Friday - November 1, 2019
8:15 am – 3:00 pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association will hold its annual Labor Relations Seminar on Nov. 1 at the Devens Conference Center.

Catherine Paden, Ph.D., associate provost and dean of the Undergraduate Program at Simmons University, will deliver a keynote presentation focused on the intergenerational workforce and preparing municipalities for a new generation of employees.

The seminar will feature three concurrent workshops: Joint Labor-Management Committee trends, the do’s and don’ts of due process, and a municipal human resources breakdown.

The meeting will begin with a legislative update from MMA Senior Legislative Analyst Lisa Adams, followed by the annual labor law update from attorney Liz Valerio of Valerio, Dominello & Hillman.

Attendees will include members of the MMHR and Massachusetts Municipal Management Association as well as mayors, police and fire chiefs, public works directors, labor relations professionals, and other interested parties.

The seminar will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. An agenda and registration form will be sent to members this fall.

The MMHR is an MMA-affiliated organization that provides resources and information on municipal personnel and labor issues.

The cost of the full day seminar is $80 for members of MMHR and $100 for nonmembers.


8:15 a.m.
Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
Solarium Ballroom & Terrace

9 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Dolores Hamilton, Framingham HR Director, MMHR Chair
Solarium Ballroom

9:15 a.m.
Leveraging Strengths and Successes in a Multigenerational Workforce
Dr. Catherine M. Paden, Associate Provost & Undergraduate Dean, Simmons University
As some employees delay retirement, while others forgo college to begin their careers, many of us are in workplaces that may include five generations of employees. This variety of generational experiences in a workforce provides opportunities to build dynamic and creative workplace cultures and environments. In this session, we will talk about the potential of multigenerational workplaces, what data tells us about shared values across generations, and strategies to ensure a healthy, collaborative, and productive multigenerational workplace environment. Participants will have the opportunity to address challenges and brainstorm strategies to support healthy workplace relationships across generations.

10:35 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Legislative Update
Lisa Adams, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst
Solarium Ballroom

11:15 a.m.
Labor Law Update: Major Cases Reviewed
This session will offer an in-depth review of major cases and decisions in the labor relations arena.
Liz Valerio, Partner, Valerio Dominello & Hillman, LLC
Solarium Ballroom

12:30 p.m.
Solarium Ballroom

1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops

Junior Ballroom, 1st Floor
JLMC Update
This session will provide attendees with an overview of how to prepare for a Joint Labor and Management Committee hearing. The speakers will cover the management perspective in addition to recent trends being seen in recent years.

Dan Morgado, Senior Staff Rep for Management, JLMC
George Driscoll, Senior Staff Rep for Management, JLMC
Joseph Hubley, Senior Staff Rep for Labor, JLMC
Donald Cummings, Senior Staff Rep for Labor, JLMC
Moderator: Lisa Adams, Senior Legislative Analyst, MMA

Devens Club A/B, 1st Floor
Do and Don’ts of Due Process
Do you know the building blocks of due process? This session will examine proper documentation, the structure of employee meetings, and the appropriate tools to prepare for a process that helps you build your case well before you even think about arbitration.

Leo Peloquin, Principal, Norris, Murray, & Peloquin, LLC
Moderator: Dee Casey, Deputy Town Manager, North Andover

Executive Club A/D, 2nd Floor
The Breakdown: Municipal HR Niche Explained
Why don’t municipal governments pay employees the minimum wage? What is 32B? Are you coming from private sector HR or just dipping your toe in municipal HR? This session explores the niche area issues that are unique to working in the public sector and handling talent management, as well as public records, open meeting law and other tips for managing public employees.

Heather Budrewicz, MMHR Board Member
Julie DeLillo, Director of Human Resources, Town of Swampscott
Moderator: Kim Rozak, Attorney, Mirick O’Connell

3 p.m.

Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker
Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources