Thursday, September 12, 2019 – 8:00am to
Friday, September 13, 2019 – 5:00pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association will hold its third annual Fall Conference on Sept. 12 and 13 at the Hotel Northampton.

Topics will include diversity in the municipal workplace; classification and compensation; electronic on-boarding; records retention; marijuana in Massachusetts; labor laws; and policies that all human resources directors must have.

The two-day conference will feature multiple workshops, including a breakout session with municipal HR 101 and HR 202 versions running concurrently for veteran HR personnel and those who are newer to the profession.

Following the success of the last two years, the 2019 conference will be held in a larger venue to accommodate all interested members.

The event is at the Hotel Northampton. The room rate is $149 per night. Members must call 413-584-3100 and mention the MMHR room block to get the discount.


Thursday, September 12
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Conference Registration and Welcome Breakfast

9 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

9:15 a.m.
Legislative Update

9:45 a.m.
Discipline and Investigations in Municipal HR
Jean Heartl, Principal, Safety and Respect at Work LLC
Jaime Kenny, Partner, Clifford and Kenny LLP

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Hotel Northampton Tavern

1-3 p.m.
101 Session: 111F/Workers Comp Explored
Roy McNamee, Managing Director, Gowrie Claims Services
Niko Pappas, Vice President/Director WC Claims

102 Session: Managing the HR Union Relationship in the Changing Times
Dan Brown, Partner, Feeley and Brown, P.C.
Kevin Feeley, Partner, Feeley and Brown, P.C.

3-3:15 p.m.

3:15-4 p.m.
Creating Your Employee Handbook
Sarah C. Spatafore, Associate, Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP

4-6 p.m.
Free Time

5:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

Friday, September 13
7 a.m.
Sunrise Yoga

7:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking

9-10:30 a.m.
Building A Culture That Empowers Employees
Jody Middleton, Human Resources Director, Canton
Dave Turano, Founder, JCE Consulting

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.-noon
Pay Equity
Maura D. McLaughlin, Esq. Attorney, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP
Sandy Stapczynski, President, Human Resources Services, Inc.

Boxed Lunch To Go


MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams
Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources