The Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association

An affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) serving and advancing the HR profession through educational programs, legislative updates, and networking.


 

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    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, February 6, 2020


          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 &  HRCI Business Credits

    Topic:  Building HR Analytical Capabilities

    Regardless of the size of your HR department and your company, organizations are calling on their HR practitioners to bring practical knowledge of metrics and to support a people strategy that supports business outcomes. Building an HR analytical capability may be overwhelming, but with the structured approach presented in this session, anyone can do it.  Learn methods for tracking and communicating HR-related business results, using Excel, that are specific, measurable, relevant and timely.

    Learning Objectives:

    • A step-by-step approach to starting your first HR analytics project using Excel.
    • Develop metrics that support business planning.
    • Develop, track and implement key business objectives for HR.
    • Create business metric-based scorecards

    Speaker: Gretchen Uhas, Uhas Computer Training

    Gretchen graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Because of budget constraints in the public schools, Music Education was reduced significantly and in some cases eliminated. As a military wife whose husband was frequently relocated, Gretchen stayed at home to raise her 2 children.

    When her husband left the military, they relocated to Massachusetts. She was employed by a publicly-held manufacturing firm where she supported both the CEO and VP of Finance. It was there that she began her training career. The company had only Wang Word Processing systems for the secretaries, and the Finance department shared one PC with Lotus 123. When the company changed from the Wang system to PCs, Gretchen discovered her passion – she learned as much as she could about this new software and then shared it with others at lunch … yes, at lunch, as the management did not support internal training during work hours! Upon hiring an IT manager, the company decided to toss out the Lotus products and bring in Microsoft Office. This became another opportunity for Gretchen to read, learn, and share… all during lunch.

    For over 15 years, Gretchen also was a volunteer with the Greater Lowell Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She started with a volunteer leader position that would require “only one hour a month” and eventually became the Training Chair for all of the Council’s training of youth and leaders.

    Twenty-three years ago, Gretchen and her husband decided that a move to NH would be best for them; they built their home in Lyndeborough where they continue to reside. This move then took Gretchen’s career to a new path – at her going away party the CEO of her Massachusetts employer said, “Gretchen is leaving a bunch of animals to work with animals!” She was the hospital manager at a veterinary practice near her home in NH for several years before the call to train was too loud for her to ignore. Uhas Computer Training was the result. Gretchen Uhas has been training since 2000 and has been the owner of Uhas Computer Training since 2003. Gretchen is a Microsoft Office Master Instructor. Her expertise in Microsoft Office allows for customized training for her corporate clients, who have included: Arc of the South Shore, Axis Communications, BTU International, DGC CPA, Digital Prospectors, ECCO USA, Elbit Systems, GL&V, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Hypertherm, Methuen Construction, NH Public Radio, NorthEast Electrical Distributors, Panera Bread, Rugby Architectural Building Products, Southern NH University, The Moore Center, and XMA Corporation.

    Gretchen is passionate about Excel and the many features that it includes. Most people know just what they need to know to perform the duties of their job … doing things the way they have always been done. Once they have participated in a training session, they are often able to use Excel in an easier, more efficient, more effective way.

    Our Sponsor:


    Location:

    Comfort Home Care

    147 Pelham Street, 2nd Fl

    Methuen, MA 01844

    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!

    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

    • 05 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    (Rescheduled from January 2020)


          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 & HRCI credits

    Topic: Leadership sustainability – How to Build Resilience and Prevent Burnout in a 24/7 World

    The current state of the workplace for most organizations is a 24/7, technology-driven environment filled with increased complexity, ambiguity, and both internal and external performance pressures. The demands on HR professional and leaders is unprecedented. This environment as our new normal is taking a toll on the corporate and human psyche. Being a strong and emotionally intelligent leader is no longer enough. There is an emerging need for us to supercharge our leadership and build deeper resiliency. This interactive session will provide tools and techniques on how to leverage recent neuroscience data to create meaning and purpose, manage stress more effectively, and engage and motivate teams to deliver on the company’s mission.

    Facilitator:  Robin Martin is a global Executive Coach, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness specialist with over 25 years of experience helping companies drive results through increased leadership performance. Her work and company, Thrive Coaching & Consulting Group, focuses on organizational and individual growth to help maximize effectiveness. She works with executives of Fortune 500 companies as an executive coach, thought partner, and transformation consultant to unleash potential and ensure sustained impact. Through her executive coaching work, she partners intently with her coaching clients to leverage neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and behavioral change strategies to help clients grow and navigate paths forward. Her coaching clients know Robin for her ability to quickly connect, deeply understand their individual needs, and provide creative solutions to optimize success. During organizational and cultural change engagements, Robin and her team partner with companies to co-create a desired future state, create a blueprint for change, and ignite leaders and teams to bring the future to life.

