Multi-state Wage & Hour Law Overview

Date(s) - March 22, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Fee: Free for VTHRA,GMHRA and RVHRA members, $25 for non-members
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CGVT is pleased to share this event hosted by VTHRA.

We know more organizations are embracing remote work to provide flexible work options to employees and gain access to a broader talent pool. Employing people living in different states across the US presents both legal and practical implications. State laws vary, so when you employ people in multiple states, you need to ensure that you’re remaining in legal compliance, communicating effectively, and training your leaders to avoid costly mishaps. Join us for an overview on the legal issues of multi-state employment and a review of implications for HR teams.

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Katrina Meigs

Director of HR Consulting Services at Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

Katrina joined Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence in March of 2022 as the Director of HR Consulting Services. Katrina is a dynamic, hands-on HR practitioner with over 20 years of HR management experience in higher education, healthcare, and private industry. She is a strategic business partner to senior organizational leaders and provides expertise in policy design, compensation analysis and program management, performance management, recruiting and retention programs, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration.

Katrina comes to H&B HR Consulting team from the Vermont State Colleges System where she served as System Director of Human Resources and Benefits Administration. There, she led the VSCS through a full-scale centralized implementation of an HRIS, consolidating the employee benefits, payroll, and HR functions for five campuses. Katrina’s role provided the VSCS leadership and expertise in HR compliance best practices and addressing employee needs throughout the full employment life cycle, and most recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katrina earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BA) from Northern Vermont University (formally Lyndon State College). She recently served for 3 years on the Northern New England Colleges Universities Professional Association Board of Directors as the Vermont Representative lending a strategic view of higher education workplace issues. Katrina resides in St. Johnsbury with her family and 2 dogs and enjoys all activities outdoors.

Michelina Covey

Director of HR Compliance at Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

Michelina joined Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence in October of 2018 as the Director of HR Compliance. With almost 20 years in Human Resources, Michelina brings invaluable experience to both the firm and our clients. Michelina serves as the Compliance lead in supporting the firm’s clients in all aspects of HR and benefits compliance. As the rules/regulations are constantly changing, employers are faced with trying to understand and comply with the increasing complexity and changes. Michelina is dedicated to helping our clients understand what these changes mean and adopting best practices. In addition, she also supports multiple clients in managing their day-to-day HR functions as part of our HR Services Consulting practice area.

Prior to coming onboard, Michelina spent 12.5 years at Burton Snowboards working as an HR Business Partner. In her role at Burton, she was responsible for providing a full range of HR services to employees including 15 satellite Retail locations in both Canada & the US and successfully partnering with key management team members to provide strategic solutions to the business units. Throughout her tenure, she helped retain and develop the employee base while mitigating legal risks to the company. Michelina came to the Green Mountain State to pursue her degree at St. Michael’s College and is also certified as a Professional of Human Resources (PHR).  In her free time, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her black lab Jaxson.

 Kerin Stackpole, SPHR

Director at Paul Frank + Collins

Kerin Stackpole leads the Employment + Labor Law Group. She provides practical and proactive advice to senior leaders and management teams regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues, including workforce planning, hiring and on-boarding, performance management, legal and recordkeeping compliance, leave management, employee engagement, policy development and implementation, union avoidance, and discipline and discharge. Kerin firmly believes that the best defense against legal claims begins well before those claims are made – with positive and continuous employee engagement, good education for supervisors and managers, fair and consistent practices, and solid documentation.

Kerin is also an experienced litigator and a skilled teacher. She has taught at several law schools and colleges on the East Coast, and she regularly designs and presents training programs for businesses and municipalities seeking to strengthen the skills of their management team. Kerin has been a featured speaker at conferences for numerous state and local human resource associations, municipal and payroll associations, Lorman Educational Services, and the Champlain College Management Excellence Series.

Ben Traverse

Director at Downs Rachlin Martin

Ben Traverse familiarizes himself with the ins and outs of his clients’ diverse workplaces. He remains approachable and always ready to serve as a dedicated advocate, particularly when clients are faced with uniquely difficult circumstances. Ben has extensive experience practicing before federal, state, and administrative tribunals in employment litigation.

In the year before joining Downs Rachlin Martin, Ben served as a judicial law clerk for the Vermont Superior Court. In that position, he worked on a number of employment-related matters pursued under Vermont’s civil rights statutes. 

Before moving to Vermont with his young family, Ben spent three years as an assistant corporation counsel in the Labor and Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department, representing various municipal agencies.

Ben now works and lives in Burlington. He volunteers his time to neighborhood and community organization, plays hockey, and spends time with friends over Vermont craft brews.