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Bennett & Belfort, P.C. Partner David Belfort speaks at MATA Annual Convention

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by admin

On May 13, 2014, Bennett & Belfort, P.C. partner David Belfort was an invited speaker at the 2014 Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA Event) annual Convention.  Attorney Belfort served on a panel alongside Matthew Fogelman, partner at Fogelman & Fogelman LLC, that focused on both substantive employment law issues impacting personal injury plaintiffs and practice issues affecting law firm management.

Attorney Belfort focused his substantive employment law presentation on the Americans with Disabilities Act and M.G.L. c. 151B (Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination statute).  He discussed leave issues and the mechanisms afforded by key disability statutes to prohibit discrimination based on legally recognized disabilities.  Mr. Belfort outlined current precedent as to reasonable accommodation requirements and the reasonableness of leave as a workplace adjustment, the retaliation provisions protecting employees from adverse action when asserting their rights under the disability laws and the mandated good-faith interactive process that employees (and their advocates) should explore.

The panelists also discussed strategies for sound law practice management of firm employees, touching on the importance of certain workplace policies (e.g. sexual harassment), mischaracterization of employees as independent contractors and wage laws that require particular attention in the law firm context.

Bennett & Belfort, P.C. Partner David Belfort Serves as Panelist at the MCLE Employment Law Spring Symposium 2014

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by admin

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On May 1, 2014, Bennett & Belfort, P.C. partner David Belfort served as an invited speaker at the MCLE Employment Law Spring Symposium 2014.  Attorney Belfort spoke on two topics: “Spinning a Masterful Deposition Spider Web” and “Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace.

His deposition presentation focused on the central goals of conducting depositions in employment cases, the rules of civil procedure that are implicated and strategy decisions that practitioners routinely consider.  This was a practical presentation aimed at focused deposition practice in the context of employment claims.  Later, Mr. Belfort, along with his colleague and seminar Chair, Lori A. Jodoin, Esq. of Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, LLP, wrestled with the workplace implications of the new medical marijuana law.  A core debate by the panelists centered on whether marijuana will be considered like other controlled substances (e.g. Oxycontin) or, due to its illegality under Federal Law, differently for purposes of workplace drug testing and disability protections and reasonable accommodation analysis.

Mr. Belfort was joined by a distinguished panel (pictured above – from right to left) that included Honorable Judith G. Dein, Justice of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, James W. Buckling, Esq. of Foley Hoag LLP, Jonathan J. Margolis, Esq. of Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, Honorable Edward P. Leibensperger, Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, Karam Deltufo, Esq. of Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, Lori Jodoin and Mr. Belfort.

The webcast of this program can be accessed through the MCLE website   (http://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2140254WBA).