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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Upcoming events

    • 03 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    Remote Meeting

          8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome from Gail Buckler
                 8:15 AM - 8:55 Legal Update and Q&A with Deb Najjar

                 9:00 - 10:30 Program

    Approved for 1.50 SHRM,   HRCI credits pending

    Topic:  Investigations Primer in a Remote Workplace

    Human Resource professionals must keep up with the ever-changing way we do business in a pandemic.  This includes investigating complaints of misconduct, which have been on the rise.  Many investigative interviews are being conducted remotely, which requires adaptability and changes to the process.  Issues include planning, preparation, timing, technology, effective communication, credibility determinations,  confidentiality, and privacy.  Pre-interview communications with the parties and witnesses are also important to lay the groundwork for a productive interview.  Learn how to ensure your investigations hold up to scrutiny in the wake of COVID-19.


    Our Speakers: Julie Moore, Deborah Maddux and Sue Ann Van Dermyden

    Julie A. Moore is president and founder of Employment Practices Group in Wellesley, MA. She founded EPG in 1998 to work with employers on employment law issues and preventative strategies and best practices of human resource management. Julie consults and advises on workplace issues; investigates complaints of harassment and other forms of misconduct; conducts training on harassment and other workplace topics; drafts policies, procedures and handbooks; represents employees and employers in non-litigation workplace matters; and acts as an expert witness on employment practices. She is an appointed member and vice chair of the Town of Wellesley’s Human Resources Board, overseeing a staff of five employees. She frequently conducts in-house seminars for employers and trade organizations and speaks at CLE programs for many organizations across the country. Julie has authored many publications in legal and trade journals. She earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1988 and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1992. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association (since 1992), and the Massachusetts Bar Association (since 1995). Julie is a past chair and current member of the NHBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section. She is a former board member and conference chair for the Association of Workplace Investigators, a board member and program chair for the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association, and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Julie has SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications in human resources. She was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Attorneys in 2013.

    Deborah Maddux is a Shareholder and Senior Partner in Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation, a California law firm that specializes in workplace investigations.  Deborah has personally conducted hundreds of investigations into claims of misconduct, including claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and improper governmental activities.  She has testified at hearings, depositions, and at trial regarding her process and findings.  Deborah oversees her own team of attorney investigators, and has provided both in-house and private training regarding how to conduct effective investigations, with a focus on ensuring that internal reviews are fair and thorough, as required by law. In addition to her investigations practice, Deborah provides mediation services for workplace disputes.  She also provides hearing officer services, and is a panel member for National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM).  

    A graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law, Deborah is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR and SHRM-SCP), as well as a certified EEOC investigator.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California as its Education Committee Chair. 

    Sue Ann Van Dermyden is a founding and Senior Partner of Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation, an investigations law firm.  The Firm has a team of 18 attorneys dedicated almost exclusively to conducting workplace and campus investigations throughout California and Nevada.  Sue Ann spent years litigating employment matters before focusing her practice on investigations.   She is a founding member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, formed in 2009.  Sue Ann has held almost every office and served on virtually every committee in AWI, and currently serves as the Board’s Immediate Past President.  She also holds an AWI Accredited Certificate, from the AWI Institute.  Sue Ann is the co-chair of the Workplace Investigations Subcommittee with the American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibilities section. Sue Ann has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2010.  She regularly speaks and acts as an expert witness on investigations.  Sue Ann earned her Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Chico and received her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law.

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    Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at



    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Phone: 978-204-3207

    • 15 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 17 Sep 2020
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    The Vermont and NH State Councils have organized a Virtual HR Summit for September.  Please click on the link below for the official "Save the Date" flyer.

    Save The Date! NH VT Twin State Virtual HR Summit.pdf

    Any questions regarding this event should be directed to the HR State Council of NH.

Past events

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"
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual Meeting


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