2020 Annual Human Resources Conference

2020 Annual Human Resources Conference

Virtual Event
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Friday, November 20, 2020

Member Price: $150 | Non-Member Price: $200

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The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for HR professionals this year, including an abrupt shift to telework, new paid leave requirements and additional health and safety guidelines in the workplace. At the same time, perennial employment challenges remained, and many employers experienced increased discrimination claims and a heightened awareness of the need for workforce diversity and inclusion.

Join the PA Chamber for a virtual two-day conference, as top experts provide the latest information and guidance on critical issues facing Pennsylvania employers. Designed for HR professionals of all experience levels, this comprehensive program will enhance participant understanding of key HR issues, help avoid costly compliance mistakes and provide actionable strategies to support your workforce in these uncertain times.

Program Highlights

  • Employment Law/HR Trends for 2021—Learn how COVID-19, potential new federal and state employment law mandates, and the 2020 Presidential Election may impact employers in 2021.
  • Personnel Record Management—Understand how to comply with federal, state and local requirements related to personnel records to avoid legal pitfalls and compliance related fines.
  • FLSA/Wage and Hour Compliance—Gain in-depth insight and learn best practices to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including Wage and Hour, recent changes to the earning threshold, and more.
  • Diversity and Leadership in the Workplace—Learn how businesses are building and sustaining workplace cultures rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion and how implementing diversity leadership strategies can improve your bottom line.
  • Emotional Well-Being Support During A Pandemic—Hear about short- and long-term strategies to effectively maintain a healthy, productive workforce and learn how to implement them.
  • Discrimination Claims—With discrimination complaints on the rise, learn best practices to protect your company from claims of workplace retaliation, and racial and age discrimination.

Registration includes access to all educational content, speaker presentations and handouts, a recording of the event and continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 8
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 8
SHRM Preferred Provider SHRM-CP ™ / SHRM-SCP ™ PDC's 8
Human Resource Certification Institute SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 10

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

About The Speaker

Day 1 Speakers
Jonathan Segal

Jonathan Segal (Keynote Speaker)

Jonathan Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in-house counsel, benefits administrators and managers at Duane Morris, at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, labor, benefits and immigration matters.

Jonathan has provided training to federal judges on harassment and other forms of bias. Jonathan also was appointed by the EEOC to its Select Task Force on Harassment. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and writes and speaks extensively for HR, legal and business groups on, among other issues, gender bias in general and sexual and other harassment in particular.

Alex Halper

Alex Halper (Keynote Speaker)

Alex Halper joined the PA Chamber’s Government Affairs team in 2011. He serves as a lobbyist for issues including labor/employment policy, education, workforce development, local tax policy, international trade and immigration. He serves on the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Advisory Council and the Governing Board of the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau.

Prior to joining the PA Chamber, Alex served as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. to former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. In this capacity, he worked on numerous areas of public policy, including transportation and infrastructure, homeland security and appropriations.

Marc Scheiner

Marc Scheiner

Marc Scheiner, Special Counsel with the law firm of Duane Morris practices in the area of employment law, counseling clients on a variety of employment issues. Marc works with clients to ensure compliance with Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADAAA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Pay Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and various state and local laws. He also assists clients in reviewing and drafting employment policies, handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and severance agreements.

Marc has represented clients in federal and state courts as well as before federal, state and local administrative agencies in matters involving charges and complaints of age, sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy and religious-based discrimination and harassment; retaliation; background checks; drug testing; and unemployment insurance issues. He has also represented indigent clients in Social Security disability appeals before the U.S. Social Security Administration and in hearings before the U.S. Department of Labor. He has volunteered or worked on pro bono matters for Canine Partners for Life, the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, the Human Rights Campaign, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Mazzoni Center.

Rick Grimaldi

Rick Grimaldi

Rick Grimaldi is a Partner and Labor and Employment Law Attorney with the law firm of Fisher Phillips. In 2017 Rick led the team that favorably changed labor law on behalf of employers nationwide by successfully overturning National Labor Relations Board precedent that had previously made it easier for unions to organize small groups of employees, known as micro units, within a larger employer. The result in PCC Structurals created a new legal standard benefiting all employers, and the case typified what has been the hallmark of Rick’s career - aggressively defending the interests of businesses around the world and at the same time working to help them be better employers, leading to more satisfied employees and ultimately increased employer success in the marketplace.

