Monthly Archives: June 2018

Attorney Beth A. Deragon’s Article on Equal Pay Featured in Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

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The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce recently published an article by employment lawyer Beth A. Deragon of Pastori | Krans PLLC concerning NH and Federal equal pay laws impacting employers. Read more here.

Deragon is an of counsel attorney at Pastori | Krans whose practice focuses on advising businesses on a wide variety of employment law matters, including: hiring, disciplining and terminating employees; training supervisors and employees; internal investigations; employee handbooks and policies; wage and hour compliances; and employment contracts. She also represents businesses in employment litigation, appearing before NH Commission for Human Rights, NH Department of Labor, NH Employment Security, and NH State and Federal Courts.

Deragon can be reached at (603) 369-4206 or bderagon@pastorikrans.com.

Deragon Appointed Chair of the NH DOL’s Civil Penalty Appeals Board

Attorney Beth A. Deragon

The law firm of Pastori | Krans congratulates Attorney Beth A. Deragon for being re-appointed chair of the New Hampshire Department of Labor’s Civil Penalty Appeals Board by Governor Christopher T. Sununu.

The Civil Penalty Appeals Board hears appeals, de novo, from civil penalties imposed by the Commissioner of the Department of Labor pursuant to RSA 273:11-c.

Deragon is an of counsel attorney at Pastori | Krans whose practice focuses on advising businesses on a wide variety of employment law matters, including: hiring, disciplining and terminating employees; training supervisors and employees; internal investigations; employee handbooks and policies; wage and hour compliances; and employment contracts. She also represents businesses in employment litigation, appearing before NH Commission for Human Rights, NH Department of Labor, NH Employment Security, and NH State and Federal Courts.

Deragon can be reached at (603) 369-4206 or bderagon@pastorikrans.com.

Pastori | Krans Sponsored The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association Anniversary Symposium

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Pastori | Krans was a proud sponsor of The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association Anniversary Symposium on May 11, 2018 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Symposium celebrated 20 years of female leadership since the establishment of the Women’s Bar Association in New Hampshire, and Attorney Terri Pastori was a featured panelist. The firm is proud that all of its attorneys are active members of the Women’s Bar Association, and that Attorney Heather Krans is a past President.

Attorney Terri Pastori’s Article on Navigating Interactive Dialogue on Workplace Accommodations Featured in NH Bar News

Terri Pastori’s article, Navigating Interactive Dialogue on Workplace Accommodations, was featured in the New Hampshire Bar News, Employment Law Edition, on April 18, 2018. As Attorney Pastori explains in the article, the law requires that employers and employees engage in an interactive, good faith dialogue about a request for a workplace accommodation, and both “employers and employees have ample opportunity to mishandle those requests which could result in claims of disability discrimination.” Attorney Pastori explains that the good news is that “[t]here are a host of steps employers and employees can take to increase the productiveness of the interactive dialogue, and decrease the likelihood of frustrations and dissatisfaction that ultimately may lead to discrimination claims.” “For example, employees should not wait until they are about to receive a negative review to alert their employers about disabilities for which an accommodation may be necessary. Employees should promptly and truthfully respond to appropriate requests for information from their employers, and meaningfully explain how their requested accommodation is related to the disability and job duties,” and they should document communications with employers concerning their requests. There are also steps employers should take, including engaging in “a meaningful, interactive dialogue with employees seeking a reasonable accommodation. Ideally, the process should include in-person meetings or communications by phone as opposed to exclusively relying on email, letters, or text messages, which can be less effective for the process. Employers should make good faith and earnest attempts to find reasonable accommodations for employees, and document such communications with employees, including requests for information and the need for repeated follow-up requests for information with employees. When an employee raises the issue of disability and/or the need for an accommodation during a disciplinary meeting or performance review, employers would be wise to hit the “pause button” to allow an adequate opportunity to assess the situation before either proceeding as planned, or changing course, as the specific circumstances may require.” Read the full article here.

Terri Pastori is a founding partner at Pastori Krans, a Concord, New Hampshire law firm focused on litigation. Practice areas include employment law, family law, and business disputes. Pastori and partner Heather Krans each have nearly 20 years of litigation experience and lead a team that addresses a broad spectrum of problems that their clients face – from routine matters to complex, multi-party cases. Learn more about the firm here.