HR Connect 2022

October 12-14, 2022 | Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO


October 12, 2022
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Full-Day Preconference Workshop | Mastering the FMLA: A Comprehensive Compliance Training

Most employment lawyers would agree: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) remains one of the most (if not the most) difficult employment laws to administer. The federal regulations are lengthy and detail-oriented, setting forth various compliance deadlines, rules, and (of course) exceptions.

While FMLA leave compliance can be tricky for employers with the best of intentions, surveys have found that a large percentage of managers don’t even fully understand FMLA basics. This likely means employers need to reexamine their FMLA training practices for managers—and what better way than with our full-day preconference training.

Join our expert presenter for a live, full-day class on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, and uncover FMLA administration strategies to keep your organization in compliance with this tricky law!

Through this informative training, your HR managers will be able to simplify your organization's leave program and also learn:

• How to determine FMLA eligibility quickly and easily;
• What qualifies as a serious health condition;
• Tips and guidance for “gray area” conditions, including multiple concurrent conditions;
• The “do’s and don’ts” of return-to-work certifications;
• Handling suspected FMLA abuse without running afoul of the law;
• How to manage intermittent and reduced-schedule leave;
• How the FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) interact;
• And more!

10:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch (Provided)
2:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break

Main Conference - Day 1

October 13, 2022
8:00 a.m.–8:55 a.m.
Registration & Networking Breakfast – Exhibit Hall
8:55 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote: 'F' Words at Work General Session

Get your mind out of the gutter—we don't mean that "f" word! Join Erin Diehl, founder of improve it!, for an entertaining and improvisational keynote session that will inspire you to embrace failure in order to become a better leader. By the end of this interactive and engaging keynote session, attendees will have practiced redefining failures as “gifts” and understand that failing frequently means that you are trying. Participants will learn that the more you fail, the more opportunities you have to succeed. These are the "f" words you actually want in your organization!

10:00 a.m.–10:20 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:20 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
The Biggest Wage and Hour Threats HR Will Face in 2023 Compliance Track

Wage and hour compliance is constantly changing as more workers demand higher wages, consistent work schedules, and so much more. What should employers do? During this session, we will examine the top threats facing employers this year, including understanding and properly applying the Department of Labor’s (DOL) rules on overtime and independent contractors; keeping up with the constantly increasing minimum wage amounts across the country; making sure you are following the most recent tip and tip pools rules; following the meal and rest period rules, which can differ from state to state; and properly paying employees for travel time.

Improving the Employee and Candidate Experience for Distributed Workers Recruiting & Culture Track

Whether your employees are in-house, spread out across the globe, or both, the experience you are providing will ultimately shape their long-term plans with your organization. Not only do you need to be concerned with providing a positive experience to workers, but you also must focus on the experience of your jobseekers. Offer a bad experience, and those jobseekers will not hesitate to share their negative experience with their family and friends.

As our world of work continues to revolve around technology and we seek out talent from all corners of the globe, focusing on "experience" will set you apart from the competition. This session will cover tips, tricks, and best practices for improving the experience at every stage of the employee life cycle.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Remote Recruitment: Remaining in Compliance When Hiring Distributed Workers General Session

Not every talent acquisition professional gets into the nitty-gritty of hiring compliance, but as the world of work continues to shift to a virtual setting, understanding what can land your organization in hot water with various government agencies is your ticket to success.

For example:

• The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing relaxation of Form I-9’s in-person inspection rules may signal permanent changes on the horizon in order to accommodate the workforce’s changing composition.
• Various states are implementing equal pay and preemployment inquiry laws, and if you're hiring workers from these states, you must understand these laws.
o For example, Colorado’s equal pay law requires all employers with at least one employee in the state to disclose compensation and benefits information in job postings for jobs that can be performed in Colorado.
o Connecticut’s disclosure of wage range law requires employers to provide the wage range for a position when a job applicant requests it or before the applicant is made an offer of compensation.
• Lawmakers continue to pass laws banning or limiting noncompete and no-hire agreements. Employers must stay current on the state-specific laws governing restrictive covenants and new federal activity.

In this session, our expert presenter will cover the various laws you must comply with when it comes to hiring and retaining remote workers.

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall Provided
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Evolution of Cybersecurity Compliance Track

Last year, we saw cybercriminals seizing a massive business opportunity. Our rapid shift to working from home due to COVID-19 plus heightened financial, political, social, and emotional stressors presented a perfect storm. And because of this, cybersecurity in the workplace is more important than ever before.

For employers that want to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals, it’s important for you to understand phishing attacks, ransomware, malware, mobile malware, Wi-Fi vulnerabilities, data breaches, and how to secure your organization before cybercriminals sneak into an unsecured network. These attacks cause monumental problems for employers and end up costing them millions of dollars to recover systems and stolen data.

In this session, you'll learn expert best practices for protecting your company’s vital information outside of backing up all critical files and locking them away from scam artists and hackers. Our knowledgeable speaker will help you understand the difference between all the various cyberattacks and hidden tricks hackers use to access your data. As remote work continues to gain in popularity, you won't want to miss this special session.

Maximum Exposure: How to Build an Employer Brand on Social Media Recruiting & Culture Track

Storytelling should be a vital component to your recruitment marketing and branding strategy. Why? Because telling a story helps jobseekers remember your company and helps you stand out among the competition. But where can you tell your story and connect with jobseekers at the same time? Well, social media, of course!

Social media platforms like LinkedIn are a great way to showcase your employer brand and tell your company's story. In this session, you'll learn how to rebuild your organization's LinkedIn account from the ground up. Our expert presenter will show you which elements will get the most engagement out of professionals visiting your profile and show you tips and tricks for maximizing your talent pool through your employer brand.

2:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
2:50 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
ADA and Long COVID-19: When Is Long COVID-19 an ADA Disability? Compliance Track

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance says long COVID-19 may be an ADA disability if the symptoms substantially limit a major life activity. According to recent research, one in three people who get COVID-19 may have ongoing health problems, so employers will need to learn how to manage requests for accommodation based on long COVID-19.

As employers prepare for work post-pandemic, they will need to consider accommodations that weren’t available or weren’t in place before the pandemic. For example, an employer might not have had technological capabilities that would allow telework pre-pandemic but now has those in place. So, an accommodation that wasn’t reasonable pre-pandemic may now be reasonable (i.e., not an undue hardship).

Now that these accommodations are in place, another area of concern is determining which employee actually needs an accommodation or which worker is just using it as an excuse to continue remote working arrangements. In this session, our expert attorney will guide you through accommodating workers' requests in the new normal of long COVID and provide you with other guidance on how to stay compliant with the ADA.

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and Refining Your People Skills Recruiting & Culture Track

Do your employees' perceptions of your leadership style align with the way you see yourself? You may think you are an empathic and caring leader, but they may think your leadership style is cold and heartless. Having the proper emotional intelligence (EQ) is what sets the best leaders apart from the rest of the managerial pack. But how can you build EQ in yourself and in others? This insightful session will provide you with the proper guidance to help you look inside yourself and bring out the best leader you can become. At the end, you'll be able to share this knowledge and help turn your entire team into EQ-minded professionals!

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Panel: Equal Pay in the Employee Life Cycle General Session

For women, and especially women of color, the fight for equal pay has been going on for decades. And it seems like female workers are finally starting to make more headway—shout out to the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Across the nation, states and municipalities are creating laws designed to reduce the gender pay gap and instill equal pay.

For instance, some states prohibit salary history inquiries, while others take it a step further and also require pay range disclosure at different points in the hiring process, and many states now protect workers who discuss pay with their colleagues. As corporate social responsibility continues to be important to jobseekers, maybe it's time your organization took a second look at its pay practices.

In the very least, you'll want to stay on top of all these developments at the local level because these changes may one day become federal law. Or, your state could also follow in the footsteps of others like Colorado, Connecticut, and many more that have put equal pay or wage disclosure laws in place. And if you're a multistate employer, you will face challenges created by the differences in state/city laws governing pay transparency. If you aren't in compliance with these various laws, you could face a potential pay audit from the DOL.

This session is designed for all professionals in the talent acquisition space to better understand laws surrounding equal pay, pay transparency, salary ranges, and pay disclosure. At each stage of the employee life cycle, "pay" will come into play, so it’s better to prepare yourself now in case you need to have a difficult "pay" conversation down the road.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Main Conference - Day 2

October 14, 2022
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Identifying and Combating Employee Burnout in the Hybrid World General Session

According to recent research, over 76% of employed Americans admit to experiencing some symptoms of burnout in the past year, and nearly 1 in 10 admit to “complete burnout.” It's no secret that the last 2 years have really taken a toll on workers across the nation, and the globe. So how can HR leaders and managers help combat the burnout crisis now that workers are returning to the office, while other continue to hold steadfast in their remote working arrangements?

This session will help you understand the causes that lead to employee burnout, how to recognize the signs that your workers are becoming too stressed, and ways to overcome and prevent burnout from taking over your workplace.

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break - Exhibit Hall Finale
10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Sick Leave: If COVID-19 Has Taught Us Anything … Compliance Track

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it's that it is not OK for workers to show up to work sick. Leave laws are starting to pop up in states all across the nation, with some even going so far as making employers offer paid sick leave.

This session will focus on the various types of sick leave employees are now entitled to and what employers are obligated to do in response to the ever-growing number of states requiring sick leave. Our expert presenter will discuss what happens when new sick leave laws interact with current ones to help you successfully navigate when to apply each leave type. At the end of this session, you'll have a firm grasp on sick leave law trends in the age of COVID-19.

Building Cohesive Teams Through Skills Assessments and Talent Development Recruiting & Culture Track

According to LinkedIn research, a vast majority of workers (93%) would stay at their current company longer if it invested in their careers. Obviously, developing employees' skill set is great for long-term retention, but where do you begin? A skills assessment, of course!

Measuring your employees’ skills through a variety of assessments will help you better understand how to develop your talent for long-term retention, and when your workers are in it for the long haul, they're inclined to be more engaged and better team members. This session will walk you through how to assess employees’ skills, the types of assessments available, and which skills you'll want to identify to build more cohesive teams for long-term retention.

11:25 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Interns, Volunteers, or Employees: Navigating the Confusing Maze of Employee Classification and the Hiring Process General Session

In this tight labor market, employers may try to get crafty by looking for help from interns and volunteers instead of seeking out full-time workers. If you're trying to take this shortcut, be aware of the repercussions you may face when you don't comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). How does the FLSA define an employee, an intern, or a volunteer? Attend this session to learn the ins and outs of employee classification and why you may want to consider paying your college interns instead of paying the DOL's Wage and Hour Division and the hefty fines for noncompliance.

In this session, you'll learn:

• How to use the "primary beneficiary test” to determine whether a new hire is an employee, an intern, or a volunteer;
• The fees and penalties you could incur if you misclassify a worker, an intern, or a volunteer;
• How to transition an unpaid intern into a full- or part-time paid employee;
• Best practices for negotiating an intern's salary in the hiring process; and
• Strategies for engaging unpaid volunteers for long-term retention.

12:25 p.m.
Conference Adjourns
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