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Drug and Alcohol Testing

Saturday, October 31, 2015 @10am

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Guest:

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James P. Reidy
Employment Attorney

Chairman of Labor & Employment Law Group

Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Jim practices in the areas of labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes.

He represents management in organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held, family-owned businesses, to not-for-profit entities and public sector employers. Since joining the Firm in 1989, Jim has expanded an already well-established employment law practice group. This group is now recognized as one of the best labor and employment practices in Northern New England. Jim has extensive experience handling matters before the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.

He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is frequently asked by the media, business groups and human resources associations to comment on breaking news and recent developments in labor and employment law. He is the moderator of NHLABORNET, the popular Internet discussion group for human resource professionals in New Hampshire. Jim is also the creator and serves as the managing editor of Good Company, Sheehan Phinney’s quarterly e-newsletter, which features articles on legal developments and best practices in business.

Sample Matters

  • Assisted an out-of-state employer with the abatement of substantial civil penalties assessed by the New Hampshire Department of Labor.
  • Helped restructure a company’s employee handbook, executive contracts and commission sales agreements.
  • Successfully defended a manufacturing client on an age discrimination claim.

Education

B.A., Assumption College M.P.A., Northeastern University J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law Honors Jim has been recognized for his work on behalf of employers in the State.

He was the recipient of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association’s 2001 Above and Beyond Award and the 2005 Roland Roberge Corporate Citizen of the Year. In May 2006 the Granite State Human Resources Conference named him HR Hero for his many contributions to the field of human resources in the State. Jim is listed in Chambers USA as one of the top-tier employment lawyers in the state of New Hampshire.

He was elected by his peers as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in the State in a poll conducted by the New Hampshire Bar Association and published in New Hampshire Magazine. In 2012 Business NH Magazine named Jim one of New Hampshire’s Top Attorneys in the area of Labor and Employment Law. The Irish Voice Newspaper selected Jim to be part of the 2013 Irish Legal 100. Jim was also selected again this year for the 2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers. Best Lawyers also named Jim Manchester’s 2014 Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law – Management.

Memberships and Admissions Jim is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts and administrative agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Jim is a member of the Labor and Employment Law sections of Lex Mundi, an international association of law firms; and of the American, the New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Bar Associations. Community Involvement Jim has been a featured speaker and emcee at the annual Granite State Human Resources conferences. He chairs the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Human Resources Exchange, serves on the Board of the Manchester Area Human Resources Association as the Board’s Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, and is the Legislative Affairs Chair for the HR State Council of New Hampshire.

Jim is a graduate of 2006 Class of Leadership New Hampshire. He also serves as a board member of a few other local boards of directors including Concord CareNet Pregnancy Center (CareNet) and the New England Association of Personnel Services (NEAPS), a professional association of owners of temporary employment and placement firms.

The Modern Job Search

Saturday, October 24, 2015 @10am

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A Re-Broadcast:

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The Modern Job Search –

This week on the HR Power Hour we are Re- Broadcasting the September 2, 2015 MPBN’s Maine Calling Radio show segment called The Modern Job Search and hosted By Keith Shortall.

On the show, experts offer strategies on how recent college graduates can find a job.

Guests Include:

  • Ben Nouveau, Employment & Training Specialist at Me. Dept. of Labor
  • Johnna Major, President of Cornerstone HR
  • David Ciullo, President, Career Management Associates, Host of the HR Power Hour Radio Show, President of Lincolnshire International

An Unexpected HR Career

Saturday, October 17, 2015 @10am

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Our Guest:

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Matt Bahl
VP of Human Resources
Maine Medical Center

An Unexpected HR Career –

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Matt has had An Unexpected HR Career and he provides great life experiences and lessons that you can learn even if you are a seasoned HR professional, business leader or just want to get into HR as a career.

Matt also discusses how Maine Medical Center is asking individuals to “show your support” with The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Specialty License Plate (The BBCH Specialty Plate).  So please sign up for this great cause and the specialty plate at  https://fundraising.mmc.org/specialtyplate.

 

Bulletproof Documentation – Replay

Saturday, October 10, 2015 @10am

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Our Guest:

James Harris

James P. Harris
Shareholder
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green

Phone: 603.627.8152
Fax: 603.641.8731
jharris@sheehan.com

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Practice Focus

A member of our firm since 2002, J.P. represents clients across a wide variety of industries in civil litigation. His work includes the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters including general commercial disputes; trade secret, noncompetition and restrictive covenant litigation; employment cases; and construction actions. In his time with the firm, J.P. has represented businesses and individuals engaged in various aspects of the construction trade, media companies defending defamation claims, product manufacturers facing warranty claims, technology developers in business-to-business disputes and noncompetition litigation, victims of professional negligence, and many other types of businesses.

J.P. provides general advice to locum tenens staffing companies and teleradiology companies.

J.P. has developed expertise in records and data management policies and the management of electronically stored information. He has drafted records management policies implemented by a variety of businesses. He has lectured and presented on all aspects of document retention and destruction policies, with particular emphasis on their application to litigation. He has also cultivated skill in the electronic discovery practices and data mining techniques that impact all litigation matters.

Sample Matters
  • Successfully argued before the New Hampshire Supreme Court on behalf of a timber company and its principals against an insurance company that breached its insurance agreement.
  • Successfully argued before the New Hampshire Supreme Court on behalf of a restaurant owner for the invalidation of a town smoking ban.
  • Defends employers and municipalities in employment discrimination claims and claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education

B.A., with honors, Swarthmore College
J.D., magna cum laude, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Honors

In 2014, J.P. was named one of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty. He has been selected as a Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation since 2009 and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation. J.P. is a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2010. He was also an Editorial Assistant for the Catholic University Law Review.

Memberships and Admissions

J.P. is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a member of the New Hampshire and American Bar Associations. J.P. is a past member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Legislation Committee.

Community Involvement

J.P. is currently the Board of Trustees Chair for the Kevin T. McHugh Memorial Scholarship Fund and serves on the New Hampshire Catholic Charities’ Peer-to-Peer Campaign. He is also Chair of the Trinity High School Board of Advisors, as well as the Chairman of their Membership Committee, and Secretary of St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels for Hillsborough County).