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    9th Annual Fall Human Resources Conference (Legislative / Employment Law)

    Date: November 12, 2014, 8:00am – 3:30pm
    Organizer:
    CHRA
    Location:
    Martin's West
    6817 Dogwood Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    United States
    Event Type:
    Conference
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    9th Annual Fall Human Resources Conference

    Employment Law / Legislative

     

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    8:00 am – 3:30 pm

     

    Martin’s West

    6817 Dogwood Road

    Baltimore, MD 21244
    (Free Parking)


    *This conference has been approved for 5 hours of HRCI recertification credit (4 Business Management/Strategic & 1 General)


     

     

    Fall Conference Description

    CHRA’s Annual Fall Conference focuses solely on legislation and employment law updates that are an integral part of day to day operations for HR Practitioners in Maryland. After a sell-out crowd the last few years, the conference has moved to a larger facility to accommodate what is expected to be a record turnout! There will also be exhibitors featuring the latest products and services of interest to HR professionals and door prizes.

     

    Handouts

    Due to the frequency of last minute legislative changes, program materials will not be printed or distributed in advance of the conference. Each presenter’s material will be made available online after the completion of our conference survey. Attendees should prepare to take notes and bring iPads, or traditional note pads. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

    Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities
    There are several different levels and price points available for sponsoring and/or exhibiting at this conference. For more details download our Exhibitor/Sponsorship Packet. Simply complete the form and send to CHRA at chra@assnhqtrs.com or mail to 720 Light Street, Baltimore MD, 21230. If you have additional questions feel free to contact CHRA at 410-752-3318

     

    Thank you to our sponsors:









     

    Schedule of Events
    *This conference has been approved for 5 hours of HRCI recertification credit (4 Business Management/Strategic & 1 General)

     

    8:00 am Registration / Continental Breakfast / Visit Vendors

    8:30 am Welcome and Introductions

    8:45 am Back to the Future, Part II - What America’s Improving Economy Means for Human Resource Professionals,” presented by Anirban Basu

    9:45 am Break & Vendor Visits

    10:00 am Slippery Slopes: Shaping Corporate & Public Policy for Workplace Civility,” presented by Christine Walters, MAS, JD, SPHR

    11:00 am Break & Vendor Visits

    11:15 amState and Federal Legislative Developments in Employment Law,” presented by Eric Paltell, JD

    12:15 pm Lunch (Raffles / Give Aways)

    1:00 pmExplanation of Rules Involved in Benefit Arrangements,” presented by John Paliga, Esq.

    2:00 pm Break & Vendor Visits

    2:15 pm The Birds, the Bees and Legalese of Pregnancy Leave,” presented by Albert Randall, Jr., Esq.

    3:15 pm Closing Remarks

    3:30 pm Conference Adjourns

     

     

    About the Presentations
     

     



    “Back to the Future, Part II - What America’s Improving Economy Means for Human Resource Professionals,”
    presented by Anirban Basu

    Credit Type: 1.0 hour Business Management



    He’s back! Always one to entertain, Anirban Basu is one of the Mid-Atlantic regions most recognizable economists. He has written several high-profile economic development strategies, including co-authoring Baltimore City’s economic growth strategy. In addition to regularly lecturing at Johns Hopkins University in micro- , macro-, and international economics, Mr. Basu serves on the board of directors of several employers in the Baltimore region. Mr. Basu will share his vision of the future of human resource management. Mr. Basu’s presentation provides a detailed, data driven update of the performance of the global, national, and relevant
    regional economy. Special attention will be given to key aspects of economic life, including trends characterizing financial, real estate, energy, and labor markets.

     

     



    “Slippery Slopes: Shaping Corporate & Public Policy for Workplace Civility,”
    presented by Christine Walters, MAS, JD, SPHR

    Credit Type: 1 hour Business Management



    In any given week we can find a plethora of articles touting new ways to foster a positive work environment. Simultaneously we are sometimes astounded to hear about the conduct in which some employees (including managers!) engage. Add to that courts and regulatory agencies that may find that an employer's corrective action for unprofessional conduct violates one or more federal laws. Does an employer have the right to mandate professional conduct or is it just a myth? Join us as we weave our way through proactive practices for: (1) modeling civil & professional conduct to lead the way for change (or to maintain) workplace civility; (2) strategies for shaping public policy through legislative and regulatory advocacy; (3) tips and tools for auditing workplace policies and practices to mitigate risk; (4) and more.


