The HR Conference (Human Resources)
When the going gets tough … you've got to be
even tougher to survive and thrive!
As an HR professional, you are the liaison
between your organization's employees and its corporate policies, procedures and
cultural norms. You are responsible for sorting through performance issues,
handling employee complaints, dealing with the countless legal aspects your job
requires and protecting your employees and your organization from legal action,
fines and penalties.
As if that weren't enough, you're also responsible for setting the corporate
tone of your organization, promoting its mission, vision and values, being a
positive agent for change and identifying and hiring the talent to drive your
organization into the future. There are a lot of responsibilities resting on
your shoulders, and a great deal of expectations riding on your performance.
One day, two tracks, eight sessions — it all adds up to unlimited potential
This conference was created to give you a
dependable toolbox packed to the brim with survival skills, workplace
strategies, fresh insights and more — all designed to give you a powerful edge
when it comes to your HR responsibilities. Everything you will learn during this
comprehensive day of training is up-to-the-minute, hot-off-the-press material —
from new and pending legislation to hot topics like social media legalities,
employee performance issues, future trends and more. Our two-track format gives
you the option of choosing between multiple training sessions, providing an
individualized learning experience that's unique to you.
You are welcome to mix and match sessions and move back and forth between the
two tracks. Choose the topics that interest you most, and create a customized
training program tailored to suit your needs, as well as those of your
Track One addresses the very latest legislative changes, court rulings
and other important legal issues. From new amendments and legislation affecting
OSHA, FLSA, ADA, FLMA and HIPAA to the latest legal trends in supervision,
discrimination and diversity, this track covers the emerging legal developments
that affect HR practices and procedures. Track Two focuses on essential
skills to make handling every aspect of your job easier. In these sessions, you
will learn to communicate more effectively through a variety of proven,
field-tested techniques, take a look at recruiting and hiring through social
media and gain skills to deal with negative attitudes, lagging performance, the
office political machine, employee burnout and much, much more!
Track 1: Human Resources and the Law — What
Every HR Professional Needs to Know
This track addresses the very latest legislative
changes, court rulings, legal best practices and other need-to-know issues
facing HR professionals. From new amendments and legislation affecting OSHA,
FLSA, ADA, FLMA, and HIPAA to the latest legal trends in supervision,
discrimination and diversity, this track covers the emerging legal developments
that affect HR practices and procedures.
News from the Hill
If there is one thing you can count on when it comes to the U.S. government,
it's change. Keeping up can be exhausting, especially when you're pulled in a
thousand different directions due to your day-to-day responsibilities. This
session will help you stay on top of critical issues, new court rulings, changes
in federal regulations and other key legal trends affecting your organization
and its employees.
- Up-to-the-minute changes, revisions and
legislative decisions handed down by the government
- How does GINA (Genetic Information
Non-Discrimination Act) affect you?
- OSHA — stay abreast of recent changes and
- COBRA — updates, changes and requirements that
will affect your employees
- Payroll tax updates: critical information you
must not overlook
- News from the Supreme Court: decisions that
will impact your organization
What You Should Know About the FMLA (Family
Medical Leave Act)
The FMLA offers federally-mandated protection for employees who wish to take
leave for medical reasons including illness, caring for a family member or
caring for a new child. In this session, you'll discover what's new, what's
critical and what can land you in legal hot water regarding complex FMLA
regulations, rules and requirements.
- Who is eligible for benefits under the FMLA?
- What are the FMLA's notification requirements
for employees/employers when employees are seeking to use FMLA leave?
- What are an employee's rights under the FMLA?
- How can you best manage reduced schedules and
intermittent absences due to FMLA leave
- What is the exact definition of "Fitness for
- In which instances can paid leave be
substituted for unpaid FMLA leave?
- Job protection: what you must do to ensure
compliance with federal statutes
- How to avoid legal concerns regarding the ADA
(Americans with Disabilities Act)
Information, Updates and Administrative
Procedures Regarding the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act)
Since the FLSA was put into place in 1938, there have been numerous amendments,
additions and revisions. This session guides you through the latest developments
regarding the FLSA, and provides the knowledge you need to keep accurate
records, classify and compensate your employees correctly and keep track of
- How to determine whether your employees are
covered by FLSA provisions
- Learn the individual employee coverage rules
under which most workers are covered
- Exempt and non-exempt employees — what you
need to know now
- How does the FLSA define the term "hours
- How many hours per day can an employee work
before they must be paid overtime?
