Boston Bar | Employment Law Conference

2020 Employment Law Conference

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Cyberspace | Via Zoom

Conference Archive


On November 12th, the Boston Bar will host the annual Employment Law Conference. Adapted to a virtual format, this conference is a premier educational and business development opportunity for Boston’s employment bar.

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.

Please note that all Zoom access links will be distributed 48 hours prior to the conference.

Live Plenary Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Work in the Time of COVID

Understanding the dynamics at play as employers and employees face sustained challenges during the pandemic. 

  • Moderator: Edmund Kenealy – Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Public Affairs Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • James E. Rooney – President & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 
  • Jessica Tang – President, Boston Teachers Union 
  • Commissioner Sunila Thomas George – Chairwoman, MCAD 

1:10 PM – 2:25 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Navigating Regulations and Applying Best Practices During COVID

Advising your clients on accommodations, leave, remote work, reductions in force, and enforcement.

  • Moderator: Kim Starr – AVP & Senior Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Hanok George General Counsel, Azurity Pharmaceuticals 
  • Jasper Groner – Segal Roitman, LLP
  • Nathan Henderson – OSHA Counsel, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Nan O’Neill – Partner, Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane LLP

2:40 PM – 3:10 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Keynote Address: Building Equity in the Office

3:20 PM – 4:05 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Greater Boston

A discussion of efforts developing in Boardrooms and Breakrooms to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

  • Moderator: Barbara Robb – Partner, Hartley Michon & Robb LLP
  • Linda Dorcena Forry Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community for the Northeast, Suffolk Construction
  • Samia Kirmani – Principal, Jackson Lewis

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Putting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Practice in the Workplace

Advising your clients on affirmative action programs, pay equity, protected activities, and retaliation.

  • Moderator: Desiree Murphy Sr. Labor & Employee Relations Specialist, UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • Jermaine KiddCounsel, Samsonite 
  • Joe McConnell – Partner, Morgan Brown & Joy
  • Beth Myers – Partner, Powers, Margolis, Jodoin & Mantell 

On-Demand Session


Link made available to registrants on November 12th

Investigations in the 2020 Context

Increasingly, employers are being required to conduct investigations into employee complaints. Recent national events such as the focus on racial injustice, have contributed to a rise in the number and scope of employee complaints. While employers continue to receive complaints regarding sexual harassment and hostile work environment arising out of the “Me Too” movement, employers need to be prepared to respond quickly and appropriately to a new wave of complaints, such as complaints in which employees will be looking for systemic changes regarding racial and social injustice. This panel will take a look at investigative approaches employers should consider in the context of emerging issues employees are raising and will also consider investigative approaches applicable to employers in education under Title IX.    

Kori Anderson-Deasy

Kori Anderson-Deasy
Employment Counsel


Nathan Goldstein
Segal Roitman, LLP


Katherine Hesse
Founding Partner
Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane LLP


Barbara Robb
Founding Partner
Hartley Michon & Robb


Neerja Sharma
Burns & Levinson LLP


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


Andrea Zoia
Morgan Brown & Joy, LLP



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



  • Standard Non-Member: $325

Not a BBA member? Contact us at to join today.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Virtual Employment Law Conference, please contact Maggie DeMoura at


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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