2020 Spring Human Resources Conference

2020 Spring Human Resources Conference

Hershey Country Club
1000 E Derry Rd | Hershey, PA 17033-1244
Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 8 am to 3 pm
(Registration begins at 8:00am)

Member Price: $350 | Non-Member Price: $400


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2020 Spring Human Resources Conference—a complement to our very popular Annual HR Conference, the purpose of the Spring Human Resources Conference is to cover in-depth a handful of topics that are not only “hot,” but those that HR professionals have told us are among the most confusing and difficult to comply with.

Our presenters—top experts in their field with years of comprehensive human resources experience—will walk you through compliance details, help you understand what you need to do to protect your company, and help to make your tough job a little easier.

NEW this year! One conference: Two Full-Day Learning Tracks

For the first time we are offering one conference with two full-day learning tracks:

Back to Basics – HR Fundamentals—with companies bringing on many new hires in the area of human resources, this track presents helpful guidance on where to begin, the priorities and best practices, and how to manage the vast array of compliance regulations and documents to ensure that their company is doing things right. Not only for those getting started in HR, but HR Fundamentals is also an excellent refresher for seasoned HR professionals who want a review of the key basics.

Critical HR Issues—for the more experienced human resources professional we will concentrate on advanced and emerging issues of critical importance, from the continuing problem of possible workplace violence to the sharp increase in all types of discrimination claims, how to monitor remote and flexible work arrangements to answers to the changing landscape of employee benefits.

What You’ll Learn Track 1: Back to the Basics—HR Fundamentals

  • Fundamentals for the New HR Professional—we’ll help you get started by covering the three big areas of employment law that laid the groundwork for the many rules that followed: Fair Labor Standards Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. And we’ll review a few other important tips when getting started in human resources.
  • Documentation Snapshot—because of the serious consequences if not handled properly, documentation is one of the most important assignments facing HR professionals. We will explain the documents that are included in the personnel file and in the medical file, how long you must retain them, when and how you should legally destroy/shred records, and more.
  • ADA/FMLA Basics and When These Two Laws Overlap—while mostly “on or off requirements” and not an approval process, these laws can be extremely confusing, not only in how they are applied, but how they interact: you might be OK with one and not the other. We will discuss the basic elements of each law, how they can overlap, and steps to consider when you’re dealing with aspects of the laws that overlap.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act and Avoiding Common Wage and Hour Mistakes—one of the most challenging responsibilities for any HR professional, we will walk you through calculating overtime, wage rates, shift rate change; when to pay on call and travel time; and the earnings thresholds exempting professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.

What You’ll Learn Track 2: Critical HR Issues

  • Preventing Potential Workplace Violence Incidents—from the HR perspective, we’ll discuss the red flags that could indicate an employee may be prone to violence, strategies to use to prevent the potential for violence when an employee needs to be disciplined or terminated, and keeping employees safe who travel on business.
  • Conducting Investigations of Discrimination Claims—with discrimination claims increasing at an alarming rate—especially those of retaliation, sex orientation, and religion—it is vitally important that HR handles the investigation correctly to protect the company from liability. We’ll cover how to prepare for and conduct a proper investigation, when to call in an attorney, and tips including some things you should never say.
  • Handling Remote and Flexible Work Arrangements—Millennials want flexibility and Gen-Xers like being at home, but are they able to maintain the same productivity levels as in the office? We’ll describe policies to have in place, the technology that enables your employees to get the work done, and where the line is when using apps that monitor what your employees are doing.
  • Emerging Trends in Healthcare and Employee Benefits—an area that requires a lot of time from HR, employee benefits programs, and especially healthcare benefits, are undergoing continuous change. While it can be a challenge keeping up, a benefits package can help attract and keep talent. We will discuss emerging trends, what today’s workers value in their plans, and the most common questions about healthcare and benefits plans asked by companies of various sizes.

Access and network with 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!

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 5
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 5
Human Resource Certification Institute SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 5
SHRM Preferred Provider SHRM-CP ™ / SHRM-SCP ™ PDC's 5

For questions on Continuing Education credit certifications for this event, please contact Susan Smith, 717.720.5457 |

Event Venue

Hershey Country Club

1000 E Derry Rd | Hershey, PA 17033-1244

Please note that The Hershey Country Club does not have overnight sleeping rooms, so overnight room reservations can be made at the Hershey Lodge, which is located approximately 2 – 3 miles from the Country Club.  The Hershey Lodge has blocked rooms at a special rate of $159 for conference attendees for the evening of March 25, 2020. This room block will be held until February 28, 2020, then it will be released and the hotel may or may not have availability.    Call 855.729.3108 or 717.533.3311 to make your overnight room reservations, and advise the booking agent that you are attending the PA Chamber’s Spring HR Conference.  You can also do this online:

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