Join us as we take our annual public sector seminar virtual! During the month of May, we will host a series of CLE webinars featuring timely topics as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting public sector employers.

We invite you to register for any of the complimentary webinars listed below:

Brave New World: Returning to the Office in a Post-Pandemic Environment
Date/Time: May 13, 2021 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Presenters: Andreana R. Bellach, Keegan Drenosky and Jessica Richman Smith
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The expedited roll out of the vaccine in Connecticut, which leads in vaccine distribution, as well as nationally, has sped up the return to work plans for many employers. But returning to work still presents employers with workplace and employee relations challenges. As offices look towards reopening, it is important to have the right strategy in place for employee safety, vaccine requirements and reasonable accommodations and risk mitigation. Join Shipman lawyers Andreana R. Bellach, Keegan Drenosky and Jessica Richman Smith for a webinar discussing these pressing issues, as well as a focus on the additional challenges specific to reopening for municipal employers.

Leave It To Us: Your Leave Policies and Procedures Questions Answered
Date and Time: May 14, 2021 from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Presenters: Dori Pagé Antonetti, Christopher E. Engler and Rebecca Rudnick Santiago
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Join Shipman lawyers Dori Pagé Antonetti, Christopher E. Engler and Rebecca Rudnick Santiago for an interactive webinar featuring an overview of various leave policies and implementation.

Topics will include:

  • Key concepts of FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation
  • Unemployment and Collective Bargaining topics related to leave policies
  • Best practices learned due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The second half of the webinar will be spent answering viewer questions regarding leave related issues. Registrants will be able to submit questions in advance on the event registration form.

Free Speech for Public Employees — Speak at Your Own Risk!
Date and Time: May 19, 2021 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presenters: Thomas B. Mooney, Natalia Sieira Millan and Sarah A. Westby
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Over fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court held that public employee speech is protected by the First Amendment. However, from the beginning public employees have been subject to discipline if their speech is disruptive. Now, when public employees speak on social media and offend others, disruption is a real possibility given how quickly and broadly such speech can be disseminated.

Join Shipman lawyers Thomas B. Mooney, Natalia Sieira Millan and Sarah A. Westby as they review the rules for public employee speech and present case examples of when public employee’s speech is protected and when it is not. Audience members will be able to submit questions during the presentation and in advance on the event registration form for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Bonus Session: Considerations for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Public Sector
Date: TBA
Presenters: Sarah E. Gleason and Kevin M. Roy

Join Shipman lawyers Sarah E. Gleason and Kevin M. Roy for a discussion focused on diversity, equity and inclusion workplace practices and policies.

Topics will include:

  • A primer on relevant legal considerations affecting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the public sector
  • What public sector employers can and cannot do in complying with their legal obligations with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Recommendations regarding best practices

Stay tuned for the registration link to this program in the coming weeks.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

This CLE program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York CLE Board for a maximum of 1.0 credit hour for each webinar in this series, of which 1.0 can be applied toward the Professional Practice requirement. This program is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approves or accredits CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of Shipman & Goodwin that each webinar in this series qualifies for one hour toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including zero hour(s) of ethics/professionalism, but is subject to change based on actual instruction/attendance time.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please email We reserve the right to register only clients and prospective clients of the firm.