Thursday - May 11, 2023
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association will offer its annual HR101 boot camp as a full-day, in-person event on May 11 in Boylston.

The boot camp will cover core functions of the municipal HR office, including employee termination and/or separation, recent trends in labor law, municipal leave laws, and an HR101 roundtable with seasoned human resources professionals.

Featured speakers will include:
• Human resources consultant and former MMHR Chair Mary Beth Bernard and attorney Elizabeth Valerio of Valerio, Dominello & Hillman, who will discuss the path to termination or separation
• Attorney Nicholas Dominello of Valerio, Dominello & Hillman, who will discuss recent developments in labor law
• Alexandra Pichette, partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy, and Richard Gello, associate at Morgan, Brown & Joy, who will discuss employee leave laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and more

The boot camp is geared toward newer municipal human resources professionals, but veterans in the field are welcome to attend for a refresher.

Registration and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9 a.m., and lunch will be served.

The boot camp will be held at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, 284 East Temple St., in Boylston.

The registration fee is $100 for members and $120 for nonmembers.

The MMA is advising in-person meeting attendees to keep up with the latest COVID vaccines for which they are eligible. We highly recommend that attendees take an at-home rapid antigen test prior to attending, and not attend if they have any COVID symptoms or if a household member has tested positive for COVID. These protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and Networking Breakfast

9 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
Dolores Hamilton, Assistant Town Administrator, Stow, MMHR Chair

9:05 a.m.
The Path to Termination or Separation
Mary Beth Bernard, SPHR, HR Consultant, HR Key Solutions
Elizabeth Valerio, Attorney, Valerio, Dominello, & Hillman

10:45 a.m.
Recent Trends in Labor Law
Nicholas J. Dominello, Attorney, Valerio, Dominello, & Hillman

11:30 a.m.
Top 5 Things Your HR Department Needs to Know
Kim Williams, Assistant Town Manager, Bridgewater
Dolores Hamilton, Assistant Town Administrator, Stow, MMHR Chair
In this session, attendees will receive a brief, high level overview of some of the most important areas of municipal human resources. Attendees will walk away with a list of helpful tips and resources to answer some of their most frequently asked questions.

12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Municipal Leave Laws: ADA, FMLA, and More
Alexandra Pichette, Partner, Morgan, Brown & Joy
Richard Gello, Associate, Morgan, Brown & Joy

3 p.m.
HR 101 Roundtable Discussion
Vanessa Hale, Assistant Town Administrator, Southborough, MMHR Vice Chair
Kim Williams, Assistant Town Manager, Bridgewater
Dori Vecchio, Assistant Town Manager/Human Resources Director, Auburn
Denise Casey, Deputy Town Manager, North Andover
Stephanie Duggan, Human Resources Manager, Maynard

3:30 p.m.

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, Boylston

MMA Education And Training Coordinator Lily Rancatore,
Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources