NEXT MEETING! Sept 15, 2016 @ 6pm!

Here It Comes: Revisions to the DOL Regulations on Overtime & Your Organization

Date: Sept 15, 2016

Time: 6:00PM

Location:  Holiday Inn

1000 International Drive

Budd Lake, NJ 07828

HRCI: Pending

SHRM PDC: Approved

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the long awaited publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. These new rules become effective December 1, 2016. Are you ready?

The presentation will breakdown the actions that resulted in a change to the DOL’s overtime regulations. Revisions to the Department of Labor’s regulations regarding overtime exemptions will change employer operations as the duties test and minimum salary requirements (among other changes) will certainly alter the current classification of employees. These revisions will require HR professionals to conduct self-audits, policy/procedure reviews and evaluate salary levels. The presentation will provide HR professionals with the knowledge needed to prepare for the changes and provide recommendations for all. The presentation will breakdown the actions that resulted in a change to the DOL’s overtime regulations; the extent those revisions to the regulations may impact your organization; and potential strategies for your organization in advance of the effective date of the revised regulations.

James M. McDonnell is a Principal in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management exclusively in all aspects of employment litigation, including restrictive covenants, class-actions, harassment, retaliation, discrimination and wage and hour claims.

Mr. McDonnell regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. Mr. McDonnell has successfully represented clients in matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Beth L. Braddock is an Associate in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counsel.

While attending law school, she served as an Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

HR Generalist in Chester, New York -Now Hiring!!!

From Company:

We’re looking to fill a HR Generalist in Chester, New York on behalf of our Client.The HR Generalist will be responsible for assists in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures; prepares and maintains employee handbook and policies and procedures manual .Our client is experiencing tremendous growth; now would be a great time to join them, as there will be tons of advancement opportunities.

The need-to-know details:

Bachelor’s degree.

Proven experience as HR Generalist.

Understanding of general human resources policies and procedures

Outstanding knowledge of MS Office; HRIS systems (e.g. PeopleSoft) will be a plus

Additional HR Certification a plus

Experience working with a manufacturer of medical devices and supplies

If a potential candidate jumps to mind, please don’t hesitate to forward my contact details to your network or send me contact information so I can follow up directly. I appreciate your help very much!

Gabriel M Sr. Talent Acquisition Executive [email protected]

 

Next Meeting is April 21, 2016! Don’t forget to come!

Date: April 21, 2016
Time: 6:00PM
Location:             Holiday Inn
                             1000 International Drive
                             Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Whistle While You Work: Statutory Protections For Employees In Your Workplace

This presentation covers statutory protections for workers under New Jersey State and Federal Law including, among others, the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other employment protection statutes.  Additionally, the presentation will focus on the recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Proposed Guidance on Retaliation.  The attendees will learn about recent decisions regarding whistleblower protections; strategies to spot/prevent potential retaliation claims; and discussions regarding pre-emptive “complaints” by underperforming employees.

 

James McDonnell
James M. McDonnell is a Principal in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management exclusively in all aspects of employment litigation, including restrictive covenants, class-actions, harassment, retaliation, discrimination and wage and hour claims.

Mr. McDonnell regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. Mr. McDonnell has successfully represented clients in matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

 

Beth Braddock
Beth L. Braddock is an Associate in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counsel.

While attending law school, she served as an Editor of the Rutgers Law Review, was a Teaching Associate for the Legal Research and Writing Program, and was a summer associate at Jackson Lewis. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Braddock clerked for the Honorable Peter E. Doyne, Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.

Job Opening! Monmouth County, NJ!

Are you a Strategic HR Manager looking to take control of an HR Department?

We are currently seeking an HR Manager for a direct hire position located in Monmouth County, NJ. Our client, an international owned technical education company, has expanded to NJ and looking for a Strategic Partner to start the HR Department. They currently have 70 employees and utilizing a Generalist to manage their Talent Acquisition and Employee Relations. Seeking a candidate that has been in a strategic role, has done policy rollouts and has experience with implementing corporate policies.

If you would like more information on this opportunity, or would like to apply – please contact:

Barbara Kimmich, Lloyd Staffing

973-394-1005

[email protected]

Our Next Dinner Meeting is March 17,2016!

What every HR professional needs to know about being a retirement Plan Fiduciary:
Retirement Plan Governance for Plan Sponsors
Thursday, March 17
6:00-8:30 PM
SHRM PDC: 1.5
HRCI: 1.5

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Use the following coupon codes for the appropriate discounts:

  • Pre Registration($35.00) – PreReg(use only if enrolling the Friday before the meeting)
  • In Transition($25.00) – InTrans
  • Student($25.00) – Student

HR Professionals who play some role in administering their company’s 401(k)/403(b) retirement savings plan may not realize that they may be considered a “plan fiduciary”. This interactive session will cover the basics of plan governance and provide some discussion case studies that will enlighten and perhaps surprise some HR professionals. The topics will include:

  • Fiduciary responsibilities to select and monitor
  • Investments
  • Service Providers
  • Administration and reporting
  • Case Studies for Plan Sponsors
  • Regulatory disclosure distribution by electronic means
  • DOL audit inquiry how to respond
  • Plan administrative support of a 3(16) Fiduciary
  • Retirement Plan Committee
  • Composition
  • Duties to monitor
  • Process
  • Advisor role
  • Prudent procedures

 

Stuart SimchowitzStuart Simchowitz:

Stuart Simchowitz is currently the Retirement Plan Practice Leader for RMR Wealth Builders, Inc. where he heads a dedicated team of three other advisors and four staff to support consulting and advice to over 150 qualified retirement plans and over $300 million in plan assets.

He founded Sammax Consultants, Ltd. in 1992.  Throughout his more than 30 year career, he specialized in the employee benefits field as a financial professional. From July 2002 through August 2007, Stuart moved the bulk of his employee benefit consulting practice to Avenir Equity LLC, a National Retirement Partners (NRP) branch as Senior Managing Director. Under his watch Avenir became the first super regional office of NRP, a multi-skill set consulting practice designed to provide a full range of integrated services to plan sponsors. While Stuart maintained Sammax Consultants, Ltd. during this period, he returned to private practice after the sale of Avenir in September 2007 to NRP.

Since 2007 Stuart has been back at the helm of Sammax Consultants and now the RMR retirement plan team serving a diverse group of small to mid-sized domestic and international clients with employee benefit solutions. Stuart provides both employee benefit consulting and investment advisory services with a strong focus on plan governance issues facing plan sponsors today and the future.

Our core philosophy is that retirement plans are generally not considered a business priority to most executives. It is our job to assure that they do not become one. This is accomplished through the identification of best practices and seeing to their implementation and ongoing deployment. Stuart believes in designing plans that allow plan participants to enjoy a successful retirement experience.

Stuart takes the practice of ERISA as a specialty very seriously and believing firmly in the empowerment of knowledge, education and experience has a number of leading industry designations such as the C(k)P through The Retirement Advisor University in conjunction with the Andersen School of Business and Executive Management at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). As a Plan Sponsor Retirement Professional (PRP) in addition Stuart is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF).

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Job Opportunity! Berkeley Heights, NJ area!

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES

Payroll and HR Solutions

Berkeley Heights, NJ

Executive Strategies, Inc. has a Client, BDB Payroll Services (www.bdbpayroll.com) that is a fully integrated, leading payroll services and HCM solutions provider for small to medium sized businesses. Company growth has created the need for several Customer Service Reps at its new Customer Service Center in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

BDB has a tenured staff, the highest retention rates in the industry and cutting edge technology, using a SaaS based platform. As a CSR, you will have an assigned account base and you will be part of a growing business and share ideas in a collaborative environment.

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree, knowledge and/or certifications in payroll/HR and at least three years of CSR related experience. Ideal candidates will be from other payroll/HR related organizations or from an internal shared services environment.

For more information, email or call: Christie DiPietro at [email protected] or 770-552-3085 ext. 2.

 

 

February 18, 2016 is the next meeting!

