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Upcoming Shows

May 12 – REPLAY
Debra Weiss-Ford
Jackson Lewis LLC
#MeToo:
Sexual Harassment
Goes Viral
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May 19
David Blaydes
Retirement Planners Intl
I Just Lost My Job
Now What?

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May 26 – REPLAY
Tawny Alvarez
Verrill Dana
When Employees Speak Out
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Jun 2
Mark Gonska
Dice & Company
The PhD You Should
Avoid at All Costs
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Jun 9
Jim Reidy
Sheehan Phinney
Changes to Marijuana Laws
and the Opiod Crisis
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Jun 16
Sarah Cox
LL Bean
LL Bean:
An HR Success Story
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Jun 23
Col. Jen Fullmer
Boots2Roots
To Bridge the Gap from Serving our Country to Strengthening Maine Communities
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Archives

I Just Lost My Job, Now What?

Saturday, May 19, 2018 @10am

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Guest:

David Blades, MS, CFP®, RFC®, AIF®,
Founder and CEO
Retirement Planners International

I Just Lost My Job, Now What? –

David L. Blaydes, author and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with a Masters in Financial Planning, offers the recently terminated employee a valuable resource: a must-read guide to financial survival after losing your job. Using road signs as metaphors for navigating the financial bumps in the unemployment road, Blaydes guides you through every stage of financial planning necessary during this stressful period.

In I Just Lost My Job. Now What? you will learn how to avoid the top ten money management mistakes, where to turn for money when you need it most, and how to reduce your cash flow. Along the way, Blaydes offers tips and guidance while sharing how you can avoid making short-term financial mistakes that could have disastrous long-term financial consequences.

David Blaydes is the founder and CEO of Retirement Planners International, Inc., (RPI) and has been successfully engaged in the financial planning industry since 1977. He specializes in working with terminated employees and outplacement firms. He uses his skills and expertise to guide people through stressful financial and emotional times while offering sound financial survival strategies.

#MeToo: Sexual Harassment Goes Viral – Replay

Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 10am

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Guest:

Debra Weiss FordDebra Weiss Ford
Office Managing Shareholder
Litigation Manager

Jackson Lewis LLP

#MeToo: Sexual Harassment Goes Viral –

Debra Weiss Ford is Managing Partner and Litigation Manager of the Portsmouth, NH office. Ms. Ford has over 30 years of experience representing employers in litigation matters before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Ford also represents employers before the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Massachusetts Department of Employment Training.

Ms. Ford also lectures frequently at seminars in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, personnel issues, and contractual issues. She regularly advises clients on employment-related matters.

Ms. Ford received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Drew University in 1979 and her J.D. from Temple University of School of Law in 1982. She is an approved federal and state mediator. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Massachusetts Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, American Bar Association, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, American Arbitration Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

She is admitted to practice in the State of New Hampshire, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of Maine, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, United States District Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States Claims Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Ford was a member of the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners from 1993 to 2005. She was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to serve on the Merit Selection Panel to consider the reappointment of the incumbent magistrate. In 2003, she was appointed to serve on the Federal Court Advisory Committee. Ms. Ford is listed by Chambers as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is the author of the New Hampshire chapter of Workplace Privacy, a legal reference book for managers and human resource professionals, published by the Thompson Publishing Group, a division of West Publications. Ms. Ford was elected as a Fellow to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in June 2006.

She is named as New Hampshire’s Best Labor and Employment Lawyer by Business NH Magazine. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., and has been recognized by New England Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in New England and one of the top 100 lawyers in New England. She is listed in Top NH Lawyers in Labor and Employment in New Hampshire Magazine and has consistently been named the Best Lawyers’ Manchester Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year. She is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Ford was named one of the “Leaders in their Field” in the 2012 Chambers USA Legal Guide. Ms. Ford serves as a board member for the Portsmouth Music Hall, Family Service, Inc., and Seacoast Human Resources Association, and she is an emeritus board member of the New Hampshire SPCA.

Ms. Ford was rated as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer” by Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

  • Named Best Labor and Employment attorney in New Hampshire, Business New Hampshire Magazine
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Labor &; Employment Law)
  • Listed in Top New Hampshire Lawyers in Labor and Employment, New Hampshire Magazine
  • Elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 100 attorneys in New England)
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 50 Women in New England, Employment &; Labor)
  • Listed in Chambers USA as one of the top Lawyers in Labor and Employment artindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
  • Voluntary Action, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1984)
  • Ballet New England (Board of Directors, 1987-1988)
  • Pro Portsmouth, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1988-Present)
  • First Night/Portsmouth (Vice President, 1991-1992)
  • NHSPCA (Board of Directors, 2004-Present) * 1st Tee (Board of Directors, 2005-2006; Honorary Board Member, 2005-2008)
  • Rockingham County Action (Board of Directors, 2009-Present)
  • Selected for inclusion in 2010 New England Super Lawyers practices
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Disability, Leave and Health Management
  • Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Management Education
  • Public Sector Representation
  • Reductions in Force, WARN Act
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour Compliance

