The Greater Merrimack Valley

Human Resource Association
An affilliate of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)


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    • 07 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, February 7, 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program


    Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's, HRCI credits pending


    TOPIC: Holding Employees to Accountability in the Workplace and Ensuring Commitments of Engagement! 

    Employee often time have a hard time making Commitments of Engagement which can affect their overall performance and commitment to the company and its profitability.

    The Commitments of Engagement is an agreement where the HR professionals work with individual employees to create the most effective learning environment for all participants. Individuals are asked to commit to these behavioral guidelines as a way of ensuring everyone fully understands what is expected and accepted during their time together to create an intentional learning community that works for all.

    The HR professionals can learn ways to help their employees to:

    ·         Encourage the sharing of ideas and opinions openly and honestly.

    ·         Share positive and constructive feedback with courage and consideration 

    ·         Ask employees to practice authentic listening.  

    ·         Create an environment that is safe for breakdowns and breakthroughs.

    Fear of holding employees to Accountably in the Workplace can be disastrous to any organization. Employees who commit to decisions and standards of performance do not hesitate to hold one another accountable for adhering to those decisions and standards.  What’s more, they don’t rely on the manager or team leader as the primary source of accountability but, rather, they go directly to their peers this matters because….

    When it comes to teamwork, accountability is the willingness of each employee and team members to remind one another when they are not living up to the standards of the group. It means that the team members have to be willing to call each other on behavioral issues, as uncomfortable as that might be!

    Participants will leave the session fully understanding how to;

    ·         Identify Authentic Leadership Criteria

    ·         Determine Ways to Create Accountability

    ·        Understand the Impact of Time Management

    ·         Create and Achieve Goals

    ·         Develop an Action Plan

    Presenters:

    Susan Leger-Ferraro

    Human sustainability is the brainchild of Susan Leger-Ferraro, Founder and Chief Transformation Officer of G3, a new leadership development consulting and training company serving clients across the United States and internationally. Susan Leger-Ferraro is a unique, dynamic social entrepreneur with an unparalleled record of success. Susan has established thriving, transformational organizations across a range of industries. Through her innovative ideas and practices, Susan positively impacts the lives of countless humans and changes the landscape of organizations across the globe.

    Susan is the Founder and CEO of G3, Imajine That, Inspirational Ones, and Peace, Love & Happiness Real Estate; Founder and past CEO of Little Sprouts, Inc. 

    Dan Griffiths

    Following a long career in senior management, Dan is currently a master trainer, facilitator, coach and organizational development expert who has worked in such industries as retail, education, manufacturing, nonprofit and healthcare. As Regional Director at the Society For Human Resource (SHRM) the world’s largest Human Resources Association he supported 7 states including CT, MA, ME, NH, OH, RI and VT and was a key presenter on the SHRM Speaker’s Bureau. He also worked to help develop training materials and published books that supported organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and many other companies around the world. He has personally trained thousands of employees to help support their company’s mission. His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Human Resource Management from Franklin Pierce University. Dan also holds two Human Resources Certifications, one from the Human Resource Certification Institute (PHR) and one from the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP).

    Our Sponsor:



    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:



    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

  • TBA

    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, March 7, 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program




    TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED

    SPEAKER: 


    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com



    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:



    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844, 2nd Floor
    Register
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 

    Schedule:  

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
    8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests/Chapter Business
    8:450 AM - 9:00 Sponsor
    9:00 AM -4:00 PM Program - with a 1 hour break for networking and lunch 

    Topic:  Annual Legal Update
    (Full day program - Fee applies, Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included)

    SHRM PDC's &, HRCI credits pending

    GMVHRA is pleased to announce the 2019 Employment Law Update.   This year’s program has been lengthened to ensure adequate time to reach all topics, with sufficient Q & A.  This year’s program will start at 9:00 a.m. and go until 3:00 p.m., with a 1-hour networking lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  The last full hour, or more, will be dedicated exclusively to news and information for the New Hampshire employer.  

