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Philly SHRM Webinar

Please join us for this FREE webinar for Philly SHRM Members! We’re offering this webcast at no cost to our members as a thank you for your continued support of the chapter and a way for you to stay engaged with Philly SHRM, even while we remain virtual with our events offerings.

It has become apparent that COVID-19 is going to dominate employment and labor law issues for the foreseeable future. Employers are grappling with both the personal and economic effects of the pandemic, looking at all options available to alleviate the fiscal impact on their business both for the short and long term. Should we extend furloughs? What benefits options can we offer? Do we need to change our compensation structure? How can we prepare for the coming wave of legal claims? Littler attorneys who have been counseling clients during this unsettling time will provide insight and advice on how to continue to navigate these and other COVID-19 related workplace issues.

Meet the speakers:

Barbara Rittinger Rigo is an experienced trial attorney and defends clients in all types of industries, including hospitality, pharmaceutical, financial services, health care, energy and transportation, in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and state and federal departments of labor. Barbara focuses a large part of her practice on counseling employers on day-to-day compliance with local, state and federal statutes.

Melissa B. Kurtzman focuses her practice on representing management in a variety of employee benefits matters, including the design and implementation of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and welfare and fringe benefit programs, employee benefits tax matters and employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions. Melissa acted as an expert witness in a federal bankruptcy matter in connection with qualified plan issues.  Additionally, she represents plan sponsors in employee benefit plan IRS and DOL audits. She assists plan sponsors in self-audits of employee benefits plans prior to or in connection with government audits.

William J. Leahy provides assistance with all issues that arise out of the employer-employee relationship, including those involving discrimination and harassment. He has successfully handled employment-related disputes through trial and appeal, including extensive litigation in federal and state courts with claims arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act

*Please note, if you register as a Non-Philly SHRM member and then become a member, we will not refund the difference. Please email us at if you are interested in becoming a member.

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