First time attending a HRMA meeting and not an active chapter member? Use the instructions below to register.  We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting!

    1. Click Click Here to Register on preferred meeting
    2. Click Continue as Guest
    3. Complete Contact Information, click Continue
    4. Under "Available Tickets", click Add
    5. Confirm name, company, and e-mail on pop-up window, click Add
    6. Enter Coupon Code FirstHRMAmeeting then click Apply to waive guest fee (Note: This discount does not apply to the Annual Meeting held in June)
    7. Click Continue to complete registration


    Active Members: Sign into the Member Area Login > Go to View My Order History > Select the meeting you wish to cancel from the list > Click the Request Refund button (aka Cancel button) located on the bottom of the page > Click "Ok" to confirm

    Guests/Non-Active MembersCLICK HERE to notify us that you need to cancel a meeting registration. Please be sure to include the meeting date and title in the comment section. If you need a refund, one will be issued to you.

    In the event of inclement weather, if Worcester Public Schools are closed, our meeting will be cancelled.  If Worcester Public Schools have a delayed opening we will only keep the lunch meetings scheduled.  Breakfast meetings would be cancelled due to school opening delays. We will make every effort to notify you by e-mail and post to the website, our Facebook page and LinkedIn group if we need to cancel.

    October Meeting - To Audit or Not to Audit, That is the Question

    October 11, 2018
    8:15 AM - 10:15 AM
     Add to Calendar

    Worcester Technical High School
    1 Skyline Drive
    Worcester, MA 01605

    Registration begins at 8:15 am

    Breakfast 8:30am – 9:00am

    Program 9:00am – 10:15am

    To Audit or Not to Audit, That Is The Question

    In 2017, Massachusetts passed its very own Equal Pay Act (MEPA).  To allow employers to recover, MEPA gave employers a long lead time before the Act became effective.  On July 1, 2018, that lead time ended and MEPA took effect.

    While pay differences based on gender have been forbidden in Massachusetts since the final year of World War II, pay for women lagged behind.  The Legislature tried a new approach with MEPA, incentivizing employers to self-evaluate their pay scales, scrutinize the reasons for any differences between men and women in comparable jobs and make adjustments where needed.  This self-evaluation process, or audit, has been recognized as a creative, new approach to try to better level the playing field.  To encourage employers to audit, the Act includes language regarding an affirmative defense to equal pay claims.  Or does it?

    Of course, nothing is simple.  And to help turn dangerous quicksand into merely mud, that old gang from Miricktown (aka the law firm of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP), Betsy Landry, Kathi Goulet and attorney Richard Van Nostrand, returns to HRMA after a one-year hiatus.  In their 2018 iteration, they comprise management, human resources and legal counsel at Worcester’s hottest new idea since stealing minor league baseball teams from rival states, “Crafts and Drafts.” 

    C & D’s can’t miss concept?  A combined arts and crafts store and craft brewery – think a double IPA brewed, aged and poured into a clay beer stein thrown, designed and fired by tipsy patrons under the (mostly) watchful eyes of C & D’s crackerjack staff.  (Better hope the liability and worker’s compensation premiums are paid up!)    

    In any event, with the advantage of having C & D’s OFFRED (“Our Final good Faith, Reasonable, self-Evaluation Document”) in hand, you will witness the brain trust at C & D “manage” and litigate its audit, including:

    • debating the pros and cons of whether to conduct one of those “damn fool audits;”
    • sorting their odd mixture of offbeat positions into comparable job groupings;
    • identifying the $$$ outliers;
    • dreaming up “legitimate” rationales for those differences; and  
    • developing a better wage adjustment strategy than “here’s a buck, now go away.”


    We look forward to seeing you on October 11th

    Approved for 1.25 HR General HRCI recertification credit and valid for 1.25 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP


    “The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.”

    Meeting Sponsor:  

    Express Yourself Gifts

    Express Yourself Gifts


     View Photos


    $0.00 Member

    $25.00 Guest