Conferences

2018 Day on the Hill

February 20th - 21st, 2018
Park Hotel - Madison, Wisconsin

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WISHRM Day on the Hill Conference 2017

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Conference Description

Join your HR colleagues from around the state at our 4th Annual WISHRM Day on the Hill event!  The Day on the Hill provides you the unique opportunity to travel to Madison, WI for a day of legislative insight and networking with colleagues and legislators. The event is scheduled in February to provide our attendees with the opportunity to make an impact prior to the end of the current legislative session.

The day will begin with Meredith Nethercutt, Senior Associate for Member Advocacy at National SHRM will deliver training on how to conduct an advocacy meeting with a Legislator and/or Legislative staff member. Then there will be an employment law update from Attorney Bob Gregg of the Boardman & Clark Law Firm. Attorney Tony Renning of Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C. Law Firm will give a brief discussion on "How a Bill Becomes a Law" followed by a Legislative Update from the State Capitol by Chris Reader, Director of Health and Human Resources Policy at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Susan Sieger, Senior Compliance Consultant with Employee Benefits Corporation will present on the State of Healthcare. After a networking lunch, we will then hear from Reporter Jessie Opoien who covers state government and politics for the Capital Times in Madison. The day will conclude with scheduled meetings with your individual Legislators and/or Legislative staff members at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Business attire is recommended for legislative meetings.

The Day on the Hill will provide a great opportunity for you to advocate on behalf of WISHRM and the HR profession, to learn more about the political process, and to have a real impact on the public policy debate in Wisconsin involving critical HR and business issues.

Also, join us at the Top of the Park on Tuesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm for a social/networking event.  Dress is casual.  If you are unable to attend the Wednesday Day on the Hill event, but would still like to attend the Tuesday networking event, the cost to attend the networking event only is $25.
 

Event Pricing

SHRM Member
$75
Non-SHRM Member
$85
Student (Full Time - Undergrad)
$40
Tuesday Networking Event Only
$25


Certification Approval -
Credits Applied For

SHRM 
4 Credits
HRCI
4 Credits
 

Location / Hotel Accommodations

Park Hotel - Downtown Madison
22 South Carroll Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
  • For Reservations, Call: (608) 285-8000
  • Reservation Code: WI SHRM Legislative Day on the Hill 2018
  • Rate: $129.00 plus tax
  • Deadline: January 26, 2018
  • Hotel Cancellation Policy: Must be made 24 hours prior to the day of arrival







 




Conference at a Glance

Tuesday, February 20, 2018: Networking Reception

Time Description
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us at the Top of the Park in the Park Hotel on Tuesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm for a social/networking event. Dress is casual.  If you are unable to attend the Wednesday Day on the Hill event, but would still like to attend the Tuesday networking event, the cost to attend the networking event only is $25.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Conference Day

Time Description
7:00-7:50 AM Registration / Continental Breakfast / Networking
7:50-8:00 AM Welcome & Opening Announcements
8:00-8:30 AM Advocacy Team and National SHRM Update
Presenter:  Meredith Nethercutt, Senior Associate of Member Advocacy, National SHRM
8:30-10:00 AM Developments, Trends & Hot Topics:  The Annual Legal Overview
Presenter:  Bob Gregg, Attorney at Boardman & Clark Law Firm and Wisconsin State Council SHRM Legislative Partner
10:00-10:15 AM Break
10:15-10:30 AM How a Bill Becomes Law
Presenter:  Tony Renning, Attorney at Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C.
10:30-10:45 AM Legislative Update from the State Capitol
Presenter:  Chris Reader, Director of Health & Human Resources Policy at WI Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00-12:00 PM Navigating the Legislative Landscape:  Where we are now and where are we going?
Presenter:  Susan Sieger, Senior Compliance Consultant at Employee Benefits Corporation
12:00-12:45 PM Lunch
Note:  Those unable to attend the pre-conference webinar regarding legislator meeting etiquette will have the opportunity to review the webinar content with Meredith Nethercutt from National SHRM over lunch.
12:45-1:45 PM Behind the Scenes at Wisconsin's Capitol
Presenter:  Jessie Opoien, Reporter at The Capital Times
1:45-4:30 PM Individual Legislative Meetings
Attendees will have an opportunity to engage their State Legislators in pre-scheduled discussions allowing for there to be open dialogue about who SHRM is, what we represent and the opportunity for Legislators to better understand how a future relationship with us can benefit them when workforce planning and employment related legislation is presented.

