2024 WI Workplace
February 29, 2024
Premier Park Hotel
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Workplace policies are so much more than a document. They’re a powerful statement of what an employer does and does not stand for, and (when implemented well) can play a big part in building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Join us at the Premier Park Hotel in Madison on February 28, 2024 for a networking reception and/or February 29, 2024 for our 2024 Workplace Policy Conference.
Back by popular demand, we have invited Evan Rosen, Principal; Jackson Lewis, P.C. back for Part II of his Life Cycle Training (of an employee from hire to fire). Even if you did not attend the conference last year to see Part I, don’t worry because Evan will be doing a recap of materials before he builds on his updated content. The training will cover the “Life Cycle” of an employee from hire to fire. It will address many of the issues that result in litigation that traditional training programs leave out. Attendees will be divided into small groups and will engage in problem solving through real-life situations as they arise. The scenarios are realistic and include colorful characters, with each scenario building on the prior one.
Bob Gregg, Attorney; Boardman Clark LLC will be providing our legal and employment law update and will be going through the top policies that HR professionals will need to be aware of in 2024. If you have seen Bob present in the past, he will also bring the strangest cases that are currently out there in case law.
Our conference will end with a dynamic presentation by Jim Morgan from MRA who will talk with attendees regarding the evolving landscape of workplace dynamics, focusing on the difficult issues surrounding remote work, flexibility, DEI, role of the hiring manager, generations in the workplace, artificial intelligence, traditional business practices, and more. During Jim’s presentation, we will look at these subjects from both the employer and employee perspectives, delve into the varying viewpoints, challenges, and potential solutions to bridging the gaps between companies and their talent.
The future of work looks vastly different. Organizations that succeed at addressing the most critical aspects of work — acquiring and retaining critical talent, supporting all employees holistically, and confronting how they ethically collect and use employee data — will be able to differentiate themselves as employers of choice. Companies can position themselves for future success by designing robust future-of-workplace strategies that get ahead of these trends and address emerging challenges proactively. This conference is designed to give HR professionals the tools for success.
Sessions will be submitted for preapproval of recertification credits. Watch the WI SHRM website for updates on additional speakers and topics.
All cancellations must be in writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
administrative fee will be charged for conference cancellations received before or on
February 14, 2024. Requests for refunds after
February 14th will be denied unless there are extenuating circumstances which prevent an attendee from finding another person to attend the conference in their place. An extenuating circumstance may include an unexpected death in the family or medical emergency. Proof of the hardship will be required. Changing workloads and/or staffing levels will not be considered valid reasons. These requests will be reviewed by members of the WI SHRM Executive Council, Workplace Policy Chair and the Conference Liaison Director on a case-by-case basis.
** Important Announcement! **
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Park Hotel - Downtown Madison
22 South Carroll Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
For Reservations, Call: (608) 285-8000
Reservation Code: WI SHRM Employment Law Conference 2024
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Deluxe King or Double Queen room: $159.00 per night
Hotel Block ends February 6, 2024
Hotel Cancellation Policy:
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for no charge before 04:00 PM
local hotel time on
Saturday, February 24, 2024.
Conference at a Glance
Wednesday, February 28, 2023: Networking Reception
|7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
|Networking Reception - Top of the Park | Park Hotel
Appetizers and Refreshments
Thursday, February 29, 2023: Conference Day*
|7:00 - 7:50 AM
|Registration / Continental Breakfast / Networking
Location: Hall of Wisconsin | 2nd Floor
|7:50 - 8:00 AM
|Welcome & Opening Announcements
Jay Stephany, WI SHRM Legislative Director
|8:00 - 12:00 PM
|Part II: Life Cycle Training (of an employee from hire to fire)
Presenter: Evan M. Rosen, Principal; Jackson Lewis, P.C.
|12:00 - 1:00 PM
|Lunch / Networking
|1:00 - 2:00 PM
|Legal and Employment Law Update
Presenter: Bob Gregg, Attorney; Boardman Clark LLC
|2:00 - 2:15 PM
|2:15 - 3:15 PM
|Reimagining Workplace Dynamics: The Evolving Employer-Employee Relationship
Presenter: Jim Morgan, MRA
|3:15 - 3:30 PM
|Wrap Up and Closing
Jay Stephany, WI SHRM Legislative Director
|*Note: Conference agenda may change without prior notice.
Bob Gregg | Boardman Clark LLC
Legal & Employment Law Update
About the Program. Things Change! Some of the old issues take on new dimensions and increased liability. Learn about the recent legislation, court decisions, some surprising developments, and Words of Caution About Employment Practices. It is HR’s role to stay on top of the new developments. Learn about:
About the Speaker: Bob Gregg, Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group at Boardman Clark LLP in Madison, Wisconsin, has been representing employers for over 30 years in all areas of employment law, including discrimination claims, wage and hour suits, FMLA, ADA, equal pay, employment contract and Unemployment Compensation cases. He has designed the employment handbooks and effective workplace policies and procedures for numerous private and public employers. Bob’s career has included canoe guide, carpenter, laborer, Army Sergeant, professional beer taster, social worker, educator, business owner, Equal Employment Opportunity officer, and employment relations attorney. Bob has conducted over 3,000 management training programs throughout the United States. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, SHRM, and a national faculty member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, and served on the Board of Directors of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.
- Legislation must likely to affect you
- Significant increase in cases and class actions and being prepared
- Supreme Court and post-Dobbs cautions
- Blundering into Liability
- Newest Accommodation, FMLA and Wage and Hour Issues
- Strangest cases
Evan M. Rosen
|Evan M. Rosen | JacksonLewis, P.C.
