Agenda


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21: COMPLIANCE DAY


1:00 – 1:40pm ET

HR and the 2020 Election: A Look Into the Crystal Ball

Join two former congressmen – Hon. Scott Klug (R-WI) and Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) – who are now prominent employment-law attorneys, for an inside look at the 2020 election and how it will impact the workplace, your compliance responsibilities and the HR profession.


1:40 – 2:30pm ET

HR Compliance in a COVID World: New Laws, New Responsibilities

First came the virus … then came the lawyers. Every new coronavirus-related obligation dropped on HR this year—new leave laws, safety requirements, wages, accommodations—has triggered a spike in compliance requirements and employee lawsuits. Learn the practical steps to avoid and manage these new legal risks.  (Speakers: Dan Kaplan, Carrie Hoffman)


2:30 – 2:35pm ET BREAK


2:35 – 3:05pm ET

Employee Leave: How to Successfully Manage Difficult Situations

HR pros regularly cite “leave management” as their toughest task—and it’s gotten more complicated with the new Families First leave law. Stop wondering … and start complying with confidence. This session (updated for the new 2020 laws) shows you how to handle the most challenging leave requests that can simultaneously require compliance with the FMLA, EFMLA, the ADA and other laws, such as religion and pregnancy bias. (Speaker:  Chris Ward)


3:05 – 3:45pm ET

Terminations, RIFs and Returns: How to Legally Manage Employee Comings & Goings

Departures are the most legally dangerous part of an employee’s lifecycle. One mistake in the process—a discipline error or documentation slip-up—can spark years of litigation. Put an end to termination anxiety with the definitive, practical guidance, and learn how to bring back laid-off employees in the best way possible.  (Speakers: Monique Doucette, Bill Payne)


3:45 – 3:50pm ET BREAK


3:50 – 4:30pm ET

Wage & Hour Compliance 2020 & Beyond

Overtime disputes … employee misclassification … off-the-clock remote work. Perhaps no other area of HR creates more confusion (and greater financial peril) than wage-and-hour issues. We’ll conduct an in-depth review of the legal environment and best practices, helping you stay in compliance – and out of trouble. (Speaker: Mark Neuberger)


4:30 – 5:00pm ET

Weed & the Workplace: Mastering Compliance on Federal and State Marijuana Laws

The complex, fast-changing maze of federal and state laws on marijuana usage—along with an increasingly relaxed public attitude –has left employers and HR in a haze on how to manage testing … off-duty usage … safety concerns … pre-employment screening … and legal and regulatory compliance. We’ll help clear the air. (Speaker: Jennifer Betts)


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22: STRATEGY AND TACTICS DAY


1:00 – 1:40pm ET

KEYNOTE: Workplace Health and Safety in the Age of COVID-19: What a New Normal May Look Like

Heather MacDougal, Amazon’s vice president for workplace health and safety, will discuss Amazon’s real-time response to the pandemic, how it created and scaled new policies and operating procedures and implemented changes to processes across its global network in a matter of days and weeks, and how occupational health and safety may be permanently changed by COVID-19.  


1:40 – 2:20pm ET

The Remote Workforce: Lessons from 2020 to Maximize Engagement & Productivity   

2020 was the year of the remote employee. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to manage your remote employees. Discover the best practices learned over this year to set clear communication channels, metrics-based performance expectations, honest feedback and the best ways to help staff feel “connected” to the company and co-workers. A Stanford study says remote workers can actually be more productive than in-office workers—but only if they’re managed correctly.  (Speaker: Jay Forte)


2:20 – 2:25pm ET BREAK


2:25 – 3:05pm ET

HR 2022: The Future of HR, and what You Need to Know

How should you prepare for the future of HR? What worked up until 2020 may not be effective (or legal) any longer. Discover innovative trends that will impact the workplace (and your career) in the near future. Designing strategies to address these changes may make the difference in retaining your workforce – and even your job. The future of HR is the result of what you do right now! (Speaker: Amy Bakay)


3:05 – 3:45pm ET

Managing And Leading the Workplace Through Anxiety and Change    

2020 isn’t the “new normal.” It’s not normal. And HR professionals are being called on to direct the massive changes happening in every workplace. In this fast-paced session, you’ll learn a proven set of tools to manage your workforce through change, and better handle the ups and downs and anxieties in employees’ work and personal lives.  The result: an adaptable, resilient workforce that is comfortable with continuous change. (Speaker: Karl Ahlrichs)


3:45 – 3:50pm ET BREAK


3:50 – 4:30pm ET

Recruiting, Onboarding & Re-boarding in Today’s World

The rules of the hiring game have changed. But it’s still true that employees in structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to stay after three years. Our expert panel will give you the best step-by-step tips to recruit the best candidates, onboard them correctly, get them up to speed and become fully engaged. We’ll also explain how to handle the tricky process of “re-boarding” your employees after a furlough, disability leave or other extended absence.   (Speakers: Karl Ahlrichs, Jay Forte)


4:30 – 5:00pm ET

Diversity and Inclusion: Seize the Moment & Grow Your Business  

Developing an inclusive, diverse workforce is more than a “nice” thing to do. Research shows that diverse teams are more innovative and higher performing – and lead to an improved bottom line. Learn the secrets to getting diversity and inclusion right in your workplace, and to building a culture where everyone feels valued and heard. Providing top management with relevant information is key to getting HR that coveted “seat at the table.” (Speaker: Jeremy York)


Topics and speakers subject to change.