Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

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Monday, October 26

10:00am EDT

Challenging Illegal Section 8 Side Payments with the Federal False Claims Act
The limited availability of suitable Section 8 Voucher housing has often resulted in the demands of Section 8 landlords to exact from needy tenants rent and/or utility payments in excess of what the Section 8 program permits, as a condition to enter into or extend leases with those tenants. Despite the illegality of these payments, desperate tenants often agree to such side deals, thereby paying hundreds, even thousands, more than landlords are entitled. Often, when tenants fail to remit these extra payments, landlords terminate their leases and sue them for eviction and those unpaid sums. The federal False Claims Act, designed to prevent fraud in the receipt of government benefits, has successfully been used to sanction these unlawful landlord practices, with enormous damages and attorney's fees. This workshop will introduce participants to the framework and contours of the Act and to explain how to litigate these cases.

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Eileen Yacknin

Director of Litigation, Neighborhood Legal Services
Eileen Yacknin works at Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), her first and only job, arriving straight from Boston College Law School in 1977, before most of you were born. For several years and currently, she serves as NLS’s Litigation Director. For nearly 25 years, she served as... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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1:00pm EDT

Conducting an Environment of Mutual Respect: Professional Conduct and Anti-Harassment/Sexual Harassment
This program is delivered as a 90 min hour general session. The general session covers understanding perceptions, acting in a professional manner, legal definitions of harassment, company policy and reporting process. We will incorporate relevant scenarios that allow participants to discuss issues to impact learning. The break-out session focuses on executive leaders’ role in fostering a positive work environment.

Key Objectives:
  • Understand the legal requirements governing harassment in the workplace. 
  • Understand a non-manager and manager’s role/responsibility in maintaining a productive work environment. 
  • Recognize what constitutes harassment. 
  • By-stander training and interrupt harassment 
  • Identify the key elements of the organization’s anti-harassment policy. 
  • Understand retaliation 
  • Know the steps to take to handle complaints effectively. 
  • Know the appropriate corrective action step


Kim Nash

Senior Human Capital Consultant, Exude, Inc

Monday October 26, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
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