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COUNTDOWN TO NOVEMBER:  THE WASHINGTON OUTLOOK FOR HR PUBLIC POLICY

In an election season that has been less than conventional, voters will head to the polls in November to elect a new president and decide which party or parties will control the 115th Congress.  Key workplace issues are front and center on the campaign trail including compensation equity, paid maternity/paternity leave, immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act and tax reform.  Efforts to consider new workplace flexibility options and address labor-management practices are all at the forefront of Congress as it tries to conclude its business for the year. The Obama administration is also trying to put the finishing touches on its workplace regulatory legacy with changes to the overtime regulations, changes to labor-management relation practices and new requirements for federal contractors.  How will these issues affect your workplace? This session will provide an overview of current congressional activity, a preview of potential issues for a new Congress and administration, and an up-to-date discussion on current federal regulatory activity.

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HR REGULATORY AND JUDICIAL OUTLOOK FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

The federal agencies, under the Obama Administration, have stepped up regulatory enforcement of the workplace. Areas of enhanced focus include wage and hour issues, federal contractor rules, equal employment laws, and labor organizing rules. Learn about these issues and their impact for HR professionals.

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HR STATE PUBLIC POLICY OUTLOOK

The results of the 2014 federal and state mid-term elections will have a significant impact on issues of importance to your state. Find out how these issues could affect you and your organization. In addition, you will look at current and potential legislation in your state that may affect the HR profession, and you will explore how SHRM members can become involved in your state legislative process.

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SHRM ADVOCACY TEAM: SHAPING HR PUBLIC POLICY

As an HR Professional, you are uniquely positioned to shape the development of federal and state workplace laws and regulations. This presentation takes you through the basic steps of becoming involved in the public policy process; best practices for contacting, meeting, and building lasting relationships with elected officials and their staffs; and effective ways to communicating the HR professional's perspective on key workplace issues. You will also learn about the initiative SHRM has launched to create a nationwide member advocacy network of HR Advocates, collectively known as the Advocacy Team, or A-Team.

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GLOBAL HR STRATEGIES FOR TODAY'S CULTURALLY DIVERSE WORKFORCE

Business success today often hinges on a company's ability to bridge cultural differences and build a productive, cohesive workforce spanning multiple countries. Understanding these challenges is the first step towards preparing for them and leveraging them for competitive advantage.  This session will provide an overview of today's global workforce, the impact of cultural diversity on this global workforce, and the HR strategies needed to succeed in it.  It will also look at global and cultural expertise as a key HR competency and important support resources to help HR professionals navigate this area.

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THE FUTURE OF HR: PROMOTING BUSINESS SUCCESS IN A CHANGING GLOBAL WORKPLACE

As an HR professional, you can play a significant role in promoting the success of your organization by understanding your business objectives and the changing environment – nationally and globally – in which you compete. In this session, you will learn the business skills you need to develop to become a strong contributor to the “bottom line.” You will also review ways to leverage three key tools – analytics, leadership development, and workplace flexibility – to more effectively engage your human capital assets in fulfilling your business goals.

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SOCIAL MEDIA: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE AND STRATEGIC PRESENCE

In this session, you will learn what social media isn’t and why it’s so hard, as well as the need to define your audience and objectives before you do anything else. In addition, you will explore the rules to live by so that you can develop an enduring social media presence, build a sustainable team, and foster strategic growth. Finally, you will look at tips regarding specific social media platforms.

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DRIVE BUSINESS SUCCESS WITH WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY

Demographic and technological transformations are the new workplace reality, forcing HR and organizations to reimagine how work gets done to ensure business competitiveness. Learn how you can drive business success by harnessing the power of workplace flexibility (“workflex”) to manage these workforce changes and support your organizational goals and strategy. Explore how workflex can add value to the bottom line at your organization by improving retention and employee health and well-being, reducing absenteeism and real estate costs, and increasing productivity with better engagement and a solid business continuity strategy. This session will also help you make a strong business case for the value of workflex to your leadership team, using strategic workforce planning data and performance metrics, and by benchmarking your worklife offerings and leveraging other resources available under the SHRM-Families and Work Institute partnership.

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THE HR PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCY MODEL: A ROAD MAP FOR SUCCESS

If you or your organization want to understand the critical technical and behavioral competencies needed for individual success and growth at all levels of an HR career, come to this session. You will learn about the HR Professional Competency Model, which SHRM recently developed to allow HR professionals to systematically analyze their competency needs and to help organizations develop performance appraisal tools and other HR systems. In addition, you will learn how several SHRM competency self-development tools can accelerate your professional growth and increase your ability to contribute to the success of your organization.

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HR AND THE AGING WORKFORCE: STRATEGIES AND BEST PRACTICES

Can your organization afford to lose your reservoir of talented, experienced older workers in the coming years? If not, have you done serious strategic workforce planning to analyze the impact of baby boomer retirements and to identify potential skills gaps that could result? This session will look at key HR strategies that should be integrated into an overall talent management program for today’s multi-generational workforce. It will also look at lessons to be learned from recent research -- including the 2014 SHRM Aging workforce Survey –and from best practice case studies of the Vita Needle Company and Scripps Health.

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WHY TODAY'S HR ROCK STARS NEED IMMIGRATION MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Learn in this session why in today's globalized economy top HR professionals need to be proficient in immigration management. Explore the reasons why employment-based immigration planning is essential to successful hiring strategies -- whether you have foreign nationals in your workforce or whether you need to hire the perfect candidate. And, review the seven key lessons you need to know about hiring foreign nationals to work in the United States, including 1) The limitations on available visas 2) The financial investments required 3) The work that goes into hiring foreign nationals 4) The time required to complete visa processes 5) Documentation requirements 6) Compliance issues, and 7) Potential changes ahead with immigration reform.

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SUCCESSFUL HR STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING AN ETHICAL WORKPLACE CULTURE

This presentation will help you assess the degree to which your organization has an ethical culture and the steps needed to build a stronger one that will contribute to your business success. You will look at the current status of workplace ethics, the reasons good ethics equal good business, the elements of an ethical workplace culture, HR strategies to build a stronger culture, and the importance of ethical practice as an HR competency.

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EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION: PROMOTING SUCCESS THROUGH A CULTURE OF TRUST AND BELIEF

SHRM and other research studies indicate that effective workplace communication plays a key role in business success. For HR professionals, the ability to communicate effectively is a critical competency to be able to contribute to that success. In this session, you will learn the benefits of effective workplace communication, strategies for building a culture of trust and belief, the importance of effective communication as an HR competency, and the skills you need to develop to be a proficient communicator.

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SIX KEY ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE TALENT ACQUISITION STRATEGY

With U.S. unemployment at an historically low rate, the competition for talent is heating up, and companies are expected to face increasing competition for the best people to help them succeed. In this session, you will learn about current recruiting trends and how to develop an effective talent acquisition strategy with six key elements:  1) Workforce Planning 2) Brand Building 3) Sourcing and Recruiting 4) New Technologies 5) Comprehensive Onboarding, and 6) Use of Data Analytics..

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