Human Resources Seminar Available

AIV held a Human Resources seminar January 20 addressing key issues facing Vermont employers in 2016. The three primary subjects discussed, mandatory paid leave, marijuana legalization, and independent contractors/employee classification, are also addressed in other postings below.

If you were unable to attend this seminar, AIV will be enabling those interested in seeing the seminar to register to access videos online. If you are interested in this option, don’t hesitate to contact us at or watch for upcoming notices for more information.

The topics and presenters at the seminar included:

Health Care: Update on Recent Developments; Key Milestones, Decisions, and Issues Pending for Employers; What to Watch in 2016

  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Health Care
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont

Mandatory Paid Leave:  Review of Experiences in CT, CA, and MA – Lessons for Vermont; Review of Proposals Pending in Vermont Legislature; Issues and Considerations for Employers

  • Heather Rider Hammond, Shareholder, Gravel & Shea
  • Kerin Stackpole, Director, Paul Frank + Collins
  • Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Labor

Marijuana Legalization:  Review of Experiences in CO, WA, and OR – Any Lessons for Vermont; Review of Proposals Pending in Vermont Legislature; Issues and Considerations for Employers; Review of Medical Marijuana Issues 

  • David Harlow, Of Counsel, Downs Rachlin Martin
  • Kerin Stackpole, Director, Paul Frank + Collins
  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Independent Contractors/Employee Classification:  Review of Key Legal and Regulatory Developments at the State and Federal Levels – Implications for Vermont Employers; Lessons from States That Have Amended Classification Rules; Review of Proposals Pending in Vermont Legislature 

  • Stephen Ellis, Director, Ellis Boxer & Blake, and Chair, Labor & Employment Law Section, Vermont Bar Asso­ciation
  • Beth Rattigan, Chair, Labor and Employment Group, Downs Rachlin Martin
  • Steve Monahan, Director, Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor

Luncheon Address: Department of Labor Priorities and Q&A 

  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

AIV wishes to thank the sponsors of this seminar, whose support helped make it such a great success: 

BlueCross Blueshield of Vermont   |   Ellis Boxer & Blake

Gravel & Shea   |   KSE Partners

Paul Frank + Collins   |   MVP Health Care