Upcoming Seminar: Guide to Human Resource Laws in the Workplace!

I’m pleased to announce that I will be presenting at the upcoming Guide to Human Resource Laws in the Workplace seminar on November 14th and 15th.


For more information and to register, please visit:



We will be presenting at:

Home2 Suites by Hilton Hasbrouck Heights
377 Route 17 South Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604



Program Description

A Comprehensive Overview of the Issues Affecting HR Departments

Get a handle on the complicated issues that arise in the day-to-day operations of any human resources department! This extensive two-day course covers all of the hot-button issues that every HR professional should know, not only to avoid lawsuits, but to ensure that all employees are happy and productive. Experienced faculty will show you how to handle such issues as employee leaves, problem behaviors in the workplace, and what essential information should be included in employee handbooks. Don’t miss out on this crucial human resource information – enroll today!

  • Learn the necessary disclaimers that every employee handbook must contain in order to avoid potential legal trouble.
  • Recognize the many intricacies of the Fair Labor Standards Act, so that employers can stop problems before they happen.
  • Understand how the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act intertwine in issues with employee leave.
  • Know what accommodations are considered reasonable when an injured worker returns to the workplace.
  • Properly document and manage discrimination complaints to ensure that both employers and employees are properly protected in case of lawsuits.
  • Effectively monitor employee communications and internet use in an ethical and legally compliant manner.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar examines the current issues in human resource law for:

  • Attorneys
  • HR Personnel
  • Accountants
  • Presidents and Vice Presidents

Course Content


  1. Successful Hiring and Recruiting Steps
  2. Managing Employee Leaves of Absence / Income Replacement  Benefits While on Leave
  3. Imperative Information That Every Employee Handbook Should Contain
  4. Wage and Benefits Issues
  5. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs


  1. Workers’ Compensation Basics
  2. Discrimination and Harassment
  3. Workplace Behavioral Issues: Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations
  4. Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring
  5. Disciplining and Firing Employees

Continuing Education Credit

Certified Payroll Professionals – Certified Payroll Professional: 12.00

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State
CLE 14.40 –  NJ
CLE 14.00 –  NY*
CLE 12.00 –  PA

Human Resource Certification Institute – HRCI: 12.00

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 1.20

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy – CPE for Accountants/NASBA: 14.00 *

Professional Achievement in Continuing Education – PACE: 14.00 *

Society for Human Resource Management – SHRM CP/SCP: 12.00

Post Seminar Update


The last seminar was by most measures a success! Over 60 people attended the live DWI Institute 2017: The Changing Elements of DWI seminar as well as those who logged on to the webcast.

More information is available at the NJICLE website:

Live:                      https://tcms.njsba.com/personifyebusiness/njicle/CLEPrograms/NJICLEEventsCalendar/MeetingDetails.aspx?productId=9246770

Webcast:                 https://tcms.njsba.com/personifyebusiness/njicle/CLEPrograms/NJICLEEventsCalendar/MeetingDetails.aspx?productId=9468629


Thanks for coming, see you all next time!


Past Presentation: DWI Institute 2017: The Changing Elements of DWI

Learn new strategies to handle DWI cases!

For 2017, NJICLE’s annual DWI Institute features a faculty of highly respected attorneys and experts in the field of DWI who will we take a look at proven ways to handle DWI cases in a changing climate. This day-long seminar will feature discussion, demonstration and critique by our experienced panel on preparation and execution skills when handling a DWI case. Join us and sharpen your abilities to present a DWI case!


New Jersey Law Center


1 Constitution Sq. New Brunswick, NJ 08901



August 3, 2017



9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET


For more information, please visit:


Recapping my NBI webinar on Pre-Existing Injuries

As advertised, my NBI webinar on Pre-Existing Injuries was presented on the 29th of March. It was fun, and it moved fast.
NBI has asked me if I would participate in future programs. You know my answer.
I’ll see you then and in the mean time, check out what they had to say:
“Great presentation”
“Best webinar I’ve attended yet.”
“My practice is in New Jersey so I appreciated that fact that one of the presenters was familiar with New Jersey Law and as I have practiced over 35 years the second presenter coming from New Jersey seemed to appear as if he also practiced in New Jersey”
“Excellent choices. I learned a lot from listening to very experienced plaintiffs’ lawyers, especially as an insurance defense guy.”
“knowledgeable speakers”
“enthusiastic and knowledgeable”
“Have listened to Mr. Zaccagnino before on one of your programs. He does a great job; would like to have other personal injury attorneys act as speakers to give other prospectives.”
“Very Impressed and it was refreshing to hear that there are some attorneys who believe in being nice.”
“I am one and I am amazed where it has gotten me.”
“Faculty was excellent.”

