Saturday, Sept. 19 - Pre-Conference Learning Sessions

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Pre-Conference registration is required to attend these learning sessions.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


P1 - Resisting Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Chip Madera, MS, CSP, President/CEO, Chip Madera Productions, Inc.

A roller coaster economy, five generations in the workplace, complex evolving regulations and new technology are just a few of the changes that we have to manage daily in the health care marketplace. Whether transforming an organization, a culture or a department, it’s critical that we create emotional connections and engage people’s hearts, not just their heads and hands, to achieve success. In this workshop, through case studies, group exercises and sharing best practices, you will learn how to focus on several areas that are critical for implementing accelerated transformation both personally and professionally.

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P2 - An Activist Labor and Employment Agenda from Inside the Beltway – Are You Ready?
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

G. Roger King, Senior Labor and Employment Counsel with the Human Resources Policy Association
Jim Trivisonno, President, IRI Consultants

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are pursuing very active agendas with respect to regulating labor and employment matters, and health care employers need to understand and be ready to respond to these active agenda initiatives. The USDOL is pursuing significant changes in overtime regulations, federal contractor compliance and reviewing the use of technology in the workplace and the ramifications of such use for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The EEOC is renewing its enforcement initiatives with respect to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pursuing of class action discrimination lawsuits and regulating employer wellness programs.

The (NLRB) has implemented its new expedited election rule, is continuing to regulate employer policies and procedures including employee handbooks and social media policies, considering changing the definition of the joint employer doctrine and imposing new requirements regarding employee use of employer email systems. Employers are also facing the challenge of the Affordable Care Acts’ new luxury tax. Our pre-conference panel will review these developments and others and discuss options for employers to avoid regulatory violations and be in compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws.

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P4 - CHHR Introduction Course
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Gary L. Pastore, MSL, CHHR, director of Human Resources, Scottsdale Shea Medical Center
Bill Horn, CHHR, SPHR, Director of Talent Acquisition and Retention, Upbring

Are you familiar with the newest certification in HR? Attend the CHHR introduction course to learn how this valuable certification can enrich your career.

The Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR) Certification is a premier national credential based on a sound assessment that provides you distinction in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Eligibility requirements include a blend of education and experience in addition to taking and passing the 110-question CHHR Examination. This exam tests your knowledge on the tasks that are performed regularly in practice and are considered important to competent practice in the health care human resources field.

This 90 minute session will be led by a CHHR certified health care HR leader. It will provide an overview of the required CHHR competencies and address attendee questions for individuals anticipating taking this examination later this year or in the future.

The facilitator(s) will provide an overview of the required CHHR competencies, suggestions on how to prepare and address your questions.

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P5 - Perfecting the Investigation Interview: Practical Tips To Help You Get Critical Evidence From Your Witnesses
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Allison West, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Employment Practices Specialists

Everyday HR professionals and business managers conduct investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct, harassment or other potentially unlawful claims. The probability for litigation is high and a sound investigation can frequently reduce liability. Yet, all-too-often, investigators fail to get the critical information they need because they didn’t ask the right questions and missed some of the legal issues that can arise. Gain practical tips and strategies during this fast paced session from an experienced investigator to help you get the level of detail you need from your witnesses to ensure you conduct a thorough and effective investigation.

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Special Recognition Reception
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by
AHA Solutions, Inc.

This special event features the presentation of the Gary Willis Leadership Awards and the HealthcareSource grant to new health care HR professionals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership and operational excellence. Join us for this wonderful networking opportunity!

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