“Back to Work: Navigating the New Normal”
Mike Torchia, Partner, Semanoff Ormsby
June 16, 2020, 8:15 am
Employees in our region have returned or are set to return. Meanwhile, employers are struggling with balancing existing laws and new regulations with the health and safety of their employees. This session will focus on:
- Pitfalls when reinstating employees
- Wage and hour considerations
- Unemployment comp, emergency paid sick leave, and expanded FMLA
- Mandatory and recommended safety measures
- Bringing employees back from layoff and furlough
- Which employees don’t have to come back
- Employees that refuse to return to work
Mr. Torchia is a managing member of Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC, and chairs the firm’s employment law and commercial litigation section. In addition to counseling his corporate clients on employment law topics,
Mr. Torchia acts as Pennsylvania employment counsel for several large national corporations. He has successfully established a workplace investigations practice and is routinely hired by other law firms to serve as an independent third-party investigator of a variety of employment-related claims and as an expert witness in the area of workplace investigations. He lectures extensively on various employment law topics and continues to serve as course planner and moderator for many PBI seminars, including the annual Employment Law Institute (at which he has, and will again, present the annual “Year in Review” initial session); Workplace Investigations of Sexual Harassment Claims; and Fire At-Will.
Mr. Torchia successfully defended Spierling v. First American Home Health Services, Inc., which has proved to be an important decision in Pennsylvania defining the public policy exception of at-will employment, and Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., in which he argued in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding the issue of consideration for noncompetition agreements for current employees.
He has been named a Leader in the Law by Philadelphia Business Journal in both employment law and litigation and was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2008. Mr. Torchia currently serves as the chair of the Montgomery County Employment and Labor Law Committee.
HRCI: 1 HR Certification Credit
SHRM: 1 Professional Development Credit