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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/07/2023 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Human Resources professionals know that keeping abreast of current legal developments are of the highest importance. NEHRA'S Legal Update Webinars will run each quarter, covering the key developments in employment law and issues of current concern for employers and human resources professionals. Led by Dan Klein, a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office, the Webinar will be an informative hour that will help ensure that you are up to speed in this vital area. Free to NEHRA members, we know that you won't want to miss this informative program!

    Human Resources professionals know that keeping abreast of current legal developments are of the highest importance.  NEHRA'S Legal Update Webinars will run each quarter, covering the key developments in employment law and issues of current concern for employers and human resources professionals.  Led by Dan Klein, a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office, the Webinar will be an informative hour that will help ensure that you are up to speed in this vital area.  Free to NEHRA members, we know that you won't want to miss this informative program!

    Daniel B. Klein, Esq.

    Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP


    Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. Mr. Klein's practice includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities.

    Mr. Klein also counsels national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.As a member of the firm's Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Klein has defended employers in a variety of complex discrimination cases, including multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits, EEOC pattern and practice cases, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Mr. Klein also has defended employers against the full spectrum of cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, and wage and hour violations, as well as representing employers in non-competition and contract disputes.Mr. Klein regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, personnel policies and company handbooks. He has represented employers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.Mr. Klein lectures frequently on a variety of employment law topics for human resource specialists and in-house counsel, including regular presentations on behalf of the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

    Mr. Klein served as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. From 2005 through the present, Boston Magazine and Law and Politics have named Mr. Klein one of Massachusetts' and New England's "Super Lawyer Rising Stars." Mr. Klein received his J.D., from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from Colgate University.


    Daniel B. Klein 

    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Phone: (617) 946-4840

    Email: dklein@seyfarth.com

    Online Bio

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/23/2023 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

  • Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/17/2023 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    The two-day class enables participants to learn from industry experts who will share theory, key information and practice across four (4) key areas of HR responsibility including: Talent Management, Compensation Fundamentals, Compliance and Employment Law & Employee Relations

    NEHRA’s Developing HR Fundamentals Program provides HR professionals who are new to the HR field, are moving from a specialist to a generalist role, or who work within smaller organizations and wear many hats, with a solid foundation for a well-rounded career in human resources. This program provides instruction over two full days, as well as interactions and sharing through a community portal; enabling participants to be engaged prior to, throughout, and after the program. 

    The online community portal will provide access to:

    - Any articles and white papers shared by facilitators
    - A glossary of HR terms
    - A listing of recommended books and websites/blogs
    - A forum for sharing best practices and addressing common HR challenges
    - A place to keep connected with your program colleagues

    Pre-Program and Post-Program collaboration via the community portal enables for more robust and fulfilling two-day sessions


    Wednesday, May 17:

    Opening Remarks, Participant Introductions and Introduction to the HR Profession

    9:00am - 12:00pm
    Module 1: Talent Management
    Presenter - Calista Thompson, VP of HR, BellXcel

    This session provides a foundation for managing talent within the organization, a key responsibility for HR professionals. This session covers the role of HR in talent management, enabling for achieving the strategic goals of the organization and ensuring the right people are brought on board at the right time.

    Participants will learn best practices, tools and techniques around:

    - Workforce planning
    - Talent acquisition – from hiring to interviewing to selecting through to onboarding new hires
    - Employee development

    12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Lunch

    1:00 – 4:00
    Module 2: Compensation Fundamentals
    Presenter - 
    Dave Weaver, President, Compensation and HR Group

    This session enables participants to learn and apply basic elements of a total compensation system. Such systems, when well-planned and implemented, enable for a total rewards package that attracts, motivates and retains top talent in the organization.

    Participants will learn:

    - Considerations and the intersection of base pay, incentives and differentials in employee compensation
    - Participants will be able to participate in an online benefits session after the program ends


    Thursday, May 18:

    9:00am – 12:00pm
    Welcome Back & Module 3: Employment Law Basics
    Presenter
     - Sarah Affel, Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw

    This session provides participants with key facts about federal, state, and local legislation with which organizations must comply; reducing risk in organizations when rules and regulations are followed. This key module enables for an improved understanding of the responsibility of HR as it relates to various legislation and regulations.

