HR Conference 2018

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Inland Empire SHRM will hold its 6th Annual HR Conference this year.  Reshaping HR is going to be a memorable conference.  We are offering expert speakers and  topics to better meet your professional development needs.  Our conference is designed for all HR practitioners, from early career to the more experienced HR executives.

 

Conference Information

Reasons to Attend

Reasons To Attend

We believe that there are countless opportunities why you should attend the Annual HR Conference; we've managed to narrow it down:

Hear from the experts.

Our speakers are business experts, practitioners and peers who know what you need to know. You'll get a solid grounding in tried-and-true HR fundamentals and unique insight into the innovative new practices that will change how the world does business.

You will hear the latest news on current and emerging HR topics presented by attorneys from Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR), our conference sponsor. For the first time, our conference will have two concurrent tracks of sessions with professional speakers sharing information on topics that matter to you.

Learn skills and stay up-to-date.

No matter how long you've been in HR or what position you hold at your company, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends, new strategies, and innovations in HR happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that provides you with the full range of HR knowledge.

Protect your company from liability - avoid legal risk before it arises by staying current with the latest changes in labor legislation. From federal legislative compliance, to HR legal issues specific to California, we help you stay on top of the most important legislative priorities.

Recertification.

Your attendance earns you credits toward maintaining your valuable certification – your SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, or other general designation. Inland Empire SHRM’s Annual HR Conference provides a full day of professional education and development, as well as six (6) recertification credits and professional development units.

Meet with new vendors and suppliers.

Our exhibitors are industry experts and solution-providers who truly know what is happening in the world of HR and business - and they have answers to your questions. Our vendors are some of the best people for you to get to know if you want to learn more about what's happening in HR now - and what's going to happen in the future. Trust us: discovering innovative products and services is necessary to stay competitive in today’s business world.

Have fun with your HR peers from around the region.

Let's be honest - the Annual Conference is a lot of learning packed into a short amount of time. But you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your peers. With an anticipated attendance of 300 HR professionals from the Inland Empire region, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate or change your perspectives. You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar - or you might find a mentor or even become one.

Topics & Sessions

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8:30 to 9:30 AM – General Session

Love or Loathing: Romance & Harassment in the Workplace— General Session (Ballroom)

Times are changing, and as companies continue to take action to prevent unlawful harassment, when does the office romance become harassment? This session will address issues facing employers when dealing with relationships in the working environment, how employers can protect themselves and provide steps to take to avoid allegations of favoritism, discrimination and the chance of a hostile work environment.

Paul Fleck is the Chair of AALRR’s Private Labor and Employment Practice Group, covering eight offices throughout California. Paul regularly represents employers in California and federal courts and in matters brought by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Prior to his legal career, Paul worked in the human resources field at both Fortune 500 and small California firms. Paul is the Chair of AALRR’s employment Law Conference and the board of directors for the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and is the Chairman of its Human Resources Forum.

9:45 to 10:45 AM - Main Session

Teamwork in Collective Bargaining; Finance, HR and Legal on the Same Page (Ballroom)

Understanding the framework of the collective bargaining process, and basic budgets are some of the first steps to establish credibility between the pares during the bargaining process.  We will discuss the roles of HR, finance and legal teams during the process, the negotiations mindset and how employers can benefit during the fact-finding process.

Brent Garrett is a partner at AALRR at the Cerritos and Irvine offices and is a member of the firm’s Private Labor and Employment Group.  He exclusively represents management in labor and employment matters. He is also a frequent contributor to the Firm’s Labor Relations Blog, providing analysis and commentary about new developments in the area of traditional labor law. Brent has extensive experience in traditional labor law matters, including representing employers in unfair labor practice (ULP) charges, union elections, administrative hearings, grievance arbitrations, and collective bargaining.  Brent is currently serving as Legislative Director for the Inland Empire SHRM board of directors.

9:45 to 10:45 AM - Breakout Session

Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness, Managing Yourself to Influence Others (Vista Room)

Effective organizations are really just a collection of effective teams which in turn are represented by effective individuals. The evidence is overwhelming — organizations that help develop the personal and interpersonal effectiveness of their employees are the same organizations that benefit from extraordinary results, successful projects, excellent teams and character-based leaders. This breakout sessions will help participants see how, what they say and do, affects not only their own level of workplace performance but can have a positive or a negative influence on those they work with.  This topic repeats at 11 am.

Paul Butler is a Client Partner with Newleaf Training and Development, based in Valencia, CA. Paul is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), having qualified with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Prior to starting Newleaf Training and Development in 2005, he served as a Regional Finance Director for Marriott International Hotels and Hilton International Hotels. Paul also served as the Director of Finance for Hilton Honors. Paul is a very engaging Facilitator, able to take the complexity of a subject and distill it into simple, memorable concepts that can be immediately applied.

