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Meritas is the 2014 sponsor for ACC's Small Law Department Committee. Nicolle Schippers, the Past Chair, was awarded 2013 Committee Member of the Year. Meritas was also chosen as the 2013 Committee Sponsor of the Year.

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The Small Law Department Committee develops and explores ways that lawyers in small law departments and generalists in larger departments can best provide legal services to their corporate clients. The committee provides numerous practical resources, including best practices and sample policies.

Special Announcment

Call for 2015 Annual Meeting Programs for Boston

We are currently soliciting CLE/CPD program ideas for the 2015 ACC Annual Meeting in Boston (Oct 18-21, 2015). We would like to hear about topics on which you need more training and/or on topics for which you would like to provide training for other members. All complete entries will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card sponsored by Meritas. Please submit your program entries by clicking here on or before December 12, 2014.


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Upcoming Meeting

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspections ? What to Do When The EPA Shows Up

Our speaker, a former EPA and state enforcement attorney, will discuss what to do ‹ and not do ‹ when the EPA arrives to conduct a compliance inspection of your facility. The program will address issues that should be considered in advance of an inspection, during the inspection, and during opening and closing conferences with EPA officials. The program will also provide some tips on what do to after the inspection is completed and how to minimize potential environmental liability if violations are discovered. Maureen D. Smith, Shareholder, Orr & Reno P.A., a Meritas Firm


Fire over Facebook? A Primer on Protected Social Media Activity in the Workplace and Best Practice Guide for Managing Employee Social Media Use

Aug 2013 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
As social media use in the workplace continues to increase, it should come as no surprise that employers are increasingly disciplining employees for their social media activity. Because social media ...

Employee Wellness Programs: A Federal and State Analysis of the Legal and Practical Implications

Sep 2012 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
This InfoPAK explores corporate employee wellness programs, highlighting the benefits and challenges employers face when developing such programs. It examines both mandatory and voluntary employee ...

Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Managing Employee Social Media Use

Dec 2014 Top Ten
Sponsored by Meritas
This Top Ten article addresses managing employee social media use.

Limiting Employee Access to Executed Agreements

May 2014 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from questions and responses posted in the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses whether a company should make executed agreements viewable to a select group ...

Employee Information Sharing

Apr 2014 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses the issues underlying company-wide sharing of employees' personal information.