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HR Power Hour with Chuck Mollor

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Chuck Moller. This episode discusses the importance of psychological safety at work, including why it’s important and how you can help to build a more psychologically safe work environment for your employees. Chuck...
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HR Power Hour with Jeff Wozer- Digital Distraction

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Jeff Wozer. This episode discusses the effect screen time is having on productivity and proposed ways of combating digital distractions. Jeff Wozer is a writer, comedian and speaker having toured nationally for 20-plus...
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HR Power Hour with Brett Barlow – Rethinking Payment Practices

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Brett Barlow. This episode discusses rethinking payment practices. Brett Harlow has over 25 years of experience leading SaaS businesses and consumer brands and is currently CEO of Everee, a fintech company that is...
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HR Power Hour with Mary Axelsen – Change Leadership

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to WeMaax Consulting Founder & CEO Mary Axelsen. This episode discusses CARE Change Framework and the work that WeMaax Consulting does in the Change Leadership arena. Mary Axelsen is a former global HR Executive...
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HR Power Hour with John Robertson – Leadership Tools in Crisis

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to John Robertson. This episode discusses various leadership tools in the face of crisis situations as well as evaluating probability before they occur. John Robertson is a workforce wellness expert and culture alignment specialist...
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HR Power Hour with David Jones – Happy People in the Right Position

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to David Jones . This episode discusses the importance of having happy people in the right positions. David Jones is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Talent Enterprise where he heads up business growth...
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HR Power Hour with Elizabeth Johnston – Minimize Risks Related to Holiday Party Gatherings

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Verrill Attorney Elizabeth Johnston. This episode discusses minimizing risks relating to holiday party gatherings. Elizabeth Johnston handles a variety of employment matters including working with businesses of all sizes to ensure that their...
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HR Power Hour with April Paradis – Investing in Women

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to April Paradis, HR Specialist at Bank of America, about the work that Bank of America is doing to invest in women. This episode discusses the importance of attracting and retaining both female leadership...
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“Mug-shots”: Are Employees’ risky beverage containers a cause for concern?

Prior to (and more so during) the pandemic, many individuals who found themselves working from home were limited in ways to express their uniqueness, their personalities, the things that made them, well, them. It started with fun backgrounds. Waves in the distance, a meeting in outer space, your favorite...
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Limiting Harassment Claims When Returning to IRL Engagement

It is April 2022 and after 2 years of pandemic-related in-person meeting restrictions (also known as meeting In Real Life (IRL)), we are seeing increases in employers permitting work-related travel. That, coupled with requirements for partial or full-time return to the office means that we are seeing an increase...
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HR Power Hour with Humza Khan – First Five Steps for DE&I

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Humza Khan, founder of Inclusion Maine, about all things diversity, equity and inclusion. This episode discusses the foundation of building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program and the first five steps any organization...
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This Week's Show: Beth Smith – What’s Covered? Workers’ Compensation 101

On Saturday, August 7, Tawny Alvarez, Verrill attorney and co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed fellow Verrill attorney Elizabeth Smith for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Beth discuss pre-existing injuries, emotional wellness, stress, a skiing accident—are they covered by workers’ compensation? Beth has...
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Connecticut Employers Take Note – Cease Seeking Past Pay Information

Big changes are coming to Connecticut employers and with it, many organizational hiring practices with the passage of HB Number 6380. HB Number 6380 limits the disclosure of wage information from past positions. Currently, Connecticut employers are prohibited from asking (or directing a third party to ask) about an...
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This Week's Show: New Tools to Coach, Counsel, and Cheer

On Saturday, July 17, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Christopher Lee, the Chief Human Resources Officer for William & Mary, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Chris discuss how Leaders need new tools to coach, counsel, and cheer their teams...
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This Week's Show: COVID-19 and Return to Work

On Saturday, July 10, Tawny interviewed Emily Waddell, Associate Attorney in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Emily discuss returning to work and COVID-19. Emily provides tailored legal solutions to support her client’s human capital and organizational objectives...
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This Week's Show: Innovation and Leadership Skills Needed in 2021 and Beyond

On Saturday, July 3, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Ryan Estis, national speaker, consultant, coach, and advisor , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Ryan discuss innovation and leadership skills needed in 2021 and moving forward. Ryan understands the challenges...
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This Week's Show: Wellness for Modern Teams

On Saturday, June 26, Tawny interviewed Mike Vien, CEO and Co-founder of Wallit, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Mike discuss wellness for modern teams. Mike Vien is the CEO and co-founder of Wallit, an enterprise wellness platform for modern teams. For more...
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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Settings

Earlier today (June 10, 2021), OSHA issued COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Subpart U applicable to healthcare settings. While OSHA has indicated that future guidance may be provided for other industries, today’s guidance is limited to the healthcare setting. The first question: Does the ETS apply to your organization...
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Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Forms

As many readers know, on May 28, 2021, An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave was passed. The Act creates a fund for the Commonwealth to reimburse eligible employers who provide employees with COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave. This statute provides that between May 28, 2021...
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This Week's Show: Change Leadership

On Saturday, June 5, Tawny interviewed Mary Axelsen, WeMaax Consulting Founder & CEO, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Mary discuss CARE Change Framework and the work that WeMaax Consulting does in the Change Leadership arena. Mary comes with 20 years of experience...
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This Week's Show: Navigating the Medical Minefield Today

On Saturday, June 5, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Dr. Shantanu Nundy , Chief Medical Officer of Accolade, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Dr. Nundy discuss how to navigate the medical minefield of today. Shantanu is a physician, entrepreneur...
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Public Accommodation Laws and Vaccination Inquiries

Last week, the EEOC provided updated COVID-19 guidance to employers on vaccines and vaccine incentives in the employment realm. One area, however, in which the agencies has been silent is in the public accommodation space and what organizations can/must/should do to protect themselves and their employees from claims of...
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ICE Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility

Those responsible for employee onboarding can breathe a sigh of relief after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week announced that they would extend flexibilities that were instituted last year as a result of COVID-19. Specifically, the announcement extends the agency’s previous rules until August 31, 2021. The rule...
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This Week's Show: Identifying Impairment in the Workforce

On Saturday, May 29, Tawny interviewed Scot Mattox, CEO of Dirigo Safety, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Scot discuss identifying impairment in the workforce. Scot Mattox retired in September 2013 as a Sergeant with the Portland Police Department after 26 years in...
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This Week's Show: What is Covering?

On Saturday, May 15, Tawny interviewed Elizabeth Johnston, Associate in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Liz and Tawny discuss what it means to cover in the workplace, as well as HR best practices for diversity and inclusion. A regular...
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