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Elizabeth Johnston and Emily Waddell – Acing Accommodations

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Elizabeth Johnston

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State and Federal law provide provisions in which an employer must make an accommodation for employees in certain specific situations.  Understanding what those situations are, appropriately responding to the requests, and being mindful that the accommodation that the company is providing is not gutting the job duties and responsibilities of the position are all areas where companies sometimes make choices that increase their liability under accommodation laws.
In this episode of HR Power Hour, join co-host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Verrill Labor and Employment Attorneys Elizabeth Johnston and Emily Waddell about not just understanding accommodation obligations, but also how to respond to requests to limit future liability.  That’s on the next HR Power Hour.

About The Guests:

Liz Johnston: A regular contributor to Verrill’s Taking Care of HR Business blog, Liz handles a variety of employment matters including working with businesses of all sizes to ensure that their policies are in compliance with the latest legal updates and are working effectively for the organization in practice. Liz also advocates for clients facing claims before state and federal courts, the Maine Human Rights Commission, and the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board.

Emily Waddell: Emily provides tailored legal solutions to support her client’s human capital and organizational objectives. As a member of Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, Emily uses her legal and business background to understand and solve complex employer and employee issues in the workplace. With her on-the-ground experience in labor arbitration, mediation, collective bargaining negotiations, and contract administration, Emily understands the importance of reliable legal support in high-pressure situations.

Making Mentoring Work – Replay

Saturday, September 4, 2021 @ 10am

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Catherine Lamson

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Affinity groups, mentoring, sponsorship, in many organizations, employees will say, we have these programs, but they have limited success. So how does an organization recognize the need for such a program, and even more so, how does an organization make it work?
 
In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez of Verrill as she talks with Catherine Lamson, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at MEMIC as she discusses how the Million Women Mentors program acted as the catalyst for her and her team to create a mentoring program to emphasis STEM work within the insurance and provide MEMIC employees with an opportunity to connect with co-workers in a mentor/mentee fashion.
 
Catherine will discuss the successes and hiccups experienced in rolling-out MEMIC’s mentoring program in the midst of a pandemic and how the program has organically evolved to meet the needs of the MEMIC team, resulting in a tripling of program participants in the first year.

About The Guest:

Catherine is the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at MEMIC. She came to MEMIC in 2002. After 10 years in banking, she entered the healthcare sector working for Maine Health, the largest healthcare system north of Boston, and gained another 11 years of experience in a tertiary care hospital and medical laboratory setting.
 
She is responsible for the corporate administrative functions of the organization which are inclusive of human resources, compensation (cash and non-cash), benefits, training and education, along with responsibility for all real estate holdings and all facilities management functions throughout the system.

 


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Retail Pride

Saturday, February 27, 2021 @10am

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Guest:

Ron Thurston
Author
Retail Pride

Jim practices in the areas of management side labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes. He represents organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held, family-owned businesses, to not-for- profit entities and public sector employers. Since joining the firm in 1989, Jim has expanded an already well-established employment law practice group. This group is now recognized as one of the best labor and employment practices in Northern New England.

Jim has extensive experience handling matters before the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor as well as other state and federal agencies.

He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is frequently asked by the media, business groups and human resources

Learning From Your Failures – Replay

Saturday, February 20, 202 @ 10am

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Guest:

Robert Baldacci, MPA
Baldacci Consulting 

Bob brings a successful 30 year career in real estate, development and corporate finance. He has held leadership positions at the state level as well as involvement in several national organizations.

Bob served as Chairman of the Finance Authority of Maine, Vice Chairman of the Maine Guarantee Authority, President of the Bangor Region Development Alliance, Board member of the University of Maine Board of Visitors, President of the Economic Development Council of Maine, and Board member of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations. Robert has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine.

Bob has developed over $30 million in various residential and commercial real estate projects, served as Managing Partner of Pierce Atwood Consulting (an affiliate of the law firm Pierce Atwood), represented two major universities in negotiating memoranda of understanding with Queens University and the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland facilitating student and faculty exchanges and joint research opportunities. Bob also served as Vice President of Development for Ocean Properties, Ltd., one of North America’s largest owner operators of hotels and resorts. Most recently, Bob assisted with the acquisition of the Blethen Maine Newspaper Group which include three daily newspapers in Maine; the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, and Waterville Sentinel as well as Maine Sunday Telegram and MaineToday.com.

Bob received his BA and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Maine.