ALA-CASE Fall Conference 2019 @ Perdido Beach Resort
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

Alisia St. Florian, Esq. will be speaking at this event on Truancy, Attendance and Homebound students.

ALA-CASE is pleased to host the most comprehensive special education law conference in the state. This conference brings together top experts in special education to help you understand and implement IDEA, prepare for legal challenges and carry out your responsibilities surrounding IEP’s, discipline, RTI and more.

Workshop Designed For: All School District Administrators including Special Education Coordinators, Superintendents, Principals, and State Department Special Education Administrators.

2019 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) Conference @ Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2019 Annual Conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building a Better Commonwealth,” which captures a common aspiration of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and those who support it. The conference will include an opening keynote session focused on that theme, with speakers throughout the day who will share their efforts to bring about a better Commonwealth for all.

Nan O’Neill will be presenting:

The New Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave Law:  Are You Ready?

This workshop will take a deep dive look into the newly-enacted Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) which will have become effective October 1, 2019. The PFML provides up to 26 weeks of paid family and/or medical leave per year for employees, former employees, and, in some cases independent contractors, working for employers. The PFML applies to all Massachusetts employers, with limited exceptions, and there are many compliance requirements employers of all sizes need to be aware of, including mandatory communications with employees and independent contractors whom employers hire. While employees and independent contractors are not eligible to take leave until 2021, the PFML implementation is phased-in and employers will learn what has to be done when in order to comply. The workshop will also examine the interaction between the PFML and existing leave laws, including the federal FMLA, that employers are subject to and discuss how to manage the intersecting leaves. Additionally, the workshop will discuss the integration of the PFML into existing employer policies and when employer-provided leave may run concurrently with the 26-week PFML paid leave entitlement. The latest guidance from the newly-formed Department of Family and Medical Leave will also be discussed.

Key Issues in Special Education Law @ MCLE New England Conference Center
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Crucial updates for your school law practice

Special education law is continually developing; it is imperative for practitioners to be up-to-date on the latest issues and cases. This program provides a concise overview of the significant changes, emerging trends, and common issues encountered in special education practice. It is a must for any lawyer who specializes in school law.

Expert faculty highlight current issues and developments, including discovery, transition planning, settlement agreements, and special populations of students. They focus on practice before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) and provide an efficient overview of significant federal court and BSEA decisions from the past year. You get insight into the latest discovery issues, as well as a look at future trends that impact your practice—and your clients.

Mary Ellen P. Sowyrda, Esq. will be one of the faculty speakers at this program.

Human Resources Law from A to Z @ Hilton Garden Inn Worcester
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – Nov 13 @ 4:30 pm

Sarah C. Spatafore will be presenting Discrimination and Harassment and Disciplining and Firing Employees

A Comprehensive Overview of the Issues Affecting HR Departments

Get a handle on the complicated issues that arise in the day-to-day operations of any human resources department! This extensive two-day course covers all of the hot-button issues that every HR professional should know, not only to avoid lawsuits, but to ensure that all employees are happy and productive. Experienced faculty will show you how to handle such issues as employee leaves, problem behaviors in the workplace, and what essential information should be included in employee handbooks. Don’t miss out on this crucial human resource information – enroll today!

  • Get up to speed on how tax reform affects employers – and what you can do to prepare.
  • Learn the necessary disclaimers that every employee handbook must contain in order to avoid potential legal trouble.
  • Recognize the many intricacies of the Fair Labor Standards Act, so that employers can stop problems before they happen.
  • Understand how the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act intertwine in issues with employee leave.
  • Know what accommodations are considered reasonable when an injured worker returns to the workplace.
  • Properly document and manage discrimination complaints to ensure that both employers and employees are properly protected in case of lawsuits.
  • Effectively monitor employee communications and internet use in an ethical and legally compliant manner.


Who Should Attend

This basic level seminar examines the current issues in human resource law for:

  • Attorneys
  • HR personnel
  • Accountants
  • Presidents and Vice Presidents


Course Content


  1. Employment Law Update
  2. Legal Issues in Recruiting and Hiring
  3. Imperative Information That Every Employee Handbook Should Contain
  4. Wage and Benefits Issues
  5. FMLA and Other Leave Issues
  6. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs


  1. Current Issues in Human Resources
  2. Workers’ Compensation Basics
  3. Workplace Behavioral Issues: Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations
  4. Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring
  5. Discrimination and Harassment
  6. Disciplining and Firing Employees
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