Building Endurance Series: COVID-19: Preparing to Return to Work: key topics, practices, and concerns
AGC MA BUILDING ENDURANCE SERIES: LEARNING TO NAVIGATE THE COVID-19 CRISIS
An AGC MA series addressing the immediate challenges that COVID-19 represents to the workforce, clients and employees.
COVID-19: Preparing to Return to Work: key topics, practices, and concerns
Please join us for our next webinar of the series presented by Drew Matzkin and Delaney Busch of Mintz.
As businesses begin to consider the next steps and reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, join our panel for a discussion of best practices in the “new normal.” Panelists will cover topics as it relates to the Massachusetts Initial Reopening Plan and recent guidance from the City of Boston, OSHA, CDC, and the EEOC, including: compliance with mandatory workplace safety standards and sector-specific protocols, employee accommodations and best practices for employee communication; and how to manage or flag certain COVID-19 related risks after reopening.
Drew is a seasoned employment litigator whose practice includes counseling clients on the full range of federal and state labor and employment issues. He represents companies in many sectors, including life sciences, technology, industrial, and professional services — in federal and state courts and before arbitrators and administrative agencies. He skillfully navigates issues involving noncompetition agreements, discrimination and harassment, workplace health and safety, employment contracts and handbooks, leaves of absence, and collective bargaining. As part of his practice, Drew also regularly conducts OSHA site inspections and compliance audits, and handles OSHA complaints, investigations, and administrative law actions.
Drew's work primarily involves litigation and counseling on federal and state labor and employment issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment, leaves of absence, workplace health and safety, employment handbooks and contracts, and collective bargaining agreements. He has also defended employers against wage and hour class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws.
Drew handles employment litigation before federal and state courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies, including state fair employment and human rights agencies, unemployment assistance agencies, and industrial accidents agencies. Representative cases involve claims pertaining to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour laws, trade secret protection, enforcement of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, and contract disputes.
He also counsels clients on a wide variety of employment issues, such as leaves of absence, independent contractor and employee classification, exempt and nonexempt worker classification, reasonable accommodation for handicapped employees, disciplining and terminating employees, investigating claims of harassment, and protecting trade secrets and confidential information. Drew regularly reviews employment handbooks and personnel policies, and drafts employment agreements and noncompetition agreements.
In addition, Drew regularly counsels employers regarding all aspects of environmental health and safety. Drew has conducted numerous OSHA site inspections and compliance audits, has handled numerous OSHA investigations, complaints and administrative law actions, and regularly counsels clients on OSHA issues ranging from routine compliance workplace injuries to fatalities.
Before joining the firm, Drew was a Judicial Law Clerk at the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court. During law school, he also handled family law and disability law cases as a student attorney at both the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau and Shelter Legal Services. His experience included arguing motions for temporary restraining orders, negotiating divorce, custody, and visitation agreements, and drafting and arguing appeals for social security disability benefits.
As an undergraduate at Bates College, he was a member of both the men's rugby and lacrosse teams.
Delaney's work primarily involves litigation and counseling on federal and state employment matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies against individual and class action claims of discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, and wage and hour violations. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, prominent medical providers, manufacturers, and luxury fitness facilities.
In addition, in her practice Delaney advises and collaborates with clients to ensure their compliance with anti-harassment and wage/hour regulations by working with them to develop relevant employee policies, training programs, handbooks, and agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Delaney was senior counsel for a national law firm. In this role, Delaney worked on a wide range of litigation matters in the areas of insurance defense, employment, and product liability law, including claims against manufacturers of complex commercial machinery. She also provided representation in complex personal injury and property suits involving catastrophic injuries, losses, and environmental contamination.
During law school at Suffolk University, she served as managing editor and as a staff member for the Journal of Health and Biomedical Law. She also interned for the Honorable Judd Carhart, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, as well as for the Honorable Maureen Walsh, Presiding Justice of the Holyoke District Court, and has authored several articles on employment and other topics for national publications.