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    • 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

    Approved for 1.50 SHRM PDC's, HRCI credits pending

    TOPIC: Criminal Records and Second Chances:   Hiring Employees in 2019

    This session will identify:

    • Legal issues that surround hiring workers with criminal backgrounds
    • Techniques to apply evidence-based best practices in hiring applicants with criminal backgrounds.
    • Revisions to the Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) process that affect those private and public employers that are required by law to obtain CORI information;  

     

    SPEAKER: Frank Rudewicz, Esq.

    As a partner and leader of blum’s Litigation and Valuation practice, Frank has more than 30 years of experience conducting domestic and international investigations for fraud, forensic accounting, asset tracing and other litigation-related matters. He has appeared on NBC Dateline and Forensic Files for his investigative work and has been appointed a Compliance and Ethics Monitor for a number of organizations within the construction, government and environmental industries.

    Frank is experienced in expert witness testimony and has testified in matters involving forensic accounting, trade secrets, independent investigations and security. He lectures and teaches frequently on these topics and is the co-author of Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation for Non-Experts, 3rd Edition.

    Prior to joining blumshapiro in 2018, Frank served as Principal, Counsel and Partner-in-Charge of Forensic Services at Marcum LLP. In addition, he has served as Managing Director and Special Counsel for several national accounting firms and Senior Managing Director and Counsel for an international risk consulting and investigative firm. Earlier in his career, Frank spent 14 years in law enforcement with the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation


    Our Sponsor:


    Business Benefits is an independent advisory and brokerage firm with locations in Andover, Concord and Amherst MA.  Business Benefits’ CEO, Matt Hollister, M.P.H., has been working with employers to solve tough health care and HR challenges throughout his career.  Employee engagement is critical to employers since plan members control one of an employer’s largest costs; its health plan.  Business Benefits works on developing strategies that help put employees’ interests in line with employers’ interests in eliminating wasted care, improving quality of care and lowering the overall cost.  


    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

    • 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


    Approved for 1.50 SHRM PDC's, HRCI credits pending


    TOPIC: The Performance Review Journey

    What the heck is going on with performance reviews these days?  Are highly-functional organizations conducting formal reviews with their employees or have they evolved to cultures of “constant feedback?”  Come join us to hear from other HR Executives about:

     

    •     What they are doing in their organizations today
    •     The journey they have been on related to performance reviews 
    •      What they have learned along the way. 

     

    This will be an opportunity to have an interactive discussion about reviews, and the value they bring to employees and organizations. 

     

    Moderator: Amy Allen

    As a partner with BlumShapiro, Amy Allen leads the Human Resource Consulting Practice, where she focuses on working with clients on all their human resource needs—from talent acquisition and management, to employee retention and operations and infrastructure. Amy has over 25 years of experience in human resources, including holding executive roles at Suffolk Construction, The Boston Globe, Staples and other large national organizations before launching her own consulting business.

    As a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Amy brings best practices in the areas of recruiting benefits, compensation, organizational development, performance management, employee relations, policy development and compliance, HRIS, retention strategies, success planning, project management and executive coaching.


    Panel:

    Michelle Ferero, SHRM-CP

    Michelle Ferero is the Vice President of Human Resources for Methuen Construction Company, Inc. Prior to joining Methuen Construction, Michelle was the Human Resources Manager for Consigli Construction and held a variety of positions spanning ten years in public service in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office,  most recently as Director of the Executive Office under former elected DA Gerry Leone. She is the recipient of the John Droney Award and John Kerry Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership. A SHRM Certified Professional in Human Resources and a Certified Paralegal, Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Boston University and is  pursuing her master’s degree in HR Management.


    Cheryl Corman

    Cheryl Corman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Middlesex Savings Bank. She joined Middlesex in 1997 and held several senior positions in HR before becoming the CHRO in 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emmanuel College and earned a master’s in human resources management from Capella University. Cheryl is a resident of Millis and serves as a Trustee for the Group Insurance Trust with the Massachusetts Bankers Association, is a member of the Master’s in Human Resources advisory board at Framingham State University and a longstanding member of the Health Care Committee of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts. She has also recently been named to serve on the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition.


    Keila Barros, Vice President of Human Resources

    As the Vice President of People & Culture, Keila is responsible for driving initiatives for all people functions of the organization, including Talent Management, Cultural Change, Organizational Development, and Diversity & Inclusion.

    Keila recently joined JVS from Suffolk Construction where she was the Director of People & Culture Operations.  She directed the operational/administrative component of the People & Culture Operations team of seven, which included onboarding & off boarding processes, benefits implementation, day-to-day HRIS maintenance and all operational function within the Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development and Community & Employee Engagement Teams.

