Description of Practice

Beth A. Deragon focuses her practice on counseling and training businesses on sound employment practices, and defending businesses in employment litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Her areas of concentration reach across all aspects of the employer/employee relationship and include anti-discrimination training, employment contracts (non-competition, non-solicitation, and independent contractor agreements), wage and hour compliance, severance/separation agreements, investigations, employee handbooks, employee leave issues (FMLA, Worker’s Compensation, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability) and recruitment through termination and layoffs. Beth’s employment work extends to individuals seeking advice regarding the enforcement of restrictive covenants and review of severance agreements.

Beth represents employers when working with state agencies, including the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, New Hampshire Department of Labor, New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. She has extensive experience working with clients operating in multiple jurisdictions, helping them craft global policies that comply with employment laws of those jurisdictions and localities. Additionally, she has conducted numerous internal investigations for private employers.

Prior to joining Pastori Krans, Beth was Of Counsel at McLane Middleton in Manchester and was chair of the Employment Practice Group at Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell, PC, where she was a shareholder-director.

Beth earned her J.D. from the UNH School of Law in 2005 and is admitted to practice law in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She earned her M.A. in Russian Language and Literature (Hons) from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1992 and her B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1990.