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RVHRA HR 101 Goes Virtual in 2021


April 21, 2021
8:15 AM - 2:30 PM
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HR 101 is a ¾ day virtual event geared toward developing your HR proficiency and knowledge.  Whether you are new to HR or perhaps a department of one who wears multiple hats, this day is for you!  RVHRA has teamed up with some phenomenal speakers for this event and will be covering topics on Compensation, HR Technology, HR During COVID, and Employee Relations.

The day is filled with valuable information where you will learn useful actionable items you can take back and implement at your business.  You will also have the opportunity to learn and network with fellow HR professionals at varying levels.

The day will also be FUN!  This virtual event is set up to be engaging with small group break-out discussion, Q&A and interactive lunch.

Agenda for the day:

8:15 – 8:30          Introductions

8:30 – 9:30          Compensation – Michelle Lewis – HR Delta, LLC

9:30 – 9:35          Break

9:35 - 10:40        HR Technology – Janine Tadakowsky – The Richards Group

10:40 – 10:45     Break

10:45 – 12:00     HR during COVID – Jim Reidy – Sheehan Phinney

12:00 – 1:00        Lunch

1:00 – 2:30          Employee Relations – Ross Gibson – The Richards Group

Session Details:

Objectives:  Compensation 101 for Human Resources Professionals

The objective of this session is to provide participants with a basic understanding of compensation principals.

This session will include:

  • FLSA Overiew
  • Pay Structure Overview
  • Internal vs. External Pricing models
  • Market Pricing Overview
  • Anti-trust conversation as it relates to salary surveys and sharing information between organizations

This will be an interactive session with a mix of presentation, Q&A, and group work.  Participants will be provided with handouts for reference after the session.

Compensation 101 Presented by: Michelle N. Lewis, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CBP, CCP, HR Delta, LLC

Michelle helps organizations think differently about People, Pay, and Processes through her work as an HR Consultant with HR Delta, LLC.  Building on formal training and education in HR, Michelle has held frontline and managerial HR positions with local organizations such as Howard Center and IDX and with global organizations such as General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Wyeth.  Michelle applies her training and experience in Compensation and Benefits, Leadership Development, HR Systems, and Lean Six Sigma to help organizations optimize their compensation strategies, develop their leaders, create succession plans for the future, and streamline their HR processes and systems.  She has worked to advance HR education and practice through service on the board of the Vermont HR Association in a variety of volunteer capacities and is currently serving in her third term as chapter president.  Michelle’s community involvement also includes serving on the board of the King Street Center in Burlington.

Objectives:  HR Technology 101 for Human Resources Professionals

This session with provide you with the tools needed to make your life easier in the HR world.  Jane Tadakowsky is the Manager, Benefits Operations and Training based in Concord, NH for the Richards Group.

Janine Tadakowsky joined The Richards Group in March of 2017 in the Concord, New Hampshire office as a Senior Account Manager supporting large group clients. In April 2020 Janine was promoted to the position of Manager, Benefits Operations & Training. In this role Janine oversees the management and leadership of the Account Managers within the Employee Benefits Practice as well as directs the training activities within the department. Using her robust knowledge of benefits administration platforms, she assists the Account Teams in technology support for the bswift platform and provides consultation on other technology platforms.  Janine graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Janine has 10 years of experience in the health care industry and brings many years of extensive HR and Benefits Administration to her position with TRG.  Janine enjoys working with HR professionals to educate on best practices and provide tactical solutions which promote employee engagement and retention. Through observation and strategic thinking, Janine can offer client guidance and the opportunity to streamline their current HR practices to be more efficient and effective.

Objectives:  HR During COVID for Human Resources Professionals

This session will provide the most recent rules in the everchanging world of COVID protocol. As the rules change, our presenter, Jim Reidy, has kept up to speed as we move forward through the epidemic and how it affects your business world.


im Reidy has extensive experience handling matters before the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor as well as other state and federal agencies.  He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is frequently asked by the media, business groups and human resources associations to comment on breaking news and recent developments in labor and employment law. Jim writes, and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He has been a workplace law resource for several media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, WMUR, NPR, HR Magazine, NH Business Review and Business NH Magazine. He is a regular presenter at the SHRM (Society for Human Resources) Annual Legal and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as SHRM’s annual national convention. Jim is also a member of SHRM’s Speakers Bureau.  Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree from Assumption College, Master’s degree from Northeastern University and graduated cum laude from the New England School of Law.

Objectives:  Employee Relations 101 for Human Resources Professionals

The objective of this session will be to understand and anticipate employee relation problems in the workplace and strategies on how to handle the issues

Ross Gibson is leadership and organizational development consultant and facilitator.  As the Chief of Operations, Employee Benefits Practice at The Richards Group (TRG), Ross works with organizations to help develop positive leadership growth.  Ross also leads several teams within the Employee Benefits Practice at TRG.   Prior to working as a consultant, Ross was Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at World Learning, a global academic institution and Non-Governmental Organization based in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Ross has held other several senior level positions including Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development at Charles River Labs and Vice President, Human Resources at both American Superconductor and Cambridge Neuroscience, Inc.  Ross holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University and a Masters Degree in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University.  He is a certified facilitator of several of the Franklin Covey programs including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as well as being certified in the DISC behavioral assessment program.  Ross is active in several local and regional Human Resources and training organizations and is a past President of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA). Ross is currently a Board member of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Vermont State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and President of the Brattleboro Swim Club. 


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