Agenda

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th

8:30 – Noon
Payroll Compliance Workshop (separate registration required)

Payroll may be the most heavily regulated aspect of HR. And HR can be held personally liable for some payroll violations. In this interactive workshop, attorney Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert, will cover topics like timekeeping … expense reimbursement … travel pay … garnishments … ACA reporting … and more. HR Specialist Summit attendees receive a 20% discount on the workshop! (See the full agenda at www.PayrollComplianceWorkshop.com)
SPEAKER: Alice Gliman

12:00 – 5:00pm
HR SPECIALIST SUMMIT REGISTRATION

3:00 – 5:00pm
PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

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

30 TOP TIPS, TOOL S & TECHNIQUES TO ATTRACT, SELECT & RETAIN TOP TALENT

STRATEGIC In this high-energy session, you’ll learn dozens of practical ideas to take the guesswork out of hiring and motivating great people – from frontline employees to execs. Internationally known hiring expert Mel Kleiman distills 30 years of practical experience to save you untold time and money.
SPEAKER: Mel Kleiman

COMPLIANCE FOR MULTI STATE OPERATIONS: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

COMPLIANCE Our 50 states are very different – and so are their employment laws. If you operate in more than one state, you need to be aware of rules on interviewing and hiring … wage/hour … employee leave … and many others. Employers with operations in more than one state will find solutions to all these challenging compliance issues
SPEAKER: Suzanne Martin

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th

6:30 – 7:30am

RISE AND SHINE: WORKOUT AND WELLNESS TALK (At the MGM Fitness Center)

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. Feel better and start your day with some “Net-working Out.”
SPEAKER: Kristin DiDomenico, KristinFitness.com

7:30 – 9:00am

REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 – 10:00am

THE 5 THINGS THAT KEEP HR UP AT NIGHT – AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THEM

STRATEGIC and COMPLIANCE If you’ve got employees, you’ve got employee problems. It’s up to you to keep your team AND your boss happy – while making sure you’re following ALL relevant laws. Our opening panel teams a top employment lawyer, a management expert and an in-the-trenches HR leader to provide solutions for the challenges you face every day.This fascinating session is sure to get The HR Specialist Summit off to a flying start!
PANEL: Mel Kleiman, Sandra McDonough, moderator Dan Kaplan

10:00 – 10:45am

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: THE NEW REALITY OF #MeToo AND THE MODERN WORKPLACE

STRATEGIC and COMPLIANCE No workplace is immune from the threat of a sexual harassment lawsuit – the sort of claim that can destroy morale, productivity and your company’s reputation. Discover the latest legal developments on this fast-changing topic, as our expert panel reveals the changes savvy HR professionals are making to their policies, procedures and culture.
PANEL: John Doran, Suzanne Martin

10:45 – 11:00am: ROOM CHANGE AND BREAK

11:00 – 11:50am: BREAKOUT SESSION #1 – CHOOSE FROM:

  • INCREASE YOUR BENEFITS IQ

    COMPLIANCE Your benefits package is greatly valued by your current AND prospective employees – sometimes even more than money. Be sure you’re up to speed on the latest in employee benefits. And discover how to navigate an increasingly complex maze of federal and state laws, regulations, and court decisions to make sure your benefit and compensation programs fully comply with all areas of the law.
    SPEAKER: Kathleen Bardunias

  • COMMUNICATING COMPLEX HR TOPICS TO EMPLOYEES WITH SHORT ATTENTION SPANS

    STRATEGIC The most comprehensive, well-thought-out HR policies are worthless if your employees can’t grasp them – and today’s benefits and total rewards programs are as expensive as they are complex. Join this new session to find out how to get employees (especially millennials) to look up from their phones and not only listen to you, but understand.
    SPEAKER: Karl Ahlrichs

11:50 – 12:00pm: ROOM CHANGE

12:00 – 1:15pm

LUNCH & SPECIAL PRESENTATION: DEBUNKING THE URBAN LEGENDS OF EMPLOYMENT LAW

COMPLIANCE Often, employees (and sometimes even HR specialists) rely on lore rather than the law in concluding what their “rights” are in the workplace. Employment superlawyer Joe Beachboard will examine the most common employment law myths, half-truths, legends and stories – and how you can (and MUST) deal with these misunderstandings in the workplace – from wrongful termination and employee classification to off-duty conduct, social media use and more.
SPEAKER: Joseph Beachboard

1:15 – 1:30pm: ROOM CHANGE

1:30 – 2:15pm: BREAKOUT SESSION #2 – CHOOSE FROM:

  • BETTER INTERVIEWING: MAKING SURE THAT WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

    STRATEGIC Interviewing and retention expert Mel Kleiman has trained thousands of HR pros and managers on how to recruit, select and retain great employees. He’ll share his secrets on topics ranging from the 5 most important questions to ask every applicant … what you should NEVER do in an interview … tips for avoiding “canned” answers to get to the truth … and many others.
    SPEAKER: Mel Kleiman