    Participants will learn:

    - Applicable employment laws that impact organizations
    - Conducting and using background checks
    - Pre-employment considerations

    12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Lunch

    1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Module 4: Employee Relations
    Presenter - 
    Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC

    This session covers key considerations in developing and maintaining employee-employer relationships that contribute to productivity, engagement, and morale. Best practices in how to identify and manage through conflict as well as communicating in ways that works to engage employees are shared in this session.

    Participants will learn:

    - Techniques to prevent and resolve employee problems that can affect work situations
    - Their communication style and how to use that information effectively when communicating with and engaging employees
    - Best practices to identify and resolve conflicts in the workplace

    Closing Activity: Summary, Wrap Up and Action Planning
    Facilitator
    - Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC

    Action planning will be done at the end of the second day, enabling participants to detail how they will apply what they learned in the two-day program back on the job. Participants will be provided an action plan template to capture learnings from the program as well as to detail their next steps. 

    Calista Thompson

    VP of HR

    BellXcel

    Calista Thompson, SPHR is a Wheaton College graduate with over 15 years of human resources experience. Starting her career in HR as a legal and then HR recruiter, Calista worked on her MBA with a focus in HR Management from Houston Baptist University. After obtaining her degree, she started her in-house HR work as an HR Representative for a power generation company in Houston, Texas. From there, she started her work in the marine transportation industry first as an HR Manager and then as an HR Director for Tidewater, Inc. While at Tidewater, she obtained her SPHR certification. In late October 2022, Calista will be starting as the Vice President of Human Resources at BellXcel, an educational SAAS non-profit in Westwood, MA. Calista now lives in Norton, MA along her husband, two children and two dogs. 

    David Weaver

    President, Compensation and HR Group

    David is President of the Compensation & HR Group and is responsible for all consulting functions within the organization. He is the Author of the bestselling HR book Pay Matters: The Art and Science of Employee Compensation.

    Prior to joining the Compensation & HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. He has also held positions with industry leaders Liberty Mutual, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard as a corporate human resources professional. During this period, he gained essential hands-on experience in compensation program development, marketing and internal communications.

    A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David has also made his mark in academia, having served as adjunct faculty member for both Northeastern University and Newbury College where he taught courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.

     

    Daniel B. Klein, Esq.

    Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP


    Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. Mr. Klein's practice includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities.

    Mr. Klein also counsels national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.As a member of the firm's Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Klein has defended employers in a variety of complex discrimination cases, including multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits, EEOC pattern and practice cases, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Mr. Klein also has defended employers against the full spectrum of cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, and wage and hour violations, as well as representing employers in non-competition and contract disputes.Mr. Klein regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, personnel policies and company handbooks. He has represented employers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.Mr. Klein lectures frequently on a variety of employment law topics for human resource specialists and in-house counsel, including regular presentations on behalf of the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

    Mr. Klein served as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. From 2005 through the present, Boston Magazine and Law and Politics have named Mr. Klein one of Massachusetts' and New England's "Super Lawyer Rising Stars." Mr. Klein received his J.D., from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from Colgate University.


    Daniel B. Klein 

    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Phone: (617) 946-4840

    Email: dklein@seyfarth.com

    Online Bio

    Gina Abudi

    President

    Abudi Consulting Group


    Gina Abudi: As President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC, a woman-owned business, Gina utilizes her 25+ years of consulting, coaching and executive leadership experience to work closely with executives and Boards of Directors of mid- to large global organizations to lead and support strategic, transformational change initiatives. Her work is focused on coaching leaders on change, providing consulting services and offering training programs related to leading and championing/supporting change.

    Gina is active with the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA), frequently contributing to programs for developing HR Professionals and at conferences. She’s also adjunct faculty at several college and university undergraduate and graduate programs and is active with the Association of Change Management Professionals.

    Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
    1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike
    Norwood, MA | 02062

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/11/2023 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    Join us for NEHRA's first Wellness Summit!

    Details Coming Soon!


    Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be received via email a minimum of 5 days prior to the event.  The refund will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.  If a request for refund/ cancellation is received within 5 days prior to the event, you will have the option to transfer the registration to another individual or forfeit the registration fee.

    • Register
      • Early bird pricing available!
      • Non-member - $499
      • Member - $399
      • SEF Member - Free!
      • Regular Price after 03/10/2023 11:59 PM
      • Non-member - $549
      • Member - $449
      • SEF Member - Free!
    • More Information
  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/27/2023 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/04/2023 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Human Resources professionals know that keeping abreast of current legal developments are of the highest importance. NEHRA'S Legal Update Webinars will run each quarter, covering the key developments in employment law and issues of current concern for employers and human resources professionals. Led by Dan Klein, a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office, the Webinar will be an informative hour that will help ensure that you are up to speed in this vital area. Free to NEHRA members, we know that you won't want to miss this informative program!

    Human Resources professionals know that keeping abreast of current legal developments are of the highest importance.  NEHRA'S Legal Update Webinars will run each quarter, covering the key developments in employment law and issues of current concern for employers and human resources professionals.  Led by Dan Klein, a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office, the Webinar will be an informative hour that will help ensure that you are up to speed in this vital area.  Free to NEHRA members, we know that you won't want to miss this informative program!

    Daniel B. Klein, Esq.

    Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP


    Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. Mr. Klein's practice includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities.

    Mr. Klein also counsels national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.As a member of the firm's Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Klein has defended employers in a variety of complex discrimination cases, including multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits, EEOC pattern and practice cases, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Mr. Klein also has defended employers against the full spectrum of cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, and wage and hour violations, as well as representing employers in non-competition and contract disputes.Mr. Klein regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, personnel policies and company handbooks. He has represented employers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.Mr. Klein lectures frequently on a variety of employment law topics for human resource specialists and in-house counsel, including regular presentations on behalf of the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

    Mr. Klein served as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. From 2005 through the present, Boston Magazine and Law and Politics have named Mr. Klein one of Massachusetts' and New England's "Super Lawyer Rising Stars." Mr. Klein received his J.D., from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from Colgate University.


    Daniel B. Klein 

    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Phone: (617) 946-4840

    Email: dklein@seyfarth.com

    Online Bio

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 03/16/2023 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    NEHRA’s hosting a talent show and you’re invited! No not that kind of talent show. This one won’t have singing and dancing (or will it?) but it will have jam sessions (aka breakouts), meet & greet’s (aka networking), and a chance to explore what works and what doesn’t in the world of workplace talent. The day will be fast paced and cover employer branding & recruitment (become the Taylor Swift of your industry), onboarding (do you have the right band members in place?), retention and recognition (give people a reason to stay and not quietly quit) and employee development (taking your team from a one hit wonder to platinum performers), you’ll walk away playing a new tune about the role of talent in your organization. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Stacey Shipman, Director of Sponsor & Member Relations at sshipman@nehra.com for more information.


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    NEHRA’s Talent Summit SHOW:
    Turn Your Organization into a Superstar!

    NEHRA’s hosting a talent show and you’re invited! No not that kind of talent show. This one won’t have singing and dancing (or will it?) but it will have jam sessions, meet & greet’s and a chance to explore what works and what doesn’t in the world of workplace talent. 

    The day is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and you’ll walk away playing a new tune about the role of talent in your organization! Check out the agenda below.


    March 16 - Sheraton Framingham Hotel - Framingham, MA

    Pricing:
    NEHRA Members - $399 through 1/31
     $449 2/1 - on

    Non-Members: $499 through 1/31
     $549 2/1 - on


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    BRING YOUR NON-HR BUSINESS UNIT MANAGERS/LEADERS FOR A SPECIAL RATE

    Wish you could get your non-HR business unit leaders/managers to get more involved in Talent efforts at your organization? NEHRA wants to make it a little easier. Invite them to join you at a reduced rate. To register, make sure they provide your name as their HR colleague and use code: TalentFriend2023 at checkout to get a reduced rate of $199. To receive the discount the non-HR business unit leader/manager must provide a registered attendee’s name, otherwise full rate applies.  

