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    • 06 Sep 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, September 6, 2018


            8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
             8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

             8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
             9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
             9:10 AM - 10:30 AM Program


    Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's - HRCI credits pending

    Topic:   Medical Marijuana


    The intersection of M.G.L. 151B and the Massachusetts Act for the Humanitarian Use of Medical Marijuana gives rise to challenging issues for Massachusetts employers.  In the groundbreaking 2017 decision Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court confirmed that the legal use of medical marijuana under state law is no different from the legal use of any other prescribed medication.  That is, employers must engage in an interactive dialogue with an employee who legally consumes medical marijuana and, as appropriate, must provide a reasonable accommodation.  To complicate matters further, recreational marijuana dispensaries are slated to open in Massachusetts on July 1, 2018.


     


    As the legal and regulatory oversight of both medical and recreational marijuana use evolves – and the opioid epidemic rages on – employers must grapple with fundamental questions about substance use and abuse in the workplace.  This presentation will explore reasonable accommodations, drug testing policies, off-duty conduct and related issues.


     



    Our Speakers:  Matthew Fogelman & Marcie Vaughan


    Matthew J. Fogelman is a founding partner of Fogelman & Fogelman LLC, with offices in Newton (MA) and New York City. Mr. Fogelman’s litigation practice is focused on employment law and personal injury cases. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having won a number of significant cases on behalf of plaintiffs, including prevailing before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a ground-breaking disability discrimination case involving an employee’s right to use medical marijuana off-site.  Mr. Fogelman also recently prevailed on an age discrimination case in Norfolk County, securing a $1.2 million verdict at trial for his client.


    Marcie Vaughan is an attorney with Employment Practices Group.  She specializes in assisting employers and human resources processionals comply with state and deferral non-discrimination laws.  This work ranges from drafting handbooks, to assisting with reasonable accommodations, to conducting independent workplace investigations.  Occasionally, relying on her past work as an appellate lawyer, Marcie takes on plaintiffs’ cases that present a novel or compelling legal issue. 

     
    Our Sponsor:  Interested in sponsoring?  Please contact Julie Moore: 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:

    Medical Marijuana


    *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 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Do these Wage and Hour laws still make Cents to You?
    Review of Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws and Tips on Compliance

    with

    Attorney Jim Reidy
    Sheehan Phinney


    Program details coming soon


                     8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
                 9:10 AM - 10:30 AM Program



    Our Sponsor:     

     
    Ascentria Care Alliance, Language Bank:  Language Bank is a nonprofit social enterprise with extensive language and culture knowledge which enhances the language access services we provide. Empowering individuals and communities for over 15 years, Language Bank provides In Person Interpreters and Document Translation while supporting compliance initiatives through effective communication.  
     
     
    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:

    Do these Wage and Hour laws still make Cents to You? (Details coming soon)


    *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

    • 01 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, November 1, 2018


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
                 9:10 AM - 10:30 AM Program


    Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's - HRCI credits pending

    TOPIC: It’s Not the Money: The Reasons Employees Quit

    Alternative: Big Data Doesn’t Lie – What 234,000 Exit Interviews Reveal about Reasons for Leaving

     

    Description

    Did you know that 77 percent of the reasons employees leave their jobs could be prevented by employers? In the first scientific study of its kind, Work Institute analyzed more than 234,000 exit interviews over eight years, and we’ll share our most recent findings to help you prevent turnover in your workplace. This session reveals the truth about the employee marketplace and separates fact from fiction when it comes to why employees quit – and it’s most often, not about money.

     

    Key Take-Aways: 

     

    • Over 95% of the time employees quit for one of ten top categories of reasons.
    • Most – 75% – of the reasons employees quit can be prevented by employers.
    • Employee market conditions have impacted the trends in reasons why employees quit and the ability for organizations to attract and retain talent.
    • Employee turnover is costly, disruptive and impedes growth for organizations not committed to employee retention.
    • Reliable data and deep insight into the reasons employees quit can guide targeted strategies to prevent turnover.
    • Methodology matters when conducting exit interviews and determining the reasons why employees quit your organization.

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the top 10 categories of reasons why employees quit.
    • Discover detailed insights into why most reasons for turnover are preventable.
    • Review the market dynamics that have impacted the ability of organizations to attract and retain talent.
    • Understand the realities – pros and cons – of using benchmark data to guide your retention strategies.
    • Get a scientifically proven methodology that consistently reveals the real reasons employees quit.
    • Find out a simple approach to calculate the cost of turnover in your organization.
    • Explore a case study that demonstrates how an organization used exit interview data to reduce turnover.


