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A one-day event focusing on the hottest HR issues—what you must know to manage your many vital roles, keep employees safe and happy ... and stay out of court! (see full course description)


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Training Course Syllabus:

The Conference on Human Resources Issues

Program Description:

We provide proven, real-world strategies and the most timely HR information available ... you decide what’s most important to you.

We go further than your typical HR courses—every session not only offers the latest information, but also provides ideas on how to apply what’s learned in the real-life situations you encounter every day. Here’s a sampling of what you can expect ...

•Straightforward and comprehensive explanations of exempt vs. nonexempt and FLSA’s classification standards
•Tips and expert advice on staying ADA-compliant and eliminating the worry of the EEOC knocking on your door
•The most creative and effective recruiting techniques that make your organization stand out in the world of high-stakes talent competition
•How and why organizations are “upping their game” by expanding diversity efforts to build a culture of inclusion that encompasses employee attitudes, management approaches—even stylized benefit options
•The latest information on FMLA abuse, medical marijuana in the workplace, harassment training and other hot-button issues currently affecting HR

You’re invited to join with other local HR professionals in a special, can’t-miss event. This unique two-track conference was designed for people who juggle the demands and high-stakes responsibilities of human resources every day—everything from hiring and onboarding to creating a culture of inclusion, from performance reviews to termination—and who must know how to confidently navigate the legal minefields of HR practices and procedures.

As an HR pro, you understand how important it is to keep up on all the changing laws and regulations, plus you want to stay current on which new methods and techniques work—and which don’t—by networking with the leaders in your field. But, if you’re like most, it’s hard to find the time—or room in the budget.

That’s why this conference is so valuable. It’s designed as a convenient, low-cost way to get you up to speed on the HR skills, laws and practices that you need to know—in just one day, shoulder to shoulder with your human resources peers.

Seating is limited, so enroll now to reserve your spot. We’re certain you’ll find this event a great source of up-to-the-minute information and confidence-boosting tips and techniques.

Seminar Agenda:

Track One: Stay on Top of Legal and Compliance Issues

Exempt vs. Nonexempt: Understanding FLSA’s classification standards

•The top 10 wage and hour mistakes
•Where things stand regarding implementation of the DOL’s final overtime rule under the FLSA
•Circumstances for which you can suspend pay for exempt employees
•Exempt classifications under the FLSA
•The basic rules for nonexempt employee classification
•The dangers of rewarding exempt employees for extra work

Preventing FMLA abuse

•Learn common ways employees abuse FMLA leave
•Understand what your company’s legal rights are under the FMLA
•Learn about the medical certificates employees must provide and what you can do if they don’t
•Find out what company policies should be adopted to discourage abuse
•Learn about employee privacy rights and how you can request a second medical opinion under the FMLA

Staying ADA-compliant and avoiding an EEOC visit

•What is required by law
•3 situations in which reasonable accommodation may not be needed
•Limits to the employer’s duty to accommodate
•Steps for identifying and providing a reasonable accommodation
•Mental illness and depression under the ADA: The variety of reasonable accommodations possible to address mental illness—and those beyond the scope of the Act
•Your organization’s rights: When you can refuse the accommodation

Fending off harassment suits

•How the definition of hostile work environment has expanded dramatically
•What the courts have ruled about same-sex harassment—and how that affects you and your organization
•How to scrutinize your internal policies in light of recent court decisions about discrimination based on sexual preference
•Court decisions that affect the way you must screen, train and monitor for all forms of harassment
•How new rules on manager liability in the area of harassment may put you on the legal firing line

Medical marijuana in the workplace: Policies and practices for employers

•Understand medical marijuana use and the Americans with Disabilities Act
•Find out whether you can legally terminate an employee under the influence of medical marijuana
•Drug testing: What employers can and cannot do when an employee tests positive
•Safety and the workplace: Employer responsibilities under OSHA and the General Duty Clause
•Implications for federal contractors governed by the Drug-Free Workplace Act

Track Two: Hot Issues in HR and Employee Management

Recruiting, interviewing and hiring top talent

•How to ensure your job recruitment efforts put your organization ahead of the competition
•The pros and cons of using contract staffing and recruiters to fill internal positions
•Secrets to attracting and retaining key talent and professionals for high-demand positions
•Why a well-planned, structured approach to interviewing is critical (and why winging it is so dangerous)
•Interviewing strategies that get candid and revealing responses
•How to apply an objective and quantitative analysis that allows you to select the candidate that’s the best fit for the job
•The times have changed: Actions and steps employers should take before making an offer—or conditional offer
•Are you unknowingly promising job security when hiring? Beware—you could lose your right to terminate later

Effectively onboard and retain key talent

•Employee orientation vs. onboarding—what’s the big difference?
•3 tips to get your new employees quickly engaged in the company’s culture
•Simple strategies for quickly making new hires feel like part of the team
•How to make the case with senior management and avoid the oncoming talent drain
•Why creating a pipeline for talent and leadership development is critical to retention efforts
•How to create stronger manager-employee relationships that lead to greater satisfaction, loyalty and employee retention
•How to evaluate whether flextime, sabbaticals and other retention tools really pay off

Performance management—trends and strategies for improved processes

•Examine the new trend of a continuous review in place of the annual review
•Learn why many organizations are restructuring to focus and evaluate team performance over individual performance
•Setting clear goals and performance expectations for employees
•How to successfully integrate employee accountability into performance management and organizational culture
•How to give effective performance feedback to employees
•Critical components for every review and feedback session

Beyond diversity—building a culture of inclusion

•Understand why companies are shifting away from simple diversity efforts to build a culture of inclusion
•Generational and stage-of-life issues that impact workplace policies and may require immediate HR attention and action
•How to promote inclusion of cultural, racial, generational and stage-of-life differences
•Effectively manage an aging workforce and maximize key talent, organizational knowledge and experience
•Introducing the fifth generation—Gen Z—into the workplace: How to prepare your workplace to accommodate the unique needs of all generations
•Parental and guardian care—why this isn’t just a benefits issue and how to create an inclusive culture that’s family-friendly

Legally terminate for attitude problems

•How the courts define insubordination
•What attitude situations you can and can’t fire over
•3 tips that tell you when an employee must be fired
•What to say when letting go of employees who are liars, manipulators, hotheads, know-it-alls and more!
•The most effective way to confront workers who won’t admit they have an attitude problem
•The one time when it’s legally smarter not to fire troublemakers
•How to take the guilt out of firing an employee with an attitude problem


Our training seminars offer Continuing Education Credits (based on contact hours) upon completion. Credits are issued by The Continuing Education Center, Inc. according to the guidelines set forth by IACET. Please note that Continuing Education Credit approval is at the discretion of your licensing board; not all seminar topics are approved by all boards. Contact your licensing board or agency for specific information relating to your profession


Seminar Check-In  8:30 AM    Seminar Class 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Seminar Summary:

A one-day event focusing on the hottest HR issues—what you must know to manage your many vital roles, keep employees safe and happy ... and stay out of court! (see full course description)

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