     


    THE LINEUP


    8:00 - 8:45AM - SOUND CHECK
    Registration, breakfast, & networking


    8:45 - 9:30AM - OPENING ACT (GENERAL SESSION) with ROMAN MUSIC THERAPY
    Mega Hit or Total Flop?
    General session showcasing what works and what doesn’t in the talent lifecycle.


    9:30 - 9:45AM - INTERMISSION 


    9:45 - 10:30AM - JAM SESSIONS (aka BREAKOUTS)
    Session A: Branding & Attraction: Help your organization become the Taylor Swift (not the Kanye West) of your industry
    Session B: Recruitment & Onboarding: Who’s in your band? How to get the right people on board at the right time 


    10:30 - 10:45AM - INTERMISSION 


    10:45 - 11:30AM - JAM SESSIONS (aka BREAKOUTS)
    Session A: Branding & Attraction: Help your organization become the Taylor Swift (not the Kanye West) of your industry
    Session B: Recruitment & Onboarding: Who’s in your band? How to get the right people on board at the right time 


    11:30 - 11:45AM - INTERMISSION 


    11:45AM - 12:30PM - JAM SESSIONS (aka BREAKOUTS)
    Session C: Retain & Reward: Give Employees a Reason to Stay (instead of quietly quit)
    Session D: Develop & Deploy: Discover new ways to train and develop your organizational talent - turn your one hit wonders into platinum performers!


    12:30 - 1:30PM: LUNCH & "MEET & GREET" (aka NETWORKING) 


    1:30 - 2:15PM - JAM SESSIONS (aka BREAKOUTS)
    Session C: Retain & Reward: Give Employees a Reason to Stay (instead of quietly quit)
    Session D: Develop & Deploy: Discover new ways to train and develop your organizational talent - turn your one hit wonders into platinum performers!


    2:15 - 2:30PM - INTERMISSION 

     
    2:30 - 4:00PM: CLOSING SESSION: THE RECORDING STUDIO (GENERAL SESSION)
    Play the Same Tune
    Working together to create a superstar talent show in your organization. Includes group workshop, talent planning, optional open mic/performances/presentations.

     
    4:00PM: CURTAIN CALL
    Closing remarks and final bow

    Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be received via email a minimum of 5 days prior to the event.  The refund will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.  If a request for refund/ cancellation is received within 5 days prior to the event, you will have the option to transfer the registration to another individual or forfeit the registration fee.

    Thursday March 16, 2023
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    Sheraton, Framingham, MA

    • Register
      • Early bird pricing available!
      • Non-member - $499
      • Member - $399
      • SEF Member - Free!
      • Regular Price after 01/31/2023 11:59 PM
      • Non-member - $549
      • Member - $449
      • SEF Member - Free!
    • More Information
  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/28/2023 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/16/2023 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    Join HUB International for an interactive online program on wellness! NEHRA offers 12+ webinars a year on topics ranging from new developments in employment law, timely updates on areas that matter to you, and the latest and greatest in HR. Webinar topics are often based on latest trends/immediate needs, including hybrid teams, DE&I, mental health, and more.

    Did you know that we humans are distracted 47% of the time? “Some would argue that human attention, not money, is the most valuable commodity there is,” said Angela Duckworth, the author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” “It’s the ultimate scarce resource.”

    With more traditional participation strategies (communication and incentives), engagement rates for employee wellbeing programs are around 30%.  So how do we break through the clutter to create higher levels of engagement and persistence with the valuable services many employers offer?