Part II: Life Cyle Training (of an employee from hire to fire)
About the Program: Studies show that active learning is better than passive learning (a classroom style program). With active learning, you problem solve, learn by doing, retain the information better and have a better understanding of the material. Ultimately, this should lead to fewer legal claims and make the claims that you do receive somewhat more defensible through good documentation practices. With that in mind, Jackson Lewis has developed an immersive, simulation-style employment law and best practices training program. Jackson Lewis has conducted simulation training nationwide for many clients and routinely receives extremely positive feedback.
Studies also show that the average cost to defend an employee lawsuit is $125,000, and the average settlement is roughly $40,000. Even though insurance somewhat mitigates the risk, not all claims are covered by insurance and employment litigation still imposes a financial obligation up to the amount of the retention, your deductible, results in increased premiums, and requires significant time and resources to defend. Effective training is one of the best ways to avoid these claims. The end goal is to leave the training with a much more thorough understanding of the law and best practices and the practical application of it to your day-to-day jobs.
Attendees will be divided into small groups and will engage in problem solving through real-life situations as they arise. The scenarios are realistic and include colorful characters, with each scenario building on the prior one. After every few scenarios, we will meet as a big group and review and learn from each group’s responses, and then discuss best practices, policies, and the law with a PowerPoint that follows along with the scenarios.
The training will cover the “Life Cycle” of an employee from hire to fire. It will address many of the issues that result in litigation that traditional training programs leave out. For example, managers and staff may be confronted with an employee who complains about sexual harassment, or they may be required to evaluate two candidates to determine who to hire, or they may be required in real time to draft a written warning for an employee who gets into an altercation. The scenarios are highly customized for the present audience/attendees.
Jackson Lewis is confident the attendees will find it very informative, helpful, practical, a good team building exercise, and fun! The goal is to educate and give you the tools to use, learn when to use Human Resources as a resource, how to protect against poor decisions, and ultimately empower you to effectively and legally manage your employees.
About the Speaker: Evan Rosen is a Principal in the Atlanta office of Jackson Lewis, P.C. He is a labor & employment litigator and counselor who is committed to the maxim, “don’t tell me what I can’t do, tell me how I can legally do want I want to do.” He approaches the law from a compliance and liability perspective, but is also keenly sensitive to the business realities facing companies.
Evan has been recognized nationally for his expertise by The Best Lawyers in America for the past five years in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Evan’s practice is largely centered on the representation of large and small temporary staffing companies throughout the country, and regularly works with the Jackson Lewis offices in Milwaukee and Madison. He comes by the staffing industry naturally, having worked as a temporary employee while in college and having supervised temporary employees earlier in his career.
Evan’s staffing expertise includes:
- Served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Staffing Association for the past ten years.
- Presented at every Annual Legislative Day for the Georgia Staffing Association for the past eleven years.
- Featured as a keynote speaker for annual conferences of the National Independent Staffing Association in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
- Participated as a member of the American Staffing Association, and served as a speaker at its annual Legal Conference.
- Serves as a founding and leading member of Jackson Lewis’ Staffing and Independent Workforce Practice Group.
- Represents dozens of staffing companies on a national, regional and local basis
Evan works with staffing companies nationwide on a variety of issues. His practice encompasses five key areas:
- Defending companies against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage hour, breach of contract, Fair Credit Reporting Act, non-compete, and wrongful termination administrative charges and lawsuits.
- Counseling companies on a wide range of employment policies and practices, including for example, hiring, background checks, discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation under the ADA, wage and hour issues and other workplace policies. Evan is a pioneer in creating and conducting simulation-based training programs for executives, HR professionals, branch managers, sales representatives and recruiters, which has received high accolades from participates.
- Drafting agreements and policies, such as employment agreements, separation agreements, employee handbooks, independent contractor agreements, purchase and sale agreements, staffing service agreements, master service agreements, and other employment policies.
Evan is originally from New Jersey, and his wife is a good Georgia Bulldawg, with whom he has two wonderful children. He is an avid student of history, enjoys Robert Jordan novels, soccer and baseball.
- Helping companies manage their relationship with unions by working to keep companies union-free, spearheading the defense of union election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, grievance and arbitration defense, and defending companies against unfair labor practice charges and grievances.
|Jim Morgan | MRA
Reimagining Workplace Dynamics: The Evolving Employer-Employee Relationship
About the Program. The presentation aims to explore the evolving landscape of workplace dynamics, focusing on the difficult issues surrounding remote work, flexibility, DEI, role of the hiring manager, generations in the workplace, artificial intelligence, traditional business practices, and more. Looking at it from both the employer and employee perspectives, we will delve into the varying viewpoints, challenges, and potential solutions to bridging the gaps between companies and their talent. The future of work looks very different.
About the Speaker: Talent attraction is like the weather...everyone is talking about it but no one can do anything about it...or can they? All over the upper Midwest, employers and human resources professionals are grappling with attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Jim has been working on that issue for 30 years. He helps employers understand that demographics are driving their troubles and provides solutions for talent acquisition based on best practices.
- Understand the value of different perspectives
- Examine the impact of workforce challenges on productivity, team dynamics, organizational culture, and employee engagement.
- Develop strategies to navigate the changing landscape.
Jim has facilitated strategic planning sessions for businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development groups, primarily around developing a talent pipeline for employers. He has provided keynote presentations for groups from 50 to over 1000. CEOs, policymakers, educators, and students have enjoyed his mix of data, experiences, research, stories, and humor.