    Robin brings the best of both worlds to her client engagements. She has experience working inside organizations like Fidelity Investments and Hanover Insurance and consulting externally with global consulting firms like The Forum Corporation and The Service Profit Chain Institute. She works closely with Harvard Business School as a coach and facilitator with the Interpersonal Development Skills Laboratory (ISDL) and other leadership programs as part of Harvard’s Executive Education. She is co-founder of The Leadership Impact Project and has built a number of innovative leadership programs for senior leaders and is a frequent speaker on topics including:  The Sustainable Leader, Leading Global Change, Unleashing your Personal Brand, and Maximizing Leadership EQ. Robin is also a co-facilitator of the Viongozi Youth Leadership Summit in Kenya, an immersive program aimed at increasing both leadership skills and global intelligence in tomorrow’s leaders.

    Robin holds Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. She is certified in a number of assessment tools including: Hogan Assessment Suite, MBTI, DISC Profile, and The Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks Tool, and is certified in The Neuroscience of Change. In addition to her involvement as a coach with HBS Executive and MBA programs, she is an executive coach with Performance Talent Partners, and a Vision Coach for the World Pulse Organization. Client organizations include: Avid Technologies, The Brattle Group, Coca-Cola, C-Space, Goldman Sachs, FactSet Research Systems, Fidelity Investments, Flying Kites, l, Hill Holliday, Iora Health,, Kronos, Kura Oncology, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Movado, PayPal, Talbots, TJMaxx, and ViacomCBS.

    She is a founding board member for the Southborough Community Foundation and Co-Chair of WE CAN’s summer fundraising team on Cape Cod.

    Our Sponsor:


    Location:

    Comfort Home Care

    147 Pelham Street, 2nd Fl

    Methuen, MA 01844

    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!

    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

    • 02 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844, 2nd Floor
    Register
    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Schedule:  

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
    8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests/Chapter Business
    8:50 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)

    LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

    APPROVED FOR 6.0 SHRM & HRCI CREDITS

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

                                        Program Overview (9:00-9:10)

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

                                        Lessons from the Year’s Top Cases &                   

    Regulatory and Statutory Update (9:10- 10:20)               

    A comprehensive overview of some major legislative, regulatory and case law developments, including developments at Massachusetts and Federal agencies, and significant court decisions under Federal and Massachusetts law (NH discussed in later section).  This program will also include a Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law update.  The PFML update will provide an overview of steps employers should take now to ensure readiness for 2021 when the benefit begins, including review and integration of current leave and short-term disability policies with the PFML benefit, updating employee handbooks and policy manuals as appropriate, review of job descriptions to comply with PFML fitness for duty requirements, and steps to take to be ready for the anti-retaliation provisions. 

    Wage and Hour Update (10:20 -10:50)                  

    This presentation will focus on Massachusetts and Federal wage and hour rules. It will provide an update on recent decisions and changes in wage and hour laws, including the revised overtime regulations under the FLSA, updates from the federal Department of Labor, and review of significant court decisions impacting employers.

    Break and Networking (10:50-11:05)

    Toolkit for Meeting Reasonable Accommodation Obligations (11:05 – 12:00)             The presentation will both review reasonable accommodation obligations under the ADA and highlight tips from the toolkit for successfully engaging in the reasonable accommodation process and determining whether an accommodation is required and/or reasonable.  There will be suggestions for dusting off and improving your reasonable accommodation policy and making sure managers understand their obligations.

    Lunch (12:00 – 12:30)

    Discipline and Discharge:                                                               

    Practical Guidance and Best Practices (12:30 – 1:30)                          

    This presentation will focus on guiding principles for corrective action, including when and how to make choices between discipline or a performance improvement plan; retraining and education or mentoring/coaching/counseling; behavioral training/referral to EAP or reassignment/demotion/transfer.  The how’s and why’s of documentation will also be discussed. 

    Break and Networking (1:30-1:45)

    Employees are Talking, but is there Such a Thing                                   

    As Free Speech in the Workplace? (1:45 – 2:45)  

    This presentation will look at the limitations employers can, and, in some cases, must place on speech in the workplace.  Increasingly, discussions about political, religious, and cultural beliefs are taking place in the workplace, as well as conversations/views around sexuality and gender identity.  These discussions often lead to conflict among employees.  This presentation focuses on steps employers should take to avoid harassment and discrimination claims based on these workplace discussions.  The presentation will also look at balancing an employee's right to be free from harassment under Title VII with the right to engage in protected concerted activity under section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, i.e. the tension between the two 7's.  We will look at employer responses when the discussions go too far, the role of social media, and employer best practices for preventing and limiting conflict.

