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Upcoming events

    • 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 - Detailed agenda below

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

    Pre-Approved for 6 SHRM PDC's &, HRCI credits

    LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

    April 4, 2019

    Schedule

    (Topics as outlined will remain the same, but the dedicated times may vary slightly) 

    9:00 – 9:10                  Program Overview

     In this introduction section participants will be provided an overview of the presentation topics, timing and schedules for the program, attendance requirements for obtaining credit, an overview of the nature of the program as guidance and not legal advice, and how questions will be handled during the programs.

    9:15-10:15                  Lessons from the Year’s Top Cases &
    (60 min)                      Regulatory and Statutory Update
                                        Sample Case Study                          

    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). 

    10:15 – 10: 30            News from the NLRB
    (15 min)

    This presentation will explore recent trends of the National Labor Relations Board, including such areas as concerted protected activity, workplace policies, and the ever evolving role of the use of social media as it relates to the workplace.                                       

    10:30 – 10:45              Break & Networking
    (15 min)
     

    10:45 – 11:15             New:   Non-Competes Agreements in
    (30 min)                      Massachusetts
                         

    In this session, participants will be provided a section by section overview of the new Massachusetts law Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (M.G.L. c.149, § 24L), which became effective on October 1, 2018.   

    11:15 - 11:35              New:  Mass Family and Medical Leave Law(20 min)                     

    In this session, participants will be provided an overview of the New Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave Law (M.G.L. c. 175M), with a focus upon key dates and the January 2019 Draft Regulations. 

     

    11:35 – 12:00             New:  Mass Equal Pay Act
    (25 min)                     

    In this session participants will walk through some key provisions of the New Mass Equal Pay Act, which became effective in 2018.  A majority of this session will focus on the March 2018 Guidance published by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in this area.

    12:00 – 1:00               Lunch and Networking

    1:00 – 1:45                 Lessons from 2018           

    In this section participants will participate in a workshop style discussion which focused on some of the lessons learned from the past year through major case decisions, media focus and/or court focus.  Workshop questions will be in the areas of investigations, whistleblowers, promoting complaints, effective employee education, cultures of secrecy, and steps to consider when trying to promote open reporting versus a culture where fear of retaliation or retribution leave complaints hidden.

    1:45 – 2:00                 Brief Wage and Hour Update
    (15 min)                     

    This section will focus on some hot topics of the past year in the
    Wage and Hour area, which will include some case highlights, an overview of DOL Opinion letters, any Massachusetts opinion letters and any other area of extra interest of focus not previously covered in the program.  

    2:00- end                    New Hamphire Law Update

    Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq.

    Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C. 

     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 March 27, 2019. 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 Key Sponsor:



    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:


    Julie Gershon is President of Unique Benefits Group and an employee benefits and identity theft Specialist with LegalShield (independent associate).  Over the past 19 years, she has been offering legal and identity theft monitoring and restoration plans nationwide to individuals, families, and companies.

     Unexpected legal and identity theft issues arise every day. With LegalShield and IDShield, employees have the power to access advice and comprehensive services as a voluntary employee benefit at no cost to the company.

     Due to the rapidly growing threat of identity theft, Julie has become very involved in educating employees through Identity Theft Awareness Seminars.  She has presented her seminar to dozens of companies and social organizations throughout New England, including for high school students, job seekers, and seniors.

    Julie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a B.A. in Legal Studies and a Minor in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  She has worked in the legal industry for over 25 years.  She can be reached at 978-658-4235 (direct) or 800-320-3220.  E-mail: gershons3j@cs.com. Website: www.UniqueBenefitsGroup.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

    • 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

    APPROVED FOR 1.50 SHRM PDC's, HRCI Credit Pending

    TOPIC: Positive ROI: Effective Mentor Program Design for Workforce Development

    This workshop will explore both formal and informal mentoring. Mentoring is one of the best ways to strengthen skills or to take a leadership role in developing future leaders or followers. Mentoring can also be very cost effective for organizations. Through interactive group activities and the sharing of best practices, this program will provide examples of mentoring successes with a strong return on investment. Examples of New England and national companies we have partnered with on designing and evaluating a mentor process will also be shared.  

    This topic and workshop is relevant to HR professionals because retaining and developing top talent is the responsibility of all leaders in organizations. Mentoring is a cost effective way to strengthen organizations and companies that often provides a strong ROI.  Learning Objectives on this program include: 1.To learn the components necessary to support and design both formal and informal mentor programs that are successful. 2.To learn how mentoring can provide a strong return on investment for businesses and organizations. 3.To learn how to find a mentor that is appropriate for their development.

    SPEAKER: Sarah A Scala, M. Ed & OD, ACC

    As a dynamic consultant, executive coach, and educator, Sarah Scala has over 18 years of experience in supporting organization development, leadership, coaching, talent management, learning design, team effectiveness, and change management for  diverse client organizations. Sarah brings high energy, optimism, and adaptability to new challenges. She has led talent development initiatives for start-ups to Fortune 100 companies as a partner and trusted adviser. She is passionate about creating 

    solutions that strengthen interpersonal skills and support positive change with individuals, teams, and organizations.


    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:

    Positive ROI: Effective Mentor Program Design for Workforce Development


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


    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

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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