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Charla has served as the lead external investigator on a number of significant matters for private employers, independent schools and colleges and universities. She also trains individuals on how to conduct effective internal investigations into issues ranging from workplace complaints to education on sexual misconduct.
Charla regularly advises independent schools regarding crisis and risk management. She writes handbooks and policies related to student and adult issues ranging from bullying, hazing, harassment and discrimination and conducts student safety reviews for independent schools. Charla frequently presents to human resources and education organizations such as National Business Officers Association (NBOA) and Independent School Association of Northern New England.
She also has a diverse health care practice representing physician practice groups, health centers, mental health practitioners and ancillary providers regarding compliance, licensing, discipline and other issues. Charla serves as Vice Chair Human Resources, Health Care, and Workforce Development Committee for the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA).
Her litigation background includes practice in the state and federal courts and before numerous state and federal administrative agencies such as the State and Federal Departments of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Charla received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Merrimack College.
•Best Lawyers in America 2019 ( Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment)
•AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
•Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers (Labor and Employment)
•New England Super Lawyers
•Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Legal Services Award, 2008
•Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, Above and Beyond Award, 2012
•Granite State HR Conference, HR Hero, 2016
New Federal Rule On Overtime Pay (WMUR, 5/29/2016)
General Employment Law (WGIR - NH Today, 4/29/2016)
Articles & Presentations
•Can a Business Operate Legally with Only Exempt Employees? The Employee Classification Corn Maze (NH Society of CPAs)
•Can a Business Operate Legally with Only Exempt Employees? The Employee Classification Corn Maze (MA Society of CPAs)
•On First Anniversary of #metoo EEOC Reports an Increase in Sexual Harassment Claims
•Know the Law: Offering Parental Leave to Employees
•The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is in Effect: Is Your Company in Compliance?
(Also at Manchester, New Hampshire Office)
•Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire ( BIA ), Vice-Chair Human Resources, Health Care, and Workforce Development Committee
•Southern New Hampshire Health System, Board of Trustees
•Granite United Way, Board of Directors
•Families in Transition / New Horizons for New Hampshire, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors
•New Hampshire Personnel Appeals Board, Chair
•Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Government Affair Committee, Member
•Greater Nashua Human Resources Association, Member
•Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association, Member
•Northeast Human Resource Association, Member
•Manchester Bar Association, Member
•Merrimack Valley YMCA, Compensation Committee
•American Bar Association, Member Section of Litigation (Division Director, ,Publications; Women Advocate, Health Law and Labor and Employment Law Committees), Section of Labor and Employment
•New Hampshire Bar Association, Member Labor and Employment and Health Law Sections
•Boston Bar Association, Member, Public Service Oversight Committee
•New Hampshire Legislature Task Force on Work and Family
•New Hampshire Women's Bar Association, Member
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