2019 Agenda will be released in late Spring.

There is an old adage: No Risk; No Reward. How do you make the best HR decisions when most HR decisions are risk averse (especially if that adage makes you cringe)?

Are you doomed to go unrewarded and unrecognized? Not be rewarded as an HR department, HR team or HR professional? This year, WELU focuses on how to become fearless about the decisions you make and how to be assured the decisions you make are the best for YOU, your TEAM, and your ORGANIZATION.

Once you learn how to handle the risks in a compliant and uncomplicated manner, you will be able to focus your attention on the endless rewards. Reposition your role to that of an HR Anticipator by attending this year’s WELU.

Why Attend WELU? Do you feel 100% confident in answering these 10 questions?

  1. What adjustments have you made regarding 1099s in light of the Dynamex decision?
  2. How have you prepared to objectively investigate a harassment claim?
  3. Did you include the correct local leave law notification in your leave policy?
  4. What steps are you taking to mitigate supervisory legal liability?
  5. How are you calculating pay, bonuses, missed breaks, missed meals and overtime?
  6. How are you handling de minimis “off the clock” work?
  7. What’s your plan to train each of your employees on harassment prevention?
  8. What tips do you provide to supervisors about retaining talent?
  9. What expectations have been set for the most critical jobs in your organization?
  10. How will incorporate these 16 new or changed laws into policies and procedures: AB2338, AB3082, SB2282, AB1976, SB1123, AB2334, AB2610, AB1654, SB970, AB3109, SB224, SB820, SB826, SB1252, SB1300, SB1412.

If you are not fully confident you have a 100% correct plan in place for all of the above items, you are not prepared for 2019. Attend Employers Group’s Workplace & Employment Law Update.

Anaheim Ontario San Diego Burbank Beverly Hills San Francisco TITLE
2-Nov 6-Nov 9-Nov 12-Nov 3-Dec TBD
7:45 - 4:30 7:45 - 4:30 7:45 - 4:30 7:45 – 4:30 7:45 - 4:30 8:00 - 4:30 Registration Desk & Exhibits Open
8:15 8:15 8:15 8:15 8:15 8:15 Program Begins
8:15 - 9:00 8:15 - 9:00 8:15 - 9:00 8:15 - 9:00 8:15 - 9:00 8:15 - 9:00 Fearless Talent Decisions that Can Make or Break Your Business
9:00 - 10:15 9:00 - 10:15 9:00 - 10:15 9:00 - 10:15 9:00 - 10:15 9:00 - 10:15 Human Resources & Legislative Update
10:15 - 10:30 10:15 - 10:30 10:15 - 10:30 10:15 - 10:30 10:15 - 10:30 10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 What You Still Get Wrong About Breaks and Pay
10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 Leaves Challenges: State Law, Ordinances & Your Policy
10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 10:30 - 11:30 Dealing with Poor Supervisory Practices
10:30 - 11:30 Talent Retention:  Using the Stay Interview
10:30 - 11:30 Workplace & Harassment Investigations: Tips for HR
10:30 - 11:30 Background Screening Compliance Issues
10:30 - 11:30 Strategic HR: Making the Case For Your Initiative
11:30 – 11:45 11:30 – 11:45 11:30 – 11:45 11:30 – 11:45 11:30 – 11:45 11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:30 11:45 - 12:30 11:45 - 12:30 11:45 - 12:30 11:45 - 12:30 11:45 - 12:30 Luncheon
12:30 - 2:00 12:30 - 2:00 12:30 - 2:00 12:30 - 2:00 12:30 - 2:00 12:30 - 2:00 2018 Labor and Employment Law Developments by Richard Simmons
2:00 - 2:15 2:00 - 2:15 2:00 - 2:15 2:00 - 2:15 2:00 - 2:15 2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 Workplace & Harassment Investigations: Tips for HR
2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 Talent Retention: Using the Stay Interview
2:15 - 3:15 What You Still Get Wrong About Breaks and Pay
2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 Dealing with Poor Supervisory Practices
2:15 - 3:15 2:15 - 3:15 Leaves Challenges: State Law, Ordinances & Your Policy
2:15 - 3:15 Background Screening Compliance Issues
3:15 - 3:30 3:15 - 3:30 3:15 - 3:30 3:15 - 3:30 3:15 - 3:30 3:15 - 3:30 Snack Break
3:30 - 4:25 3:30 - 4:25 3:30 - 4:25 3:30 - 4:25 3:30 - 4:25 3:30 - 4:25 Determining Success in Critical Positions and Roles
4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 Program Concludes
* this topic will be made available as a webinar to attendees from this location.

2018 Workplace & Employment Law Update Session Descriptions

Fearless Talent Decisions that Can Make or Break Your Business

David Forman, Author, Fearless HR

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

Opener              Opener              Opener              Opener              Opener              Opener

More than ever before, the key factor that separates great organizations from capable ones is–not strategy or access to capital as it once was–but rather having the right people in the right jobs.  In an age that values agility and innovation above all else, “Talent Wins,” especially when talent is so scarce.  This session presents a number of practical talent guidelines gleaned from a review of research on high performing cultures and organizations.  These real-world suggestions will enable your business to not just survive but thrive.

After participating in this opener, participants will be able to (1) Describe the reasons why talent is the key to successful businesses today by discussing the meaning of the 2% and 5% rule, (2) Describe the value of a talent culture that is part Peace Corps and part Marine Corps, (3) Identify the 8 characteristics of high performing cultures and cite three practical suggestions for improving each characteristic, (4) Optimize five key talent practices:  workforce planning, recruiting, engagement, onboarding and performance management, (5) Select three actions to apply to your company.

 

Human Resources & Legislative Update

Jonathan Fraser Light, LightGabler & Adam KohSweeney, O’Melveny & Myers

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session

Each year California lawmakers add or change volumes of employment laws.  This year will be no different.  Employers Group has been tracking over XX proposed laws.  Fear not:  This general session is a must attend.  We will provide the summary and analysis so you know just what to do to prepare yourself and your organization for 2018.

Unlike other updates, Employers Group has unique perspective on compliance.  Our helpline consultants answer thousands of questions a year.  As a result, we are adding another layer into this session:  Trending compliance risks.  And one of those risks that will be covered is the use of Smart Phones within the workplace.  Plus, many more compliance risks will be reviewed.

 

What You Still Get Wrong About Breaks and Pay

Jonathan Fraser Light, LightGabler

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

AM & PM           AM                   AM                   AM                   AM                   AM

The convoluted rules for legally handling rest and meal breaks have been around for many years. You may think you are doing it right…until you get sued and learn that you got many important details wrong. This frequently includes the costly revelation that you failed to comply with a number of other pay-related laws…even ones as seemingly simple as paying the correct overtime rate or having required information on a pay stub. Then you pay a huge price for your “close but no cigar” approach.  Breaks and wage issues are a large and attractive target for plaintiffs’ lawyers. Now more than ever, employers must know how to properly comply with such rules to prevent devastating consequences. Join employment law attorney Jonathan Fraser Light to learn what you need to know to understand and comply with these laws, take practical steps to protect your business, and GET IT RIGHT!   Topics will include:  meal/rest breaks, duty-free breaks, missing a break, proving breaks were taken, managing breaks, understanding regular rates, payroll software glitches, pay stubs.

Paid Sick Leave Challenges:  State Laws, City Ordinances and Your Policy

Jim Fessenden, Fisher Phillips

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

AM & PM           AM                   AM                   AM                   AM                   AM

Just when you think it is safe to finalize your paid sick leave policy, a state, city or county in which you have an employee or two will come up with its own new and “creative” paid sick leave requirements.  Any HR professional managing employees in multiple locations experiences this nightmare – and it is not necessarily much easier in a single location.  This session will summarize current paid sick leave laws, update attendees on any new laws for 2019, evaluate strategies for consolidating paid sick leave into a single policy and explore how new paid sick leave laws integrate with your leave programs.  We will also look at any 2018 judicial activity related to these rapidly expanding requirements. This break-out session addresses all these topics and other related cutting-edge leaves administration compliance trends and issues.

Dealing with Poor Supervisory Practices

Mark Nelson, Senior Helpline Consultant, Employers Group

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

AM & PM           AM                   AM                   AM                   AM                   AM

There’s no room for error with your company’s supervisory staff. Because supervisors’ actions are generally deemed those of their employers—at least in the eyes of the law—a supervisor’s legal stumble can result in an employer’s class action. And yet, employers all too easily assume that by simply labelling someone a manager, they’re imbuing that individual with all the skills necessary to ensure employee engagement and guard against employment litigation.

Are you confident your supervisory skills training covers all necessary topics with employment law implications? Do you even conduct supervisory skills training? Do your managers know, for example, that nonsupervisory employees have a right to share with each other concerns they have about how they’re being treated by said managers? Do your supervisors know what constitutes retaliation? When employee relations issues arise, are you considering the role management might play in causing or complicating the issues? Please join us to explore the full scope of HR’s responsibilities to and for its company’s supervisors.

