How can organizations help their leaders navigate a complex workplace while taking advantage of emerging opportunities? Explore new ideas and better ways of doing things, and learn to meet difficult situations head-on. This conference is designed for leaders and managers, as well as compensation, benefits and HR professionals at all levels.​

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast​

8:25 Welcome Marnel Mola, Director, Southern Regional Office

8:30-9:00 Introductory Session: Voices of HR

Deborah Dale Brackney, MA, SPHR, Executive VP

Today’s workplace is, of course, a reflection of all that makes the headlines scream. ​​​Whether it be the call for equity, creating safe workplaces, managing cultural differences, or planning for the future of AI, Human Resources is the epicenter for integrating the voices of employees, managers, and customers. This session will open up the conference and lay a framework for the day focusing on a model of collaborating in increasingly complicated situations. At the end of the session, participants will leave ready for the conference with a tool that helps embrace the opportunities and challenges of today’s workplace.

9:00-9:50 Morning Keynote

2030: The Workplace Revolution

Josh Davies, Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Work Ethic Development
The modern workplace is constantly evolving and changing, with some jobs going away (switchboard operator) and others being created (app developer). But every 30 years, a new wave of technology fundamentally changes the workplace. Assembly lines, computers, and the internet all dramatically shifted the nature of work and changed the American workplace. Looking ahead to 2030, there is another revolutionary wave that is going to crash the future of work in America. The combination of automation and artificial intelligence will create a new revolution that will destroy not just jobs but potentially  entire industries.

Rather than sit back and hope, now is the time to prepare for the coming reality of 2030. We need to be developing the revolutionaries of the future! There will still be jobs, but they will require a different set of skills and abilities. Learn how to develop the skills that will make you and your job seekers relevant today and in the future. Don’t sit back and let the waves drag you down. Choose instead to ride the coming revolution – and come out on top!

9:50-10:10 Morning Break

10:10-11:00 Legal Update: Compensation and Benefits in the Era of Uncertainty

Sean Reed, Esq., Attorney
It’s been quite a year. We’ve seen tax reform, ACA repeal attempts, ACA enforcement attempts, new administrative guidance, rejected administrative guidance, and increasing skepticism from the courts of the propriety of newly created administrative rules. And that’s just on the federal level. State and local governments have been busy as well, particularly in the area of pay equity. In this uncertain landscape, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for employers and benefit sponsors to understand their obligations under the law and to plan for the future. This breakout session seeks to minimize this uncertainty by highlighting the biggest developments in compensation and benefits law over the past year. We’ll cover topics as diverse as the new tax bill, developments on the ACA-front, major agency rule changes, state and local developments, and, of course, what the courts have been up to.

11:00-11:10 Break

11:10-12:00 Workplace Collaboration

Anitra Lesser, M.Ed., Professional Coach, Mediator, ODL Consultant, and Julie Auger, MOD, ODL Consultant
Workplaces lacking collaboration waste time and resources. They are less creative, have higher turnover, lower trust, longer lead times, and lower employee satisfaction. Collaboration requires a skill-set and a mind-set, both of which can be learned. Please join us for this stimulating session on how you can cultivate greater collaboration in your workplace.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:50 Speak Up! Engaging in High Stakes Conversations Up, Down, & Sideways Across the Organization

Evan Abbott, MA, SPHR, Director, Organizational Development and Leadership,​
The topics seem to be getting more difficult–unconscious bias, harassment, inclusion, engagement–but the conversations are not getting any easier. This is especially true when we have to engage in conversations with upper management or across the organization to peers. How can we effectively “speak truth to power” when the stakes are high and values are in play? This session will review key aspects of high stakes conversations and skills HR, Managers, and employees across the organization can use when trying to engage in important conversations when power dynamics are in play.

1:50-2:00 Break

2:10-3:00 The Future of Health Plans: Evolution to Revolution

Chris Watts, Partner, Health and Welfare Practice, Mercer

Today’s health market is failing employers, but ultimately it’s on employers to help transform its future. As seen with Amazon’s announcement, companies are actively working to change the industry and those disruptions are moving down market. Mercer
will guide you through the current trends impacting the future state of health plans and challenge you to re-think your short and long term benefits strategy.

3:00-3:10 Break

3:10-4:00 Pay Equity: Trends, Risks, and Solutions

Brian Ayers, Esq., Managing Attorney Affirmative Action Plans, and Amber Cruz, PHR, CEBS, SHRM-CP, HR Consultant
What does equal pay for equal work really mean? How can employers be sure they are following the law when there is a host of federal, state, and local laws all defining equal pay and equal work differently? This presentation will explore:
  • ​​The recent wave of state and local laws that have been enacted enforcing pay equity, and what proposals are on the horizon;
  • How to conduct a proactive pay equity analysis that will give employers a window into their current vulnerabilities as well as a path forward to compliance; and
  • Options for adjusting an employee’s pay if there are discrepancies uncovered during the analysis process, as well as making and communicating any recommended changes to the compensation practice.
Finally, this presentation will cover the emerging trend of pay transparency among organizations and how a company’s commitment to equal pay in the workplace can build a stronger employer brand with which to attract and retain key talent. Join us for this informative session.​​​

*All speakers are from Employers Council unless noted.


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