How to Be an Effective Ally for People with Disabilities

February 18, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Budd Lake

1000 International Drive North, Budd Lake, New Jersey, 07828

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Most companies have non-discrimination policies and invite people with disabilities (PwD), to identify and request accommodations.  Unfortunately, the reality is that most PwD, even those with a visible disability, (75% of disabilities are non-apparent), choose not to come forward with their employer.
Participants in this interactive session will learn proven and practical strategies for creating an environment that leads to people with disabilities being “out and proud” at work.  This will include the business case, the medical vs. social/civil rights model, disability etiquette, and how to foster disability allies, emulating successful strategies utilized in the LGBT community.
Using “Prezi” technology, this session incorporates animations, video, graphics and data to illustrate the compelling market opportunities that can be obtained by including PwD and their stakeholders.
Participants will leave this workshop with the ability to:

  • Be able to readily articulate the size/scope of market opportunities and the associated business case for your organization better understanding the needs and tapping into the strong brand loyalty of customers with disabilities and their stockholders
  • Understand and be able to leverage the parallels/similarities to with long proven LGBT marketplace and talent workplace strategies to inform and optimize their disability inclusive practices
  • Understand the difference and preference for the social vs. medical model of disability as a civil rights issue in society, and the implications for how companies develop and implement workplace and compliance programs and policies for people with disabilities
  • Be able to identify, motivate, and build the confidence and competence of disability allies, in both words and actions, at all levels of your organization

 Deborah Dagit Biography
Deborah started her own business in 2013 to deliver the consulting services and products she wished were available when she was a Chief Diversity Officer. She focuses on offering practical, just-in-time resources, tools and support for diversity practitioners.
As Merck’s CDO for 11 years, Deb was responsible for global equal opportunity, employee relations, recruiting and staffing, and diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, the company was recognized for its exemplary work in diversity and inclusion by DiversityInc and Working Mother magazines, the Families and Work Institute, and the Human Rights Campaign. Merck also received the Department of Defense Freedom Award (veterans) and the Department of Labor New Freedom Award (people with disabilities) during her tenure.
Prior to joining Merck, Deb was the leader of Learning Communications and Diversity at Silicon Graphics and head of Strategic Cultural Initiatives for Sun Microsystems.
She played a key role in the passage of the American with Disabilities Act through her lobbying efforts in both California and Washington, D.C.  Deb was invited to speak on diversity and inclusion at the December 2008 “Citadel of Free Speech” City Club of Cleveland, which was broadcast live on NPR. She also testified in July 2011 before the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions committee regarding best practices for improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

January 21st is our first 2016 meeting!

Legal and Legislative Update 2016

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NOTE: This program has been approved for 2.0 hours of Professional Development Credit by SHRM and General credit by HRCI.

I.       Affordable Care Act Update: Bill Spigonardo, Vice President with Frenkel Benefits, will review the critical upcoming changes to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and will address best practices for HR Professionals to assist their organizations with the continued implementation.  Issues covered will include, but not be limited to:

  •       Increased penalties for Individual Mandate.
  •       Expansion of the definition of “small employer” and its impact.
  •       Employer Mandate penalty calculations now applicable to more employers.
  •       Small Business Health Options Program now open to more employers
  •       Changes in annual in-network, out-of-pocket maximum cost – including deductibles, copays and coinsurance.
  •       Changes to the IRS penalty caps.
  •       The Self-Insurance Option
  1. Legislative Update

Employment Law Attorneys Nancy Gage and Howard Vex will provide a detailed legal update and best practices presentation on the following important legal issues facing HR Professionals in 2016:

  1.       Paid Sick Leave – Update on new local, state and federal requirements/proposals.
  2.       Wage & Hour – Anticipated Impact of Changes to Requirements for Exempt Status.
  3.       Employer vs. Independent Contractor – Update, including U.S. Department of Labor’s July 15, 2015 “Administrator’s Interpretation” and “Joint Employer” liability.

III.   Federal and State Case Law Update

Employment Law Attorneys Howard Vex and Nancy Gage will provide a detailed review of eight critical court cases from 2015 that impact all New Jersey employers.

