide to New Jersey's 10th Legislative District Office and most recently served as Legislative Director to New Jersey's 13th Legislative District State Senator, Declan O'Scanlon. Beau collaborated with governmental agencies at the state, county, and municipal levels on critical matters of public and private enterprise concern. Additionally, Beau has dealt with highly polarizing and sensitive topics such as vaccines, social justice, and a plethora of issues that impact the state budget. He was instrumental in expanding the NJ medical marijuana program and creating a pilot program to research the cultivation of industrial hemp.

(973) 889-4903

Ivan Tukhtin

Ivan is a member of the Business Law Group.  He concentrates his practice on assisting middle-market businesses with matters related to commercial and business litigation, labor and employment, as well as cannabis law.  Ivan has counseled clients on numerous matters including, but not limited to, business formation, contract disputes and negotiation, mergers & acquisitions, the drafting of employment agreements and handbooks, and trademarking.

Employment Investigations: Knowing Your Employees from Onboarding Through Separation
11:15 am - 11:45 am  


Kevin M. Craig
Porzio Compliance Services

Kevin is Assistant Vice President of Porzio Compliance Services. He is a recognized subject matter expert in law enforcement, management, and school security. A retired New Jersey Police Chief, he has over 30 years of experience in public safety, emergency management, and school security. He is certified as a Public Manager, Police Instructor, School Safety Specialist, and School Resource Officer in New Jersey. Chief Craig holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in School Security and Safety Administration. He has represented the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police on the NJ K-12 Task Force in conjunction with the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and was appointed to the NJ School Security Task Force by the Governor of New Jersey as a subject matter expert. He is a certified instructor in Active Shooter Response, De-escalation, and Threat Assessment. Chief Craig is an instructor for the NJ School Safety Specialist Academy in the NJ Department of Education, a member of the ASIS International School Safety and Security Council and Advisory Board Member and Senior Instructor for the NJ Association of School Resource Officers. He is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he instructs courses in emergency management, threat assessment, and crisis communication.

Government Authority During the Pandemic
11:45 am - 12:05 pm  

Sal M. Anderton
Porzio Governmental Affairs, LLC

Sal is Legislative Director for Porzio Governmental Affairs. Sal began his career as legislative counsel for Assemblyman John F. McKeon who currently serves as Chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Assembly Environment and Budget Committees.  Thereafter, Sal served as Legislative Counsel for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development working under two Commissioners of Labor. Sal quickly developed a keen sense of the legislative and regulatory dynamics of the State Legislature and Executive Agencies and has grown into a respected and effective advocate for his clients across a variety of business and industry sectors.  Sal is also of Counsel at Porzio Bromberg and Newman concentrating on real estate and land use matters as well as personal injury and labor law.  In this capacity, he continues his effective advocacy for small and mid-size clients and governmental entities.

(973) 889-4102

David C. Hespe

Having been appointed twice as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education, David is an accomplished policy leader with decades of experience in all areas of New Jersey and New York education matters. David has been involved in numerous employment and labor related matters while Of Counsel at Porzio, including investigations, policy and best practice reviews, and employee disciplinary issues mostly in the education and higher education domain. He is also part of the Porzio Compliance Services safety and security team.

Questions and Answers
For Morning Presenters
12:05 pm - 12:20 pm

12:20 pm - 1:05 pm

You're on Mute! Optimizing the Performance of Your Remote Workers
1:05 pm - 1:35 pm  

MLFabian@pbnlaw.com (973) 889-4325 

Marie-Laurence Fabian

ML is Of Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and focuses her practice in education law, with  concentrations in school employment and special education. She has extensive experience counseling school boards, charter schools, and private schools in a variety of issues that impact those clients daily. ML provides advice to Administrators and Directors of Human Resources regarding the many employment law issues that arise with teachers and other employees, including claims of discrimination, medical and family leaves, and requests for accommodations under the ADA.

