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    Annual Legal Update

    Date: April 4, 2019, 8:00am – 4:00pm
    The Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association
    Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, 2nd Floor, Methuen, MA 01844
    Member $95 / Non-Member $115
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    Topic:  Annual Legal Update
    (Full day program - Fee applies, Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included)

    Pre-Approved for 6 SHRM PDC's &, HRCI credits



    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
    8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests/Chapter Business
    8:450 AM - 9:00 Sponsor
    9:00 AM -4:00 PM Program - Detailed agenda below

    9:00 – 9:10                  Program Overview

     In this introduction, section participants will be provided an overview of the presentation topics, timing, and schedules for the program, attendance requirements for obtaining credit, an overview of the nature of the program as guidance and not legal advice, and how questions will be handled during the programs.

    9:15-10:15                  Lessons from the Year’s Top Cases &
    (60 min)                      Regulatory and Statutory Update
                                        Sample Case Study                          

    A comprehensive overview of some major legislative, regulatory and case law developments, including developments at some Massachusetts and Federal agencies, and significant court decisions under Federal and Massachusetts law (NH discussed in the later section). 

    10:15 – 10: 30            News from the NLRB
    (15 min)

    This presentation will explore recent trends of the National Labor Relations Board, including such areas as concerted protected activity, workplace policies, and the ever-evolving role of the use of social media as it relates to the workplace.                                       

    10:30 – 10:45              Break & Networking
    (15 min) 

    10:45 – 11:15             New:   Non-Competes Agreements in
    (30 min)                      Massachusetts                      

    In this session, participants will be provided a section by section overview of the new Massachusetts law Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (M.G.L. c.149, § 24L), which became effective on October 1, 2018.   

    11:15 - 11:35              New:  Mass Family and Medical Leave Law(20 min)                     

    In this session, participants will be provided an overview of the New Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave Law (M.G.L. c. 175M), with a focus upon key dates and the January 2019 Draft Regulations. 

    11:35 – 12:00             New:  Mass Equal Pay Act
    (25 min)                     

    In this session, participants will walk through some key provisions of the New Mass Equal Pay Act, which became effective in 2018.  A majority of this session will focus on the March 2018 Guidance published by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in this area.

    12:00 – 1:00               Lunch and Networking

    1:00 – 1:45                 Lessons from 2018           

    In this section participants will participate in a workshop style discussion which focused on some of the lessons learned from the past year through major case decisions, media focus and/or court focus.  Workshop questions will be in the areas of investigations, whistleblowers, prompting complaints, effective employee education, cultures of secrecy, and steps to consider when trying to promote open reporting versus a culture where fear of retaliation or retribution leave complaints hidden.

    1:45 – 2:00                 Brief Wage and Hour Update
    (15 min)                     

    This section will focus on some hot topics of the past year in the
    Wage and Hour area, which will include some case highlights, an overview of DOL Opinion letters, any Massachusetts opinion letters and any other area of extra interest of focus not previously covered in the program.  

    2:00- end                    New Hampshire Law Update

    Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq., Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C. 

     Our Speakers:

    Nan O’Neill, Kier Wachterhauser, Sarah Spatafore, Michael Macarro, Paul King, Kathryn Murphy, Deb Najjar

    10% discount for 2 or more attendees from the same organization.   Discount cannot be applied at registration but will be refunded after the event.

    The registration deadline is March 27, 2019. Full refunds are available prior to the deadline.  After this date, a cancellation fee of $25.00 per person will apply or you may send an alternate to the event without additional charge.  To request a cancellation or to make a change please send an email to

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