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CBIA 2019 Human Resources Conference

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Red Lion Hotel

100 Berlin Road

Cromwell, CT 06416

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This program is approved for 5.0 HRCI credits and 5.0 SHRM PDCs.


7:30 am | Check-In & Networking Breakfast

8:30 am | Welcome

  • Mark Soycher, HR Counsel, CBIA

8:40 am | Opening Keynote: Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

What's the difference between disagreeing and being disagreeable? We explore how to measure the tenor of your workplace conversations, make the business case for encouraging disagreement, and determine how and when to confront disagreeableness, without being disagreeable!

  • Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting

9:10 am | Networking Break

9:30 am | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A. Getting the Right Start in HR (Part 1)

This two-part session is ideal for the individual just starting in HR or the employee who wants to understand compliance basics. In part one, learn the key laws every HR professional should know regarding FLSA, FMLA, ADA, and more.

  • Carol Kardas, Founding Partner, KardasLarson, LLC, Human Resource Solutions

B. Labels Don’t Make Leaders

Navigating the transition to team leader almost always requires a significant shift in execution, approach, and most importantly, mindset. We explore the stages of this leadership journey and how you can increase success so that newly-minted leaders positively impact your organization.

  • Bobbie Rich, Emerge Leadership Group, LLC

C. Domestic Violence Comes to Work

Recognizing the signs, developing suitable policies, and knowing how to talk to affected individuals are critical to promoting a workplace culture of prevention and support. We also review the risks, rights, and obligations of affected parties, intervention strategies, and available resources.

  • Karen Jarmoc, President & CEO, CCADV

  • Linda Blozie, Director of Training and Prevention, CCADV

10:30 am | Networking Break

10:45 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions

D. Getting the Right Start in HR (Part 2)

In part two of this beginner’s guide to human resources, we cover the basics of recordkeeping and record retention, safe hiring, and termination practices.

  • Carol Kardas, Founding Partner, KardasLarson, LLC, Human Resource Solutions

E. Moving from Diversity to Inclusion, Beyond the Numbers

Organizations benefit from having a diverse employee population bringing fresh ideas, perspectives, and approaches to the work environment. Review strategies implemented by high performing, diverse, and inclusive companies, including how and why this leads to organizational success.

  • Tamara O’Day-Stevens, Dean of Students, Goodwin College

  • Jean McGill, Vice President of Human Resources, Goodwin College

F. Wage & Hour Update

We review the latest developments, including the labor department’s progress developing overtime rule changes, and what policy or practice changes you should be making now in planning compensation budgets for next year. We also cover related policy suggestions to minimize exposure in the event of a complaint.

  • Hugh Murray, III, Partner, McCarter & English

11:45 am | Lunch

12:50 pm | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

G. Medicinal, Recreational Pot, & More: Should HR Intervene?

Explore effective legal strategies, advisable policy updates, and concrete steps to balance policing and enforcement efforts with counseling and treatment approaches.

  • Tom Matthews, Director, Advanced Behavioral Health/Solutions EAP

  • Vincent Farisello, Partner, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP

H. Tune Up Your Workplace Investigations

Is your investigation process ready for prime time? We explore the essential components of a good investigation--from planning and execution through finalizing and implementing results. Learn how to avoid common legal and practical pitfalls.

  • Zach Hummel, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin

  • Peter Murphy, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin

I. Checklists & Critical HR Transactions

We review suggested checklists for the most common critical HR transactions. Sometimes a back-to-basics, old-school checklist can be the needed lifeline. Bring your favorites to this interactive session, share with your colleagues and our speaker, and leave with new and improved checklists to safely and more effectively navigate workplace minefields.

  • Patrick McHale, Partner, Kainen, Escalera & McHale PC

1:50 pm | Networking Break

2 pm | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

J. Is AI the Future of HR?

We explore AI and what it means for the future of HR, including better managed workflows, manpower planning, candidate screening, onboarding, as well as the use of virtual assistants or bots to respond to frequently asked questions. You will be poised to decide if AI is right for your company and how you can implement its tremendous potential.

  • Matt Giroux, Managing Director, CohnReznick

  • Dean Boyer, Senior Manager, CohnReznick

K. The Hire Brand: Succeeding in the Recruiting/Retention Race

We give you the tools to examine your company, define your vision, and leverage that to build an emotional connection to your organization's brand. We’ll help you find and sell your secret sauce!

  • Eileen O’Donnell, President & Creative Director, Odonnell Company

  • Dan O’Donnell, Vice President, Odonnell Company

L. Managing Employee Speech: What’s Free & What’s Not

A management attorney and a labor attorney lead a point-counterpoint discussion with attendees, offering guidance on how far employer authority extends to regulate employee speech, and where federal or state law protects workers’ rights to freely speak their minds, both on and off the job.

  • John Stretton, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Josh Goodbaum, Partner, Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti

3 pm | 2019 State Legislative Update: HR Issues

We report on the latest developments at the 2019 General Assembly session, including what bills been approved, rejected, or are still up for grabs. And, learn how your voice is relevant at the Capitol.

  • Eric Gjede, VP, Government Affairs, CBIA

4 pm | Closing Remarks

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