    Join some of New England’s most engaging employee benefits professionals for a data-filled roundtable on creating Exceptional Employee Engagement.  In this session, we’ll:

    ·      Discuss how allowing the Generational and Persona Differences in our workforce to drive our strategic approach to engagement is far more effective

    ·      Explore different Participation Strategies and trade stories with participants on their successes and failures

    ·      Have a lot of fun while learning together

    Mim Minichiello

    President, Employee Benefits

    HUB International New England

    Mim serves as President, Employee Benefits, of HUB International New England. With over 25 years of experience, Mim provides leadership and implementation of employee benefit initiatives across the New England Region, building and expanding the HUB New England’s offerings as the top employee benefits solution provider. 

    Outside of her leadership role, with HUB New England, Mim is the Chair of the YW Boston, an organization committed to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Mim is also a member of Northeast Human Resources Association, the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, The Boston Club, and The Commonwealth Institute. 


    Philip Swayze, MS, CWPD

    Vice President & East Region Practice Leader, Health & Performance

    HUB International

    An experienced and dedicated health management consultant with a strong background in strategic consulting, B2B sales, product development and marketing communications. With more than 20 years of service in the ever-changing health care industry, I am actively involved with the latest trends in wellness as apply my craft to improve the health of our nation.

    Experience, affiliations and accolades includes:
    *A proven track record delivering strategic consulting to health plans and employers regarding employee health management, product design and deployment and marketing/public relations.

    *A portfolio of employer and health plan wins through the consultative sales process.

    *A robust pipeline of valued relationships in the broker, consultant, health plan, employer and provider community.

    *Collaboration in the design, testing and launch of wellness products and services as part ofa cross-functional team environment.

  • Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 02/01/2023 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    The two-day class enables participants to learn from industry experts who will share theory, key information and practice across four (4) key areas of HR responsibility including: Talent Management, Compensation Fundamentals, Compliance and Employment Law & Employee Relations

    NEHRA’s Developing HR Fundamentals Program provides HR professionals who are new to the HR field, are moving from a specialist to a generalist role, or who work within smaller organizations and wear many hats, with a solid foundation for a well-rounded career in human resources. This program provides instruction over two full days, as well as interactions and sharing through a community portal; enabling participants to be engaged prior to, throughout, and after the program. 

    The online community portal will provide access to:

    - Any articles and white papers shared by facilitators
    - A glossary of HR terms
    - A listing of recommended books and websites/blogs
    - A forum for sharing best practices and addressing common HR challenges
    - A place to keep connected with your program colleagues

    Pre-Program and Post-Program collaboration via the community portal enables for more robust and fulfilling two-day sessions


    Wednesday, January 25:

    9:00am
    Opening Remarks, Participant Introductions and Introduction to the HR Profession

    9:30am - 12:00pm
    Module 1: Talent Management
    Presenter - Calista Thompson, VP of HR, BellXcel

    This session provides a foundation for managing talent within the organization, a key responsibility for HR professionals. This session covers the role of HR in talent management, enabling for achieving the strategic goals of the organization and ensuring the right people are brought on board at the right time.

    Participants will learn best practices, tools and techniques around:

    - Workforce planning
    - Talent acquisition – from hiring to interviewing to selecting through to onboarding new hires
    - Employee development

    12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Offline Break for Lunch

    1:00 – 4:00
    Module 2: Compensation Fundamentals
    Presenter - 
    Dave Weaver, President, Compensation and HR Group

    This session enables participants to learn and apply basic elements of a total compensation system. Such systems, when well-planned and implemented, enable for a total rewards package that attracts, motivates and retains top talent in the organization.

    Participants will learn:

    - Considerations and the intersection of base pay, incentives and differentials in employee compensation
    - Participants will be able to participate in an online benefits session after the program ends


    Wednesday, February 1:

    9:00am – 12:00pm
    Welcome Back & Module 3: Compliance and Employment Law
    Presenter
     - Dan Klein, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

    This session provides participants with key facts about federal, state, and local legislation with which organizations must comply; reducing risk in organizations when rules and regulations are followed. This key module enables for an improved understanding of the responsibility of HR as it relates to various legislation and regulations.

