2021 HR Connect

October 18 - 20, 2021 | Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, FL

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Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, 2020 brought a historic year of change for all HR professionals. Forced to adjust to hastily created remote work spaces as the nation went in and out of lockdown, HR pros were also tasked with understanding and complying with new laws designed to help employers and employees alike overcome some of the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

On top of compliance challenges, HR professionals had to pivot the workplace culture (and the workplace itself) to accommodate for social distancing guidelines and other safety precautions. Workplace happy hours and corporate meetings became Zoom calls and e-mails. In-person face time became virtual screen time, and many employees were stuck caring for children forced into remote learning for the same reasons.

With 2021 came the hope for “normal,” but just because the calendar changed dates doesn’t mean these challenges magically disappeared. This year is a time for recovery and building back your organization to pre-pandemic levels.

To do that, you must learn how to prepare and plan for new challenges while mastering the art of overcoming the current ones. By attending 2021 HR Connect from October 19–20, 2021, you’ll head into 2022 armed with valuable lessons learned and the hindsight to protect your organization in the years ahead.

This exciting, COVID-compliant live event will cover all aspects of the HR function! You’ll have the opportunity to choose from three separate tracks that best suit your organization’s needs! Our expert speakers will present sessions on employment law, recruiting, and talent and culture.

Other session topics that will be discussed:

  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI)
  • Open enrollment benefits communication
  • Leave management in the aftermath of COVID-19
  • Employee classification in the gig era
  • Onboarding in a remote setting
  • Job descriptions for hiring remote workers
  • Requiring mandatory flu and COVID-19 vaccines
  • Drug testing do’s and don’ts
  • And more!

Gain even more HR knowledge by attending our preconference event on October 18, 2021. You’ll have the opportunity to select from a variety of sessions that will help meet your HR needs.

Industry Leading Speakers

  • Employment Law

    Insider Updates on the Latest Regulatory & Reporting Changes

  • Talent & Culture

    Best Practices for Retaining Talent, Instilling Leadership & Cultivating Change

  • Recruiting

    Tips & Tricks to Find and Hook the Best Job Candidates

Agenda At A Glance

Monday, October 18, 2021
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
AM Precon 1 — Performance Management in the New Normal: How to Monitor and Track Productivity in a Remote Setting
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
AM Precon 2 — Immigration Under the Biden Administration
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
AM Precon 3 — Upskilling/Reskilling Workers to Close the Skills Gap at Your Organization
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Afternoon Registration
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
PM Precon 1 — Employee Engagement Strategies for Distributed Teams
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
PM Precon 2 — Mental Health Considerations in a Post-Pandemic Workplace
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
PM Precon 3 — Out with the Old, In with the New: Refining Your Benefits Offerings to Attract and Retain Top-Tier Talent
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote - Lead Change with Confidence: Your 5-Step Plan Presented by Dr. Michelle Rozen
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Open Enrollment Season Is Here! Establish or Fine-Tune Your Communication Strategy for Hassle-Free Enrollment Employment Law Track
The Secret to Recruiting—and Retaining—Talent: Creating an Authentic Employer Brand Talent & Culture Track + Recruiting Track
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Harassment, Bullying, and Toxic Behaviors: Creating a Culture of Compassion and Empathy to Eliminate Hate and Negativity Talent & Culture Track + Employment Law Track
Great on Paper: How to Ensure Candidates’ Skill Sets Match Their Résumés Recruiting Track
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch (Provided)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Legal Do’s and Don’ts to Rehiring Laid-Off Workers Employment Law Track + Recruiting Track
Cracking the Code to Effective Talent Optimization Talent & Culture Track
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Employee Handbook Updates for the New Year: What to Keep, What to Toss, and What to Think About for the Future Employment Law Track
Is Preboarding the New Onboarding? Setting Employees Up for Success Before Day 1 Talent & Culture Track + Recruiting Track
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Preparing for Flu Season and Eliminating COVID-19: HR’s Guide to Mandatory Vaccinations and ADA Compliance Employment Law Track
Building a Blind Hiring Program to Assist Your Company’s D&I Efforts Recruiting Track
How to Thrive in a Multigenerational Workplace: Fostering a Harmonious Culture Talent & Culture Track
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Employee Leave Management in the Aftermath of COVID-19 Employment Law Track
Bad Fit Now, But Not for Long: Keeping Rejected Candidates on Ice for Future Recruitment Needs Recruiting Track
EQ in Times of Uncertainty: Transforming Teams to Be Agents of Change Talent & Culture Track
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Employee Classification: Applying the Old ‘New’ ABC Test Employment Law Track
Sourcing Hacks: Cheap and Easy Ways to Source and Recruit Top Talent Recruiting Track
Critical Conversations: Strategies for Developing HiPo Talent into Top-Tier Leaders Talent and Culture Track
12:30 p.m.
Conference Adjourns