- How is overtime decided according to FLSA
- Is overtime pay required by the FLSA for
weekend or night work?
- Employees vs. contractors: What are the
differences? How do you determine pay rates for contractors?
Social Media and Employment Law
Social media has become the newest way for people to connect, stay in touch,
keep up and, unfortunately for businesses, waste time at work. How do you set a
Social Media Policy that is fair and balanced for your employees? Should you
block or limit access to certain platforms? This session will address the very
latest legal issues surrounding social media and help you develop a policy that
is right for your organization and your employees.
- 6 things you should know about social media
and the workplace
- How to establish and maintain a Social Media
Policy within your organization
- What are an employee's legal rights when it
comes to posting online? Who owns the posts? Who has access?
- What actions involving social media could lead
to an employee's termination?
- Social media and the law — what stands up in
court if an incident leads to a lawsuit?
- Where does the concept of free speech fit in?
How does that affect your organization's legal actions?
Track 2: Essential Skills for Every HR
Human Resources is complex, fast-paced and
constantly evolving. To succeed, you've got to be able to think on your feet,
juggle numerous priorities with poise and confidence, and uphold the letter of
the law — all the while serving as an advocate for your employees and a champion
for your organization. This track addresses critical skills that will help you
perform your job more effectively, more easily and enjoy yourself in the
Communication Skills for the HR Professional
Communication is the key to creating a work environment in which employees feel
valued and respected, and are motivated and enthusiastic in their work. Your
ability to communicate effectively also has a powerful effect on your
organization at all levels. This session introduces a host of specific tools and
techniques to improve and refine your communication skills.
- How to use written and verbal communication
skills to set the tone for your organization
- What you say can hurt you: how to protect
yourself and your organization from communication blunders that can land you
in legal hot water
- Strategies for coaching, counseling,
disciplining and firing employees
- How to conduct a performance review that is
effective, motivating and legally sound
- Tips for evaluating and measuring employee
- What to do when employee conflicts arise: your
role as mediator
Social Media — The New Face of Recruiting
Social media has become the newest tool in the recruiter's arsenal … and it has
quickly proven to be effective for gathering preliminary information, weeding
out unqualified candidates, checking references and reaching out to potential
candidates online. In this session, we'll take a look at how HR recruiters can
get the most out of social media, examine legal issues and concerns and help you
develop a social media recruiting action plan.
- How to use sites like Facebook®, LinkedIn® and
Twitter® for recruiting candidates
- Using social media to find candidates who may
not be actively job searching
- Legal guidelines to follow regarding the use
of online information to screen candidates
- How to avoid infringement of privacy or
discriminatory practices when using social media for recruiting
The Top Five Employment Issues and How to
As an HR professional, you deal day in and day out with employee issues — the
good, the bad and the ugly! After interviewing scores of HR professionals to
discover which behaviors and situations really push their buttons, we've
narrowed down the top five: attitude, attendance, performance, politics and
burnout. In this fascinating session, we'll work through them, one by one.
- What to do when poor attitudes, negative
behavior and difficult personalities are infecting your organization
- How to deal with people who are chronically
tardy, slip out of work early, take too many sick days or rack up other
- How to get employees back on track when
performance takes a nosedive — and management turns to you for help
- If the political maneuverings at your
organization are starting to create an unhealthy work environment, here's how
to take back control
- Discover how to coach, counsel and motivate
burned out employees to help them re-energize and recapture their positive
HR Evolution: The Future of Human Resources
How is the HR role transforming itself in the coming decade? In this session,
we'll look at ways to fast track your career and become a more indispensable,
valued member of your organization. Learn how to establish strategic
partnerships with upper level management, become an agent for positive change,
make your voice heard when it comes to company policies and directives, and
become more involved in the future of your organization.
- HR and business ethics — what you must know
- HR 2.0 — bold new technologies to help you
work smarter and accomplish more
- How to work with telecommuters, mobile and
- Global HR: workforce diversity to meet the
demands of a new future
- In or Out — the new option of outsourced HR
- HR ROI — the human element
Seminar Check-In: 8:30 AM Seminar Class 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM