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REPLAY – Scot Mattox Identifying Impairment in the Workplace

Saturday, August 21, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:
At a time in which alcohol and drug abuse is on the rise, are you or someone in your company in a position to identify when an employee is under the influence of an impairing substance?

Whether your organization has a drug testing policy, has federal contracts, has employees driving vehicles or operating heavy equipment, each may play a role in your legal obligations, but what about your general obligations to keep your work environment—and the people in your work environment—safe.

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Tawny as she talks to Scot Mattox, Esq. CEO of Dirigo Safety, LLC about identifying impairment in the workplace and the services that Dirigo Safety, LLC offers to companies to help educate leaders as to best practices related to safety and health concerning drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

From identifying signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug overdoses and impairment, appropriate elements to include in your impairment policies, and understanding the ever changing and evolving “lingo” about drugs, this is a can’t miss episode.

About The Guest:

Scot Mattox retired in September 2013 as a Sergeant with the Portland Police Department after 26 years in law enforcement. During his career, he held a number of positions within the police department including Patrol Sergeant, Directed Patrol and Tactical Enforcement Sergeant, and Internal Affairs Investigator.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology; a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management; a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law and is currently a member in good standing of the Maine Bar as well as an Adjunct Instructor in Criminology, Juvenile Justice, and Law Enforcement Ethics for St. Joseph’s College of Maine. He is formally a Maine licensed Paramedic and an Adjunct Instructor in Police Use of Force and Police Procedure at Southern Maine Community College.

After leaving Portland PD, Mr. Mattox worked as a Hearings Examiner for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a year before taking a position as Maine’s first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) contracted through a grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety (MeBHS). Currently, Mr. Mattox is the owner and CEO of Dirigo Safety, LLC where he continues TSRP contract work for MeBHS; as well as overseeing Dirigo Safety’s contract work with the Maine Center for Disease Control’s for Administrative Oversight of the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws grant. He is also a reserve officer for Falmouth, Maine PD.

In addition to the grant work above, Dirigo Safety, LLC is the primary vendor for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as Lesson Plan Writers for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program and the Administration of the Maine Law Enforcement Accreditation Program for the Maine Chiefs of Police. Dirigo also conducts law enforcement in-service training all over Maine and several New England States. In 2020, Mr. Mattox was a contributing author for two publications by the National Traffic Law Center: Cannabis Impairment Detection Workshop Handbook; and the 2020 update of the Cops in Courttraining class curriculum.

Since 2017, DirigoSafety has held more than 100 classes and trained over 1,000 police officers in various law enforcement applications including The Fourth Amendment, Vehicle Operation Liability, Conducting Background Investigations, and Responding to Major Crimes and Homicides. Dirigo’s Mixed (Cannabis/Alcohol) Impairment Detection Lab (where officers are trained to detect cannabis and alcohol impairment using volunteers who have consumed either substance) is the first of its kind in the United States. Dirigo Safety also teaches workplace safety classes including Active Shooter Awareness; Workplace De-escalation; and Drug Impairment in the Workplace.

Adam Hamel – Pay Transparency

Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:

You have been hearing a lot about Pay Transparency in the news and in today’s world of social media and sites like GlassDoor and PayScale, information about employer pay practices will get out one way or another.

In this segment of the HR Power Hour, CMA’s host David Ciullo discusses with Adam Hamel, Director & Chair of the Employment Practice Group at McLane Middleton the benefits, drawbacks and pitfalls of organizations disclosing within the company and/or publicly, some level of information about their pay practices.

About The Guest:

Adam Hamel is a director in McLane Middleton’s Litigation Department and chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of business, employment and probate litigation.

Adam regularly assists clients on a variety of commercial and employment litigation matters, including claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and violations of restrictive covenants. Adam also has extensive experience working on will contests, fiduciary litigation, and guardianships.

Adam is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Beth Smith – What’s Covered? Workers’ Compensation 101

Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:
Pre-existing injuries, emotional wellness, stress, a skiing accident—are they covered by workers’ compensation?

Understanding the ins and outs of how workers’ compensation works, when the first report of injury is necessary, and how it could affect your business operations is confusing and complex.

Add into the discussion that often times an employee’s work-related injury could make them eligible for an accommodation under the ADA and/or time away from work under a state or federal paid (or unpaid) leave law. Most people’s heads begin to spin.

Join Tawny as she talks to Elizabeth Smith of Verrill. They dig into some of the most common workers’ compensation nightmares that keep companies up at night and share tips and tricks to help you better navigate the intricacies of the system.

About The Guest:

Elizabeth Smith
Counsel, Employment, and Labor Group
Verrill

Beth has litigated numerous employment and labor law matters in the course of her practice, primarily defending claims brought against Maine employers.

She has handled cases at all stages of litigation before state and federal trial courts, state and federal administrative agencies, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court. Beth has a particular depth of knowledge in workers’ compensation law, including the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Beth is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), and an American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fellow.

Dave Coffaro – Leading from Zero

Saturday, July 31, 2021 @ 10am

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Show Topic:

Leaders must influence their organizations and earn relevance with customers, employees, and all stakeholders every day.

The new strategic dynamic environment where competition for valuable resources is intense, disruption is an expected condition, stakeholders always want more, and innovation is expected.

Listen to Dave Coffaro, author of the book Leading from Zero: Seven Essential Elements of Earning Relevance and host CMA’s David Ciullo discuss how to succeed in this new strategic paradigm.

About The Guest:

Dave Coffaro, is a strategic advisor, executive coach, keynote speaker, and author. His expertise is guiding organizations in defining, designing, and deploying business models to deliver their vision. He has a strong reputation for developing executives in the practice of strategic leadership for the benefit of organizations and their stakeholders.

Dave served in for-profit and nonprofit leadership positions, including Interim Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Executive Vice President, Chief Fiduciary Officer, and Head of Trust&Fiduciary Services at Wells Fargo and Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy for International Trade Finance at Bank of America.

Dave’s strategy consulting work began in graduate school, working with a team to develop a turnaround plan for an unprofitable airline. Following graduate school, engagements focused on financial services firms, franchisors, and privately held businesses, developing actionable, practical, strategic pathways to greater success. Today, Dave serves as Principal of Strategic Advisory Consulting Group, and, as co-founder of Atticus, a fintech firm providing easy to use, do-it-yourself tools for fiduciary-based activities.

Dave’s broad financial services experience includes leadership positions in commercial banking and wealth management. He is committed to enhancing strategic leadership acumen and professional competency in organizations. In the banking industry, Davefurthered, on this mission as Founding Chair of the UC Berkeley Extension Wealth  Management Program, served on the American Bankers Association Professional  Development Council and through the Trust Management Association.

He taught strategic management and business policy at California State University, Fullerton. Dave’s community involvement includes serving as Board Chair of Second Harvest Foodbank of Orange County and as an executive coach with Executive Coaches of Orange County.