Agenda

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

8:30am – Noon: Payroll Compliance Workshop

(Separate registration required) Payroll may be the most heavily regulated aspect of HR. And these regulations have teeth. The Payroll Compliance Workshop will offer updated compliance guidance on topics like timekeeping … expense reimbursement … travel pay … garnishments … ACA reporting … and more. Trainer: Attorney Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert. Learn more at PayrollComplianceWorkshop.com

12:00 – 3:00 PM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

3:00 – 5:00pm PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Choose between these two informative sessions presented by accomplished, nationally recognized experts:

HIGH PERFORMANCE ON A LOW BUDGET (OR NO BUDGET!): ENGAGEMENT AND MOTIVATIONAL MAGIC
STRATEGIC TRACK: A highly motivated and engaged staff means peak efficiency and better retention (no small thing in a tight job market). But can you make a difference at little or no impact on an already stretched budget? YES – if you understand what employees really want. We’ll confront the causes of the disengagement crisis and offer tested solutions.

HR INVESTIGATIONS: GET THEM RIGHT OR PAY THE PRICE
COMPLIANCE TRACK: A bungled workplace investigation can cost you severely – ask the company whose HR team messed up to the tune of a $15 million legal judgment. Discover how to plan your investigation … choose your investigator … and document every step. We’ll also provide sample templates of investigation forms and checklists to make your job easier.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

6:30 – 7:30 AM
RISE AND SHINE: WORKOUT AND WELLNESS CHAT (ON THE MGM POOL DECK)

Jump-start your day with a fun 30-minute light group workout, followed by a discussion about health and wellness at your company … and in your personal life, led by Kristin DiDomenico of KristinFitness.com. Feel better and start your day with some “Net-working Out.”

7:30 – 9:00 AM REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 – 10:00 AM
KEYNOTE PANEL: USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DATA TO BOOST COMPLIANCE – AND DO YOUR JOB BETTER

STRATEGIC & COMPLIANCE TRACK: Just as “Moneyball” led baseball into an era of analytics, AI and data are doing the same for HR. A full 66% of executives feel that artificial intelligence can drive “significant value” in HR. AI may soon change everything from onboarding and leave administration to gauging employee moods! Our presenters (a noted attorney AND an AI expert) will explain this brave new world – both in terms of its impact on your work AND your company’s regulatory compliance.

10:00 – 10:45 AM
10 COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES THAT MAKE YOUR MESSAGE HEARD – AND UNFORGETTABLE

STRATEGIC TRACK: Effective communication is both art and science. How do you combine them to create unforgettable messages? This keynote offers a unique opportunity to revamp your communication process – helping you bring a fresh approach to sending messages to employees so they are not only better understood, but accepted. Discover the top 10 methods of creating messages that resonate – encouraging greater creativity and expanding your tools to initiate organizational change.

10:45 – 11:00 AM REFRESHMENT BREAK & ROOM CHANGE

11:00 – 11:50 AM: BREAKOUT SESSION #1

Option 1: SOLVING TRICKY PAY ISSUES
COMPLIANCE TRACK:  As federal and state agencies increase payroll scrutiny, you can’t afford to make mistakes on tricky issues like travel pay … whether you can force employees into direct deposit (or paycards) … vacation policy … final paychecks … and managing PTO balances. Get in compliance and never again wonder “Am I doing it right?”

Option 2: EMPLOYEE WELLNESS – BEST PRACTICES AND HIDDEN COMPLIANCE RISKS
STRATEGIC TRACK: Discover the most popular (and most effective) corporate strategies to get your employees healthy – and cut your costs. Plus, if your company has a wellness program and collects fitness and health data, you face thorny issues of privacy, data collection, HIPAA and other HR issues. Keep your wellness program in shape and in compliance.

11:50 – 12:00 PM ROOM CHANGE AND BREAK

12:00 – 1:15 PM
LUNCH & SPECIAL PRESENTATION: RISK, REWARD, AND CANNIBALISM? HR LESSONS FROM THE DONNER PARTY

Keynote speaker Karl Ahlrichs is a direct descendant of the leader of the Donner Party, the 1846 wagon train made famous by misguided choices that resulted in dangerous conditions, hardships, and ultimately, tragedy. But 173 years later, valuable HR lessons can be distilled from the ashes of this ill-fated misadventure. Karl turns his interest in history into a lesson anyone in authority – or dealing with authority – needs to hear.

1:30 – 2:15 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION #2

Option 1: EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: COMMUNICATING TO EMPLOYEES, SELLING TO CANDIDATES
STRATEGIC TRACK: HR isn’t simple. We handle complex issues and are faced with multiple audiences with very short attention spans. In this fast-paced session, we’ll outline HR issues on the horizon, and share ways to get employee and new hire buy-in using updated communication methods. Most importantly, we will discuss several proven methods for reaching all generations, including the newest generation (Gen Z) emerging in our work lives.

Option 2: EMPLOYEE LEAVE WORKSHOP
COMPLIANCE TRACK: Perhaps no other issue causes more HR headaches than employee leave. From intermittent leave to FMLA abuse to pregnancy accommodation and more, every decision made by you or your management team has the potential to trigger lawsuits. Join a top employment attorney for this give-and-take session that will show how much you have to give – and how much you have to take!