    She spent majority of her Human Resources career in the non-profit space, working as a Human Resources Manager at The Bridgespan Group and The Salvation Army.  Prior she worked in Human Resources at Massachusetts General Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital.  Keila joins JVS with over 17 years of experience in Human Resources.

    Keila holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College.  She is a life-long resident of Dorchester where she is actively involved in a community non-profit, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI).  DSNI’s mission is to empower residents to organize, plan and create a high quality neighborhood.  Keila was an active member of the DSNI Board Development Committee and she served as a facilitator for DSNI Leadership for Resident Development Institute.  She has been serving on the DSNI Board since 2001 and is currently the President of the board.  Currently she is leading the search for the organization’s new Executive Director.  Keila has been an active parishioner of Saint Patrick’s Church in Roxbury where she has served as Sunday School catechist for over ten years.

    Keith Pabian is the Founding Partner of Pabian Law, LLC.

    Keith Pabian is the Founding Partner of Pabian Law, LLC, a national immigration law firm focusing on assisting employers through the visa and immigration process.  Keith’s clients are primarily in the technology, hospitality, and sports fields.  Keith’s firm, Pabian Law, has offices in Massachusetts and Florida and employs about 40 motivated individuals.  Keith regularly presents in national conferences, local chapter meetings, and international webinars on immigration topics affecting the technology and hospitality industries.   He has received numerous awards for his success in providing solutions for employer's most pressing staffing issues.  Keith lives with his wife and two sons in Natick, just 2 miles from his office.

     

    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

    • 07 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

    Approved for 1.50 SHRM PDC's, HRCI credits pending

    TOPIC:  Surviving the Life or Death Gap – Establishing a Solid Foundation and Understanding of True Safety & Security

    For training to be truly effective it must start with establishing a solid foundation, or basis, for its need. It’s success or failure is highly dependent upon its ability to get people’s attention and instill a very strong level of desire to crave more. Success in establishing a solid foundation must begin with bringing a high level of understanding of the problem, or challenges, that its solutions are meant to resolve. The Blue-U Defense “Surviving The Life or Death Gap” has been called “the best training IN ANY TOPIC”; “Life-changing and life-saving! Everyone needs this”; “the most engaging training course I’ve ever experienced”. 

    Surviving The Life or Death Gap starts with building this necessary foundation and establishing a very high level of understanding of what we face during a sudden unplanned incident of violence and how our natural reactions as human beings impacts our ability to be able to respond. It solidly establishes the need to think differently about ourselves and what is truly necessary to survive, win, and go home. In fact, based on feedback from thousands of people and hundreds of organizations, no other training even comes close to the effectiveness of this course. 

    This course also provides a solid understanding of the basic remedies, both mental and physical aspects, to the challenges that we will undoubtedly face if we ever find ourselves a victim of a sudden, unplanned incident of violence. Students walk away from this course with not only a strong desire to learn more, but to immediately begin to utilize the remedies presented. 

    This is truly a life changing and potentially life-saving course.

    SPEAKERS: 

    Terry Choate, Jr
    Terry Choate, Jr is a Co-Founder and CEO of Blue-U Defense. He has amassed extremely high levels of training and experience in law enforcement-related areas of expertise over his 15 years as a full-time law enforcement officer and SWAT Team Commander including Drug Enforcement; Predictive Profiling; Danger Human Behavior; Defensive Tactics; Stalking; Tactical Operations; Incident Command; Certified Homeland Protection Professional and on-and-on. He also has amassed significant training levels in the area of high-level corporate security to include CARVER Security Assessment Theory; Corporate and Executive Protection; Surveillance; Counter Surveillance; Anti-Terrorism; Security Advances, Intelligence Operations; and on-and-on. While he emphasizes that this is all extremely impressive, and most think that it’s the profession of law enforcement, military, and security, and the training and experiences inherent in these professions, that gives qualification for instruction in how to stay safe, this is far from reality.

    His interest in the topic of understanding criminal activity and keeping people safe started when he was 13 years old and has been his life’s passion ever since. Through his 20 years serving in high-level management positions within the corporate-world, prior to becoming a law enforcement professional, and continuing through his 15 years in law enforcement, understanding criminal activity, how people become criminals, how they choose victims, and what and how we can keep ourselves safe in today's world of dangerous and unique threats has truly been his life’s passion.

    He is a “thought-leader on the topic of “true and real safety and security”.

    Joe Hileman
    Joe Hileman is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense.  He served as the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 11 years as a Detective with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department.  Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he served as Security Supervisor at the corporate management level of a Fortune 500 company.

    Mr. Hileman holds two A.A. degrees in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice – Corrections, Probation, and Parole.  His extensive tactical training includes:

    • SWAT 1 and 2 Certification, Tactical Officers and LEADS Consulting
    • SWAT Team Leader/Commander
    • Use of Force, Active Shooter Instructor
    • Narcotics – Covert Surveillance


    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

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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