11:00 to 12:00 PM -  Main Session

Mental Health and Disability Issues in the Workplace (Ballroom)

When mental health issues arise in the workplace and are not addressed or treated appropriately, there are considerable costs and disruptions to organizations. We will discuss some of the warning signs of mental health problems, barriers to employee disclosures, and how to successfully address mental health issues in the workplace to include, discusses of reasonable accommodation and the interactive process.

Amber Solano is an accomplished litigator at AALRR who represents employers in both the private and public sector in all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, wage and hour (including class actions), discrimination/harassment, retaliation, leaves of absences, privacy, and the First Amendment.  Amber handles matters in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies.  She has achieved remarkable results for clients in hearings, arbitrations, trials, and appeals. Amber also counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline, wage and hour compliance, and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws.  Amber is a Board Member of the Professionals in Human Resources Association, North Orange County District.

11:00 to 12:00 PM – Breakout Session

Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness, Managing Yourself to Influence Others (Vista Room)

Repeat topic from 9:45 am

1:00 to 2:00 PM – Main Session

What Does Non-Traditional Discrimination Look Like (Ballroom)

Fostering a healthy and productive working environment for today’s diverse workforce can be a challenge; employers must combat discrimination and harassment in the workplace and promote inclusiveness. An increased number of non-traditional discrimination claims have arisen that have caught employers off-guard and exposed to legal pitfalls.  We will discuss these pitfalls and emerging trends so employers are prepared to recognize and handle these issues before they lead to liability.

Brigham Cheney is a partner at AALRR at the Cerritos and Irvine offices. Brigham’s work has provided him with a multi-layered understanding of his transportation-related clients’ business operations and needs, enabling him to provide counsel on diverse issues involving government regulation, customer and vendor relationships, independent contractor classification, technology processes and implementation, labor relations, and policy development.

1:00 to 2:00 PM – Breakout Session

Gender Pay Equity - Not Just the Law, it’s the Right Thing to Do (Vista Room)

Pay equity impacts every industry and is at the forefront of legal issues facing employers today. A variety of new laws and pending legislation are making it easier for employees to bring pay discrimination claims.  This significantly increases the risk of ligation for employers. Learn how to recognize the importance of ensuring they maintain a competitive advantage by providing equal pay. Learn how communicate to employees that pay equality is important and take proactive steps to ensure fair pay because it is the right thing to do. This topic repeats at 2:15 pm.

David Weaver, CCA, is President of the Compensation and HR Group.  Prior to joining the Compensation and HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. David has also served as adjunct faculty teaching courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management at Northeastern University and Newbury College. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.

2:15 to 3:15 PM – Main Session

Common, but Sticky Workplace Scenarios with Real Life Solutions (Ballroom)

Nothing is beer than learning from real life cases. We will discuss common problems with real solutions to everyday issues that arise in the workplace such as: excessive absenteeism; “forgetting” to clock out for meal breaks; chatty employees; bully bosses and mean managers; and managers that don’t manage chronic the complainer. You will hear about tips and strategies to resolve these and other problem issues with your workforce.

Bill Betley is a Senior Partner at AALRR, practices in all areas of employment law, including unlawful harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, employee classification, and wage and hour. Bill is a frequent speaker on numerous employment issues, such as unlawful harassment, disability discrimination, leaves of absence workplace violence, employment handbooks and hiring and firing issues. He is also the Chairman of the Inland Valleys Employer Advisory Council and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

2:15 to 3:15 PM – Breakout Session

Gender Pay Equity - Not Just the Law, it’s the Right Thing to Do (Vista Room)

Repeat of topic from 1:00 pm.

3:30 to 4:30 PM – General Session

Addressing Inequities in the Workplace—General Session (Ballroom)

Promoting equal opportunity, equal rights and equal pay in today’s workplace is an employer’s obligation.  Employers must remain vigilant in watching out for common scenarios that can lead to liability.  We will address how employers can promote equality while tackling real life issues that arise in today’s diverse workplace.

Bob Wenzel is a Partner with AALRR and represents a diverse clientele which includes health care providers, residential construction companies, restaurants and hotels, and more.  He focuses on employment law and defense of management in personnel and labor relations claims such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues. Bob was also awarded the Excellence in Human Resources Award and the President’s Award by PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association). He is a Past President of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and served on the Board of Directors of the Employers Group.  Bob is a well-known speaker to various organizations around the country on labor and employment issues.

Occasionally, circumstances may necessitate changes, alterations or updates to our published program schedules, information or speakers.  Inland Empire SHRM Chapter apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Speakers

Attorney Speakers

Paul Fleck is the Chair of AALRR’s Private Labor and Employment Practice Group, covering eight offices throughout California. Paul regularly represents employers in California and federal courts and in matters brought by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Prior to his legal career, Paul worked in the human resources field at both Fortune 500 and small California firms. Paul is the Chair of AALRR’s employment Law Conference and the board of directors for the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and is the Chairman of its Human Resources Forum.

