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  • Description

    As the nation starts to re-open after the COVID-19 shutdown, employers need to take into account a range of practical and legal considerations. This CLE course will review employer obligations under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The course will address the safety requirements for returning employees as well as the potential lawsuits that may come in the wake including tips and strategies to protect your business.

  • Instructor Bio

    Valerie Ferrier

    Valerie K. Ferrier is a Partner and head of MCB’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Ms. Ferrier is an experienced trial attorney, offering advice and counseling to clients to mitigate and manage risk regarding compliance issues, in addition to providing handbook and policy updates, and management and employee training.

    Ms. Ferrier has experience defending discrimination claims, including those brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Her practice includes the defense of wage and hour and misclassification claims, both single plaintiff and class and collective actions, under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. Ms. Ferrier has successfully defended both state and federal jury and bench trials, and has experience with state and federal appellate practice. Ms. Ferrier comes to MCB from Ford Harrison, a boutique Labor & Employment defense firm.

    Earlier in her career, Ms. Ferrier served as managing partner of the New York office of a Florida-based commercial defense firm. She also worked for nearly eight years in the in-house law department of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, ultimately attaining the position of Executive Agency Counsel. Ms. Ferrier earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2007 and her B.A. from Simon’s Rock College of Bard. She is admitted to practice in New York, Virginia, and New York federal courts.