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March 20, 2013 - Murtha Cullina Sponsors CBIA's Annual HR Conference

Murtha Cullina is proud to sponsor CBIA’s Annual HR Conference. For event information and registration, please view the below agenda.


CBIA’s Annual HR Conference 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Crowne Plaza
100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT

Sponsored by Murtha Cullina LLP

Presented in partnership with SHRM CT HR Council

Get a fresh perspective on the most important topics in human resources. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the experts and network with your peers.



7:30 am
Registration, networking & continental breakfast

8:30–9:40 am

Keynote Presentation: How Changes in Washington Affect HR
Issues stalled during the election are now gaining traction. And those that don’t get attention on the legislative front may still become compliance matters of interest to HR and the business community if pressed on the regulatory front. Join us for this review of Washington’s agenda and how it impacts HR.


Breakout Sessions


Concurrent Sessions: 9:50–10:15 am

Government Audits: Greeting the Agency Investigator
It’s a quiet day in the office, when an agency investigator appears at your door. Are you prepared to handle this disruptive and possibly expensive visit? We’ll review

  • Compliance obligations that can result in a government audit or investigation
  • Housekeeping and strategic matters (putting the best foot forward; cooperating without giving up the farm)
  • Efficient and cost-effective strategies for addressing compliance issues

Lauren M. Filiberto and Michael C. Harrington, Attorneys, Murtha Cullina LLP

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)
Many businesses have EPLI as part of their overall insurance and risk management strategy, perhaps even as an unknown rider on their general liability coverage. Because EPLI impacts your response to an employment-related complaint, having a clear understanding of this important insurance protection is essential. We’ll review:

  • EPLI basics
  • Making the most of its protections
  • Negotiating the most affordable coverage
  • Effective use of outside legal counsel

Hugh F. Murray III and Melissa A. Federico, Attorneys, Murtha Cullina LLP

Concurrent Sessions: 10:25–11:50 am

Total Rewards in the Healthcare Reform Era
Healthcare reform impacts more than just group medical insurance. This session examines how changes in cost/premium strategies and new rules governing wellness efforts will impact the integration of these programs—and expenses—into traditional benefit and reward programs.

Garry Straker, Principal Partner, CohnReznick Benefits Consultants and John J. Turgeon, CPA, HCS
Partner, CohnReznick

Leaves of Absence
Federal and state law provides employees with substantial rights to take leaves of absence for a variety of reasons. Often, the key to the courthouse door is an employee belief that his or her rights were not respected. In this session, we’ll:

  • Provide an overview of laws affecting Connecticut employers
  • Discuss relevant cases
  • Describe steps to effectively manage employee absences, and reduce the likelihood of successful litigation if an employee is not returned to work

Louis B. Todisco and Stella Szantova Giordano, Attorneys, Murtha Cullina LLP


Noon–1 pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)


Concurrent Sessions: 1:05–2:30 pm

NLRB’s New Presence in the Nonunion Environment
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) no longer limits its focus to worksites where a union represents the workers under a collective bargaining agreement, or employees express interest in forming a union. This presentation addresses:

  • The NLRB’s perspective on what’s personal and what’s work-related
  • Effective policies and strategies for managing employee conduct on and off the job

Hugh F. Murray III, Attorney, Murtha Cullina LLP

The Difficult Employee
As the saying goes, “20% of your workforce eats up 80% of your time.” Learn steps you can take to turn your most challenging employees into star players. Join last year’s keynote speaker for a review of practical and effective strategies in this thoroughly engaging pep talk.

Kenya Rutland, Principal, KJR Consulting


Closing Session: 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Connecticut Legislative Update

What proposed changes to state law—if enacted—could impact business and pose challenges to HR in the form of new and confusing mandates? We’ll give you a comprehensive report on the latest proposals, issues warranting close scrutiny, and areas of focus for the business community working with elected officials in Hartford.

Eric Gjede, Assistant Counsel, CBIA

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