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16th Annual Conference Agenda

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    Thursday, March 27, 2014


    6:00 – 8:00pm       Networking Reception – Meydenbauer Center, Room 402-403

    Start your conference on a positive note! Please join us for cocktails and light appetizers provided by Networking Sponsor Alliant. Take the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones at the Networking event. (Please note parking at Meydenbauer for the networking event is $8).

    Friday, March 28, 2014


    7:30 am    Registration & Continental Breakfast - Center Hall A

    8:00 am    General Session I - Center Hall A

                      2014 Employment Law Update  Presentation (1.5 General Credit)

    Presenter:  Michael Droke, Partner; Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    • Key mega trends that all HR executives must know for the new year. Includes trends, new legislation, recent employment decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, and best practices for 2014.

    9:45 am    Breakout Session I

                     1. Change, Exchange, and SHOP Presentation (1.0 General Credit) - Room 402-403

    Presenters:  Melissa Burke-Cain, Senior Counsel and Assistant Attorney General and Eric Nelson, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office

    • Healthcare is undergoing an unprecedented level of change. Find out how employers are adapting to the new world of health reform. Two health care attorneys for the State of Washington provide their perspectives on what the Affordable Care Act means for large and small employers. Learn about the latest regulations, new dates for compliance, and large employer reporting and disclosure requirements.
                     2. Five Biggest Business Bloopers…And How to Fix Them Presentation and Handout (1.0 General Credit) - Room 407-409

    Presenter: Jodi Slavik, Employment Attorney, Vigilant

    • An employment attorney reveals her most frequent client questions, like “Is there a painless way to do internal I-9 audits? Is my employee exempt…or independent…please? Since when do we have to force employees to take lunch breaks?” Come and learn the from common questions and check your knowledge of some of the trickiest employment law issues!
     3. Culture Matters: Creating a High Performance Work Culture Handout (1.0 General Credit) - Room 404-406

    Presenter:  Anita Paige, Sr. Vice President, EDGE Advisory Group

    • This session provides a platform that focuses directly on an organizations culture: which is the shared vision, shared results, shared impact, shared accountability, shared risk, and shared rewards.  We will be providing strategies to unleash leadership, team and organizational engagement and effectiveness.

    11:00 am   Breakout Session II

                     1. Culture Matters: Creating a High Performance Work Culture Handout (1.0 General Credit) - Room 407-409

    Presenter:  Anita Paige, Sr. Vice President, EDGE Advisory Group

    • This session provides a platform that focuses directly on an organizations culture: which is the shared vision, shared results, shared impact, shared accountability, shared risk, and shared rewards.  We will be providing strategies to unleash leadership, team and organizational engagement and effectiveness.
                     2. Compensation Issues That Keep You Awake At Night (And how to get a good night's sleep!) Presentation (1.0 General Credit) - Room 404-406

    Presenter: Dianne Burt-Green, CCP, SPHR, MBL Group

    • Post recession, organizations are working diligently to resuscitate their compensation systems for the new days ahead.  But the issues that linger from lack of attention for these past years, are also those that can cause angst for any Human Resources professional.  From compression to market competitiveness to FLSA compliance, these top insomnia inducing issues are on the forefront of everyone's mind.  Like any issue, there are many paths or roads one can take and the key to success is knowing which is the best for your organization.
                     3. Change, Exchange, and SHOP Presentation (1.0 General Credit) - Room 402-403

    Presenters:  Melissa Burke-Cain, Senior Counsel and Assistant Attorney General and Eric Nelson, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office

    • Healthcare is undergoing an unprecedented level of change. Find out how employers are adapting to the new world of health reform. Two health care attorneys for the State of Washington provide their perspectives on what the Affordable Care Act means for large and small employers. Learn about the latest regulations, new dates for compliance, and large employer reporting and disclosure requirements.

    12:15 pm   Lunch - Center Hall A

    12:45 pm   General Session II - Center Hall A

                    Risk, Rewards and Cannibalism – Modern Lessons of the Donner Party (1.5 Strategic Credit)

    Keynote Speaker: -  Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR

    • Simply put, the Donner Party of 1846 was a failed business project, and many of the wagon team’s problems apply to modern life.  The goal was to reach California and secure the payoffs.  As is true today, this “project team” was made of ordinary people trapped in extraordinary circumstances.  This presentation weaves the gripping tale of the ill-fated wagon train with clear lessons for modern organizations distilled from the embers of the tragedy.  A direct descendant of party leader George Donner, Karl has conducted significant research, including retracing the path of the wagon train and documenting the trail with his award-winning photography. 

    2:30 pm     Breakout Session III – Legislative Breakout

                     1. Washington State Legislative Update Presentation (1.0 General Credit) - Center Hall A

    Presenter:  Kris Tefft, Attorney; General Counsel, Association of Washington Business

    • 2014 State Legislative Update:  This presentation will focus on a comprehensive explanation and evaluation of proposed and pending legislation affecting labor & employment law, workplace safety, employee benefits, and human resources generally during the 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature which runs from January to April, 2014
                     2. SHRM Advocacy Team:  Shaping HR Public Policy Presentation (1.0 Strategic Credit) - Room 402-403

    Presenter:  Robert J. Carragher, SHRM National, Sr. State Affairs Advisor

    • As an HR professional, you are uniquely positioned to shape the development of federal and state workplace laws and regulations.   This presentation takes you through the basic steps of becoming involved in the public policy process;  best practices for contacting, meeting, and building lasting relationships with elected officials and their staffs;  and effective ways to communicating the HR professional’s perspective on key workplace issues.    You will also learn about the initiative SHRM has launched to create a nationwide member advocacy network of HR Advocates, collectively known as the Advocacy Team, or A-Team. 

    3:45 pm     Breakout Session IV

                     1. Oops…I Did It Again! A Primer in Contract Law for HR Professionals (1.0 General Credit) - Room 407-409

    Presenter:  Amy Robinson, Attorney, SPHR, Jordan Ramis

    • This presentation will empower HR Professionals with a practical understanding of how contracts are formed, what common employment-related contract terms really mean, what the essential elements of a binding commitment are and how to avoid inadvertently entering into one, and which key terms common employment-related contracts should include.
                     2.: Thinking INSIDE The Box – Working With CFOs (1.0 Strategic Credit) - Room 404-406

    Presenter: Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR

    • As HR becomes Human Capital, your boss is more likely to be the CFO.  Do you speak their language? In this fast-paced session, Karl examines current CFO perceptions of HR, and translates them into “best practices” for the future. Karl’s presentation is focused on three areas:  A quick review of the “real life” world of the CFO, a view of the world and the workforce through the eyes of a CFO, and a list of “best practices” that work effectively in communicating with (and gaining the trust of) a CFO.
                    3. Five Biggest Business Bloopers…And How to Fix Them Presentation and Handout (1.0 General Credit) - Room 402-403

    Presenter: Jodi Slavik, Employment Attorney, Vigilant

    • An employment attorney reveals her most frequent client questions, like “Is there a painless way to do internal I-9 audits? Is my employee exempt…or independent…please? Since when do we have to force employees to take lunch breaks?” Come and learn the from common questions and check your knowledge of some of the trickiest employment law issues!

    4:45pm – Award Sponsor Prize Drawings (Must be present to win!) - Center Hall A

    5:00 pm - Adjourn