Boston Bar | Employment Law Conference


Thursday, November 18, 2021
9:00 AM to 1:50 PM

Cyberspace | Via Zoom

Conference Archive

The BBA’s annual Employment Law Conference is scheduled for Thursday, November 18th on Zoom. This year’s agenda will cover pressing issues both outside and in-house employment law counsel need the latest guidance on—including COVID vaccine mandates and accommodations, addressing DEI issues and creating an inclusive workplace, understanding the various leave policies available to employees, strategies for managing a remote workforce, and more.

This conference will provide practitioners with an opportunity to network and learn from industry experts on critical legal and regulatory developments, along with strategies to help better advise clients in this ever-changing landscape.

You won’t want to miss out on this year’s lineup of panel topics and speakers. Reserve your seat today.

Conference Schedule

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Mandates Under COVID: Vaccines, Masks and other Health & Safety Measures

  • Moderator: Seema Lynch – Associate General Counsel, Atrius Health
  • Amanda Marie Baer – Partner, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
  • Saraa Basaria – Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Radius Health, Inc.
  • Gauri P. Punjabi – Associate, Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Tammy L. Pust – Interim Director, Office of Labor Relations, City of Boston
  • Todd M. Torres – Associate General Counsel, UMass Memorial Health Care

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Navigating Accommodation Requests

  • Moderator: Janette Ekanem – Attorney, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
  • Shaneka L. Davis, JD, MPH – Associate General Counsel, UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc.
  • Deirdre Ann Hosler – General Counsel, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Darshana Indira – Associate, Maura Greene Law Group
  • Elizabeth Levine – Director, Goulston & Storrs PC

Program Note: This session will be live-only and will not be recorded for later viewing.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Interplay of Employee Benefits and Leave Programs During COVID

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

  • Moderator: Patricia Washienko – Founding Partner, Freiberger & Washienko, LLC
  • Michelle-Kim Cohen – Deputy General Counsel, Dassault Systèmes America
  • Marguerite Fletcher – Founder & President, Fletcher Consulting
  • Melanie Nevin – Counsel, US Litigation & Investigations, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Managing the Remote Workforce

  • Moderator: David I. Brody – Partner, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
  • Moderator: Kim Starr – AVP, Senior Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual Group Inc.
  • Christopher Feudo – Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Monica Shah – Partner, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
  • Wendy Zazik – Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Fidelity Investments


Discounted group rates available by request. Contact Ashley Young at for more information.


  • Boston Bar Members: $225
  • Government/Legal Services Members: $175


  • Standard Non-Member: $325
Not a BBA member? Contact us at to join today.


If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 Virtual Employment Law Conference, please contact Mariah Hanlon at

Advisory Committee

David Brody

David I. Brody
Sherin and Lodgen LLP

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Janette Ekanem
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP

Seema Lynch

Seema Lynch
Associate General Counsel
Atrius Health


Kim Starr
AVP, Senior Corporate Counsel
Liberty Mutual Group Inc.

Patricia Washienko

Patricia Washienko
Founding Partner
Freiberger & Washienko, LLC


Andrea Zoia
Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP


Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.

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