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2019 MassSHRM Legislative Conference

  • Suffolk University Law School 120 Tremont Street Boston, MA, 02108 United States (map)

Join the Massachusetts State Council for our first statewide Legislative Conference. With so many HR and employment related laws changing in the Commonwealth, it’s important to invest some time to keep up-to-date and to learn how to make your voice heard in the debate on HR legislation.


8:00 - Registration

8:30 - Welcome & Introduction, Mike Spinale, State Director, Massachusetts State Council of SHRM

8:45 - Washington Outlook and HR Policy Update

Lisa Horn, Vice President, Policy Engagement, Society of HR Management (SHRM)

Who is in and who is out of the 2019 Congress after the mid-session elections and what this means for HR;  Congressional and Presidential Initiatives; Immigration Outlook for key workplace issues, including immigration, workforce development, workplace flexibility and leave and workplace equity;  Expected  Agency Action and Obstacles for 2019

9:45 - US Supreme Court Review: 2018 Decisions Impacting Employers and Cases to Watch

Michael Harper, Professor of Law, Boston University Law School

The 2018 Term for SCOTUS began on the first Monday of October.  With new judges on the bench and RBG’s recent illness, many are curious about the impact of these changes on the outcome of controversial cases.   The Court has already heard several cases on workplace issues, and many are on the current docket.

10:30 - Coffee break

10:45 - State Legislative Outlook (Panel Discussion)

Moderated by Debra Najjar, Director, Government Affairs, Massachusetts State Council of SHRM


Brad MacDougall, Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Scott Moore, Esq., Principal Advisor, EMS Resource Advisors

11:45 - Advocacy, the SHRM A-Team and Reaching Your Legislators

Meredith Nethercutt, Director, Member Advocacy, SHRM

Learn about the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team) in Massachusetts, and how SHRM members can proactively participate in the legislative process to influence legislation before a bill becomes law. 

12:00 - Lunch with Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development

Massachusetts Family Leave Listening Session

Secretary Acosta will discuss Massachusetts’ new family leave law and listen to your opinions and suggestions as they work on the draft regulations.

1:30 - State House Tour Orientation

2:00 - State House Tours

3:45 - New Massachusetts Laws Impacting the Workplace (Panel Discussion)

Moderated by Debra Najjar, Director, Government Affairs, Massachusetts State Council of SHRM


Lori Bourgoin, Senior Vice President, Field Operaitons, AIM HR Solutions

Kathy Murphy, Esq., Attorney, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Mullane LLP

Sarah Spatafore, Esq., Attorney, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Mullane LLP

Anissa Zabriskie, Human Resources Manager, Dow Chemical

Massachusetts has been at the forefront of progressive legislation impacting the workplace.  Several significant new laws became effective or were adopted in 2018 which impact the workplace.   Our panel will discuss the laws as well as their impact on the workplace, and challenges for employers implementing these laws when they have workplaces in multiple states.  

4:30 - Networking Reception

For more information on our speakers, click on the picture slideshow below!