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June 9, 2015

Mark Whitney to Present Annual Legal Update to MetroWest Human Resource Management Association (Framingham, MA) REDUCED FEE FOR MB&J CLIENTS/E-NEWSLETTER RECIPIENTS

Mark Whitney will present a half-day seminar entitled 30th Annual Employment Law Update for HR Professionals on Tuesday, June 9th.  This popular annual event is sponsored by the MetroWest Human Resource Management Association, and is held at the Clark University Graduate Management Center, 333 Turnpike Road (Rt. 9), Southborough, MA.

For directions and registration information, contact the MetroWest HRMA at 508-429-2424 or by email at

There is a fee for this seminar:  Full day attendance = $109 (register prior to June 1st); $129 (register after June 1st)* (The full day fee also includes lunch by Roche Brothers Catering.)

* These are discounted rates for MB&J clients and e-Newsletter recipients!

Seminar Agenda: Detaile Agenda TBD

8:00 to 8:30 REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING for full day and morning session

  • Check-in, continental breakfast, and networking with HR professionals

8:30 to 12:30 Morning Session -  Employment Law Update

Don’t miss this important review of recent legal developments and their implications for Human Resources professionals. Presented by Mark Whitney, Esq., of Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP

As a Human Resources professional it is critical to be aware of changes in employment law, new regulatory guidance and pending legislation that affect your workplace. There are many new developments to discuss this year, including but not limited to:

- recent Supreme Court rulings

- recent Massachusetts legislation

- NLRB decisions and activities

- EEOC enforcement guideance

- focus on unpaid interns

- social media and employment

- employee mobility issues

- and many others ....

12:10 to 1:00 Lunch - Provided by Roche Brothers Catering

1:00 to 3:00 - Afternoon Session - Health and Welfare Plan Compliance- Including 2015 ACA Requirements -- Presented by Eric P. Gulko, J.D., Vice President and Consultant at Summit Financial Corporation

While the Affordable Care Act has appropriately drawn employers’ attention for health & welfare plan compliance purposes, it is important to remain diligent in all other general H&W plan compliance areas.   Among other reasons to comply, the U.S. Department of Labor continues to audit group H&W plans large and small, drawing on ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA and many other smaller sources of requirements, such as the Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act.

This session is designed to provide employers with practical information regarding benefits notices, contribution strategies, plan documentation, and general practices.   Among other topics, we will outline the difference between insurance carrier documentation and formal plan documents, how to appropriately deliver plan materials to participants, and what types of notices should be in your new hire packet, open enrollment packet, and termination packet.  We will also weave into the conversation state and federal based nondiscrimination rules, and walk through checklists to assist us in our compliance efforts.   

And because no benefits compliance discussion is complete without talking about healthcare reform, Eric will touch on some of the latest ACA updates. 

3:00 to 3:30 - SHRM Legislative Activity Update - Presented by George Mullin, Principal of Cambridge Management, President of MetroWest HRMA, and SHRM Legislative Director of the Massachusetts State Council

This fast paced informational presentation will cover SHRM activity updates on a variety of employee relations issues that the Federal Government is focused on through Executive Action, Legislation, Agency definition and Supreme Court determinations. The actions and determinations that are being worked on, or have been installed, will have impact on the Human Resource profession and each organization.