                                  For the Massachusetts Employer:

    ·                Lessons from the Year’s Top Cases (Massachusetts and Federal)

    ·                New Massachusetts Regulatory and Statutory Guidance

    ·                News from the NLRB    

    ·                New Massachusetts Law on Non-Compete Agreements

    ·                New Massachusetts Law on Paid Leave

    ·                Update on New MEPA and Attorney General Guidance

    ·                Wage and Hour Update

    ·                Other Special Topic Discussions

    For the New Hampshire Employer:

    ·       Lessons from the Year’s Top Cases (New Hampshire)

    ·       New Hampshire Regulatory and Statutory Guidance

    ·       Other Special Topic Discussions

     Our Speakers:

    Nan O’Neill, Kier Wachterhauser, Sarah Spatafore, Michael Macarro, Paul King, Kathryn Murphy, Deb Najjar

    Attorneys and Bios for GMVHRA.April2019.docx

    Cost of this event is:  

    GMVHRA Member $95.00

    Non-Member $115.00

    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 TBD. 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 info@gmvhra.org

    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com


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

    More information and online registration:

    Annual Legal Update

    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: info@gmvhra.org

    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • 01 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, NH

    Save The Date! The 2019 Granite State Human Resources Conference will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 30-May 1, 2019 at the Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, NH.

    • 02 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, May2, 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program

    TOPIC:  Lessons from the Trenches:  Tips and Strategies to Avoid Employee Lawsuits

    Approved for 1.50 SHRM PDC's, HRCI credits pending

    Mark Whitney will be presenting a series of strategies and tips for employers to avoid situations that often result in employee lawsuits.  Mark will cull these tips and strategies from his 27 years of “20-20 hindsight” gained from litigating, strategizing, investigating, and trying cases in the employment law realm.  This is a great opportunity to learn from the mistakes of other employers! 

    Topics will include:

    • Tips to avoid ending up in court
    • Avoid creating situations that will interest plaintiffs’ lawyers
    • Managing situations to increase the chance you will prevail, if litigation is necessary
    • Understanding the practical realities of litigation
    • What causes employees to call a plaintiffs’ lawyer?
    • Who are jurors, how do they think, and what do they think of employers?
    • Strategies to create better documents
    • When to call a lawyer for help
    • Mastering compliance with legal duties to turn the tables in difficult situations
    • And tips on hiring, performance management, internal complaint handling, investigations, and termination


    Our Speaker: Mark Whitney

    Mark Whitney -- the founder of Whitney Law Group, LLC, a law firm focusing on employment law and civil litigation.  WLG is an innovative type of law firm that leverages technology to enable its lawyers and paraprofessionals to work together virtually.  WLG’s flexible environment provides its staff the ability to work where they want, when they want, without being bothered by office politics, “face time,” billing requirements, and commuting.  This environment results in a happier and dedicated team whose sole focus is on exceptional quality work product and exceeding clients’ expectations.

    Mark has focused on employment law and a wide variety of complex commercial litigation for the past 27 years.  He spent the vast majority of his practice representing employers and insurance companies. While WLG still represents employers, the firm also represents executives and individual plaintiffs.  WLG assists individuals who may have been subjected to an adverse employment action and prosecutes claims based on unlawful discrimination and other employment-related claims.  WLG counsels executives on a variety of workplace matters, and also provides individuals with an affordable, fixed-price approach to restrictive covenant matters.  This unique approach is designed to give individuals a fighting chance to challenge overbroad or unfair post-employment non-compete agreements and other restrictions. 

    WLG has offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York City, and is on the web at  www.whitneylawgroup.com; emailmwhitney@whitneylawgroup.com; phone 781-631-4400 Ext. 101.


    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com

    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:

    Lessons from the Trenches: Tips and Strategies to Avoid Employee Lawsuits


    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

  • TBA

    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, June 6, 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program




    TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED

    SPEAKER: 


    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com



    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:



    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

  • TBA

    • 05 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, September 5, 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program




    TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED

    SPEAKER: 


    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com



    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:



    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

  • TBA

    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, October 3, 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program




    TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED

    SPEAKER: 


    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com



    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:



    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

  • TBA

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, November 7 , 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program




    TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED

    SPEAKER: 


    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com



    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:



    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

  • TBA

    • 12 Dec 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, December 12 , 2019


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
                 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program




    TOPIC: TO BE ANNOUNCED

    SPEAKER: 


    Our Sponsor:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at jmoore@employmentpg.com



    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    More information and online registration:



