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February Workplace Policy Conference Recap
Thank you to all that attended 2023 Workplace Policy Conference on February 15th and 16th! This event was rebranded from the prior Day on the Hill in taking past feedback into consideration.

Wednesday evening many of us met at the Top of the Park in the Park Hotel for networking and an ice-breaker BINGO game. It was nice to converse with our peers in a casual setting before gearing up for the next day of learning. The view of the State Capitol all lit up was beautiful to see from the Top of the Park.

Thursday morning started out with Evan Rosen, Principal from Jackson Lewis in Atlanta. He held a highly interactive employment law simulation training that covered many life cycles of employees. We divided into small groups and engaged in problem solving through realistic scenarios with regards to employment law and human resources. Evan is a great presenter who made the subject matter interactive and fun. His scenarios were what human resource professionals experience in their current state. Evan made this training fun, competitive within the groups and gave us content to troubleshoot with our peers. It was great to work through the scenarios in our groups, collaborate and then receive immediate feedback from an employment law attorney as to if our group handled the situation correctly.

After lunch and networking, Bob Gregg, Attorney with Boardman Clark gave us a legal and employment law update. Bob brings humor to the employment law updates. We were updated about recent legislation, court decisions, and words of caution about employment practices. As we know it's HR's role to stay on top of all these issues and it is nice to have an update at a high level of what we should keep our eyes and ears on and also the guidance with where to find more information if we need to dive deeper into certain issues that we are seeing in our respective workplace.

Our next speaker was Dan Hanlon with The Noble Group. Dan was in law enforcement for 30 years and he presented situational awareness training for critical incidents and active assailants. Dan brings a passion and deep understanding for enhancing safety and security of people in all industries and organizations. He made it very clear that we need to plan and train for critical incidents, not just in our workplace but also in everyday life. This presentation definitely got many of us thinking about what we needed to do once we got back to the office to mitigate the risk and make our employees safe.

Our last speaker of the day was Matthew White. Matthew is Director, Bureau of Investigations, Equal Rights Division with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Matthew spoke about what is new at the Equal Rights Division, showed us some new and exciting system developments and cued us in as to what the department is seeing the most of with regards to claims they are receiving.

A special thanks to the speakers, committee members and Morgan Data. This event would not have been possible without all of your help.

The committee will be meeting to go over the survey results - so thank you to those of you that took the time to complete it.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2024 Workplace Policy Conference. And hopefully next year the snow holds off for the event! Many of us had a very messy ride home!

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