Past Webinar! – 3/29 11:00am – 2:15pm on Pre-Existing Injuries: Proving Exacerbation and/or Aggravation

Program Description

Overcome Key Challenges and Maximize Damages

Prevailing in pre-existing injury cases is a challenging task – are you taking full command of the tools at your disposal? Our veteran faculty will share time-tested techniques for proving causation, overcoming defense tactics, avoiding common pitfalls and ultimately maximizing your client’s settlement. Enhance your practice – register today!

  • Learn how to thoroughly investigate pre-existing injuries.
  • Discover how to effectively apply the eggshell plaintiff rule.
  • Anticipate and overcome key insurance defense strategies in exacerbation cases.
  • Find out how to strategically use doctors and reports to establish causation.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for attorneys. Insurance professionals and paralegals may also benefit.

Course Content

  • Spotting Red Flags During Client Intake
  • Distinguishing Between “Eggshell Plaintiff” and Exacerbation of Prior Conditions
  • Effectively Applying the “Eggshell Plaintiff Rule” to the Case
  • Effectively Applying the Exacerbation Rule to the Case
  • Locating, Obtaining and Analyzing Medical History – How to Overcome Insurance Defense Strategies
  • Using Doctors and Narrative Reports to Prove/Disprove Causation
  • How to Maximize Damages for the Worsening of the Condition
  • Trial Strategies: Presenting Evidence of the Previous Injury to the Judge/Jury

Agenda / Content Covered

All times are shown in Eastern time

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Ashton E. Thomas

  • Spotting Red Flags During Client Intake
    • Deciding Whether to Take the Case
    • Performing Due Diligence Before Getting in Too Deep
  • Distinguishing Between “Eggshell Plaintiff” and Exacerbation of Prior Conditions
  • Effectively Applying the “Eggshell Plaintiff Rule” to the Case
  • Effectively Applying the Exacerbation Rule to the Case


3/29 11:00am - 2:15pm Webinar on Pre-Existing Injuries: Proving Exacerbation and/or Aggravation
3/29 11:00am – 2:15pm Webinar on Pre-Existing Injuries: Proving Exacerbation and/or Aggravation


I heard that there was a controversy over the Confederate flag. I decided to investigate the issue by taking a trip to a Civil War Battlefield.
Fredericksburg was a battle between General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside.
Over four days in December of 1862, the Union Army had suffered 13,300 casualties. Lee’s Confederate Army had suffered 4,500 losses.
As I surveyed the battlelines, I came upon a monument erected for Richard Rowland Kirkland of CO. G 2nd South Carolina Volunteers. At the risk of his life, this Confederate soldier brought water to wounded Union soldiers. He was called by many “The Angel of Marye’s Heights.” As I continued my walk, I asked myself, “Could that have been a Confederate soldier?”
I visited a Union Army Cemetery. There were fallen men from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, and Indiana. It was quiet. I visited a Confederate Army Cemetery. It to was quiet. “May they all rest in peace,” I said to myself.
Next I traveled to see the root of the problem. At the corner of Charles and Williams Streets in Fredericksburg, there sat a stone marking the location of the principal auction site for human chattel:slaves. Slavery had to be abolished.
Then I moved fast forward. I attended a county fair in rural Virginia. I saw an interracial R&B band entertain an interracial audience. The crowd laughed, rocked, and danced. I even hit the dance floor with a stilt walker.
I concluded my investigation with the observation that we have come a long way since our bloody Civil War. There can be no doubt that we have challenges ahead. However, with some patience we’ll continue forward progress.
PS: I encourage anyone wishing to fan the flames of hatred to first visit a battlefield before writing another inflammatory word.
Thank you.