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Chris Lockman – Benefit plan and employer communications questions after DOBBS

 

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Show Topic:
The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade has led to a host of different responses from employers across the country—specifically those with employees in states that now ban and significantly limit access to abortions.

There are a number of circumstances and situations that employers should keep top of mind when discussing this controversial topic.

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez and Attorney Chris Lockman of Verrill as they discuss how the Court’s holding will affect employers, their benefit plans, and their communications about this controversial topic.

This show will cover questions about employee benefits in states that outlaw abortions, how company statements and social media posts may be used against employers in criminal proceedings, and policies employers should keep in place regarding this topic.

About The Guest:

Chris is a Partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group at Verrill.

He helps clients navigate a broad range of employee benefits matters, with an emphasis on welfare benefit plan compliance, including consumer-driven health care arrangements, self-insured group health plans design, and compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a member of the firm’s ERISA Litigation group, Chris has defended clients in litigation involving pension and welfare benefit plans and provides advice in benefit claims administration and other matters involving fiduciary liability exposure.

Chris has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star. Learn more about Chris at: www.verrill-law.com/clockman

Phil Strazzulla – How Technology is Revolutionizing HR

 

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Show Topic:
HR Technology is a necessity for all organizations. Recruiting, video interviews, mental health, AI, HRIS systems, DE&I implementation, performance management, employee engagement or just the basics of payroll and benefit management are just a few of the solutions you can purchase in the marketplace today.

But how do you determine and get unbiased guidance on selecting what is the best solution for you? On today’s episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with Phil Strazzulla, Founder of Select Software reviews, How Technology is Revolutionizing HR.

We discuss trends, tips and a solution on how to find, test and select the best vendors for your HR tech needs.

About The Guest:

Phil Strazzulla is the founder of select software Reviews, a website dedicated to helping HR teams to find and buy the right software for their organizations.SSR offers in-depth, free content and a vibrant community of HR experts to companies all around the world who need help selecting everything from their next ATS to People Analytics.

Phil started his career in venture capital atBessemerVenture Partners before getting his MBA at Harvard Business School. He’s a self-taught programmer, struggling golfer, and overall business nerd.

Catherine Lamson – Making Mentoring Work

 

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Show Topic:

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 also 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 MaineHealth, 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.

Catherine received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New England. She has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute and the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations from the Society for Human Resource Management along with Workers Compensation Professional (WCP) designation from AmComp. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Civic Leadership.

Catherine is the recipient of the Tower Award for Alumni Achievement, 2018 from UNE, the Woman of Distinction Award from Girl Scouts of Maine in 2019, and in 2020 the ACORD Millenial Women’s Insurance Advancement Award as well as the STEMConnector, MWM Trailblazer Award.

Catherine is currently a member of the Board and Board Secretary of the Olympia Snowe Women’s leadership institute. She is also the President of the Dorcas Society of Hollis & Buxton, a local philanthropic charity group since 1897 and the State of Maine Chair for the national Million Women Mentors movement, and national chair of the States Committee of the Women in Insurance group that is focused on moving women up in the insurance industry.

She has served as the Board Chair of the Park Danforth, which is a senior residential community and assisted living facility, and the Portland Downtown District Board as Treasurer in addition to being a member of the Board of the Town and Country Federal Credit Union and the Center for Grieving Children.

Carrington Smith – Blooming: Finding Gifts in the Shit of Life

 

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Show Topic:

Are you a little too comfortable with Self-loathing?

Tired of feeling like you are not enough? Our guest says this book is for you!

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with author, attorney, single mom, and business owner Carrington Smith her new book Blooming: Finding Gifts in the Shit of Life.

We discuss how shit is quite literally fertilizer that can take you from trauma to triumph.

About The Guest:

Carrington Smith is a single mom, attorney, business owner, and executive search professional.

Despite being born with a silver spoon in her mouth, life gave her a hard kick in the tail. She has survived sexual assault, two divorces, piles of debt, abuse, religious mind games, the death of loved ones, and the loss of close friends.

In her bestselling debut memoir, Carrington combines wit and wisdom to share her journey through the shit, with a positive attitude and a shift of mindset, into a life bursting with joy, opportunity, and purpose.

A graduate of UT Austin and Tulane Law School, Carrington resides in Austin, Texas, with her two teenage boys.