This year’s panel focused on Employee Communications and Privacy in the Workplace:

  • The latest line of Social Media cases from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and what it means for employees and employers
  • The ever-expanding scope of what constitutes protected concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • New state CORI regulations
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commissoin (EEOC) guidelines on criminal history background checks and employer practices that may violate Title VII
  • Confidentiality of investigations in the workplace.

Moderator: Mark Irvings ’75
Evan Fray-Witzer '93, James Shaw '07, Maia Spilman ’96, Elizabeth Vorro ’91

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Panel Notes

Participant Biographies: 

Evan Fray-Witzer '93
Evan Fray-Witzer is a founding partner of Ciampa Fray-Witzer, an employment law and business litigation boutique located in downtown Boston.  He has an active employment litigation, counseling, and defense practice; a complex business litigation practice, including the litigation of internet copyright cases across the country; and a thriving appellate practice in both the state and Federal Courts.  Evan also provides employment-related trainings and is regularly retained to conduct internal investigations.  Evan is a frequent contributor to legal and business publications and a frequent speaker on employment and business law topics both locally and nationally. He is a trained mediator, discrimination prevention trainer, and investigator.  Most recently, Evan is chairing the subcommittee of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Committee dealing with social media, privacy, and internet law.

Mark L. Irvings '75
Since 1975, Mark Irvings has maintained a full-time practice devoted to alternative dispute resolution, mediating and arbitrating a wide range of cases involving FLSA and state wage and hour collective and class actions, MPPAA, individual employment agreements, wrongful termination, discrimination,  partnership creation and dissolution, and miscellaneous commercial matters, as well as serving as ad hoc and permanent arbitrator under numerous collective bargaining agreements.  He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and was the neutral co-chair of the ADR in Labor and Employment Law Committee of the American Bar Association. Mark is a former adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law and Franklin Pierce Law Center, and is a frequent guest lecturer at law schools and continuing legal education programs. 

James A.W. Shaw '07
James Shaw practices labor and employment law at Boston's Segal Roitman, LLP, where he represents unions and employees throughout all sectors of the economy, including janitors, security officers, electricians, academics, broadcasters, and public employees. His focus includes defending the free speech rights of unions and employees. Prior to law school, Mr. Shaw was president of UAW Local 2322 in Western Massachusetts, where he represented and organized workers in higher education, child care, mental health, human services, manufacturing, among other industries. He previously has taught sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and worked as a newspaper reporter in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Maia Spilman '96
Maia Spilman is a transactional intellectual property and privacy attorney with extensive experience in the new media and entertainment industries.  She works with established companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs.   Maia’s expertise includes structuring and negotiating complex intellectual property rights agreements,  analyzing and assessing strategic alliances and privacy issues relating to data collection, usage and storage. Experienced working in private practice as well as in-house for several companies, Maia is a professional skilled in: closing agreements; online, mobile and other distribution platforms; and, development of procedures to implement efficiencies and accountabilities.  Maia has served on the Information Technology Committee of the New York City Bar Association, is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Musicians Foundation.  

Elizabeth Vorro ’91
Beth Vorro has been a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years.  As the NLRB's Rhode Island Resident Agent, she works out of her home, investigating unfair labor practices; prosecuting employers and unions in administrative proceedings and federal court, and conducting elections.  She is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Rhode Island School of Continuing Education, where she teaches graduate students about the workings of the agency and presents case studies to students in URI's Labor Law and Human Resources programs.  In addition, she frequently appears before Bar Associations and Unions, speaking on a variety of topics related to private sector labor law.