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2020 Annual Human Resources Conference

2020 Annual Human Resources Conference

Virtual Event
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Friday, November 20, 2020
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AGENDA — Day 1
Thursday, November 19

Current and Pending Employment Law Compliance Considerations

8:00 a.m. Virtual Conference Link is Live
To ensure the best possible experience, registrants are encouraged to log in early. If you experience technical difficulties, please call Zoom Technical Support at 888.799.9666 and select Option 2.
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Dee Yingst, Chief Human Resources and Compliance Officer, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
8:40 a.m. Keynote Session: Employment Law/HR Trends Update for 2021
- Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
- Jonathan Segal, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  • The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for HR professionals this year, including an abrupt shift to telework, new paid leave requirements and health and safety guidelines. 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. As we reflect and look ahead, the speakers will discuss:
    • The impact of the election on workplace policies
    • Recent legal developments from LGBT rights to Pennsylvania’s new regulations on overtime exemptions
    • Potential new federal and state employment law mandates currently under consideration
    • How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted workplaces in 2020 and projected impacts for 2021
9:30 a.m. Break and Sponsor Showcase
9:35 a.m. Diving into HR Documentation
- Marc Scheiner, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  • It is critical that HR professionals understand and comply with Federal, state and local requirements related to personnel records to avoid legal pitfalls and compliance-related fines. The speaker will discuss:
    • The basics of personnel record management, including what documentation to include (or not), how to update and maintain files, and how long to retain files
    • Key considerations for documents relating to hiring, job performance and compensation
    • The inclusion of medical records and associated maintenance requirements
    • Requirements related to the “duty to preserve” when litigation (including agency charges) is threatened or has commenced
10:50 a.m. Break and Sponsor Showcase
11:10 a.m. Labor Union Issues
- Rick Grimaldi, Principal, Fisher & Phillips
  • While union membership steadily declined in recent decades, organized labor has seemed to view the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to approach employees at non-union workplaces. Employers must understand the current workforce climate and be prepared to effectively respond to a union organizing campaign. The speaker will discuss:
    • An overview of labor unions in today’s environment and how an upsurge in union activity can impact your business
    • Common legal changes initiated by labor unions, including related to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Unemployment Compensation
    • Best practices to maintain a non-union workforce
    • Best practices and bargaining legal considerations for companies that have unionized workforces
12:25 p.m. Lunch Break – Please do not log off
1:00 p.m. Sponsor Showcase
1:05 p.m. Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Avoiding Common Wage and Hour Mistakes
- Schaun Henry, Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick
- Austin Wolfe, Associate, McNees Wallace & Nurick
  • Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can be one of the most challenging responsibilities of HR professionals, as missteps can result in financial implications and potential liabilities. The speakers will discuss:
    • An overview of the FLSA and changes to the earning threshold as of January 1, 2020
    • Best practices for Wage and Hour compliance, including useful strategies for your business
    • How to determine an employee’s “regular rate” for purposes of calculating overtime
    • Calculating Wage and Hour rates, including overtime, meals and breaks, and breaks for nursing mothers
    • Exemptions from overtime
    • When an employee is exempt under one law, but non-exempt under another law
    • Rounding, recordkeeping and use of automated systems
    • The pitfalls of “off-the-clock” hours and preliminary and postliminary work activities
    • When travel time, training time and “volunteer work” equal hours worked
    • The challenges associated with working from home and use of mobile devices
2:20 p.m. Review of the Day 2 Program Agenda; Closing Remarks
2:35 p.m. Adjourn

AGENDA — Day 2
Friday, November 20

Diversity, Pandemic and the Healthy Workplace Considerations

8:00 a.m. Virtual Conference Link is Live
To ensure the best possible experience, registrants are encouraged to log in early. If you experience technical difficulties, please call Zoom Technical Support at 888.799.9666 and select Option 2.
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
8:40 a.m. Keynote Session: Diversity and Leadership HR Issues
- Stacy Hawkins, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
  • As we look ahead to 2021, diversity, equity and inclusion remain top of mind for HR professionals across the country. Employers continue to recognize the importance and countless advantages of championing a talented, diverse workforce, including the resulting benefits to their bottom line. The speaker will discuss:
    • The biggest challenges facing businesses when structuring a leadership diversity program
    • Valuable business outcomes that result from a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including increased productivity, financial security, improved customer service, and more
    • Best practices for sustaining your company’s leadership diversity program and creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion
9:30 a.m. Break and Sponsor Showcase
9:35 a.m. Emotional Well-Being Support During A Pandemic
- Michael Diller, Licensed Psychologist and Director of WellSpan EAP, WellSpan Health
- Mario Ellis, Vice President, Total Rewards, WellSpan Health
- Jonathan Segal, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  • Employee wellness, including mental health, has risen to the forefront for HR professionals, particularly in response toCOVID-19 pandemic. Companies must implement short- and long-term strategies to effectively maintain a healthy, productive workforce during these unprecedented times. The speakers will discuss:
    • Extending emotional wellness into the day-to-day culture
    • Responding to employees’ emotional, psychological, and tangible needs
    • Looking at wellness through an inclusive lens
    • Taking care of yourself as you care for others
10:50 a.m. Break and Sponsor Showcase
11:10 a.m. Dealing with the Three Most Prevalent Types of Discrimination Claims – Workplace Retaliation, Age and Racism
- Ronda O’Donnell, Chair, Employment Law Practice Group, Marshall Dennehey
  • Discrimination claims have risen at an alarming rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workplace retaliation and claims of racial and age discrimination continue to be the most common complaints being filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The speaker will discuss:
    • Best practices to protect your company from claims of workplace retaliation and racial and age discrimination
    • Avoiding the most common mistakes that lead to complaints and litigation
12:25 p.m. Lunch Break – Please do not log off
1:00 p.m. Sponsor Showcase
1:05 p.m. Conducting HR Audits for Workplaces – Looking at the Physical, Environmental and Emotional Factors
- Jill Lashay, Partner, Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC
  • While HR professionals regularly conduct audits to ensure compliance with employment laws, regulations and company standards, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the need to also include physical safety, cleanliness and environmental standards, and measurements of workforce well-being. The speaker will discuss:
    • Suggested key performance indicators for enhanced HR audits
    • Determining areas of weakness and developing a strategic plan for corrective action and enhancement
    • Legal considerations and best practices for conducting an HR audit
2:20 p.m. Closing Remarks
- Jonathan Segal, Partner, Duane Morris
2:35 p.m. Adjourn

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