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Margaret O’Brien – You’re at a Wage and Hour Risk

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Show Topic:
For the most part, employers want to comply with the laws. But the wage and hour laws are surprisingly complicated, and not intuitive.

Problems usually arise in one of three ways:

random audit

employee complaint

or referral from another agency

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with Margaret (“Peg”) O’Brien, Director of the Employment Law Practice Group at McLane Middleton, the US DOL’s increasing enforcement of employer misclassification of Independent Contractors, Joint Employment, and Exempt Status.

In addition Peg and David discuss the less known fact of how bonuses (including stay and sign on) can effect overtime calculations for nonexempt hourly workers.

About The Guest:

Peg O’Brien is vice chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group. She assists employers with legal compliance and risk management in all phases of the employment relationship, as well as defense of employers in matters pending before government agencies and courts. On a regular basis, Peg assists company executives, human resources professionals, and supervisors with routine employment law concerns including:

  • Employee handbooks and related employee policies.
  • Hiring (offer letters and employment agreements).
  • Non-compete, Non-solicitation, and Nondisclosure Agreements.
  • Independent Contractor Agreements.
  • Wage and hour compliance, including employee classifications such as exempt vs. nonexempt.
  • Guidance with employee leaves of absence.
  • Management of employee performance and expectation setting, including drafting performance improvement plans.
  • Disciplinary action includes review and discussion of any litigation risks and drafting documentation of warnings and termination letters.
  • Drafting severance agreements.
  • Management of employee workplace complaints, including investigations and interpersonal conflict between employees.
Peg provides on-site and virtual training for employees and supervisors on harassment prevention, documentation and discipline best practices, and other employment law matters.

In addition, Peg conducts workplace investigations as an internal or outside independent investigator and recently completed the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Certified Course on Conducting Discrimination Complaint Investigations. Peg frequently presents at seminars on employment law issues before human resources and trade groups. She has practiced law for more than 25 years and has handled litigation in federal and state courts throughout New Hampshire. She has extensive jury trial experience as well as extensive experience appearing before government agencies. Prior to entering private practice, Peg began her legal career as an attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender Program.

 

Vinnie Allard – The 411 on 401K’s

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Show Topic:
It’s difficult to keep up with the ever-changing employment-law landscape. Add into that landscape state and federal tax and retirement rules and regulations which effect the benefits that are offered to employees (and/or required to be offered to employees) and we know that your company’s HR team’s head is likely spinning. Is there a way that some of the stress associated with benefit administration be shifted to a subject-matter authority? Maybe.

  In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Vinnie Allard, Director of Advisor National Accounts at Human Interest about 401(k)s generally, how small and mid-size businesses can easily take advantage of the benefits provided this investment vehicle, and recently enacted state laws that require employers to offer 401(k)s to employees.

Vinnie and his colleagues have been huge proponents of making 401(k) retirement planning easy and affordable and in this episode of HR Power Hour we will discuss how small and medium-sized businesses can make that happen.

About The Guest:

Vinnie Allard is a Director of Advisor National Accounts at Human Interest, a technology-forward retirement benefit platform focused on providing affordable and automated 401(k) and 403(b) solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

He has been with the company for over two years, developing and overseeing partnerships with Financial Advisors. Prior to joining Human Interest as one of the first East Coast employees, he spent time as an Advisor as well as a wholesaler in the asset management industry. Vinnie graduated from Lasell University with a BS in Finance.

Outside of Human interests, Vinnie enjoys live music, cycling, and spending time with his family. He currently resides near Boston with his wife, 2 daughters, and dog Jax.

 

Peter Hayes – New Healthcare Transparency Tools for the CAA

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Show Topic:

Did you know that if you have an Employer Group Health Plan, you have a fiduciary responsibility to comply with the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) by Jan 1, 2023, or face real fines?

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine Co-Founder and President Peter Hayes, the new requirements, and fiduciary best practices for employer sponsored health plans as well as a new health care cost transparency tool.

About The Guest:

Did you know that if you have an Employer Group Health Plan, you have a fiduciary responsibility to comply with the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) by Jan 1, 2023, or face real fines?

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine Co-Founder and President Peter Hayes, the new requirements, and fiduciary best practices for employer sponsored health plans as well as a new health care cost transparency tool.

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Doug Currier – Managing Difficult Employees

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Show Topic:

On the next HR Power Hour, workplaces are comprised of a variety of people with a diverse array of personalities and skills.

While the spectrum of personalities can be vast, most employees conduct themselves in a professional manner, they understand the expectations that their position holds, and they respect authority, their fellow employees, and the company.

But what happens when an employee’s attitude and actions change? As a leader, do you and your teammates have the tools and resources to manage difficult employees with the goal of finding a solution that allows all parties to overcome the issues at hand and move towards a positive and productive work environment.

At the same time, are your team members aware of the legal pitfalls that could await if there is a misstep?

For answers to these questions and a lively discussion about managing difficult employees, join co-host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Labor and Employment Attorney Doug Currier about managing the practical and legal risks that difficult employees can bring to the workplace.

About The Guest:

Douglas P. Currier is a Partner at Verrill. Since he began practicing law more than 30 years ago with Verrill, Doug has earned high regard in the region for his litigation skills and proactive counsel to management on employment issues such as discrimination suits and traditional labor law issues like collective bargaining agreements, union grievances, and elections.

 

As a member of the Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, Doug represents companies in diverse industries such as health care, higher education, manufacturing, professional services, banking and finance, and agriculture. In the employment arena, Doug works with clients to develop workplace strategies that achieve objectives and navigate an intelligent path through complex personnel issues while maintaining compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and other relevant laws.

He advises on issues ranging from drug testing, whistleblowers, and workplace investigations to compensation and exit strategies, succession planning, and class actions. Doug is also litigation counsel for businesses facing legal challenges arising from traditional labor issues such as union campaigns, labor arbitrations, wrongful discharge, OSHA citations, and discrimination claims.