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Upcoming events

    • 06 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    Thursday, April 6, 2023

    Remote Meeting

    Topic:  Legal Update

    (Half day program 8AM - 12:00 PM - Fee applies) 

    3.25 HRCI & SHRM credits approved

    Presented by attorneys from Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP  NH update presented by Debra Najjar, NELGPC

    Program Agenda

    2022-2023 Case and Statutory Update (60 minutes)


    This presentation will include an overview of the major legislative, regulatory and case law developments during the past year, including major developments at the federal and state agencies, and the most significant court decisions under Federal and Massachusetts law. 


    NH Employment Law Update (40 Minutes)


    Mental Health in the Workplace: Navigating the Legal Implications When Employees Experience Mental Health Issues (60 Minutes)


    Employers are increasingly faced with employees who are experiencing mental health issues. This panel presentation will look at both the legal parameters, such as accommodation, leave issues, and confidentiality, as well as practical initiatives, including education and resources, an employer can offer to provide support to their employees.

    Labor Law for Everyone – What Every Employer Needs to Know (40 Minutes)


    This is a labor law presentation for everyone.  This presentation will focus on the major recent changes in the law at the National Labor Relations Board which effect all employers, whether union or non-union.  Topics will include handbook and workplace rules, new potential expanded scope of damages for ULPs and new guidance on the use of technology to track and monitor employees. 

    Navigating Paid Medical and Family Leave in Massachusetts (40 Minutes)

    This presentation will focus on the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFML) and related laws and the myriad of challenges employers are still facing.  This presentation will present real-life case studies to help provide practical guidance for the Employer in managing leave issues. 

    Speaker Bios:

    Attorney Biographies

    Cost of this event is:  

    GMVHRA Member $50.00

    Non-Member $75.00

    LOCATION:  ZOOM Meeting

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    For more information:


    • 04 May 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Webinar

    Thursday, May 4, 2023

    Remote Meeting

    8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Networking Opportunity

    8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome from Lisa Monsein

                 8:30 AM - 8:55 Legal Update and Q&A with Deb Najjar
                 9:00 - 10:30 Program

          1.5 SHRM & HRCI credits approved

    TOPIC: "I Think, Therefore I Am... Biased"

    How the Natural Tendency to Form

    Biases Manifests Itself in the Legal


    The human brain is wired to recognize patterns and make generalizations, even those based on faulty or incomplete information. And contrary to popular opinion, lawyers are human as well and therefore, we are just as susceptible to forming biases and acting upon them. And it does not require that we harbor ill will or animus towards other people. In fact, most often, our biases are not even our own, but rather those that have been taught to us. 

    In this eye-opening presentation, legal humorist Sean Carter will demonstrate just how easy it is to form these biases, how they manifest themselves in the way we treat clients, customers and colleagues, and most importantly, how we can reduce the effect of these biases by recognizing and compensating for them.

    Our Speaker:  Sean Carter

    Mr. Carter graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992. His ten years of legal practice focused on corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions. During this time, he represented such clients as GNC, Experian, The Boston Beer Company, Homeside Lending, Safelite Auto Glass, J. Crew and many others, before eventually serving as inhouse counsel to a publicly-traded finance company. 

    In 2002, Mr. Carter left the practice of law to pursue a career as the country's foremost Humorist at Law. Since then, Mr. Carter has crisscrossed the country delivering his Lawpsided Seminars for state and local bar associations, law firms, in-house corporate legal departments and law schools. Each year, he presents more than 100 humorous programs on such topics as legal ethics, stress management, constitutional law, legal marketing and much more. 

    Mr. Carter is the author of the first-ever comedic legal treatise -- If It Does Not Fit, Must You Acquit?: Your Humorous Guide to the Law. His syndicated legal humor column has appeared in general circulation newspapers in more than 30 states and his weekly humor column for lawyers appeared in the ABA e-Report from 2003 to 2006.

    Our Sponsor: Interesting in Sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at or Lisa Lemieux at

    Location: Webinar

    For more information:

    Contact: Caitlin Clary


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    • 01 Jun 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Webinar

    Tuesday, June 1, 2023

    Remote Meeting

    8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Networking Opportunity

    8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome from Lisa Monsein

                 8:30 AM - 8:55 Legal Update and Q&A with Deb Najjar
                 9:00 - 10:30 Program

          1.5 SHRM & HRCI credits approved

    TOPIC: "When DV Spills Into The Workplace"

    The training suited for Human Resource Professionals will cover:

    -What domestic violence (DV) is.

    -Recognizing the signs/red flags of employee dealing with DV.

    -Becoming acquainted with the concepts (why they stay).

    -How to support employee experiencing abuse.

    -Outline/overall guide of DV policy.

    -Resources available.


    Our Speaker:  Lovern Gordon

    Lovern Gordon is a two-time sur-THRIVER of domestic violence (a child witness until she was 15 years old in Trinidad, as well as a 2-year, young adult relationship in the United States).

    Ten years after escaping the adult relationship, she became the Founder of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc. (LLN), where she used 2 back-to-back pageant wins to increase awareness around issue in 2010 and the following year, LLN was formed. Today, Lovern continues to head LLN, a global awareness and education organization that supports survivors of abuse through their year-round initiatives and direct assistance to other domestic violence programs.

