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Upcoming Shows

Aug 24
Lisa Martin
Manufacturers Assoc. of ME
A Snapshot of
Modern Manufacturing
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Aug 31
Debra Weiss Ford
Jackson Lewis LLP
Unconscious Bias
in the Workplace
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Sep 14
Karen Whitley
Sheehan Phinney LLP
The Legal Risks
of Compensation
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Sept 28
Charles Wilkinson
Human Resource
Mgt Inc.

EEO1 Part 2 and
Compensation Today
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Oct. 12
Colleen McCracken
Quad Group
Selling Your Family Business
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Oct 26 17
Steven Borne
Consuming Government
Flywheels, Ideas, and Individual Actions to Better Manage the Government Services You Buy
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Archives

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A Snapshot of Modern Manufacturing

Saturday, August 24, 2019 @10am

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Guest Host:

Tawny Alvarez
Partner
Verrill

Tawny is a partner in Verrill Dana’s labor and employment practice group.  She believes that a company’s culture defines its business and prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work.

Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes—from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape, she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.

Guest:

Lisa Martin
Executive Director
Manufacturers Association of Maine

Lisa G. Martin is executive director of the Manufacturers Association of Maine and has 20+ years in economic, workforce and business development. Since 1989, Lisa has had extensive experience with businesses, state and federal agencies, education institutes and Maine’s workforce.

She leads the effort to build the Manufacturers’ Association as an economically strong industry through partnerships and collaborations with other industries, with state and federal agencies and organizations and within the manufacturing industry.

Lisa sits on the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Precision Manufacturing Board, a member of the University of Maine, Advanced Manufacturing Center Board of Advisors, Robotics Institute of Maine Executive Board, CEI Capital Management (CCML) Board of Directors and is an Alumni of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Mu Class.

Lisa holds a BA from University of Southern Maine, a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development (CED) from New Hampshire College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa lives in her home town of Portland.

Reach Lisa at lisa@mainemfg.com  

How Do We Bring 50,000 People to Maine?

Saturday, August 17, 2019 @10am

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Our Guest:

Nate Wildes
Executive Director
Live and Work in Maine

How Do We Bring 50,000 People to Maine? –

As Executive Director for Live and Work in Maine, Nate is focused on raising awareness about the career opportunities and world-class quality of life experienced by those of us who live and work in Maine.

A University of Maine graduate who followed employment to the mid-west only to come running back to the Way Life Should Be, Nate knows first-hand how under-appreciated life in Maine is – and how much opportunity there is for our future.

Nate is also co-founder of Flight Deck Brewing on Brunswick Landing (the re-developed Brunswick Naval Air Station). The production brewery is open 6 days a week, offering beer, food, and family-friendly events. Also look for cans of Flight Deck beer at your local Maine craft beer store!

Employee Benefits for Small Employers

Saturday, August 10, 2019 @10am

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Host:

Tawny Alvarez
Partner
Verrill Dana

Tawny is a partner in Verrill Dana’s labor and employment practice group.  She believes that a company’s culture defines its business and prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work.

Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes—from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape, she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.

Guest:

Christopher S. Lockman
Employee Benefits Attorney
Verrill Dana

Chris pursued a career in the law because he enjoys solving problems.  Chris is an employee benefits and executive compensation “generalist” capable of advising clients on a range of legal issues affecting both the pension plans and welfare benefit plans.  Chris has significant experience correcting retirement plan administrative errors, defending IRS audits and DOL investigations, and maintaining and terminating pension plans administered by bankrupt entities.  As a member of the Firm’s ERISA Litigation practice group, Chris also defends fiduciary breach claims and claims for benefits under both pension and welfare benefit plans.

Problems and solutions come in many forms, and Chris assists plan fiduciaries, sponsors, and service providers with general ERISA compliance, fiduciary advice, and plan design.  Specific to welfare benefit plans, Chris regularly assists clients with health care reform compliance, wellness programs, and consumer-driven health care arrangements such as health savings accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), a Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).

Chris understands the importance of developing and implementing efficient solutions to business problems. While his practice is focused exclusively on employee benefits and executive compensation, Chris’s clients benefit from his background in bankruptcy law and business. Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Chris served as a law clerk in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and, while in law school, worked at a multinational securities brokerage firm.  These experiences helped to shape the business perspective Chris brings to his practice and to his clients.

A Maine native, Chris enjoys nature and the outdoors.  He is co-chair of the Firm’s Sustainability Committee and during his time away from the office can be found exploring the wilds of Maine, hiking, canoeing, and paddle-boarding with his family.

Public Service

Board of Directors, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine (formerly the Maine Health Management Coalition)

Memberships

New England Employee Benefits Council
Maine Employee Benefits Council

Education

  • Duquesne University Law School (J.D., 2009), cum laude
  • Allegheny College (B.A., 2004), cum laude

Clerkships

  • Honorable Jeffery A. Deller, U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 2011
  • Pennsylvania, 2009

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 2012

Honors

Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award
Susan H. Wilkie Professional Responsibility and Ethics Award
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2016)
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under
Employee Benefits

What Employers Really Need to Know About the MHRC

Saturday, August 03, 2019 @10am

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Our Guest:

Peter Lowe, Atty.
Brann & Isaacson

What Employers Reall Need to Know About the Maine Human Rights Commission –

Peter is a partner at Brann & Isaacson. He represents management on labor and employment matters.  Peter serves as lead labor counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine including L.L. Bean, Inc.

Peter has a wealth of experience both advising clients on conducting internal investigations, and serving as an outside independent investigator for sensitive and high profile workplace issues.

Peter is a frequent presenter to local and national organizations giving workshops on best investigative practices, and he has spoken to many audiences on the lessons learned from the Penn State scandal.

In 2009, Peter was selected to edit the Maine Employment Law Letter, a monthly newsletter published by Business & Legal Resources.  Peter has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best lawyers in America® (2013) (Employment-Law Management).  He is current president of Maine Council of School Board Attorneys.