Schaun Henry

Schaun Henry

Schaun Henry is a Partner with the law firm of McNees Wallace, where he practices in the Labor & Employment Group. He provides representation and counseling to employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal, state and local issues. Schaun defends employers against charges of discrimination before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and in Federal and State courts. He also assists employers with Affirmative Action planning and defense as necessary. He also counsels and defends employers with respect to Immigration related employment issues.

Austin Wolfe

Austin Wolfe

Austin Wolfe is an Associate with the law firm of McNees Wallace, where he practices in the McNees Labor & Employment Practice Group where he works with employers in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, including employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wage and hour compliance, and workers’ compensation matters. Austin represents clients before federal and state courts as well as a variety of administrative tribunals, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Austin’s broad litigation and transactional experience allows him to creatively and efficiently resolve his clients’ issues.

Day 2 Speakers
Stacy Hawkins

Stacy Hawkins (Keynote Speaker)

Stacy Hawkins is professor of law at Rutgers Law School, where she teaches Constitutional law, employment law and an original seminar on diversity and the law. Before joining Rutgers Law School, she served as special diversity counsel to the firm Holland & Knight and was the first diversity director for Ballard Spahr during her stint in private practice. A sought-after commentator and frequent writer on the subject, Stacy has counseled and defended employers in employment discrimination and affirmative action planning, among other cases.

Michael Diller

Michael Diller, PsyD

Michael Diller is a Licensed Psychologist and Director of WellSpan Employee Assistance Program (WSEAP). He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland and a Doctor of Psychology Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. He spent nineteen years in clinical practice, fifteen of those years at WellSpan Behavioral Health (WBH), now known as WellSpan Philhaven. Dr. Diller served as a clinical supervisor from 2006 to 2016 overseeing clinical operations of WBH-Meadowlands outpatient office. He has been with WSEAP since 2016 and has been passionate about finding better ways to support his fellow coworkers, raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, and offering ways to provide a culture of caring to support overall wellbeing.

Mario Ellis

Mario Ellis

With over 30 years of human resources experience, Mario Ellis has a proven track record in Human Resources Operations and Functional Management. In his current role as Vice President of Total Rewards for WellSpan Health, Mario is responsible for the development, design, implementation and communication of system-wide total rewards strategy including total compensation, benefits and retirement, performance management, HRIS, payroll and employee recognition. He and his team play a critical role in advancing the strategic priority of WellSpan, to engage and foster diverse and highly engaged individuals and teams inspired and supported to do their best every day.

Prior to joining WellSpan, he served as Senior Director, Compensation and Retirement Benefits at the Cleveland Clinic where he led a Total Rewards regional strategy and has held a variety of human resources and information technology positions over his more than 30-year career with other organizations such as the University of Chicago Medical Center and St. Luke’s Health system in Boise Idaho.

Ronda O’Donnell

Ronda O’Donnell

Ronda O’Donnell is a Partner, Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group, and a member of the Board of Directors for the law firm Marshall Dennehey. Her practice includes representation of employers in litigation and providing them advice and counsel concerning a variety of employment-related matters. Ronda has handled the defense of employment law cases in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies. She has defended employers in claims alleging discrimination, violation of federal and state employment-related statutes, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and related tort claims.

Ronda also has significant experience in toxic tort and environmental defense, representing corporations and businesses facing claims arising from federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. She has experience in federal and state courts defending class action and individual claims. She has successfully defended claims for personal injuries, as well as medical monitoring, from alleged exposures to contaminants.

Jill Lashay

Jill Lashay

Jill Lashay is a Shareholder with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where she represents management in areas of labor and employment law, providing counsel to both union and non-union employers. She has worked with large and small employers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, property development and management, hospitality, real estate, retail, social/human services, medical/hospital and long-term care, technology, energy, mass transit, primary and secondary education, food service and correctional institutions. Jill has also represented public sector governmental entities. Jill assists employers to avoid costly employment-related litigation.