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Check-In Before They Check Out

Jason Lauritsen 
Keynote Speaker, Management Trainer, Author

The #1 challenge in business today is retaining talent. Nothing is more vital because without great people your organization is destined to fail. Today’s employees expect more from work – and they’ll move on quickly if you don’t come through for them. Join Jason Lauritsen, renowned author and trainer, as he uncovers why the Check-In is the most powerful way to retain your employees and elevate their performance. When you implement the Check-In process, you’ll become the leader your people want. You’ll build better relationships, stay on top of what’s really going on, and know how to provide the support your people need to be happy and productive. Mastering the Check-In is the key to solving your biggest challenge – keeping the people who fuel your success.

Breakout Sessions I

Reinvigorate & Retain: Fostering Strong Relationships 

Tara Nesser 
Founder, LevelUp 

A culture of strong interpersonal relationships among colleagues is a powerful driver of engagement, retention, and business results. Join Tara Nesser, who has transformed teams and leaders at high-growth tech companies, for this interactive, discussion-based workshop. You’ll uncover tangible, proven strategies to foster meaningful relationships and encourage internal mentorship. Tara will discuss generational dynamics and share suggestions on leveraging the different perspectives of each generation. Participants will walk away with a clear action plan and templates to strengthen interpersonal relationships.  

Making Remote and Hybrid Work, Work

Kathryn O’Connor, PHR, SHRM-CP, CCP, GRP 
Director, Compensation Services
HR Source  

Ben Opp, SPHR
HR Hotline Advisor
HR Source

The data is clear: Most workers prefer remote and hybrid work arrangements over being in the office every day. These arrangements can have a major impact on HR strategies, policies, compliance measures, compensation and benefit plans, and more. Join HR Source speakers Ben Opp and Kathryn O’Connor as they address key elements of our human resources practices that are affected by this enduring workplace trend. 

Surviving a Wage and Hour Investigation  

Stephanie Dorning, JD
Employment Law Counsel
HR Source 

In the world of HR, few things are as harrowing as a visit from a Wage and Hour investigator. Understanding the investigative process can help relieve anxiety and protect your rights as an employer. In this session, HR Source attorney Stephanie Dorning (a former investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor) will discuss how to approach the investigation from start to finish, as well as strategies to mitigate liability for your organization. Stephanie will present best practices for record keeping, document requests, employee interviews, and more. Be prepared when an auditor comes knocking at your door!

Breakout Sessions 2

Documentation Aggravations and Obligations 

Sonal Shah, JD
Assistant Director, Employment Law Services
HR Source 

HR professionals are tasked with drafting, handling and managing an incredible amount of documentation including employment applications, Form I-9s, offer letters, employment agreements, disciplinary records, and personnel files, to name just a few. Sonal Shah, Assistant Director of Employment Law Services will take you to the next level in this essential session, leaving you confident and secure in your document management practices. Sonal will discuss which HR documentation is necessary and which is not, how to ensure that your documentation is thorough and legally complaint, and requirements and best practices for document retention.

Remote Work: Skill Development & Support for Managers  

Candace Fisher, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Certified Coach
Director, Organizational Development
HR Source 

Following the pandemic, many employees expect, and may even demand, remote work. But are supervisors and managers prepared to handle the new paradigm? Candace Fisher will address the benefits of remote and hybrid work for the organization and for managers. She will focus on important management “musts” and how to set your leaders up for success when managing remotely or in a hybrid environment. Candace acknowledges the challenges and will discuss how to work through them toward a win-win-win outcome – for the organization, the managers, and the employees. 

America’s Demographic Drought and the War for Talent 

Julie Voges, SHRM – SCP, SPHR, IPMA
Regional Managing Director

The Great Resignation is only the beginning. American businesses must prepare for a future where heightened turnover and labor shortages are the new normal. A slew of social, economic, and political trends is causing America’s national workforce to shrink. The roots of this demographic drought run deep, and many experts believe that organizations will be operating in a scarce labor market for decades to come. Julie Voges, Regional Managing Director for the HR Consulting Practice for OneDigital discusses ways that forward-thinking businesses can prepare for this reality and make themselves an employer of choice in an increasingly Darwinian retention environment.

General Session

Employment Law Update 

Kelly A. Hayden, JD, Chief Legal Counsel
HR Source



The employment landscape continues to keep employers on their toes as we grapple with new regulations, hybrid work, a tight labor market, and so much more. Join Kelly Hayden for her ever-popular review of legal issues for employers including new legislation, court decisions, and what she sees on the horizon for 2023. Learn what employers have experienced in the courts and how judicial interpretation has helped, or hurt, them. You’ll leave Kelly’s session equipped with insightful knowledge and practical guidance to keep your organization smooth, successful, and compliant!



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