     



    “State and Federal Legislative Developments in Employment Law,”
    presented by Eric Paltell, JD

    Credit Type: 1.0 hour Business Management

     

    This program is designed to teach human resources professionals about the latest legislative and regulatory developments in employment law. The session will recap actions taken by the Maryland General Assembly in the 2014 legislative session, and will also make attendees aware of what should be expected when the General Assembly reconvenes in January 2015. The program will also focus on recent developments at the federal level, including new EEOC and OFCCP regulatory actions and prospects for new employment legislation after the mid-term elections. The session is designed with three goals in mind: (1) Educate attendees on new legislative and regulatory developments; (2) Inform attendees how they can become more involved with state and federal policy makers; and (3) Instruct attendees on what steps are needed to revise HR polices and inform Executive leaders to bring them into compliance with the latest requirements.
     




    “Explanation of Rules Involved in Benefit Arrangements,”
    presented by John Paliga, Esq.

    Credit Type: 1.0 hour Business Management



    This presentation will serve as an overview of ERISA, the federal law that governs retirement plans, health plans, and other employee benefit arrangements. Mr. Paliga intends to refresh the understanding of HR professionals in the following areas:
    * The basic rules for administering ERISA plans, such as identifying plan documents and understanding and interpreting plan rules and limitations;
    * Sound practices for operating their organization’s employee benefit arrangements, such as ERISA’s guidelines for plan fiduciaries and its requirements for reviewing benefit claims;
    * Developing a plan to mitigate the customary risks that arise in the operation of the organization’s employee benefit plans, such as developing checklists for answering questions about benefits and reviewing benefit claims; and
    * Leading changes that better align an organization’s employee benefit programs with the organization’s strategic plan, such as conducting annual reviews of benefit utilization and related costs.

     

     



    “The Birds, the Bees and Legalese of Pregnancy Leave,”
    presented by Albert Randall, Jr., Esq.

    Credit Type: 1 hour General




    Recent EEOC Guidance has sparked a whole wave of questions and concerns about pregnancy and family leave in the workplace. Is pregnancy a disability? Must pregnant employees be provided light duty? Do they possess even more protections than disabled employees? In this session, learn about recent federal and Maryland-specific developments on pregnancy leave policies, postings and requirements. Walk away with a better understanding about how these issues affect your organizational operations, how to respond to such leave requests and how to implement policy changes to minimize your legal exposure.


     

    Directions to Facility

    Martin's West
    6817 Dogwood Road
    Baltimore, MD 21244
    410.944.9433
    From 695, take the Security Blvd. (toward Woodlawn) exit. Merge onto Security Blvd. Right on Belmont Avenue. Left on Dogwood Road. Facility is on the left. FREE parking.

     

     

    Registration / Pricing Information

    Please pre-register online for the conference using the "Register" link at the top of the page. Space is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if space allows after all pre-registered participants have been accommodated. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN BY PHONE.If you have a group, you may also pay offline by downloading this form and faxing/scanning & emailing/mailing your registration(s) to CHRA at 720 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230.

     

    PRICING
    CHRA Members
    $165.00 if received by 10/29 • $190.00 after 10/29


    Non-Members
    $250.00 if received by 10/29 • $275.00 after 10/29

    (But why pay the non-member rate when CHRA membership for the remainder of 2014 is less than $30?? Sign up as a CHRA member today and save $85 on your conference registration!)

     

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    If you must cancel your registration for a meeting, please do so in writing. The request must be received by fax or mail no later than the close of business on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. If you do not cancel according to this policy, you will be assessed the full program fee. CHRA reserves the right to cancel if the reservation minimum is not met by the early registration date.