Human Resources Seminar

ACA Updates | Federal Labor Rules Changes | Legislative Outlook for 2017
Minimum Wage | Pregnancy Accommodation | Paid Family Leave
Independent Contractors/Employee Classification | Worker's Compensation
Recent State Implementation and Compliance Issues

sponsored by:

Downs Rachlin Martin | Ellis Boxer & Blake | Gravel & Shea

Hickok & Boardman HR IntelligencePaul Frank + Collins | Spherion

Tuesday, March 28   |   Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier

On March 28, Associated Industries of Vermont will host a special seminar focusing on key human resource issues facing Vermont employers in 2017 and beyond.  The seminar will cover issues impacting private and public sector employers and the professionals who serve them, and will feature presentations, commentary, and audience Q&A with expert government and private sector presenters.

Both members and non-members are welcome to register to attend.  Registration is required by COB March 24 and costs $50 for AIV members and $75 for non-members.  Complementary registrations and other benefits are available for sponsors and new members. 

Prospective attendees are encouraged to send us questions and suggestions for the presenters ahead of time.

For questions and suggestions, as well as more information about the seminar, registration, sponsorship, membership, or other matters, please email

We hope to see you there! 

CLE: approved for 5.5 hours general credits of continuing legal education.

Registration and Logistics: 

Please register using the form below (if your browser is not showing the form, you can click here for a printable form -- note that it has a link to the portal for credit card payments as well).

Logistical information, including directions and parking vouchers, will be sent with registration confirmation.

Registration by COB March 24 is required.  Your payment covers lunch and materials both at the event and available online after.  Sorry, no refunds for cancellations after March 24, owing to costs we must incur.  If you cannot pay for your registration online or by check by March 24, please contact us at to let us know and discuss options. 

New members and sponsors receive complimentary registrations and other benefits -- email us for details.

Click here if you are interested in sponsoring this event.



8:30 | Registration

9:00 | American Care Act and Vermont Health Exchange:

Updates and Outlook  

Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Health Care

9:30 | Review of Recent Changes in Vermont Labor Laws: 

Implementation and Compliance Issues with Mandatory Paid Leave, "Ban the Box" Restrictions on Criminal History Inquiries, Flexible Work Arrangements, Equal Pay, and Other Recent Developments

Kristina Brines, Director, Paul Frank + Collins
David Harlow, Of Counsel, Downs Rachlin Martin
Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Labor
Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General

10:30 | New Proposed State Legislation and Related Issues: 

Overview and Outlook for Proposed Minimum Wage, Paid Family Leave, Pregnancy Accommodation, Social Media Access, and Other Legislation and Issues

Heather Rider Hammond, Shareholder, Gravel & Shea
Kerin Stackpole, Director, Paul Frank + Collins
Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Labor
Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General

11:30 | Independent Contractors/Employee Classification: 

Impact of Recent Court Decisions, Compliance Issues, and Prospects for Legislative Reform

John Hollar, Director, Downs Rachlin Martin
Stephen Ellis, Director, Ellis Boxer & Blake
Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Labor

12:00 | Workers' Compensation: 

Overview of Workers' Compensation Rates for 2017, Issues and Trends

Laura Backus Hall, State Relations Executive, National Council on Compensation Insurance

12:30 | Luncheon Address with Q&A:

Lindsay Kurrle, Commissioner, Department of Labor

1:15 | Federal Labor Law and Regulatory Changes:

Update and Outlook on Changes in Regulations and Enforcement

Stephen Ellis, Ellis Boxer & Blake, and Chair, Labor & Employment Law Section, Vermont Bar Asso­ciation
Benjamin Traverse, Associate, Downs Rachlin Martin
Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Labor

2:15 | Wrap Up:

Additional Issues to Watch for 2017, Final Q&A