Susan Steward is a Partner with AALRR and represents public and private sector employers in all employment-related matters, including defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She represents for-profit and nonprofit companies, governmental entities, and trade associations in state and federal courts and before administrative judges and agencies. Before working as an attorney, Susan spent over a decade in management, serving as a Regional Director of Operations and in Human Resources in the healthcare industry. This experience, coupled with Ms. Steward’s MBA, allows her to give employers practical advice and counsel about human resources and employee relations issues, among other matters.

Tom Lenz is a partner at AALRR at the Cerritos and Pasadena offices and handles all aspects of labor and employment law issues and heads the firm’s traditional labor and National Labor Relations Board practices. He works with employers in all major industries across California and the West. Mr. Lenz currently serves as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section for the State Bar of California. Tom began his law practice with the National Labor Relations Board, Region 21, in Los Angeles, where he investigated and tried unfair labor practice cases, ran workplace elections, and acted as an administrative hearing officer. Tom also actively litigates labor and employment matters in arbitration, before agencies, and in the courts.

Brent Garrett is a partner at AALRR at the Cerritos and Irvine offices and is a member of the firm’s Private Labor and Employment Group. He exclusively represents management in labor and employment matters. He is also a frequent contributor to the Firm’s Labor Relations Blog, providing analysis and commentary about new developments in the area of traditional labor law. Brent has extensive experience in traditional labor law matters, including representing employers in unfair labor practice (ULP) charges, union elections, administrative hearings, grievance arbitrations, and collective bargaining. Brent routinely appears before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He regularly trains management teams on the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Brent is currently serving as Legislative Director for the Inland Empire SHRM board of directors.

Amber Solano is an accomplished litigator at AALRR who represents employers in both the private and public sector in all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, wage and hour (including class actions), discrimination/harassment, retaliation, leaves of absences, privacy, and the First Amendment. Amber handles matters in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies. She has achieved remarkable results for clients in hearings, arbitrations, trials, and appeals. Amber also counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline, wage and hour compliance, and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws. Amber is a Board Member of the Professionals in Human Resources Association, North Orange County District.

Ann Smith is a partner at AALRR at the Cerritos and represents management in all aspects of employment litigation, including defending claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and leave of absence violations. Ann handles numerous matters in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement. Ann also counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline, wage and hour compliance and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws.

Brigham Cheney is a partner at AALRR at the Cerritos and Irvine offices and represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employee class action lawsuits; traditional labor law; discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination litigation; breach of contract claims; trade secret matters; and executive employment agreements. His wide range of litigation experience encompasses all phases of law and motion practice, discovery, mediation, arbitration, and trial. Brigham’s work has provided him with a multi-layered understanding of his transportation-related clients’ business operations and needs, enabling him to provide counsel on diverse issues involving government regulation, e-commerce, customer and vendor relationships, independent contractor classification, intermodal operations, technology processes and implementation, labor relations, and policy development.

Bill Betley is a Senior Partner at AALRR, practices in all areas of employment law, including unlawful harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, employee classification, and wage and hour. Bill is a frequent speaker on numerous employment issues, such as unlawful harassment, disability discrimination, leaves of absence workplace violence, employment handbooks and hiring and firing issues. He is also the Chairman of the Inland Valleys Employer Advisory Council and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Bob Wenzel is a Partner with AALRR and represents a diverse clientele which includes health care providers, residential construction companies, restaurants and hotels, and more. He focuses on employment law and defense of management in personnel and labor relations claims such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues. Bob was also awarded the Excellence in Human Resources Award and the President’s Award by PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association). He is a Past President of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and served on the Board of Directors of the Employers Group. Bob is a well-known speaker to various organizations around the country on labor and employment issues.

Breakout Speakers

Paul Butler is a Client Partner with Newleaf Training and Development, based in Valencia, CA. Paul is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), having qualified with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Prior to starting Newleaf Training and Development in 2005, he served as a Regional Finance Director for Marriott International Hotels and Hilton International Hotels. Paul also served as the Director of Finance for Hilton Honors. Paul is a very engaging Facilitator, able to take the complexity of a subject and distill it into simple, memorable concepts that can be immediately applied. Paul has served as Keynote Speaker at the 2016 PIHRA Conference and has just been booked for the 2018 Conference in Long Beach.

David Weaver, CCA, is President of the Compensation and HR Group and is responsible for all consulting functions within the organization. Prior to joining the Compensation and HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. He has held positions with Liberty Mutual, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard as corporate human resources professional. A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David has also made his mark in academia, having served as adjunct faculty member for both Northeastern University and Newbury College where he taught courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Pricing

Super Early Bird Pricing - through May 1 (Closed)

Members: $100    Non-Members: $175

Early Bird Pricing through September 1

Members: $175     Non-Members: $250

Regular Pricing through October 5

Members: $250    Non-Members: $299

Pricing for Public Employees:

Members $100    Non-Members: $175

Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Bernardino
285 East Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, California 92408-3411

 

Interested in Sponsoring?

HR Service Providers:

If you are interested in sharing your product or service to over 300 HR professionals during our 2018 HR Conference, complete the application listed below or email Stacey Barnier at sponsorship@ieshrm.org.

 2018 Sponsorship & Application form

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