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Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association

Annual Legal Update

  • 01 Mar 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844, 2nd Floor


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Thursday, March 1, 2018


Topic:  Annual Legal Update (1/2 day program, fee applies)

Approved for 3.00 SHRM PDC's &, HRCI credits.

In this program, we will provide an update on federal laws, as well as Massachusetts and New Hampshire employment laws.

The topics for this year’s program are contained below. 

  • Select Top Cases & Regulatory and Statutory Changes from Past Year  

A comprehensive overview of some major legislative, regulatory and case law developments, including developments at some Massachusetts and Federal agencies, and significant court decisions under Federal and Massachusetts law (NH discussed in later section).  Topics will include developments in the regulation of marijuana and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.  There will also be discussion of developments at the federal Department of Labor and the upcoming Pay Equity Law in Massachusetts.

  • Discussion of the Recent Explosion of Sexual Harassment Complaints:  Lessons  Learned and out Steps to Take Now

Discussion of what the increase in sexual harassment complaints means to employers, what preventative measures you can take to ensure a workplace free of harassment, and also what you can do to make sure complaints are properly received and addressed in a timely manner.  

  • Health Care Update

Review of changes at the federal level concerning health care.

  • Immigration Law Update

 Update on the laws as well as proposed and/or pending changes. 

  • New Hampshire Update

Presented by Attorney Deb Najjar

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of significant case decisions and/or changes under New Hampshire employment laws. 

 Our Speakers:

Kathryn M. Murphy, Sarah Spatafore, Michael J. Maccaro, Brian P. Fox, . Michelle De Oliveira, Kier Wachterhauser of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP and Debra Najjar or Najjar Employment Law Group, PC.

Click here for Speaker Bios

Cost of this event is:

GMVHRA Member $75.00

Non-Member $95.00

10% discount for 2 or more attendees from the same organization.   Discount cannot be applied at registration but will be refunded after the event.

The registration deadline is February 25, 2018. Full refunds are available prior to the deadline.  After this date a cancellation fee of $25.00 per person will apply or you may send an alternate to the event without additional charge.  To request a cancellation or to make a change please send and email to

Our Sponsor:

Graystone Consulting – Institutional Wealth Services

A Concierge Approach

Graystone Consulting is unique in that we offer a boutique consulting experience within a larger wealth management organization, Morgan Stanley.  This distinct structure allows Graystone architects to design a world class retirement program and utilize our network of financial advisors to implement and service the plan according to the specific needs of our clients. In addition to traditional defined contribution consulting, our customizable corporate-sponsored financial wellness program bolsters your current benefits program by providing your employees access to financial planning, financial education, and wealth management solutions.

The Value We Add

Graystone Consulting is a market leader for participant success. We have a diverse client base with a unique set of challenges when it comes to helping participants plan for a successful retirement.  By putting the participant’s best interests’ success at the heart of every decision we make, we are leading the industry in the most important statistic: participant success.  Managing retirement benefits that align with your organization’s vision involves many decisions across multiple disciplines.  We have the experience and resources to craft a customized plan that not only supports your organization and vision, but also drives results at the employee level.


Tax laws are complex and subject to change. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”) , its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors and Private Wealth Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice and are not “fiduciaries” (under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or otherwise) with respect to the services or activities described herein except as otherwise provided in writing by Morgan Stanley. Individuals are encouraged to consult their tax and legal advisors (a) before establishing a retirement plan or account, and (b) regarding any potential tax, ERISA and related consequences of any investments made under such plan or account. The investments listed may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a financial advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment will depend upon an investor's individual circumstances and objectives.

 © 2017 Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.  Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley.

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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:50 AM Welcome New Members & Guests/Chapter Business

8:50 AM - 9:00 Sponsor
9:00 AM -12:00 PM Program

LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA01844 - 2ND Floor

More information and online registration:

Annual Legal Update

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For more information:

Contact: Carolyn Foster
Phone: 603-489-9535


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087



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