    She is also a DV awareness book author of the international memoir called, The Legacy He Left Me, which is on a nationwide book and speaking tour. She conducts DV awareness workshops worldwide, in-person and virtually for corporations, high schools, colleges and community groups.

    She has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including CBS This Morning nationally, ABC4 News Utah, NBC Boston’s This is New England and Trinidad’s TV6 News. Print features include articles in Huffington Post as part of the cover story, USA Today, CIO Views Magazine, Boston Voyager Magazine and The Story Exchange.

    Among her many accolades, she has been awarded the Boston Celtics ‘Heroes Among Us’ honor and featured as part of Instagram for Business’ – 'toget-HER' mini-docuseries for Women’s HERstory Month.

    Our Sponsor: Interesting in Sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at or Lisa Lemieux at

    Location: Webinar

    For more information:

    Contact: Caitlin Clary


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Past events

30 Mar 2023 GMVHRA Evening of Networking
02 Mar 2023 Facilitating the Multi-Generational Workplace
02 Feb 2023 The 401k 411 - Everything You Need to Know About Your Retirement Plan....That No One Tells You!
05 Jan 2023 Mastering Powerful Presenting for HR Professionals
03 Nov 2022 The Great Resignation, Re-shuffling, Re-thinking – 2022, How to Attract and Retain Employees
27 Oct 2022 TPSU Fiduciary Training Program
06 Oct 2022 Workplace Investigations in 2022: What HR Professionals Need to Know
01 Sep 2022 The Changing Work Force...Moving to WFH Or Hybrid. How Covid Has Changed How We Work, How We Manage Employees, How We Engage the Team
22 Jul 2022 THE BUSINESS OF PEOPLE: A Leadership Summit in the Age of Challenge
02 Jun 2022 Belonging: A Critical Variable in Creating More Diverse, Equitable and Just Workplaces
10 May 2022 TPSU Half-3 Hour Virtual Fiduciary Training Program
05 May 2022 Recruitment in the Age of Googlization
07 Apr 2022 Legal Update - 1/2 Day Program
03 Mar 2022 Ethical Issues and HR
03 Feb 2022 Seven Steps to Creating Bulletproof Documentation
06 Jan 2022 Building Performance with Optimism, Resilience, and Grit
02 Dec 2021 Navigating the Challenges of Implementing Vaccine Mandates
04 Nov 2021 Gender Pay Equity - Not Just the Law, It's the Right Thing to Do
27 Oct 2021 TPSU Half-3 Hour Virtual Fiduciary Training Program
21 Oct 2021 2021 MassSHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference
07 Oct 2021 Organizational Elasticity
22 Sep 2021 5 Major Mistakes Making You Inflamed, Flabby & Fatigued! (And How to Avoid Them)
02 Sep 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Part 2 of 2
03 Jun 2021 Legal Update - 1/2 Day Program
06 May 2021 2021 Employee Handbook Revisions: Are You Up to Date?
01 Apr 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Part 1 of 2
23 Mar 2021 TPSU Half-3 Hour Virtual Fiduciary Training Program
04 Mar 2021 Conscious Conversations in the Workplace
04 Feb 2021 The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19: an Evolution from Temporary Fix to New Normal
07 Jan 2021 Succession Planning Blown Up
03 Dec 2020 Legal Update
05 Nov 2020 MA Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFMLL)
01 Oct 2020 Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
15 Sep 2020 SAVE THE DATE - Twin State Virtual HR Summit
03 Sep 2020 Investigations Primer in a Remote Workplace
04 Jun 2020 Behavioral and Mental Issues: How to Make It OKAY to Ask for Help
07 May 2020 Thriving in an HR Department of One....or More
28 Apr 2020 POSTPONED 2020 Granite State HR Conference
02 Apr 2020 Annual Legal Update
05 Mar 2020 Leadership Sustainability – How to Build Resilience and Prevent Burnout in a 24/7 World
06 Feb 2020 Building HR Analytical Capabilities
09 Jan 2020 Massachusetts Health for SMALL Business - BONUS PROGRAM
09 Jan 2020 The Top 10 List. What HR Professionals Need to Know About Social Security, Medicare, and the Aging Workforce
12 Dec 2019 Narcissism in the Workplace
07 Nov 2019 Surviving the Life or Death Gap – (Blue-U Defense Presentation)
03 Oct 2019 The Performance Review Journey
18 Sep 2019 GMVHRA Evening of Networking
05 Sep 2019 Criminal Records and Second Chances: Hiring Employees in 2019
06 Jun 2019 Positive ROI: Effective Mentor Program Design for Workforce Development
02 May 2019 Lessons from the Trenches: Tips and Strategies to Avoid Employee Lawsuits
30 Apr 2019 Granite State HR Conference
04 Apr 2019 Annual Legal Update
07 Mar 2019 The Key to Productivity-Why Happiness Matters at Work
07 Feb 2019 Holding Employees to Accountability in the Workplace and Ensuring Commitments of Engagement!
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"
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