      Our Speaker: Danny Nelms, President of Work Institute

    As President at Work Institute, co-author of The Why Factor: Winning With Workforce Intelligence, and experienced public speaker, Danny Nelms is an agent of change and an expert in helping companies forge new directions to optimize human capital and improve results.

     Nelms’ 25 years of experience have given him the ability to influence corporate culture and human capital initiatives in areas including organizational improvement & effectiveness, leadership development, employee engagement & retention, executive coaching, succession planning and M&A.

     His track record in successfully managing teams in both HR and corporate services, and aligning organizational strategies to achieve business objectives, have made him a popular guest speaker. His insight into human capital dynamics of an organization based on sound data-driven research uniquely positions Nelms to provide valuable recommendations for the challenges that organizations face and allows him to provide companies with the tools they need to successfully achieve the desired employee outcomes and business results

     Nelms earned his BBA from Georgia State University and completed his MBA from the Massey School at Belmont University.


    Our Sponsor:   


    Organize what you have; align where you are going with what you want.

    ØEmployee financial concerns can cause distress and distraction at work.

    ØOffer on site education for employees on essential financial planning issues.

    ØComprehensive personal financial planning offered as requested.

    Advisory Services and Securities offered through Capital Analysts or Lincoln Investment, Registered Investment Advisers. Securities offered through Lincoln Investment, Broker Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. www.lincolninvestment.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:

    It's Not the Money: The Reasons Employees Quit


    *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

    • 06 Dec 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, December 6, 2018


          8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
                 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

                 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
                 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
                 9:10 AM - 10:30 AM Program


    Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's - HRCI credits pending

    TOPIC: Effectively Navigating the Conflict Spectrum


     Description

    Conflict is a natural part of the workplace and, if managed well, it can be a productive part of the work environment and an opportunity for growth. Converting conflicts into value begins before the conflict escalates with the triaging or assessing of the conflict situation. Starting with some proactive steps and then continuing to manage the conflict through its lifecycle – engaging in a “conflict partnership” - can lead to some positive and transforming results. 

    In this presentation, Michael Zeytoonian, a former litigator and now mediator, ombudsman and settlement counselor, offers a pragmatic, rational approach to managing and resolving workplace conflicts. The program will discuss ways to avoid the collateral damage that comes from missing the opportunities to engage and embrace the conflict early and proactively. He will examine some of the tools, approaches and practices that are part of dispute resolution, including what they are, when and how to utilize them to meet both the emotional and the practical interests and needs of all of us in the workplace, and how they can help turn conflicts into opportunities to restore and improve the health of today’s workplace.       

    Participants will learn about different approaches, how they work and when to use them, including:

     

    •         Ombuds Services
    •         Collaborative Law
    •         Early Mediation
    •         Settlement Counsel

    Participants will gain some insights and hands-on experience in triaging a dispute, factors to consider in assessing the conflict, and some proactive measures to take using techniques including reframing, active listening, acknowledging and modeling empathy.


    Our Speaker: Michael Zeytoonian


    Michael A. Zeytoonian, founding member of Dispute Resolution Counsel, LLC and is a lawyer, mediator and ombudsman.  His practice focuses on all aspects of employment law and small business, non-profit and partnership disputes. He represents both employers and employees, or serves as a neutral mediator, and works with people to restore the good to their situations.

     He is a past chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, a member of the MBA Dispute Resolution Section Council, past Board President and member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Global Collaborative Law Council. Michael writes and lectures frequently at law schools and law conferences on Collaborative Law, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and he has trained lawyers and presented on Collaborative Law and Mediation throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and Holland.  He is co-author of Collaborative Law: Practice and Procedures (MCLE, Boston 2014).  He has been recognized and listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the practice area of Civil Collaborative Law.    

    Michael previously worked served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York and as an Assistant County Attorney in the Westchester County (NY) Law Department. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal district courts of Massachusetts and New York and the state of Connecticut. His undergraduate education was at Boston College and Iona College, and he earned his J. D. from Pace University School of Law with a Certificate in Environmental Law. 

     


    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:

    Effectively Navigating the Conflict Spectrum


    *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

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"
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