March 29, 2012

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Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Labor & Employment Group Presents Employment Law Update

Allentown, PA (March 29, 2012) – George C. Hlavac, Steven E. Hoffman, Jeffrey S. Stewart, and Edward J. Easterly, attorneys with the law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., are faculty for a Lorman Educational Services seminar entitled “Employment Law Update.” The one-day seminar, moderated by Hlavac, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Pennsylvania office’s Labor & Employment Group, will be held on Wednesday, April 4, in Wilkes-Barre.

Attendees will receive guidance with respect to the latest techniques to keep a company from incurring financially crippling employee claims and lawsuits. Specifically, attendees will learn how to avoid costly mistakes with respect to pre-employment interviews, social media policies, and unlawful retaliation. Additionally, the seminars provide updates on recent legislation and case law developments, employment litigation tips, and defending unemployment compensation claims. For more information or to register, visit

Hlavac focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law. He regularly handles traditional labor law matters and employment-related litigation and also counsels employers of all sizes with respect to workplace issues, such as discrimination, harassment, workplace accommodations, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, safety and health, employment contracts, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, employee handbooks, unemployment compensation, union avoidance, collective bargaining negotiations and agreements, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. Hlavac earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1991 from Franklin & Marshall College and his J.D., with honors, in 1994 from George Washington University.

Chair of the Pennsylvania office Litigation Department, Hoffman devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on defending employment-related litigation and civil rights actions. Hoffman has extensive experience with employment discrimination and harassment cases. He has tried restrictive covenant and trade secrets claims; and has represented clients in cases involving wage and hour issues, including collective actions brought under the FLSA. Hoffman has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania, and he has argued before all of Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. He is frequently called upon by other attorneys and the Court to serve as a mediator or an arbitrator. Hoffman earned his J.D. in 1991 from Widener University School of Law and his B.A. in 1988 from George Washington University.

Stewart, a resident of Allentown, focuses his labor law practice on representing management and has tried cases before the National Labor Relations Board and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. He has handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification hearings and grievance arbitrations. He counsels employers in union avoidance and has helped his clients successfully defeat union representation elections. He serves as lead negotiator for a number of his clients during collective bargaining, and advises his clients regarding all aspects of strikes, lockouts, and mass picketing. In addition to his private-sector clients, he represents a number of municipalities in labor union matters. In his employment law practice, Stewart represents management. In addition to representing clients before the PHRC, the EEOC and the courts, he counsels clients on matters including non-compete agreements, sexual harassment investigations, FLSA compliance, unemployment compensation, and employment policies and handbooks. Stewart earned his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 2001, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1995.

Easterly, a resident of Easton, practices before federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies, representing clients in matters related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and the Pennsylvania Humans Relations Act. He handles labor and employment matters for clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations. Easterly earned his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2006 and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College in 2003.

The Labor and Employment Group at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus can guide employers through the legal maze and defend management interests challenged through litigation, agency investigations, or union organizing campaigns. More importantly, they are prepared to counsel employers in avoiding employment problems through sound employment practices..

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