Agenda


Wednesday, October 20: Preconference sessions

8:30am – Noon

PAYROLL COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP
The Payroll Compliance Workshop will help you improve every facet of your payroll operations. Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert, will provide up-to-date compliance advice on topics like the new W-4 … key changes to W-2s and 1099s … timekeeping … expense reimbursement … garnishments … payroll rules for remote workers … and more. ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Summit attendees receive a 20% discount on this morning workshop.


3:00 – 5:00 pm

Pre-conference sessions. Choose from:

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BULLET-PROOF YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK
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 litigation time bomb.

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THE BEST HIRING, ONBOARDING & RETENTION STRATEGIES FOR A POST-COVID WORLD
The pandemic changed the rules of the hiring game. So why are you using the same playbook? In this fast-moving session, learn the best step-by-step strategies to recruit the top candidates in today’s economy, onboard them correctly and keep them engaged. Take the guesswork out of recruiting and retention.

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Thursday, October 21: COMPLIANCE DAY

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6:45 – 7:30 am
RISE AND SHINE YOGA
Jump-start your day with an energizing 30-minute yoga session followed by discussion about health and wellness at your company … and in your personal life. Feel better and have more energy by starting your day with some “Net-working Out.”


7:30 – 9:00 am
NETWORKING BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION


9:10 – 10:00 am
HR AT THE CROSSROADS OF RACE, POLITICS & SOCIAL MEDIA IN TODAY’S WORKPLACE
HR departments can no longer separate themselves from the hot-button issues of the day. Join Kimya Johnson, a prominent Philadelphia attorney and community leader, to discover how HR leaders can equip themselves—both strategically and legally—to positively address these cultural changes. Find out how to create an action plan, communicate with employees and build a more cohesive, resilient workforce.


10:00 – 10:45 am
COVID-19: MANAGING THE LEGAL SIDE EFFECTS & PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR HR
First came the virus, then came the lawyers. As employees return to workplaces, it’s critical to understand HR’s legal responsibilities to continue to protect employees’ health while preventing legal trouble. Our expert panel will provide up-to-date advice on HR’s legally smart steps with return-to-work … vaccines … employee leave … accommodations … recordkeeping … privacy … and more.


10:45 – 11:00 am BREAK and REFRESHMENTS


11:00 – 11:50 am
BREAKOUT SESSION #1. Choose from:

  1. PERSONNEL RECORDKEEPING: WHAT TO KEEP, WHAT TO TOSS
    In employment litigation, the winner is often the best-documented side. HR laws carry strict recordkeeping requirements—AND stiff penalties. Discover how to develop an effective records management strategy, including legally safe guidelines for retention, storage and deletion (of both your paper and electronic records).
  2. DAZED & CONFUSED: HR COMPLIANCE WITH CHANGING MARIJUANA LAWS
    The fast-changing—and often contradictory—federal and state laws on marijuana usage have left HR in a haze. This workshop will clear the air on how to legally manage off-duty usage … testing … safety concerns … pre-employment
    screening … and more.

Noon – 1:15 pm
Plated lunch & special presentation:
POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH: REBUILDING THE EMOTIONAL HEALTH OF YOUR WORKFORCE

The past 18 months have been a gut punch to every one of your employees. Dr. Dennis Davis, one of America’s leading experts on employee relations, explains how organizations (and HR in particular) can help restore their employees’ emotional health and assist workers who continue to struggle.


1:30 – 2:15 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION #2. Choose from:

  1. WAGE & HOUR COMPLIANCE: 2021 AND BEYOND
    No other area of HR creates more confusion (and greater litigation peril) than wage-and-hour issues—especially with the spike in remote work. This session provides a real-world review of the current liabilities and the timely best practices on classifications, pay equity, overtime and more.
  2. BE AWARE & PREPARE: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION
    The pandemic pushed employee stress to a whole new level, and that has sparked more conflict among co-workers. Discover the key triggers that lead to conflict at work and the simple steps to defuse them. Also, find out what you can do to prevent violent outbursts at work (including making changes to your hiring and terminations).

2:30 – 3:15 pm
EMPLOYMENT LAW MASTER CLASS: 2021 UPDATE & WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2022
Our panel of top employment lawyers will brief you on the most important legal issues affecting HR today. We’ll walk you through the best practices on each topic—in English, not legalese—and the steps to stay in compliance. Plus, we’ll pull out our crystal ball and tell you what to prepare for in 2022 and beyond.


