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2021 Annual Human Resources Conference

2021 Annual Human Resources Conference

Virtual Event
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
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8:00 a.m. Sponsor Showcase
8:20 a.m. Welcome
– Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
8:30 a.m. An EEOC Update from Washington, D.C.
- Keith E. Sonderling, Commissioner, EEOC
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner Keith E. Sonderling will discuss EEOC regulatory developments, pay data collection, recent notable enforcement and litigation actions, COVID-19-related guidance, and other EEOC hot topics. Commissioner Sonderling will also discuss using Artificial Intelligence to make employment decisions.
9:30 a.m. Annual Employment Law Update
– Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
– Jonathan Segal, Partner, Duane Morris and Principal, Duane Morris Institute
  • Being aware of current and potential federal and state employment law changes is critical to managing your HR department and planning ahead. The speakers will discuss labor and employment public policy issues on the minds of lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington D.C.
10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break and Sponsor Showcase
10:45 a.m.

FMLA Red Flags and General Strategies to Manage Your Leave
- Linda Hollinshead, Partner, Duane Morris

  • Understanding leave has become so much more complicated as a result of COVID. There are many “red flag” situations where companies could get into trouble. We will discuss:
    • What situations trigger that FMLA should be applied
    • A review of some of the most common mistakes employers make in complying with FMLA
    • How COVID has impacted changes to FMLA and leave and the residual effect post-COVID
    • Strategies to manage your leave programs
11:45 a.m. Lunch Break – Sponsor Networking
12:15 p.m. Rethinking Your Handbook Policies
- Phillip K. Miles, Shareholder, McQuaide Blasko
  • The pandemic has blown many polices to bits. It’s time to update and re-structure your policies, including:
    • Dress Code — With remote workers, Zoom meetings, and more, the whole dress code policy for most companies needs to be drastically overhauled. In some areas rules are relaxed (no ties anymore?); for other areas companies should add guidance on Zoom meeting dress and more
    • Communications Devices — the lines are now so blurred between workplace and personal devices – should companies still distinguish between the two
    • Remote Workers Policy — many companies plan to have employees continue to work from home and there are workplace policies you should incorporate
    • Special Company Events — the company Holiday party/summer picnic — how should these look moving forward and what type of policy should you have
    • Compliance Policies Update — FMLA, ADA, ERISA, more — most of these have had a number of changes over the last 18 months. You need to be sure these are up to date.
1:15 p.m. Refreshment Break and Sponsor Showcase
1:30 p.m. Top Strategies to Retain Your Employees
– Angi Calkins, Chief Human Resources Officer, PCI Pharma Services
– Jonathan Segal, Partner, Duane Morris and Principal, Duane Morris Institute
  • While there has been a lot of news on recruiting new employees, it is much more economical and productive to retain your current workers by treating them well. It is critical your company has the talent and skills they need to grow; yet competition for workers is at an all-time high and fierce. We will discuss some innovative methods for you to consider to keep your workers. We also will discuss mitigating risk you might encounter pursuing certain retention efforts — for example, increasing an employee’s pay to respond to a job offer, which leads to the employee being paid more than similarly-situated employees.
 2:15 p.m. DEI Minefields for Boards and Senior Leadership Teams
– Jonathan Segal, Partner, Duane Morris and Principal, Duane Morris Institute
  • With the pandemic having HR professionals working more closely with top leadership and Boards, we wanted to leave you with some highlights of diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) tips to consider for your senior leadership teams.
2:30 p.m. Adjourn