Thursday, September 14, 2017 (8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.)
8:15 - 9:30 a.m. - Opening General Session: Chris Wright, President, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Session 1A: Building a Culture of Wellness – 365 Days a Year, Shawn Gulyas, Vice President of Human Resources, La Macchia Enterprises
Take a journey and experience how one company went from "wellness programs" to living wellness 365 days a year. Learn how building from a foundation of purpose and core values can bring life and focus to wellness initiatives. Take away best practices to transform your thinking about what wellness can be at your organization.
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Session 1B: FMLA Issues – How to Manage and Prevent Leave Abuse, Bob Simandl, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Bob Simandl, of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. will present on how to manage these laws and discuss the steps available to employers to prevent leave abuse. Bob, with his many years of experience in dealing with Family and Medical Leave issues and other leave compliance obligations, will assist attendees in analyzing how to formulate strategies to meet their legal obligations but to create a framework in which absence management will be a guiding force rather than being reactionary to the requesting employee. The presentation will also include a discussion of strategies to prevent leave abuse and otherwise minimize the possibility for work disruption. Specifically, the presentation will include:
- Preparing for and defending against Department of Labor Investigations of asserted violations of the law and understanding the employer’s rights and responsibilities.
- Creating an effective FMLA request process to minimize supervisor engagement and HR administration of FMLA requests.
- Discussion on how to establish an integrated Family and Medical Leave compliance strategy which incorporates employer responsibilities under the FMLA, ADA and other labor and employment laws without creating an unmanageable administrative monster.
- Understanding employee benefit rights and obligations in FMLA, Worker’s Comp, and continuing absences which fall within the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Session 2A: Your Organization’s DNA: Taking Culture Out of the Shadows, Michael Stewart, Managing Director, Work Effects
Organizational Culture is "how work gets done," and it is critical to every organization. Some organizations cracked the code to distinguishing themselves and sustained success by purposefully aligning their culture to their strategy. When an organization has a purposeful culture –one that is consciously shaped to align with the organization’s business strategy – it can accelerate achieving desired results and enable optimal performance levels, creating a differentiated business with a competitive advantage. Senior leaders understand culture will determine their success or failure. The physical structures, the business processes and systems, and the behaviors become easier to manage and change when the culture is aligned to the strategy of the organization. Individuals will learn to:
- The difference between a healthy culture and a purposefully aligned culture.
- Determine the culture most critical to achieve strategic goals, and how to apply it to one’s organization.
- Identify and measure the often hidden aspects of culture.
- Gain insight to proven techniques to more quickly create real culture change.
- Develop skills and techniques to achieve lasting strategy culture alignment.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Session 2B: OSHA & WC – Regulations Affecting Drug Testing, Safety Issues and Injury/Illness Reporting Requirements, Denise Greathouse, Attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
The past year has seen groundbreaking changes to regulations and enforcement practices for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and Worker’s Compensation. Those changes have established new investigation and reporting of work injury claims requirements and new techniques to document those practices. Learn more on these regulatory developments and decisions and what to expect for the future, while discussing best practices for employers as they incorporate these changes into day-to-day audit and investigation techniques and employee work-related injury reporting.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - General Session 3: Silent Impact, Influence Through Purpose, Persistence and Passion, Joe Schmit, Reporter, KSTP news
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Session 4A: Coaching, It’s Not Just for Athletes Anymore, Lisa Pook, Manager, Organizational Development, MRA – The Management Association
There was a time when coaching was reserved for senior executives, or it was an activity that suggested the leader had big problems to correct. Fortunately that’s not the case anymore.
Developmental coaching benefits individuals and organizations by preparing employees for senior leadership positions, accelerating a new manager’s assimilation, building bench strength, and improving a leader’s ability to build high-performing teams or to overcome career-limiting behaviors. Learn how to leverage the benefits of coaching for your organization and
- Check your organization’s readiness for developmental coaching.
- Review best practices for integrating coaching into your organization’s talent systems.
- Identify strategies for developing a coaching culture.
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Session 4B: Creating an LGBTQ Inclusive Workforce & Reducing Exposure to EEOC Discrimination Claims, J. Ryann Peyton, Director, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program
Part 1: LGBTQ 101
A discussion about who is included in the LGBTQ community (including demographics and metrics). Explanation of common terminology and the difference between "sex" and "gender." An in-depth look at the "Transgender Umbrella" and those individuals who fall under its auspices.
Part 2: Federal Employment Law & Guidance Concerning LGBTQ Employees
An outline of federal employment law and guidance and its protections for LGBTQ employees in the areas of harassment, restrooms accessibility, medical leave, and dress code. Anticipated changes in light of the new administration.
Part 3: LGBTQ Inclusivity at Work
- The Business Case to Remove Closet Doors
- Identifying Institutional Barriers to Equality in your Organization
- Controlling the Impact of Unconscious Bias on Organizational Culture
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Closing General Session: The Future of HR, Jennifer McClure, Founder & President of Unbridled Talent, LLC and CEO of DisruptHR LLC
To thrive in the business environment of the future, the competencies and capabilities of human resources professionals must evolve. HR leaders must know the business, focus strategically, solve business problems and understand how to influence change in order to effectively align the human resources strategic plan, establish key relationships, and drive maximum impact on results. HR leaders who master these skills will deliver more value – and find greater executive support – within their organizations.