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.
Honors and Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, AV Preeminent Rating (2018)
- Best Lawyers 2016, 2017, 2018 (Employment Law – Management)
- Inclusion in New England Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2013 – 2015)
- NH Business and Industry Association (BIA) Above and Beyond Award (2015)
Leadership and Service
- NH Department of Labor, Civil Penalty Appeals Board Chair (June 2015 to present). Appointed by the Governor of NH, on recommendation of the Commissioner, NH Department of Labor.
- NH Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Chair
- Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, US District Court District of NH (2014)
- Greater Concord Human Resources Association, Board of Directors
- NH Supreme Court Committee on Rule of Law, Co-chair
- NH Bar Gender Equality Committee, Past Chair
- Business and Industry Association
- Society for Human Resources Association (SHRM)
- Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Section (DRI)
- Concord, NH, Chamber of Commerce
Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey (First & Second Editions), Author NH Chapter, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Bloomberg BNA, 2017.