973) 889-4340  

David M. Schloss

David has been an employment and labor attorney as well as a global human resources executive for public and private life sciences companies. David delivers legal HR and business strategies that lead to profitable growth and value creation. He offers advice, counsel, and strategies to senior management in talent acquisition and development; benefits and compensation strategies; and ERISA and HR compliance. David provides valuable support to help organizations navigate the most challenging elements of human resources without compromising their mission, culture, and values.

Political Employees: Employers’ Rights, Legal Obligations, and Practical Responses
1:35 pm - 2:05 pm  

973) 889-4133  

David L. Disler

David is Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and represents private and public entities in employment and education law. He counsels clients on compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations, employment-related matters, tenure rights, grievances, union issues, healthcare and benefits, and labor relations. He has authored numerous articles for various publications, including the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer, the American Bar Association's TIPS Employment and Labor Law Committee Newsletter, the School Leader Magazine, and the New Jersey Police Chief Magazine. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys, as a Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee (District XA), on the Board of Directors for the Lehigh Lawyers Association, and as the Morris County co-coordinator for the Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.

(973) 889-4383  

Thomas J. Reilly

Tom concentrates his practice in the areas of employment and labor counseling, appellate advocacy, and litigation.  Prior to joining Porzio, Tom served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Jaynee LaVecchia in the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  This unique experience provided Tom with firsthand insight into how the State’s highest court handles employment matters and put Tom on the frontline of evolving matters in New Jersey’s employment landscape.

Let’s “Judge” For Ourselves
2:05 pm - 2:45 pm  

Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr.

Vito is the Managing Principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman. He also serves as President and CEO of the firm’s subsidiaries, Porzio Life Sciences, Porzio Governmental Affairs, and Porzio Compliance Services. He co-chairs the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and the Education and Employment Team. Vito has had a long and distinguished career in New Jersey. He handles an extraordinary variety of employment law matters for the firm’s public and private sector clients in state and federal courts, before state and federal agencies, and before arbitrators. Vito litigates and counsels clients in every area of labor and employment law, including issues of restrictive covenants, harassment, discrimination and whistleblowing. He represents management in labor grievances and before the PERC. Vito regularly guides clients through reductions in force and on employment issues related to restructuring and consolidation. He also handles investigations by management into allegations of employee wrongdoing. Vito is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Trial Certification as a Civil Trial Attorney. Vito also serves as Chair of the New Jersey Law Revision Commission.

973) 889-4285  

Honorable Maurice J. Gallipoli, A.J.S.C. (ret)

Judge Gallipoli is Of Counsel to Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. At Porzio, he focuses on litigation and dispute resolution, providing third-party neutral service as an arbitrator, mediator, discovery master, confidential investigator and/or trustee, as well as assistance with settlement negotiations and/or case management of complex cases.

Prior to Porzio, Judge Gallipoli was a certified civil trial attorney and active in the Essex and Hudson County bar associations before being appointed to the bench in 1987. He served as a Trial Judge in Hudson County until his appointment as Assignment Judge for that vicinage in 2004. He retired from the bench at the end of 2012.

973) 889-4301  

Honorable Alvin Weiss, A.J.S.C. (ret)

Judge Weiss is Of Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. He was a partner at Riker Danzig Scherer Highland & Perretti from 1963 to 1986. He became a Superior Court Judge in January 1987 in Essex County and eventually became the Assignment Judge. Judge Weiss retired in 1999.  He focuses his current practice in the areas of litigation, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution.

973) 889-4091  

Honorable Jack L. Lintner, P.J.A.D. (ret)

Judge Lintner is Of Counsel at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and a member of the Litigation Practice Group. At Porzio, Judge Lintner continues his distinguished career in litigation, appellate advocacy consultation, and dispute resolution, focusing on mediation and arbitration. Judge Lintner began his judicial career as a trial judge in Middlesex County in 1988, where he attained the position of Presiding Judge of the Civil and Chancery Divisions. He was appointed to the Appellate Division in 1999 and served as Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division from 2006 until his retirement in 2008. Before his appointment to the bench in 1988, Judge Lintner practiced as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney concentrating on civil litigation specializing in tort, products liability, construction, and insurance coverage litigation.

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For Afternoon Presenters
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

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