    Participants will learn:

    - Applicable employment laws that impact organizations
    - Conducting and using background checks
    - Pre-employment considerations

    12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Offline Break for Lunch

    1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Module 4: Employee Relations
    Presenter - 
    Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC

    This session covers key considerations in developing and maintaining employee-employer relationships that contribute to productivity, engagement, and morale. Best practices in how to identify and manage through conflict as well as communicating in ways that works to engage employees are shared in this session.

    Participants will learn:

    - Techniques to prevent and resolve employee problems that can affect work situations
    - Their communication style and how to use that information effectively when communicating with and engaging employees
    - Best practices to identify and resolve conflicts in the workplace

    Closing Activity: Summary, Wrap Up and Action Planning
    Facilitator
    - Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC

    Action planning will be done at the end of the second day, enabling participants to detail how they will apply what they learned in the two-day program back on the job. Participants will be provided an action plan template to capture learnings from the program as well as to detail their next steps. 




    Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be received via email a minimum of 5 days prior to the event.  The refund will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.  If a request for refund/ cancellation is received within 5 days prior to the event, you will have the option to transfer the registration to another individual or forfeit the registration fee.

    Calista Thompson

    VP of HR

    BellXcel

    Calista Thompson, SPHR is a Wheaton College graduate with over 15 years of human resources experience. Starting her career in HR as a legal and then HR recruiter, Calista worked on her MBA with a focus in HR Management from Houston Baptist University. After obtaining her degree, she started her in-house HR work as an HR Representative for a power generation company in Houston, Texas. From there, she started her work in the marine transportation industry first as an HR Manager and then as an HR Director for Tidewater, Inc. While at Tidewater, she obtained her SPHR certification. In late October 2022, Calista will be starting as the Vice President of Human Resources at BellXcel, an educational SAAS non-profit in Westwood, MA. Calista now lives in Norton, MA along her husband, two children and two dogs. 

    David Weaver

    President, Compensation and HR Group

    David is President of the Compensation & HR Group and is responsible for all consulting functions within the organization. He is the Author of the bestselling HR book Pay Matters: The Art and Science of Employee Compensation.

    Prior to joining the Compensation & HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. He has also held positions with industry leaders Liberty Mutual, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard as a corporate human resources professional. During this period, he gained essential hands-on experience in compensation program development, marketing and internal communications.

    A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David has also made his mark in academia, having served as adjunct faculty member for both Northeastern University and Newbury College where he taught courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.

     

    Daniel B. Klein, Esq.

    Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP


    Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. Mr. Klein's practice includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities.

    Mr. Klein also counsels national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.As a member of the firm's Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Klein has defended employers in a variety of complex discrimination cases, including multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits, EEOC pattern and practice cases, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Mr. Klein also has defended employers against the full spectrum of cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, and wage and hour violations, as well as representing employers in non-competition and contract disputes.Mr. Klein regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, personnel policies and company handbooks. He has represented employers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.Mr. Klein lectures frequently on a variety of employment law topics for human resource specialists and in-house counsel, including regular presentations on behalf of the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

    Mr. Klein served as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. From 2005 through the present, Boston Magazine and Law and Politics have named Mr. Klein one of Massachusetts' and New England's "Super Lawyer Rising Stars." Mr. Klein received his J.D., from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from Colgate University.


    Daniel B. Klein 

    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Phone: (617) 946-4840

    Email: dklein@seyfarth.com

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    Gina Abudi

    President

    Abudi Consulting Group


    Gina Abudi: As President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC, a woman-owned business, Gina utilizes her 25+ years of consulting, coaching and executive leadership experience to work closely with executives and Boards of Directors of mid- to large global organizations to lead and support strategic, transformational change initiatives. Her work is focused on coaching leaders on change, providing consulting services and offering training programs related to leading and championing/supporting change.

    Gina is active with the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA), frequently contributing to programs for developing HR Professionals and at conferences. She’s also adjunct faculty at several college and university undergraduate and graduate programs and is active with the Association of Change Management Professionals.