"This morning's conference was great!  It was a wide range of participants on the panels and that was a great way to hear a wide view of options and ideas from the panelists!  Kevin Hancock gets my vote for most open, honest and helpful answers to questions. He was outstanding and his thoughts today were very heartfelt and honest.  Take away the layers of "facade" and discuss the truth of what it's like and how you face the issuers."
- Janet Cole Cross, Career Coach, Cole Cross Connections, LLC

How To's for Family Business: Part 2 of 3 - HR 411

  • March 21, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME 04092


  • Must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to the forum remotely.
  • Register one or more future members with guests.
  • Must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to forum remotely.
  • Register one or more members for the event.

"The 411: HR for Companies Without HR & Stories from Real Life"
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Program

As the second installment in a three-part series on how to's for family business, this workshop will fall under this year’s theme at the Institute For Family-Owned Business (IFOB): Inspiration & Perspiration - Strategies & How To's for Family Business.

Within family businesses, leaders have a wide variety of responsibilities. One of these responsibilities involves serving as the human resources function within the organization. The goal of this program is to explain the basics of human resources for family businesses who do not have an established human resources department. Tawny Alvarez, an attorney with Verrill Dana, LLP will cover topics that range from hiring and managing employees to supervising family members.

She will also discuss the issues that companies experience under the Maine Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, as well as a panel discussion among professionals who will share real-life stories and valuable insights about what to avoid doing when managing a family-owned business.

Some stories from real life may include: how do you respond when two days into employment an employee announces she is pregnant?  What do you do when an employee says they can’t work on Friday because of a health condition, but know he drives up to Sugarloaf each Thursday night?  Can you require an employee to work overtime? What do you do if an employee appears high? What if one of your employee bashes her supervisor on social media? What happens if your company receives notice from the Maine Human Rights Commission that a claim of discrimination has been made against your company? What can your company do to be proactive so that there is less likelihood that it will have to be reactive? These are just some of the questions experienced by growing family-owned businesses that we will touch on.

You can come to any number of the programs in this “How To” series, as each program provides unique topics for discussion. All programs in this series are open to all members and future members of the IFOB.
Attendees will have the chance to share their experiences and ask questions along with time to network with other businesses.

Our panelists include the following:

Tawny Alvarez – Attorney, Verrill Dana, LLP
Tawny Alverez centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing—from medical marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues. Tawny is the 2008 recipient of the Adolf Homburger Humanitarian Award and prides herself on giving back to the community.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Visit Portland and serves on the Portland Museum of Art Contemporaries Steering Committee.  She obtained her BS from Thomas College and her JD at Pace University School of Law. 

David Ciullo – CEO, Career Management Associates (CMA) / Dale Carnegie of Maine
David Ciullo is the CEO of Career Management Associates (CMA) and the CEO of Dale Carnegie Maine. He is also the talk show host of the HR Power Hour, a national HR educational radio show. David is also a Member of the Maine State Civil Service Appeals Board. David currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Maine Institute for Family-Owned Business, President Elect and Board Member of the Human Resource Association of Southern Maine (HRASM) and Vice President and Board Member of the Northern New England Association of Personnel Services. David also has over 25 years of experience as an executive for some of the largest retail corporations in the US, including American Eagle Outfitters, Pacific Sunwear, and Designs/Levi Strauss. David is a graduate of Norwich University and Leadership Maine. He is a Blackbelt in Tae-Kwon-Do and Eagle Scout. David enjoys giving back thru donation of time to help students with their career goals.

Deborah L. Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP – Owner & CEO, HR Studio Group, LLC
Deb Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is Owner and CEO of HR Studio Group, LLC. Throughout her 30 years of human resources management and leadership experience, Deb has helped a variety of nonprofit and for-profit services and industries build and maintain compliant cultures of excellence. Deb currently serves as a Commissioner with the Maine Human Rights Commission, having been appointed three times by the Governor. An outspoken advocate for disability rights, she was pleased to be elected in 2015 to the board of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Named the Maine HR Leader of the Year in 2012, Deb is a frequent presenter on human resources and compliance topics at conferences and business functions. She is also an instructor in the HR Certificate Program at University of Southern Maine and Adjunct Faculty at Thomas College. Deb instructs the SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP HR Certification Preparatory Course at University of Southern Maine.

Peter Lowe – Partner, Brann & Isaacson
Peter Lowe is a partner at Brann & Isaacson, where for over 25 years he has represented employers.  Peter advises big employers such as L.L. Bean, as well as a host of mid-size and small businesses, towns, school departments and nonprofits.  Much of Peter’s practice focuses on counselling clients when they face a tricky personnel decision. He also conducts independent investigations of high profile matters such as harassment cases.  Peter edits the Maine Employment Law letter, frequently presents on Employment law topics, trains HR professionals, and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Southern Maine.  Since 2013 he has been recognized by Best Lawyers for representing employers.

Join us for the final in our series:

Thursday, April 26
Understanding Financials for the Family Business

Presented by  Melinda Irish, Baker Newman Noyes; Dean Michaud and Andrea Parker Michaud, Michaud Accounting Solutions and Darcy Dow, Gifford's Ice Cream.

For more information contact: catherine@fambusiness.org )

Remote access is available to dial in.  You must have hi-speed Internet access and a camera on your computer to connect and dial-in to the forum remotely. If you are dialing in to the workshop you must pre-register so we can send you the remote instructions.

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