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Title VII Protects Sexual Orientation

Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Guest:

Ben Ford, Partner
207-253-4828
bford@verrill-law.com
Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D.)
University of New Hampshire (B.A.)
Verrill

Ben helps his clients reach their full potential. Whether it was helping out in his parent’s flower shop in California or building retail stores in New York, Ben learned firsthand that the best product in the world means nothing unless you have the right people to make it and sell it. Indeed, in any competitive market, a company’s success depends on its ability to build multi-disciplinary teams. Companies that fall back on outdated assumptions risk being surpassed by those who recognize the potential in diverse workforces. When it comes to providing legal services, Ben puts these principles into practice. Whether it’s a Norwegian company looking for a foothold in the U.S. or an entrepreneur working in his basement to perfect seaweed harvesting techniques, clients benefit from Ben’s well-rounded approach to problem-solving.

Mindful of his pre-law experiences, Ben took to his legal studies with a unique sense of perspective. With the help of his professors at Vanderbilt University Law School, Ben crafted a course of study designed to explore specific business challenges from a legal perspective. The result of this intensive study was a series of articles discussing novel approaches to business problems by combining proven business principles with highly sophisticated legal tactics. Many of those articles have been published in leading trade publications and they form the basis of Ben’s practice today.

Whether it is to a jury or a group of concerned business owners, Ben loves speaking about the law. He is as comfortable in a courtroom as he is in a boardroom and his passion for good ideas pervades every case he argues, and every article he writes.

When not at work, Ben can be found on the water racing sailboats or cruising around in his vintage 1959 Lyman Sleeper. Yes, he restored it himself (ask him to show you a picture).

Public Service
Member, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s Pro Bono Panel
Memberships
Board Member, Maine Marine Trade Association
University of New England North-Board of Advisors
Arctic Economic Council-Shipping and Logistics Working Group

Opportunity Under COVID-19 – Replay

Saturday, July 4, 2020 @10am

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Our Guest:

Chris CynkarChris Cynkar
Franchise Consultant
FranChoice

412-877-2000
ccynkar@franchoise.com

Chris Cynkar knows the challenges of finding the perfect business opportunity. For the past 15 years, Chris has walked in the shoes of a business owner. With business ownership experience in multiple industries, Chris possesses the skills necessary to help candidates find the perfect franchise opportunity to achieve their specific goals. After beginning his career with a Big 6 accounting firm and earning his CPA license, Chris spent 3 years working in financial management with 2 rapidly growing companies in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. In 1999, Chris made a career shift from employee to owner. Since he chose business ownership, Chris has owned and operated businesses in a variety of industries including commercial printing, medical equipment, professional services, real estate and healthcare staffing services. In all of these businesses, Chris served as both the lead investor and, more importantly, the leading executive of the company.

Since 2006, Chris has been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked with hundreds of students to evaluate, plan and start businesses in countless industry segments. In 2011, Chris joined a leading retail franchise as a master franchisee.

Chris has joined FranChoice in order to help candidates benefit from his deep and diverse business ownership experience. Because of the variety of industries in which Chris has direct experience, he is able to assist candidates in evaluating multiple business opportunities with an experienced guide on their side. Chris’ goal is to help every candidate find the franchise opportunity that will help them reach all of their personal and professional goals.

Mental Resiliency in the Workplace

Saturday, June 27, 2020 @10am

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Our Guest:

Kate Simpson,
Co Author and Developer
Take Two A Journal of New Beginnings

Mental Resiliency in the Workplace –

Kate is the co-author of Take Two: a Journal for New Beginnings (www.taketwojournal.com) a concept that originated from research on how to build resilience. She also works in the sustainable investment field for ValuesAdvisor, a platform that helps investors align their investments with their values.

Kate has a master’s degree in international comparative education from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in secondary education from Boston College. She lives in Maine with her three children.

Realities of Re-Opening

Saturday, June 20, 2020 @10am

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Our Guest:

Peter Lowe, Atty.
Brann & Isaacson

Realities of Re-Opening –

This week on the HR Power Hour, you are going to hear a hour of the recent webinar done on Realities of Re-Opening webinar hosted by Dave Ciullo and employment attorney Peter Lowe in which they discuss the important issues employers are grappling with as many workplaces reopen in June.

Some of the most pressing questions include:

What happens if an employee or a visitor gets infected by COVID-19?

What are my liabilities? What should I do to minimize them?

How do I deal with employees who are reluctant or unwilling to return to work?

Business is soft, and our future is uncertain, so how do I decide who to layoff and what are the risks?

This is a practical and conversational discussing the questions from actual leaders and HR professionals.

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 the current president of Maine Council of School Board Attorneys.