Workplace Absence: How to Avoid Pitfalls Caused by the Interplay of Disability, Medical Leave, and Workers’ Comp Law – D10

The Workplace Track
Labor and Employment Law Section

Session D: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

About the Program
This panel will introduce attendees to the web of laws of regular workplace absence and leave. It is geared especially toward lawyers who do not regularly practice employment law but whose practices interact with the workplace (including personal injury lawyers, workers’ compensation lawyers, small business lawyers, and in-house counsel). For more experienced employment lawyers, the panelists will provide practice pointers and methods for avoiding common mistakes.

You Will Learn

  • The basics about the many laws that govern workplace absence, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Workers’ Compensation
  • The various types of workplace “leave” and how the different laws that regulate workplace absence intersect and overlap
  • How to avoid common mistakes made by employers and employees with respect to workplace absence and leave


Courtney A. George, Cohen and Wolf PC, Bridgeport

Attorney George is a partner at Cohen and Wolf, PC in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she chairs the firm’s Employment & Labor Practice Group. Courtney practices in the areas of employment and labor law and commercial litigation. She represents private and public employers in employment litigation, labor relations, legal compliance and best practices, personnel decisions, contract negotiations, protection of information and other employment-related  matters. She is recognized by Connecticut Super Lawyers (2013-2017) in the category of Employment Litigation: Defense, and in The Best Lawyers in America©  (2016-2018) for her work in the area of Labor & Employment.


Joshua R. Goodbaum, Garrison Levin-Epstein Fitzgerald & Pirrotti PC, New Haven

Attorney Goodbaum is a partner at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., in New Haven, where he represents individuals in employment and civil rights matters.  He serves as Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section and on the Executive Committee of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He has written and spoken widely on a variety of topics related to employment law.  In addition to his work representing employees, Josh also enjoys assisting his fellow lawyers with appeals and other complex legal writing projects, regardless of the subject matter.



Robert C. Hinton, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford

Attorney Hinton has extensive experience in all phases of commercial and complex litigation and employment law counseling and is a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment Law & Employee Benefits Department. He has represented a wide range of clients from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies. He regularly litigates and counsels on breach of contract claims; employment discrimination claims; non-compete litigation; wage and hour claims; Family Medical Leave Act claims; ERISA benefit denial of disability claims; enforcement/execution of domestic and foreign judgments; recovery of funds, assets, and property; commercial landlord/tenant matters; unfair and/or deceptive trade practices; and fraudulent conveyances. Prior to beginning his legal career, Bob served more than eight years on active duty in the United States Army.

Mary E. Kelly, Livingston Adler Pulda Meiklejohn & Kelly PC, Hartford

Attorney Kelly has been an attorney practicing in the areas of labor and employment law at the law firm of Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, P.C. since 1989, and has been a partner in the firm since 1996. Kelly received her bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from the University of Connecticut.  Kelly has been an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association since 1998 and is currently a member of NELA’s Affiliate Relations Committee. Kelly also serves on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Executive Committee and is a former president and member of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association.  



2.0 CLE Credits (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)