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Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:
HR professionals have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been expected to be the expert on the seemly daily changes needed to organizational policies and procedures.

On this week’s HR Power Hour episode, CMA’s David Ciullo hosts employment attorney James Reidy, shareholder at the law firm Sheehan. Listen as they provide an upbeat and realistic assessment of the 10 Things that Keep HR Professionals Awake at Night (COVID Edition) including OSHA, CDC, vaccinations, social media, accommodations, remote work, stress and mental health, recruiting and more.

About The Guest:

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 associations to comment on breaking news and recent developments in labor and employment law. Jim regularly writes and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. In addition to being an editor of the New England Law Letter, Jim also contributes to BLR and Lex Mundi state law employment updates.

He has been a workplace law resource for several media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, WMUR, NPR, HR Magazine, NH Business Review, and Business NH Magazine. He is a regular presenter at the SHRM (Society for Human Resources) Annual Legal and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as SHRM’s annual national convention.

Jim is also a member of SHRM’s Speakers Bureau. Jim is the moderator of NHLABORNET, the popular Internet discussion group for human resource professionals in New Hampshire. He has been recognized as a top-tier employment lawyer by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers USA and New England Super Lawyer. Jim has been recognized by the NH Business and Industry Association for his work on behalf of employers and NH Business Review as one of the top 200 most influential business leaders in New Hampshire. Most recently, Jim was inducted as a fellow in the American Bar Association College of Labor and Employment lawyers.

Humza Khan – First Five Steps for DE&I

Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Three words that are easy to say (and write), but harder to achieve. Many organizations have a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program, but find that the program is not achieving results.

Looking at the program and determining whether the organization has focused on the fundamentals and the foundation of the program is key to a DEI program’s success. In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Humza Khan, the Owner of Inclusion Maine, as they discuss the first five steps any organization should take in creating a DE&I program.

By focusing on the foundation, organizations are more likely to build a program that achieves the goals that sought and create a more diverse and inclusive work environment.

About The Guest:

Muhammad Humza Khan is a first-generation Muslim American, originally born in Pakistan and lives in Maine. He works as an HR Director for a non-profit and is the founder of Inclusion Maine, which supports organizations in their DEI efforts and leads initiatives to further inclusion in Maine.

Humza brings Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion together to create cultures that make employees feel like they can belong, empowers people, broaden their perspectives, and create transformational cultural change for organizations.

Debra Weiss Ford – The Jerk at Work 2- COVID Style

Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:

We all know who the Jerk at Work is but today, they reach us digitally at home and the stats show it’s creating even more issues of harassment and bullying.

On this week’s HR Power Hour episode, CMA’s David Ciullo hosts employment attorney Debra Weiss Ford, Partner at Jackson Lewis. Listen as they discuss and provide practical solutions to the new challenges leaders and HR are facing with digital harassment thru video conferencing, social media ratings, vaccines, and other current events.

 

About The Guest:

Debra is Office Managing Principal and Litigation Manager of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has more than 35 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 Maine Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Ms. Ford trains frequently in New England on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, wage and hour issues, proper documentation, leaves of absence, and Title IX compliance. She regularly advises clients on employment-related matters.

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. She is an approved federal and state mediator.

Robert Brooks – COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Saturday, September 18, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:
President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate comes at a time when organizations both small and large are struggling to keep workers safe and healthy while simultaneously attracting and retaining the top talent.

In this episode of HR Power Hour, join Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Labor and Employment attorney Robert Brooks, partner at Verrill, concerning the President’s recent mandate, who it applies to, how to implement the expectations moving forward, vaccine mandates more broadly and best practices in minimizing risk while maintaining compliance.

About The Guest:

Rob provides advice and representation to management on all aspects of the employment relationship. He works with clients engaged in construction, health care, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and other industries throughout the country. Rob has successfully handled matters related to union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, strikes, and arbitration.

Rob routinely handles claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages, breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and other disputes before judges, juries, and administrative agencies, and has successfully represented clients at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Rob also regularly provides advice and assistance to clients on proper termination procedures, Family Medical Leave Act issues, labor relations, disability issues, stock option and employee benefit disputes, and other matters.

Rob has a particular focus on negotiating project labor agreements for large-scale construction projects. Rob has also advised public and private entities concerning the lawful use of project labor agreements in the context of a state’s competitive bidding laws.