Education

  • Temple University J.D., 1982 Dean;s List
  • Drew University B.A., 1979 magna cum laude

Admitted to practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court 1992
  • 1st Circuit Court of Appeals 1984
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims 1991
  • Massachusetts – D. Mass. 2002
  • New Hampshire – D. N.H. 1982
  • Maine 2010 * Massachusetts 2000
  • New Hampshire 1982

Bar & professional association memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Competing in Today’s Business Environment

Saturday, May 5, 2018 @10am

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Guest:

Gary Epler, MD, CEO
Epler Health Inc.

Competing in Today’s Business Environment –

Dr. Gary Epler is an internationally known Harvard Medical School professor and thought leader in health, fitness, nutrition and people-centered leadership. He is an award-winning author and has impacted the lives of people throughout the world through his speaking engagements, books, and teaching. He has been called upon by individuals from around the globe who have a rare lung disease called BOOP that he discovered. Dr. Epler is a successful entrepreneur. He has been founder and CEO of three companies that include a biotech company, a nutraceutical company, and the current medical risk consulting company. He is a sought-after speaker, addressing audiences about health, fitness, nutrition, and leadership.

Dr. Epler believes personalized health empowers people. Dr. Epler has written four health books in the critically acclaimed “You’re the Boss” series about people taking charge of their health including Manage Your Disease, BOOP, Asthma, and Food. He is currently completing an American Lifestyle book about health, fitness and entrepreneurship.

Five Components of Well-Being:

Happiness: Feeling good, optimistic, and being happy is an integral part of a successful, fulfilling life. Set up your day to attain as much happiness as possible.

Engaged in life: This means experiencing the current moment. It means knowing what you are doing, what you want, and where you’re going. And, not buried in texting.

Meaning in life: Do something that’s bigger than yourself. Help a person or support a business or the community without receiving anything in return.

Accomplishments: Set your life up so that you achieve continuous accomplishments. These can be small daily accomplishments or long-term big accomplishments. Savor the time and feeling when you’ve accomplished a task.

Positive social interaction: Talk to people in a positive way so that your comments cause a positive feeling in the person you are talking to. This can be a self-renewing trait as you will receive positive feelings in return that will last the day.

Ten Health Practices:

Love life: Life is to be enjoyed. Look forward to the day and anticipate a great day. You’re going to have positive things happen throughout the day and night. Cherish and enjoy them.

Nutrition: Eat healthy foods that will not harm you – no added sugar, no added salt and a healthy omega-6/omega-3 ratio.

Sleep: Obtain eight hours every night to restore the adenosine energy chemical and obtain sufficient REM sleep.

Exercise: One hour of continuous exercise every day for energy and stress relief. And you may meet your spouse.

Learn something new: This will provide a huge boost of energy and sense of accomplishment. Learn something unrelated to your work – the further away from your familiar interests, the better.

Alpha-brainwave meditation time: This is daydreaming. The benefits include feeling good; decreasing stress; balancing brain realms that include the prefrontal cortex, nucleus accumbens, hippocampus and amygdala; and increasing longevity of the telomeres at the end of the chromosomes for longer cell life.

Compassion: Self-esteem will let you down, but compassion for yourself will always help. Have compassion for others. It’ll make you feel good.

Gratitude: Be grateful for what we have. This grounds us and prevents us from thinking too much about ourselves and from feeling entitled.

Self-healing: Using the power of our mind can result in the healing of injuries and illness from simple bumps to complex dysfunctional disease. You can learn self-healing.

Be your true self: Once you totally become your true self, you will have an immense feeling of freedom. This includes freedom from criticism, from insult, from disappointment, and from failure. You will no longer use blame, excuses, criticism, or complaints.

Association Health Care Plans

Saturday, April 28, 2018 @10am

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Guest:

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Steve Gerlach
Shareholder
Employee Benefits Attorney
Bernstein Shur

Association Health Care Plans –

Steven R. Gerlach, a tax attorney by training, is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Business Law Practice Groups. His practice includes employee benefits, executive compensation, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Affordable Care Act. He works with all types of employers including health care entities, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals on ERISA requirements and liabilities, as well as the tax and ERISA implications of mergers and acquisitions.

A resident of North Yarmouth, Maine, Gerlach earned his JD from the University of Maine School of Law, his LLM from Boston University and his BA from the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Maine Employee Benefits Council, the American Bar Association and the Maine State Bar Association.