  1.   Aguas vs. State of New Jersey  (New ER Affirmative Defense for LAD Vicarious Liability Claims)
    Decided by N.J. Supreme Court on February 11, 2015.
  2.   EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores (Can ER Deny Muslim Woman a Job Over Head Scarf?)
    Decided by U.S. Supreme Court on June 1, 2015
  3.   Obergefell v. Hodges (States Cannot Restrict Same Sex Marriages – Impact on the Workplace?)
    Decided by U.S. Supreme Court on June 16, 2015
  4.   Jones vs. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (ER must prove Employee was aware of formal and informal complaint structures to assert Aguas Affirmative Defense to Hostile Work Environment Claim.)
    Decided by N.J. Appellate Division on August 3, 2015
  5.   Hansler v. Lehigh Valley Hospital Network (ER Must Request More Information Before Denying FMLA Leave Based on Deficient Medical Certification)
    Decided by Third Circuit Court of Appeals, September 16, 2015
  6.   C.M. vs. Maiden Reinsurance Services (Handbook’s Mandatory Arb. Clause  is “Unenforceable.”)
    Decided by N.J. Appellate Division on September 18, 2015
  7.   Kenny v. Onward Search (ER Can Be Held Liable for Damages from Rescinding Job Offer.)
    Decided by U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, December 7, 2015
  8.   Rodriquez vs. Raymor & Flanagan (Can ER Reduce LAD’s 2 Year Time Frame for Claims?)
    Argued before N.J. Supreme Court on December 1, 2015.

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Speaker Bios

Nancy C. Gage, Esq.

Nancy Gage is partner with the boutique labor and employment law firm, Vex & Gage, LLC..   Nancy’s 24 year legal career includes several years’ experience with large law firms including, Stryker, Tams & Dill and Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler and Krupman, one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms.  Her many years of handling a myriad of labor and employment matters, both as legal counsel and as the chief personnel officer for two separate municipal employers, have given her a unique expertise and insight in the labor and employment arena, both private and public.   Nancy can be contacted via email at: [email protected].

William Spigonardo

Bill Spigonardo is a Vice President with Frenkel Benefits, LLC., one of the largest privately held insurance brokers in the United States.  Bill serves as an employee benefits broker and consultant with over 30 years of corporate benefits experience.  Bill is experienced and licensed in all aspects of employee benefits, property casualty coverage, compliance, voluntary benefits, 401(k), 403(b) and defined benefits plans and fees and expenses evaluations.  Bill has served on the Sussex Warren Chapter Board for 7 years and is responsible for sponsorship.  Bill can be contacted via email at: [email protected]

Howard A. Vex, Esq.
Howard Vex was the founding member of Vex & Gage, LLC in 2013.   Prior to that, Howard headed the Employment Department at Courter, Kobert & Cohen in Hackettstown for ten years and previously worked with  Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler and Krupman, one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms.  Mr. Vex brings 24 years of experience and insight practicing in the field of labor and employment law and litigation in New Jersey.  He has served as trusted employment counsel for a wide array of clients, from large national corporations to smaller local businesses.  Mr. Vex is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and current serves as Past-President of the Sussex-Warren Human Resource Management Association.  Mr. Vex can be contacted via email at: [email protected].

The November Meeting is FAST APPROACHING!

Achieving Peak Performance

Program Description
Achieving peak performance demands an ongoing commitment to be the best you can be; the resolve to continually refine skills, push goals further out, then readjust expectations accordingly. In the quest for excellence, leaders, athletes and performers struggle with many of the same challenges. What is it that enables some to achieve excellence, while others not. All elite athletes and performers possess 5 attributes that, in concert, enable them to improve and excel in the face of competition or adversity.

Presenter: Michael Hamilton

Achieving Peak Performance demands an ongoing commitment to be the best you can be; the resolve to continually refine skills, push goals further out, then readjust expectations accordingly. In the quest for excellence, leaders, athletes and performers struggle with many of the same challenges. What is it that enables some to achieve excellence, while others not. All elite athletes and performers possess 5 attributes that, in concert, enable them to improve and excel in the face of competition or adversity.
The presentation will:

  • Explore how today’s leaders can develop many of these same traits.
  • Demonstrate improv exercises HR practitioners can use to facilitate constituents developing greater awareness & presence, which in turn will increase performance.
  • Discuss pressure triggers & exercises to mitigate their impact, enabling associates to perform close to their optimum

Meeting Date: November 19, 20156:00-8:30 PM
Location:        Holiday Inn Express, Budd Lake, NJ

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