The content-rich concurrent sessions offered cover an extensive and inclusive range of topics. We encourage you to plan your conference curricula in advance. Please check back for the most up-to-date schedule of topics and speakers.
10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Supreme Court Review and Preview
Repeated Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Workplace Application: This session will provide a preview of cases and decisions
that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down in the near future.
Several employment law issues have come before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past
year that will have significant impact upon employers. This session will carefully review
the cases that have been decided and will present how employers can change their
practices in order to stay current. In addition, this session will provide a preview of cases and decisions that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down in the near future. You will gain a better understanding of the changes that are occurring in employment law and what changes you must make in your HR practices.
Presenter: Manesh K. Rath, partner, Keller and Heckman, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Social NOTworking — How HR Can Help Protect the Company
Workplace Application: This program will provide information on how to protect your organization from social media abusers within the company and help teach HR about the litigation landmines inherent in a workforce which uses or permits social media.
The number of people using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn continues to grow. This session will cover the essential provisions of an iron-clad social media policy and teach you how to protect your organization from social media abuse.
Presenter: Jody Katz Pritikin, Esq., attorney/investigator/seminar leader,
Katz Consulting & Associates, Santa Monica, Calif.
NLRB and Union-Related Update
Workplace Application: This session will provide updates on the latest developments on the NLRB.
Get the latest update on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the new developments that you need to know about regardless of whether you support union-represented or nonunion work forces. Although the Employee Free Choice Act was defeated, the reform efforts by organized labor are continuing in the regulatory areas and in the courts. Learn the latest developments including:
• How your response to employees’ postings on Facebook can result in your company facing NLRB enforcement actions--for union or nonunion employees;
• New workplace postings and employer obligations--the latest on the NLRB’s proposed regulation;
• What you need to know about the pending NLRB case on reversing the Dana decision, and understanding the proposed changes to the rules involving the voluntary recognition of a union;
• The latest on the new rule regulating labor consultants and the financial information they must disclose about your company’s business relationship with them;
• The most significant recent decisions by the NLRB as the substantive rules are rapidly changing to favor unions; and
• The most recent update on legislative developments.
Presenter: David S. Fortney, Esq., shareholder, Fortney & Scott, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Times Are Changing - The Business Imperative for Workplace Flexibility
Workplace Application: This session will provide an overview of why effective and flexible workplaces matter for communities, employers, employees and the bottom line.
There's no denying that over the past couple of decades, the workplace has changed dramatically, the roles we take on at home have shifted, and concerns about how this is all affecting our health and well-being have moved into the spotlight. Add into that mix the repercussions of the most recent recession, and you have a landscape that requires us all to think differently about "business as usual". This session will take you on a research journey, exploring these trends and changes. The presentation will present data on whether an effective and flexible workplace yields bottom line business results. In addition, best practice examples from employers of all sizes around the nation will be shared, showing how creative workplace changes are being implemented.
Presenter: Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder, Families and Work Institute, New York, N.Y.
2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
The Obama Administration Labor Department: What to Expect and How to Prepare
Workplace Application: This session will provide you with the latest updates on the
Obama administration’s Labor Department.
Over the last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has taken on an aggressive agenda. New and different DOL initiatives have been introduced that promise to expand and alter crucial areas such as:
• Wage and hour enforcement
• OFCCP discrimination enforcement and contractors’ affirmative action obligations
• OSHA enforcement and regulatory priorities
• Employer reporting obligations
Join us for a top-level insider perspective on these vital issues.
Presenter: Howard M. Radzely, partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Washington, D.C.
Workplace Privacy in the Digital Era
Workplace Application: You will gain an understanding of how lawmakers and courts are shaping workplace privacy rights in the age of Facebook and Twitter, and learn appropriate steps you can take to safeguard company information and reputation without violating rights.
As the reach of social media explodes, and “work” and “personal” life blur, employee privacy is undergoing a radical transformation. Companies need to protect confidential information and manage their public image without worrying that employee “tweets” or postings are undermining those efforts. This session will explore the growing array of employee privacy rights and give you practical guidance on how to legally protect corporate information and image in the age of Facebook and Twitter.
Presenter: John P. Quirke, Esq., vice president & partner, Archer & Greiner, PC, Haddonfield, N.J.
SHRM Advocacy Team: Shaping HR Public Policy
Workplace Application: This presentation takes you through the basic steps of
becoming involved in the public policy process so you are prepared for your meetings
on the Hill.
As an HR professional, you are uniquely positioned to provide insight into and shape the development of federal and state workplace laws and regulations. SHRM is launching an initiative to create a nationwide member advocacy network of HR Advocates collectively known as the Advocacy Team, or A-Team, to fully engage our members in the public policy process. To develop the A-Team, SHRM Government Affairs has created a strategic curriculum designed to inform and train SHRM’s key contacts, known as Advocacy Captains, and HR Advocates on the program. This presentation takes you through the basic steps of becoming involved in the public policy process; best practices for contacting, meeting with and building lasting relationships with elected officials and their staff outside of Washington, D.C., in their home districts; and, effective ways of communicating the HR professional’s perspective on key workplace issues.
Presenter: David M. Lusk, senior associate, Member Advocacy, SHRM, Alexandria, Va.
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: The Dodd-Frank Act and Its Impact Beyond the C-Suite
Workplace Application: In enacting the Dodd-Frank Act provisions relating to executive compensation, Congress has reached beyond the C-suite. Learn about the impact the Act may have on your compensation and benefits programs.
This session will offer an overall examination of the executive compensation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act as well as consideration of its impact beyond the C-suite. The Act’s requirements include reporting that will require an analysis of the value of compensation and benefits of all employees as well as changes to equity compensation plans. You will gain an understanding of the specifics of the new requirements as well as information about how they might impact the design and administration of your compensation and benefits plans.
Presenter: Cynthia L. Gibson, executive vice president, Legal, Scripps Networks,
3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
Employers and Health Care Reform Lessons Learned in Massachusetts
Workplace Application: This session will present practical, first-hand experiences of employers in Massachusetts. Learning from these experiences will help HR/benefits professionals think about and plan their compliance with federal health care reform.
Along the difficult journey that is health care reform implementation, much can be earned from the experience of Massachusetts employers. Learn about the many perceptions and misperceptions that existed, the important role of well-educated HR and benefits professionals in a successful rollout and implementation, and the critical part employers absolutely must play in shaping the regulations and compliance processes. Approach the new world of employee benefits and health care with enhanced insight and broader perspective.
Presenter: Sandra L. Reynolds, executive vice president, Associated Industries of
Massachusetts, Boston, Mass.
Retirement Laws As They Pertain to the Employer & Worker
Workplace Application: Learn about the current laws affecting American workers’ retirement including obligations outlined by law for employers and promised benefits to employees.
Many employees today know little about the legal obligations surrounding their pensions, 401(k) investment or executive compensation. In fact, they’re just grateful to have a job. The truth is, a powerful law exists known as ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) that helps protect employee retirement savings and hold employers responsible for following through. Learn what information employees must know and what you must provide to be free of legal complications.
Presenter: Marcia S. Wagner, J.D., founder and principal, The Wagner Law Group, Boston, Mass.