Workplace & Harassment Investigations:  Tips for HR

Jaqueline Beaumont, Call and Jensen

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

AM & PM           PM                   PM                   PM                   Not Offered        Not Offered

#METOO:  Time Magazine’s Person (or Movement) of the Year, but it looks like it should be the movement of the decade or even generation!  It is shining new light on workplace harassment and how HR professionals must handle the issues.  Top executives, top performing, key individuals.  How do you handle complaints from years ago?  How do you handle recent complaints?  Investigative tactics used just a year ago are no longer common and could potentially land your company in the news!  Better understand the trends that are occurring and hear directly from an attorney dealing with them on a daily basis.  Learn how to more effectively handle a complaint, including investigation tactics and – most importantly — when to know you are in over your head and when you will need help.

 

Talent Retention:  Using the Stay Interview

Susan Peahl, Senior Training and Organizational Development Specialist, Employers Group

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

AM & PM           PM                   PM                   PM                   PM                   PM

Are you and your senior leaders concerned that top talent will leave your company?  How do you even know if that’s a possibility if you do not have any direct insight? Department of Labor statistics show that this year more talent is choosing to quit than in the last 17 years and that voluntary termination rate is higher than the layoff rate. Research has also held firm, for over 8 years now, that 70% of the workforce is disengaged and thinking of leaving their employer, and – on top of that — it costs around 2/3 of that person’s salary to get a new individual hired in their place.

Join this interactive session focused on the Stay Interview as an engagement and retention strategy.  We will identify the reasons that are leader influenced and organization influenced, how to ask about it, and what to do with the information you discover.  Participants will also see a video of a stay interview and consider what you can say to your leaders on how they can initiate a stay / retention conversation.  This topic showcases content from Engaging & Retaining Talent (an Employers Group course developed in partnership with DDI).

Background Screening:  Best Practices and Useful Tips to Reduce Hiring Risks

Alan Lasky, Universal Background Screening

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

AM & PM           Not Offered        Not Offered        Not Offered        Not Offered        Not Offered

One of the most precarious, litigious and misunderstood components of the employee lifecycle is the background screening process. Here is your opportunity to get all the latest insights on this critical employment issue.

Join Universal Background Screening at WELU for a review of recent changes and regulations in 2018 pertaining to employment background screening. Topics of discussion include: How the background screening process works
• Recent litigation/class action lawsuits against employers and how to avoid the pitfalls; Recent articles that exemplify why it is critical to always follow best practice procedures; Federal (FCRA), state and California-specific guidelines/legislation; EEOC and FTC regulatory update; Ban the Box updates; Trends in background screening – including Social Media; and Your questions.

Strategic HR: Making the Case For Your Initiative

Scott Hamilton, CEO of Executive Next Practices Institute
Herbert Callahan, Senior Director of Golden State Foods

Anaheim

AM & PM

You’ve identified some key HR-Business initiatives for 2019. They are important, impactful and the right approach. The question is how will you compete against equally critical strategic initiatives and goals of the organization. How can you get both buy in AND sufficient funding to get the program/project/initiative done? This conversation between the CEO of a large executive organization and the head of HR for a $7.5 billion food company will tell you how with a a “behind the scenes” look at how preparation and pitch should be your focus in making a clear business case to executive leadership. The session will be an actual case study of how Golden State Foods supported a large scale change to their performance management system and how HR proposed and funded a robust design-implementation solution. This session will be particularly valuable as you finalize your 2019 HR budgets and refine/define/propose your HR initiatives, resource requirements and funding requests.

2018 Labor and Employment Law Developments

Luncheon Keynote

Richard Simmons, Sheppard Mullin

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session

In this keynote luncheon session, Richard Simmons highlights the cases and legal decisions that are shaping employment practices in both California and throughout the United States.  He also provides perspective on cases to watch for and how they may impact your practices.  Also available during the session are discounts on Richard Simmons’ resource materials specifically developed for the California HR professional.  Of note are his SIX 2018 publications, including (1) Wage and Hour Manual for California Employers; (2) Wrongful Discharge, (3) Sexual Harassment Training Manual; (4) Leaves of Absence and Time Off from Work Manual, (5) California’s Sick Pay Obligations, and (6) Book for Human Resources Forms.  Be sure to purchase your books at WELU and update your HR library.

Determining Success in Critical HR Positions and Roles

Jeffrey Hull, Senior Director of Talent Development, Employers Group and Master Trainer, The Predictive Index
Mark Wilbur, CEO, Employers Group

Anaheim            Ontario              San Diego          Burbank             Beverly Hills       San Francisco

Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session      Main Session

Each position within your organization requires specific knowledge, competencies, and skills.  As HR, hiring professionals, and executives, we have this down pat.  One thing we struggle with is hire based on behaviors.  We will examine what it takes to be successful in critical roles – from an entry level administrator to a global CHRO.  We will also examine:  Do behaviors remain the same across industries or do they change.  Employers Group will provide the research from you – our clients and attendees.

If you would like to be part of the research by taking a 5-minute survey on what you think are the top needs in certain positions, please contact Jeffrey Hull at jhull@employersgroup.com