2:30 – 3:15 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION – MARIJUANA IN THE WORKPLACE: HAVE YOUR TESTING AND POLICIES GONE TO POT?
STRATEGIC TRACK & COMPLIANCE TRACK: The complex maze of state and federal laws on marijuana usage – along with an increasingly relaxed public attitude – have left employers and HR in a haze about what to do on pot-related questions: Can testing cost you good candidates in a tight job market? Is it legal to prohibit off-duty usage? How do you juggle disability laws, FMLA and safety? Our expert panel will finally clear the air on these key issues.

3:15 – 3:30 PM BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

3:30 – 4:15 PM
PANEL: HR LESSONS FROM THE TRENCHES – AND FROM THE EXPERTS

STRATEGIC TRACK: Join 3 VPs of HR – with a combined 75 years of experience – to hear their “If I only knew then what I know now” moments. You’ll benefit from their expertise and learn how to emulate their success (and avoid their mistakes), as you discover the ways they’ve skillfully managed people … regulations … and their own incredible careers.

4:15 – 5:00 PM
FUN SESSION, CLOSING & FIRST PRIZE DRAWING

HR is far from fun and games – but our closing session will be! You’ll laugh AND learn, with an interactive game that will review the day’s teaching with a lighter touch. Prizes will be awarded to game winners, plus we’ll hold our First Prize drawing!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

6:30 – 7:15 AM
RISE AND SHINE: GROUP WALK, STRETCH AND WELLNESS TALK

Start your Friday with a group walk and light stretching/yoga session, followed by a discussion about tips for easing stress in your personal life.

8:00 – 9:00 AM
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Here’s your chance to find custom solutions to your toughest compliance AND strategic problems. Spend a fast-paced 20 minutes at the table of your choice – each on a different topic that you can discuss with our expert. After 20 minutes you can switch to a second table, and then a third. Topics will include: Employment Law • Hiring • Wage/Payroll • Employee Leave • Wellness • HR Strategy • Harassment/Problem Employees.

Ashley Eddy Kott, VP & Legal Counsel at MGM

9:00 – 9:45 AM
FRIDAY KEYNOTE: 5 MANAGER MISTAKES THAT COULD LAND YOU IN HOT WATER

COMPLIANCE TRACK: Most employment lawsuits aren’t triggered by great injustices, but by simple manager mistakes, miscues, and misunderstandings. These tiny slights (real and perceived) can start the snowball rolling toward the courtroom. In this eye-opening session, MGM Resort’s top lawyer (and a former HR VP) explains the most common manager mistakes that may spell legal disaster for your organization. Use these points as a checklist to shore up YOUR company’s compliance.

9:45 – 10:30 AM
#MeToo 2.0: BEYOND HARASSMENT AND BULLYING TO ACTUAL CULTURE CHANGE  
More and more, courts are less and less tolerant of employees (and executives) who harass and bully their co-workers. It’s up to you to provide a safe workplace – and the best way to do this is by changing your company culture. It isn’t easy, but it’s necessary – and our expert panel will share the secrets to their success.

10:30 – 10:45 AM BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

10:45 – 11:30 AM BREAKOUT SESSION #3 – CHOOSE FROM:

Option 1: REMOTE WORKERS: HOW TO HIRE, MANAGE AND MAXIMIZE OFF-SITE TEAM MEMBERS
STRATEGIC TRACK: In today’s connected world, more employees are doing work “out there” – in far-flung locations or simply at home in their pajamas. Remote employees don’t need micro-management, but they do need to be held accountable … know what is expected … and be given regular coaching. We’ll review how to identify … assess … and supervise remote workers for optimum success.

Option 2: “BULLET-PROOF” YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK
COMPLIANCE TRACK: Every handbook contains mistakes that plaintiff’s attorneys can use against you. Transform your employee handbook from a lawsuit waiting to happen into a useful roadmap for your employees. There are errors found in 90% of all employee handbooks. We’ll help you find yours, so that you can defuse this ticking time bomb.

11:30 – 11:45 AM BREAK/ROOM CHANGE

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
TAKEAWAYS, GIVEAWAYS & ANSWERS TO YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS

Our HR Specialist Summit wrap-up session provides a lightning-round overview of the most important points our experts want you to put to work when you get home, plus answers to your questions. And we’ll also be awarding our Grand Prize!

1:30 – 3:30 PM
POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Take a break after the general sessions conclude, and then come back to participate in one of the following special focused programs presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

HOW TO “MARIE KONDO” YOUR WORK – AND LIFE
STRATEGIC TRACK: Most of us spend a lot of time looking for things or doing things over. Where is that report? Where did I put my keys? How did I miss that meeting? But getting organized alleviates stress – and puts you in control. Discover how to assess your current situation … build goals … and develop a plan to “spark joy” in your professional AND personal life.

CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW: 2019 COMPLIANCE UPDATE
COMPLIANCE TRACK: Many employees (and their savvy attorneys) see golden opportunities in the Golden State – to sue you! This session will summarize new laws, litigation and liabilities in the state that leads the nation in workplace protections. This program will be useful for those who manage staff in California, and others interested in tracking the latest trends (given that developments in California tend to spread east).

Topics and speakers subject to change.