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The Positive Effect







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 felling 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.

April Paradis – Investing in Women

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Show Topic:

On this week’s episode of HR Power Hour. It’s easy to say that your work environment is inclusive, but what does it take to attract and retain female leaders?

Join Tawny as she speaks to April Paradis, HR Specialist at Bank of America about the work that Bank of America is doing to invest in women.

April will discuss the work that Bank of America does in focusing on retention and development while simultaneously understanding that an employee’s needs do not end when they walk out the door.

In understanding the importance in investing in female customers, through their work with the Cornell Women’s Institute, to the programs available for employees, hear how Bank of America engages female employees through their child care and elder care reimbursement programs, tuition assistance programs, and parental leave programs.


About The Guest:

April is a Site Human Resources Manager for operations in ME, MA, and NY.

In her role, she is responsible for mitigating site-level risk, supporting workforce transformations, enhancing frontline leader effectiveness, sustaining site integration/diversity, deploying enterprise initiatives, and streamlining current HR practices.

In addition, April is the human resources manager for the Maine Market supporting the market president and the market leadership team. April joined Bank of America in 1999 as a representative in Consumer Card and transitioned into a business support role in 2000.

Since that time, she has held various leadership positions within Learning & Leadership Development and Consumer Card Operations. In these roles, she was responsible for managing diverse functions including employee engagement, leadership development, change management, risk mitigation, and compensation and staffing.

She’s been in her current role since 2014. April is a graduate of Thomas College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. April is co-chair of the LEAD for Women chapter in Maine.

In addition, she is an active supporter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine.

Margaret O’Brien – You’re at a Wage and Hour Risk

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Show Topic:
For the most part, employers want to comply with the laws. But the wage and hour laws are surprisingly complicated, and not intuitive.

Problems usually arise in one of three ways:

random audit

employee complaint

or referral from another agency

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with Margaret (“Peg”) O’Brien, Director of the Employment Law Practice Group at McLane Middleton, the US DOL’s increasing enforcement of employer misclassification of Independent Contractors, Joint Employment, and Exempt Status.

In addition Peg and David discuss the less known fact of how bonuses (including stay and sign on) can effect overtime calculations for nonexempt hourly workers.

About The Guest:

Peg O’Brien is vice chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group. She assists employers with legal compliance and risk management in all phases of the employment relationship, as well as defense of employers in matters pending before government agencies and courts. On a regular basis, Peg assists company executives, human resources professionals, and supervisors with routine employment law concerns including:

  • Employee handbooks and related employee policies.
  • Hiring (offer letters and employment agreements).
  • Non-compete, Non-solicitation, and Nondisclosure Agreements.
  • Independent Contractor Agreements.
  • Wage and hour compliance, including employee classifications such as exempt vs. nonexempt.
  • Guidance with employee leaves of absence.
  • Management of employee performance and expectation setting, including drafting performance improvement plans.
  • Disciplinary action includes review and discussion of any litigation risks and drafting documentation of warnings and termination letters.
  • Drafting severance agreements.
  • Management of employee workplace complaints, including investigations and interpersonal conflict between employees.
Peg provides on-site and virtual training for employees and supervisors on harassment prevention, documentation and discipline best practices, and other employment law matters.

In addition, Peg conducts workplace investigations as an internal or outside independent investigator and recently completed the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Certified Course on Conducting Discrimination Complaint Investigations. Peg frequently presents at seminars on employment law issues before human resources and trade groups. She has practiced law for more than 25 years and has handled litigation in federal and state courts throughout New Hampshire. She has extensive jury trial experience as well as extensive experience appearing before government agencies. Prior to entering private practice, Peg began her legal career as an attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender Program.


Vinnie Allard – The 411 on 401K’s

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Show Topic:
It’s difficult to keep up with the ever-changing employment-law landscape. Add into that landscape state and federal tax and retirement rules and regulations which effect the benefits that are offered to employees (and/or required to be offered to employees) and we know that your company’s HR team’s head is likely spinning. Is there a way that some of the stress associated with benefit administration be shifted to a subject-matter authority? Maybe.

  In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Vinnie Allard, Director of Advisor National Accounts at Human Interest about 401(k)s generally, how small and mid-size businesses can easily take advantage of the benefits provided this investment vehicle, and recently enacted state laws that require employers to offer 401(k)s to employees.

Vinnie and his colleagues have been huge proponents of making 401(k) retirement planning easy and affordable and in this episode of HR Power Hour we will discuss how small and medium-sized businesses can make that happen.

About The Guest:

Vinnie Allard is a Director of Advisor National Accounts at Human Interest, a technology-forward retirement benefit platform focused on providing affordable and automated 401(k) and 403(b) solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

He has been with the company for over two years, developing and overseeing partnerships with Financial Advisors. Prior to joining Human Interest as one of the first East Coast employees, he spent time as an Advisor as well as a wholesaler in the asset management industry. Vinnie graduated from Lasell University with a BS in Finance.

Outside of Human interests, Vinnie enjoys live music, cycling, and spending time with his family. He currently resides near Boston with his wife, 2 daughters, and dog Jax.