  • EMPLOYEE LEAVE: SURVIVING THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE OF FMLA, ADA AND WORKERS’ COMP

    COMPLIANCE Perhaps no single issue causes more HR headaches and confusion than employee leave. Add three different statutes to the mix, and you understand why. Join a top employment attorney to discover the top issues arising from the FMLA, ADA and workers’ compensation laws, along with best practices for handling all three.
    SPEAKER: Abe Howard-Gonzalez

2:15 – 2:30pm: ROOM CHANGE

2:30 – 3:15pm

EMPLOYMENT LAW 2018: TODAY’S HOT TOPICS AND A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL

COMPLIANCE You’ll receive an expert briefing on the most important HR law issues affecting your workplace this year, plus discover the key employment law topics you need to pay attention to in 2019 and beyond. Our panel of experts summarizes the key developments – in English, not legalese – with an eye toward how they affect your workplace and your work.
PANEL: John Doran, Abe Howard-Gonzalez, Sarah Arnett

3:15 – 3:30pm: BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

3:30 – 4:15pm

FINALLY SOLVING THE TALENT SHORTAGE: HOW TO RECRUIT & RETAIN THE BEST

STRATEGIC Applicants and employees have more options these days, and that means you have to work harder and be more creative in your recruiting and retention efforts. One of America’s leading HR gurus will highlight the best real-world tactics being used in workplaces to attract the blue-chip candidates and keep turnover low.
SPEAKER: Karl Ahlrichs

4:15 – 5:00pm

LAUGH & LEARN … and FIRST PRIZE DRAWING

Yes, HR can be funny. We’ll wrap up our Thursday program with a light session that also serves as a review of the key lessons learned from the day.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th

7:30 – 9:00am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND ‘SPEED DATING’ Q&A WITH SPEAKERS

Here’s your chance to find custom solutions to your toughest compliance AND strategic problems. Spend a fast-paced 25 minutes at the table of your choice – each on a different topic you can discuss with our expert. After 25 minutes switch to a second table, then a third. Here are the table topics (and expert at the table):

  • Benefits (Kathleen Bardunias)
  • Wage and Hour Law (Rick Etter)
  • Employee Leave (Abe Howard-Gonzalez)
  • Harassment/Problem Employees (Sandra McDonoughs)
  • Hiring and Retention (Mel Kleiman)
  • Onboarding (Amy Robinson)
  • HR Strategy (Dave Newton)

9:00 – 9:45am

KEYNOTE: HOW MGM’S HR TEAM ALIGNS COMPANY CULTURE, BRAND AND VISION

STRATEGIC MGM Resorts International recently launched its “Welcome to the Show!” branding campaign. In a unique partnership, MGM’s HR and marketing teams joined forces on a two-year process to transform culture AND align internal and external branding. MGM’s Chief HR Officer will share this journey with us. As an added bonus, allHR Specialist Summit attendees will receive a free copy of MGM’s “Leadership Playbook” previously available ONLY to their managers.
SPEAKER: Michelle DiTondo

9:45 – 10:30am

THE FIRST 90 DAYS: STEP-BY-STEP EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING

STRATEGIC Employees who participate in a structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to remain with the company after three years than those who do not. This engaging session provides a step-by-step practical 90-day strategy to welcome employees, get them up to speed and help them become fully engaged – resulting in better performance AND stronger retention.
SPEAKER: Amy Hirsh-Robinson

10:30 – 10:45am: BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

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

  • HR METRICS: USING INFORMATION TO INCREASE IMPACT AND INFLUENCE

    STRATEGIC Providing management with relevant data to track progress and evaluate success is key to helping your organization make better decisions. This session reveals the survey results of Summit attendees to determine the metrics HR pros are using – and discuss the ones they should be using.
    SPEAKER: Dave Newton

  • WAGE & HOUR 2018 UPDATE

    COMPLIANCE These days, HR pros must deal with a variety of new wage-and-hour compliance challenges. This session provides real-world case studies and advice to help you navigate this legal maze and comply with what’s new from Washington and the states.
    SPEAKER: Rick Etter

11:30 – 12:15pm

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

After the general sessions, join us for one of these free, special sessions by accomplished speakers:

  • BULLETPROOF YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK: AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

    COMPLIANCE Every handbook contains mistakes that plaintiff’s attorneys can use against you. Learn the changes needed to your handbook to maximize employee engagement and minimize your legal risk based on recent legal developments.
    SPEAKER: Rick Etter

  • THE 5 FIRSTS: A SIMPLE SYSTEM TO ONBOARD, ENGAGE AND RETAIN TOP TALENT

    STRATEGIC America’s guru on hiring and retention, Mel Kleiman, offers this easy five-step recipe that top organizations use to help new employees feel respected and valued from Day 1. Learn specific techniques to reduce turnover and create a highly engaged workforce.
    SPEAKER: Mel Kleiman