Employment Law Essentials for Supervisors
with Kevin Kinne of Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti, and Cook, LLP
Thursday, January 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration required, register below.
Supervisors at Williams are invited to attend Human Resources’ annual update on employment law, presented by Kevin Kinne of Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti, & Cook. This year’s topics include:
- The Fair Labor Standards Act and the Massachusetts Wage Act (MWA): these laws establish minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Together these two laws pose the most common challenges faced by Williams’ supervisors.
- Managing Absenteeism: Supervisors must be able to effectively manage absenteeism without inadvertently leaving Williams open to a charge of retaliation or discrimination by employees. This will become even more important given the Massachusetts Family & Medical Leave Act which will take effect in 2021, and which will include additional protections for employees on leave for their own care or for a family member’s serious illness. Kevin will cover best practices for how to document conversations you have with employees about absenteeism as a performance issue, make appropriate referrals, and know what to ask and what not to ask.
To register, complete the form below.
About the Presenter
After practicing for several years at one of Boston’s largest law firms alongside recently retired Williams College Counsel Jeff Jones, Kevin returned to his home in the Berkshires in 1994. He has two decades’ worth of experience in representing schools, colleges, businesses and individuals. Kevin’s work in state and federal courts and his successful advocacy before arbitrators and administrative agencies have resulted in outstanding awards and judgments for his clients. His cases have been profiled in national and international legal publications and newspapers.
Kevin advises educational institutions and businesses as counsel on a broad range of legal issues. He regularly conducts independent investigations for colleges, universities and private secondary schools. Academic institutions who need a qualified and unbiased investigator in Title IX and other matters regularly retain Kevin to conduct a thorough and fair investigative process.
He has aided a wide variety of clients in employment law – his primary area of practice – including the preparation of employee handbooks and policy manuals, employment agreements, separation agreements and hiring documents. Kevin is dedicated to protecting employers and assists businesses in trade secret protection, wage and hour issues, disability accommodation, maternity leave law compliance, insurance coverage, workplace privacy, electronic monitoring and employee evaluation.