 

Featured Presenters

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Featured Presenter,
Bob Gregg

Bob Gregg - Boardman & Clark Law Firm

About the Program: We may see some significant developments in employment laws, regulatory enforcement, and the Supreme Court. The 2018 Developments, Trends & Hot Topics program by Bob Gregg will address:
  • What is appearing on the employment law horizon
  • Significant developments and warnings of the past year
  • Strangest employment law cases of the year
Bio:  Bob Gregg is an employment relations attorney with more than 30 years of speaking and training experience. Bob litigates and serves as an expert witness in a wide variety of employment cases. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits.

 
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Featured Presenter,
Meredith Nethercutt

Meredith Nethercutt - SHRM

About the Program:  Meredith will provide a brief overview on the engagement activity associated with meeting and advocating on Wisconsin SHRM’s behalf when engaging our state Legislators. A role play will be presented to demonstrate how a constituent/legislator meeting should be handled. She will discuss A-team initiatives at the National SHRM level.
 
Bio:  Meredith Nethercutt is senior associate for member advocacy at the Society for Human Resource Management. Overseeing SHRM’s Advocacy Team (A-Team) network of volunteer advocates, Meredith facilitates relationships between SHRM members and lawmakers to strengthen the Society’s advocacy objectives in legislative districts nationwide. In addition, Meredith provides training and guidance to HR advocates on how to effectively communicate with lawmakers regarding workplace policies. A critical part of the Society’s enhanced advocacy initiative, the A-Team advances the HR perspective and agenda by leveraging the reach and knowledge of SHRM members through grassroots advocacy.

Prior to joining SHRM, Meredith served as director of public affairs and grassroots advocacy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where she oversaw the complete association advocacy program branding and reorganization, as well as the construction of a strategic association-wide key contact program to leverage relationships between manufacturers and federal lawmakers. Meredith’s previous career experience includes advocacy positions with the International Franchise Association (IFA) and the National Restaurant Association, where she managed both association’s grassroots programs. She started her career in advocacy at Associated Builders and Contractors. 

Meredith received a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University. She resides in Denver, CO.
 
 
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Featured Presenter,
Tony Renning

Tony Renning - Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C.

About the Program: Tony will provide a brief overview of how a bill becomes a law (maybe even using song (think "School House Rock")). The How a Bill Becomes a Law presentation is intended to provide a general understanding of Wisconsin's legislative process and provide suggestions for how to make an impact when participating in that process. The presentation will focus on how some of the ideas generated by Wisconsin SHRM and its members are now bills moving through the legislative process and, ultimately, will hopefully become law. It is important that we, as citizens of Wisconsin and constituents of representatives and senators, know and understand how our state government works.

Bio:  Tony concentrates his practice in labor and employment and school law as well as litigation and counseling. He provides advice and counsel to employers about their rights and obligations under federal and state laws and regulations. He advises on all aspects of labor and employment compliance, including wage and hour, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment, reductions in force, workforce management, employment policies and handbooks as well as a number of other employment-related matters. He also has experience with labor negotiations, union certification, and decertification campaigns, unfair labor practice litigation and contract administration, including grievance arbitration. Tony's primary client base includes private (various industries) and public (counties, cities, and school districts) employers of all sizes.

 
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Featured Presenter,
Susan Sieger

Susan Sieger -  Employee Benefits Corporation

About the Program:  In this session we will review the legislative and regulatory landscape under the Trump Administration.  We have seen Executive Orders, talk of tax reform and changes to the employer exclusion on healthcare, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and the looming threat of the Cadillac tax. What changes have occurred under President Trump’s first year in office?  What changes might be on the horizon?  Where does the Affordable Care Act fit into 2018, if at all?  We will discuss how the current regulatory and legislative climate is impacting employee benefits now and a prediction of where we are going in 2018.
 
