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Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association

Upcoming events

    • 07 Mar 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Webinar

    Thursday, March 7, 2024

    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: "Plan Sponsor Obligations under ERISA: What Your Service Providers Never Told You"

    Often, Plan Sponsors (employers) and members of employer pension and investment committees do not understand their obligations under ERISA as fiduciaries of the employer’s retirement programs.  They too often falsely rely on their service providers, without understanding the plan sponsor’s duty to oversee such providers and meet other ERISA responsibilities. The federal agencies which enforce ERISA, including the DOL, PBGC, and IRS, have stepped up audit and enforcement activities as well as penalties against plan sponsors.   ERISA violations are found in approximately 77% of plans audited by the government. 

    This program designed for employers will discuss Plan Sponsor obligations and risk management  issues including:  plan sponsors’ fiduciary obligations under ERISA;  common problems revealed during audits and how to self-audit for such problems; guidelines for selecting and overseeing service providers;  the fee disclosure rules and how to evaluate fees associated with the plan;  ERISA reporting obligations; fiduciary indemnification;  and the DOL and IRS correction programs for non-compliant plans.  Failure to understand and comply with ERISA can expose the plan sponsor and plan fiduciaries to government penalties as well as to fiduciary liability, both civil and criminal, to participants and the plan.  

    Our Speakers:

    Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq., is president and founder of the Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C. with offices located in Boston and North Andover. She founded NELGPC in April 2008 as a labor, employment and benefits boutique law firm to provide strategic legal advice, backed by litigation expertise, for employers. A significant part of Debra’s time is focused on correcting ERISA plan violations, assisting employers during plan audits, defending fiduciary breach allegations, negotiating service provider agreements, and educating plan fiduciaries about their compliance obligations.  Ms. Najjar is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has practiced employment and ERISA law for over thirty-five years.  Before establishing NELGPC, she was an equity partner in the Boston office of a 250-attorney regional law firm, with offices in Boston, Providence and Concord. Due to Ms. Najjar’s significant professional accomplishments, in 2007, she was nominated by her peers and inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and served as Chair of the First Circuit Credentialing Committee for many years.  For over twenty consecutive years, she has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, a recognition bestowed on the top 5% of attorneys, and is recognized in Best Lawyers for labor and employment.  She served on the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (2015-2017), and is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association moderating the annual Labor and Employment State Conference for the past twenty years. She also serves as the SHRM Massachusetts Legislative Director and Legislative Director of the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College, magna cum laude Durant Scholar, and Boston University School of Law, summa cum laude, third in her class and an Editor of the Law Review. She is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and is a credentialed member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).

    Kim St. Pierreis a seasoned professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the retirement plan industry. As the president and founder of SetAway, LLC, based in Bedford, NH, Kim has established herself as a leading expert in providing comprehensive retirement plan solutions to local business owners in New England. SetAway, an independent third-party administration firm, specializes in plan design, document preparation, consultation, 3(16) services, and third-party administration. Kim and her dedicated team are passionate about helping business owners and employees achieve their financial goals through innovative and flexible retirement plans. Kim's journey in the retirement plan industry began at Mass Mutual, where she gained valuable experience before taking on the role of leading a startup TPA/Recordkeeping firm in Manchester, NH. Under her leadership, the company experienced remarkable growth, employing over 55 professionals and servicing more than a thousand plans nationwide over two decades. In 2015, driven by a vision to provide even more personalized and client-focused services, Kim founded SetAway, LLC. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her educational background, combined with years of hands-on experience, positions her as a trusted advisor in the retirement planning space. 

    Our Sponsor: Interesting in Sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at

    Location: Webinar

    For more information:

    Contact: Caitlin Clary


    Drop here!
    • 04 Apr 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD
    Thursday, April 4, 2024

    Topic:  Legal Update

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

    3.25 HRCI & SHRM credits pending

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

    Program Agenda

    2023-2024 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)

    The National Labor Relations Act Applies to You – What Every Employer Needs to Know About the NLRB’s Expanding Protections for Employees (40 Minutes)

    This presentation will focus on the major recent changes in the law at the National Labor Relations Board.  As the NLRB expands its influence and reach, all employers (union and non-union) must understand what this means for their workplace.  Topics will include limitations on the use of confidentiality, non-disparagement, and non-compete provisions, increased scrutiny of employer handbooks and work rules, and developments in protections around employee speech and conduct.

    Continuing to Navigate Paid Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts (40 Minutes)

    This presentation will follow up last year’s analysis of the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFML) and the myriad of challenges employers are continuing to face.  This presentation will present real-life case studies to help provide practical guidance for the Employers in navigating leave issues.

    AI and Technology in the Workplace (40 Minutes)

    Increasingly, Employers are facing questions concerning AI and related technology.  This presentation will outline the existing regulatory framework as it relates to hiring and monitoring, and will further explore development of employer policies addressing the use of AI in the workplace.   


    Speaker Bios:

    Attorney Biographies

    Cost of this event is:  

    GMVHRA Member $75.00

    Non-Member $95.00


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30 Mar 2023 GMVHRA Evening of Networking
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02 Feb 2023 The 401k 411 - Everything You Need to Know About Your Retirement Plan....That No One Tells You!
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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
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05 Mar 2020 Leadership Sustainability – How to Build Resilience and Prevent Burnout in a 24/7 World
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02 May 2019 Lessons from the Trenches: Tips and Strategies to Avoid Employee Lawsuits
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