    New Hampshire Law Update (2:45 – 4:00)

    Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq.

    Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C.

    OUR SPEAKERS from the Law Firm of:

    Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehanne, LLP & our own Debra Najjar of Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C.

    April 2020-Bios.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 25, 2020. 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:

    Interested in Sponsoring?  Contact Lisa Lemieux at Lemieux.hr@gmail.com


    LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA01844 - 2ND Floor  (Subject to change)

    More information and online registration:

    Annual Legal Update

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    For more information:

    Contact: info@gmvhra.org

    • 28 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, NH





    Save The Date! The 2020Granite State Human Resources Conference will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 28 & 29, 2020 at the Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, NH.

    • 07 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, May 7, 2020


          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 credits, HRCI credits pending

    Topic: Thriving in an HR Department of One.... or More

    In many small and midsize companies, the human resources department consists of one person, aka “The Department of One” (DOO).  As such, they handle every HR function for the entire organization including recruiting, onboarding, training, compensation, benefits, employee relations, compliance, technology, analytics and strategy—and are frequently responsible for other business processes at the same time.  

    Join us for an informative program about how to thrive in an HR Department of One where will discuss the following:

    • Changing how companies view HR
    • Understand what the “C” Suite/Management want
    • Building credibility
    • Solo HR challenges and suggestions
    • Taking HR to the next level
    • Action Plan for HR Department of One
    • Tools, Tips, Techniques & Resources

    Speaker:

    Catharine Mirabile, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

    CHRO


    CGI Business Solutions

    171 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH, 03106
    (603) 232-9325,
    cmirabile@cgibusinesssolutions.com

    Catharine is the Chief Human Resources Officer at CGI Business Solutions and has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources field. She currently manages the HR Support and Benefits Administration Department of CGI, which includes compliance, benefits administration, COBRA and human resources solutions for CGI's clients. She has a diverse background in the area of human resources, including compliance, staffing, employee relations, training, benefits, compensation and payroll. Catharine has utilized these skills in a variety of industries including banking, manufacturing, and technology firms.   She has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles in her local chapter and state level with SHRM and is currently the Director for the HR State Council of New Hampshire, on the Board of Directors for NAPBA (National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators) and on the Board of Trustees with Catholic Charities New Hampshire.  In addition, Catharine is heavily involved with workplace advocacy efforts with SHRM, serving as an Advocacy Captain.  Catharine has her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).


    Our Sponsor:

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

    Location:

    Comfort Home Care

    147 Pelham Street, 2nd Fl

    Methuen, MA 01844

    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!

    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

    • 04 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor
    Register

    Thursday, June 4, 2020


          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 credits, HRCI credits pending

    Topic: Behavioral and Mental Issues: How to Make It OKAY to Ask for Help

    Our employees are much more than workers who show up, do their jobs and go home at the end of the day. We’re all human and have many different roles, responsibilities and challenges in our lives. As an employer, how do you support the varying needs of employees and let them know it’s OKAY to ask for help, to seek professional support for mental, emotional and behavioral issues? Seth Moeller and Jonathan Sheff of KGA, a New England based provider of Employee Assistance Programs, will share their expertise and experiences in helping HR professionals create a welcoming, supportive and productive environment for your employees.

    Our Speakers:

    Jonathan Sheff
    Senior Account Manager, KGA, Inc.

    Jonathan joined KGA in January, 2019. He brings over 20 years of experience developing, delivering and managing Employee Assistance Programs. He is a nationally recognized Executive Coach and a Certified Emotional Intelligence Examiner. Additionally, Jonathan provides a wide range of specialty training and consulting on topics such as Managing Change, Strategic Planning, Handling Stress and Performance Improvement.

    Jonathan holds a BA in Psychology from Antioch College and Masters Degrees in both Social Work-Clinical and Public Health-Healthcare Management from Columbia University.

    Seth Moeller
    President, KGA, Inc.

    Seth Moeller joined KGA in January 2011 and became President in 2013. Seth works with clients and prospective clients to ensure alignment between KGA’s services and the evolving needs of
    today’s employers. He brings twenty years of experience in organization effectiveness and development from consulting, financial services, health care, and technology. Seth services on
    the Board of Directors for the National Behavioral Consortium, a national association of employee assistance and managed behavioral health organizations.

    Seth holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

    Our Sponsor:

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

    Location:

    Comfort Home Care

    147 Pelham Street, 2nd Fl

    Methuen, MA 01844

    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!

    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Phone: 978-204-3207
    Email:  lemieux.hr@gmail.com

Past events

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"
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual Meeting

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