Learning objectives:
  • Gain an understanding the impact of Executive Orders under the Trump Administration on employee benefits
  • Gain an understanding of current legislative and regulatory updates on consumer directed health care
  • Gain an understanding of how current legislative landscape will impact employee benefit plan strategies for 2018
Bio: Susan Sieger has over 25 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. As senior compliance consultant at Employee Benefits Corporation, she has worked with thousands of employers and has become a leading specialist in Section 125 and Section 105 Plan design and administration. She holds a current Wisconsin insurance license, which broadens her knowledge base when consulting with employers’ regarding employee benefit plan decisions. Ms. Sieger is also a current member of the Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters (WAHU) and the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).  Ms. Sieger is a frequent speaker on employee benefits and regularly conducts employer and agent training nationwide.  She has conducted seminars for the Society of Human Resources, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) and the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU) and Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters (WAHU) to name a few.

Ms. Sieger holds the COBRA Administration Specialist (CAS) designation and the Advanced Certificate in Flexible Compensation Instruction (ACFCI) from the Employer Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC).  Sue currently serves on the ECFC Education Committee (past chair) and ECFC Conference Committee and is a frequent speaker at the ECFC Annual Symposium. Ms. Sieger helps oversee the ECFC credentialing programming and has helped developed curriculum to train industry professionals in all aspects of flexible compensation and tax advantaged employee benefit programs nationwide, as well as serving as faculty for these programs.  Sue has made several trips to Washington, DC, as part of the ECFC Annual Conference where she has made visits to Capitol Hill in an effort to educate Congress and legislators on the practical application of provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the importance of consumer directed accounts to working Americans.

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Featured Presenter,
Chris Reader

Chris Reader - Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

About the Program:  In this brief update, Chris will talk about recent state law changes and pending reforms in areas that directly impact human resources professionals which include:  Unemployment Insurance, Worker's Compensation, Non-Compete Agreements, Setting Statewide Human Resources Standards and more.  Sharing his expertise and experiences in working with legislators and state agencies, the information provided by Chris will help us all to better understand the current landscape of HR-related topics in Wisconsin to help prepare us for our visits with members of the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Bio:  Chris Reader is the Director of Health & Human Resources Policy at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state’s largest trade association representing employers.
 
Chris works with lawmakers and state agencies to advance pro-growth reforms in a number of policy areas including employment law, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, education, workforce development, health care and telecommunications.
 
Chris serves on several boards and councils, including: 
  • Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council
  • Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council
  • Wisconsin Apprenticeship Consortium
  • Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau Governing Board & Rating Committee
  • Wisconsin Technology Council Board of Directors
  • State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council 
Chris joined WMC in 2013 with significant experience in state government and Wisconsin politics, having worked in a leadership role at a state agency, as a chief-of-staff in the state legislature and on several political campaigns.
 
Chris is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He lives in Sun Prairie with his wife and children.
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Featured Presenter,
Jessie Opoien

Jessie Opoien - The Capital Times

About the Program:  Behind the Scenes at Wisconsin's Capitol

Bio: 
Jessie Opoien reports on state government and politics for The Capital TImes in Madison. As a member of the Capitol press corps, she covers policy, lawmakers, the governor, interest groups and candidates primarily at the state level, with some attention to Wisconsin's Congressional delegation. Jessie has been recognized for her work by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the Washington Post's list of best state political reporters.  She grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin, and is a 2011 graduate of the Iowa State University. Before joining the Capital Times in 2013, she was a reporter for the Oshkosh Northwestern.

 

Contact Information

Elise Rommes
 

Elise Rommes, SHRM-CP, PHR
Legislative Director

KI Furniture
1330 Bellevue St
Green Bay, WI  54308
PH:  920-468-2769
Em: elise.rommes@ki.com
 


Biography

Elise Rommes is a Human Resources Business Partner at KI Furniture in Green Bay. She has worked in Human Resources since 2007 in various industries.  Elise has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Human Resources Management with emphases in Production & Operations, and Legal Studies in Business.  She has her SHRM-CP and PHR certifications, and is also a certified Achieve Global Facilitator.  She served on the Fox Valley SHRM board as the VP of Marketing & Public Relations in 2011 and as Secretary from 2013 to 2015.


 

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