2019 Annual Human Resources Conference—considered the premier event in Pennsylvania for human resources education and training, the PA Chamber’s Annual HR Conference is the one place where HR professionals can get the most up-to-date information on the timeliest topics from top national and Pennsylvania experts: not only advice and strategies on handling the hottest issues that require attention today, but what companies should be doing to prepare for what is coming in 2020.
The event kicks off with opening keynote: The Silver Tsunami and the Critical Need for Succession Planning. By 2025, 75 percent of the global workforce will be Millennials—truly the future workforce. Most businesses, however, are failing to plan for this next generation of leadership; businesses are failing to develop leadership skills: communication skills, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and leadership decision-making. On top of that, a proactive investment in the development of future leaders becomes a major retention tool, bringing significant cost savings by investing versus reactively replacing.
Through comprehensive professional development tracks for every level of experience, speakers provide tangible, practical steps and best practices that HR professionals can immediately apply to ensure their companies are doing the right things and to help make their difficult jobs a little easier:
- The Recently Issued Federal Wage & Hour Law Final Overtime Rule; The Flood of State and Local Employment Laws (Actual and Proposed)—with a mandatory effective date of January 1, 2020, companies have very little time to prepare for the U.S. DOL “final overtime rule,” and there are a surprising number of “traps” that companies must pay attention to. If time permits, the speakers will also cover the latest information on recent legal developments relative to the employer-employee relationship at the state and local levels, with an emphasis on trends and how HR can not only comply with them but also anticipate them in the development and implementation of policies and practices.
- Managing Challenges when the Employment Relationship Ends—one of the more difficult assignments for HR, proper planning and communicating helps maintain organizational morale and security while maintaining the dignity of the employee. We will discuss identifying the challenges, a checklist to guide the termination decision, mitigating the risk of retaliation and discrimination claims, handling the termination meeting and more.
- Medical Marijuana Implications—this is quickly becoming a challenge for businesses, particularly with its impact on employee drug testing. An individual can have it in their system, but not be under the influence. And for jobs requiring federal licensure it’s still illegal. We will discuss how to handle hiring if someone admits they are taking medical marijuana, positions you cannot offer due to safety reasons, monitoring employees’ use in the workplace and wellness programs.
- Shaping a Positive Corporate Culture—happy employees are productive, engaged and brand ambassadors for your organization. Yet different demographics have different perspectives and different needs. And with so many rapid changes in the business world—mergers, regulatory requirements, customer demands—it’s more important than ever to develop a positive corporate culture. We will discuss a process for transformation and the steps to shape and shift culture to one that is higher-performing with increased employee engagement, including the challenges, the solutions and the positive outcomes.
- Basic ADA and Reasonable Accommodations—as courts interpret and expand new types of accommodation—including anxiety, obesity, workplace burnout, and more—the process of determining a “reasonable” accommodation becomes very complicated. We will provide a review of the core components of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and strategies companies should follow to determine what is a reasonable accommodation, including an interactive process that determines when to accommodate—and when not to, as well as the need for job descriptions and defining essential functions.
- Talent Acquisition and Retention—while carefully choosing future employees and finding those who fit into the corporate culture is important, hiring is half the job. You have to be able to keep them: the most expensive employee is the one you have to keep replacing. We will discuss employer branding and targeted recruiting; mitigating implicit bias during the selection process, on boarding as part of retention strategy, flexibility and work life balance, generational considerations, and pay equity.
- Employee Health and Business Performance—while a good health plan is part of retention and overall employee satisfaction, today’s benefits packages are no longer a one size fits all—they must recognize that employee health, productivity and organizational performance are inextricably tethered together. We will discuss the changes driving the trends, with strategies to develop appropriate packages that meet the need of today’s employee—including workforce demographics disrupting the benefits game, innovations to control costs while improving outcomes, and voluntary benefits driving retention.
- Workplace Interactions, Conduct and Civility—with alarming lack of civility in public discourse and media, so too, hostile work environments and claims of harassment, retaliation and discrimination have been dramatically increasing. We need to know when behavior has crossed the line, and take into account those who are more easily offended and those who are not. In this highly-interactive dialogue, we will focus on navigating the gray areas to eliminate harassing behavior but still keep a collegial working environment; what to say and not to say when responding to complaints; responding to abusive behavior even if there has been no complaint; refraining from retaliatory conduct; and ensuring inclusion across gender lines.
Access and network with hundreds of your peers from across Pennsylvania. Gain important continuing education credits for HR professionals from SHRM and the HR Certification Institute. And visit with a variety of exhibitors, featuring consultants and companies showcasing a vast array of HR help and business services!