3:15 – 3:30 pm BREAK and REFRESHMENTS


3:30 – 4:15 pm
MANAGING EMPLOYEE LEAVE: AVOID THE HURRICANE OF FMLA & ADA CLAIMS
This past year took an already confusing issue and added a whole new layer of complexity. Stop wondering about employee leave … and start complying with confidence. This session (updated for all the 2020–21 laws) shows you how to successfully handle the most challenging leave requests that can require compliance with the FMLA, ADA, workers’ comp and other laws.


4:15 – 4:45 pm
WORST BOSS EVER! Picking your boss’s Halloween costume? Typing their kids’ term papers? Delivering their urine specimen? You ain’t heard nothin’ yet! The producers of the HR Specialist Summit share their survey results to find the craziest things bosses ever asked their employees to do—things you’ll never see on a job description. BONUS: Guess the real stories and win a prize!


4:45 – 5:00 pm
CLOSING & FIRST-PRIZE DRAWING. We’ll wrap up Day One with a quick review of what you’ve learned during the day—and we’ll also hold a drawing to select our lucky First Prize winner! Then the French Quarter awaits!

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Friday, October 22:
STRATEGY AND TACTICS DAY

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6:45 – 7:30 am
RISE AND SHINE WALK
Start your Friday with a group walk in New Orleans and a light stretching session—led by an expert personal trainer—including 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 an expert. After 20 minutes you can switch to a second table, and then a third. Topics will include: Hiring/Retention, Comp & Benefits, Employment Law, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Leave, Wellness.


9:00 – 9:45 am
THE WHOLE EMPLOYEE: DESIGNING A HEALTHIER WORKPLACE TO ACHIEVE WORKER WELL-BEING
Discover the new way Americans work with an integrated Total Worker Health approach to advancing employees’ well-being. The result: a happier and healthier workforce! This illuminating session—from a leader at the CDC’s National
Institute of Occupational Safety and Health—provides field-tested, practical steps to optimize work for today’s workforce and generations to come.


9:45 – 10:30 am
THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN WORKPLACE & HR’s NEW ROLE

COVID challenged every conventional view of working, including where, when and how work gets done. What have we learned—and how can HR use this knowledge to shape the future workplace? Join our panel for some big-picture thinking and practical, hands-on advice to take back to your own workplace.


10:45 – 11:30 am BREAK and REFRESHMENTS


10:45 – 11:30 am
BREAKOUT SESSION #3. Choose from:

  1. HACKING HR: HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR HR TECHNOLOGY DECISIONS IN 2021 AND BEYOND
    Getting the right mix of technology—and using it to its fullest capacity—is essential for successful HR. But most HR people aren’t tech gurus. In this workshop, discover (in plain English) the best ways to leverage HR technology to automate your HR process. Find out which innovations you should be demanding from your providers.
  2. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: WHAT EMPLOYEES WANT & NEED IN A POST-COVID WORLD
    If your employee benefit plan has been on autopilot the past few years, you’ve made a mistake. In this eye-opening session, discover which benefits employees crave these days, what they no longer need and how the pandemic rewrote the benefits guide. Also, you’ll learn the necessary compliance changes for the upcoming open
    enrollment season.

11:45 – 12:15 pm
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE 2021 SUMMIT
Our traditional HR Specialist Summit wrap-up session provides a lightning-round overview of the most important takeaway points that our experts want you to put to work when you get home. Use this session to create a post-conference Action Plan.


12:15 pm
CLOSING AND GRAND PRIZE DRAWING

We’ll answer any final questions and award our Grand Prize—a $1,575.00 value!


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 complementary workshops:

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1. INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS: GET ’EM RIGHT OR PAY THE PRICE
When you conduct a workplace investigation, it’s not just the employee under scrutiny—it’s YOU. Every facet requires careful attention AND scrupulous documentation. Discover the best practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid. AND we’ll give you sample templates of investigation forms and checklists to make your job easier.

2. ADVANCED DECISION-MAKING WORKSHOP: SOLVING UNSOLVABLE HR DILEMMAS
No skill is more important in business today than the ability to understand, analyze and act quickly. HR pros who are savvy critical thinkers can cut through the information overload to make correct decisions. This workshop will help you enhance your decision-making skills in both your work and personal lives.

3. LOUISIANA EMPLOYMENT LAW WORKSHOP
If you do any business in Louisiana, this indispensable training and Q&A session will help you make sure your organization is in total compliance with all employment laws, regulations and court rulings in the state.