    *Join GMVRA’s LinkedIn group to share knowledge with your HR colleagues*


    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

Past events

03 Jan 2019 Leading Strategic Change Management Through Employee Engagement
13 Dec 2018 Effectively Navigating the Conflict Spectrum
13 Nov 2018 TPSU Half-Day Fiduciary Training Program
01 Nov 2018 It's Not the Money: The Reasons Employees Quit
04 Oct 2018 Do these Wage and Hour laws still make Cents to You?
13 Sep 2018 GMVHRA Evening of Networking
06 Sep 2018 Medical Marijuana
18 Jul 2018 TPSU Half-Day Fiduciary Training Program
07 Jun 2018 Five Habits of Destructive HR Leaders (Workshop)
03 May 2018 Why We Argue and How We Reconcile
05 Apr 2018 Working to 65 and Beyond… Understanding Medicare, and its Impact on Group Health Coverage
26 Mar 2018 "2018 Granite State HR Conference"
01 Mar 2018 Annual Legal Update
01 Feb 2018 “Responding to Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Post-Harvey Weinstein World”
11 Jan 2018 Energize Passion and Performance
07 Dec 2017 Subject - The Massachusetts Act to Establish Pay Equity: Six Months Out. Are you ready?
02 Nov 2017 Navigating Employee Leave: How to Comply with the Law and Keep Your Business Afloat
05 Oct 2017 “Leadership in Safety: The Alpha and Omega of a Successful Company”
04 Oct 2017 2017 “Women in Technology - Lift & Climb” Event
03 Oct 2017 GMVHRA Evening of Networking
28 Sep 2017 2017 NH Statewide Leadership Conference
07 Sep 2017 Leading with Emotional Agility for HR Leaders
01 Jun 2017 How to Handle Difficult Conversations
04 May 2017 Motivating & Engaging Employees with Non-Monetary Rewards
06 Apr 2017 Annual Legal Update
02 Mar 2017 Wellness Event
02 Feb 2017 ERISA Update: Enforcement Initiatives, Common Mistakes Discovered on Audit, Correction Programs, Plan Sponsor’s Fiduciary Obligations, and the New Fiduciary Rule.
05 Jan 2017 Active Shooter: "Surviving an Incident of Violence"
01 Dec 2016 Lean HR: It’s for ALL HR Professionals!
03 Nov 2016 "The Future of HR: Promoting Business Success in a Changing Global Workplace"
06 Oct 2016 Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: Navigating Potential Potholes
01 Sep 2016 “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Preparing for Implementation of the New White Collar Overtime Exemption Rule”
08 Jun 2016 GMVHRA - 2016-06-08 - “Top Ten Issues When Drafting and Negotiating Separation and Severance Agreements”
11 May 2016 GMVHRA - 2016-05-11 - "The Secret Behind the Curtain of the Wizard of Oz: Building Your Skills to Be an Awesome Coach"
13 Apr 2016 GMVHRA - 2016-04-13 - "2016 Legal Update"
09 Mar 2016 GMVHRA - 2016-03-09 - "2016 Wellness Event- What’s your Wellness Strategy?"
10 Feb 2016 GMVHRA - 2016-02-10 - "Human Connection: A Lost Art in a Noisy World"
13 Jan 2016 GMVHRA - 2016-01-13 - "Employee Handbooks: Legal Compliance and Best Practices"
09 Dec 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-12-09 - "Understanding Workplace Violence"
04 Nov 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-11-04 - "HR And The Aging Workforce: Strategies and Best Practices"
14 Oct 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-10-14 - "Workplace Investigations: 10 Common Mistakes"
10 Sep 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-09-10 - "Developments in the Law of Noncompetes and Other Post-Employment Restrictions"
10 Jun 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-06-10 "Managing Employee Leaves of Absence: Navigating New Laws and Old Challenges"
13 May 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-05-13 "EEO And AAP - How Does It Impact Me And My Company?"
08 Apr 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-04-08 "Wellness Event- Real Ideas for your Organization"
11 Feb 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-02-11 "The New Ambush Election Rules by the NLRB: What Employers Need to Know about Union Organizing Drives"
14 Jan 2015 GMVHRA - 2015-01-14 "Workforce Analytics: Create a Game-Changing Performance Culture"
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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Windham, NH  03087

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