2012 Conference Tracks

Employment Law & Legislation
It’s never been more important to keep pace with the latest HR laws and legislation. Topics in this track will help HR professionals protect their organizations from liability and avoid legal risk before it arises by staying current with the latest changes in labor legislation and case law. Examples of topics appropriate for this track include:  Effectively Managing Leaves of Absence, ADA, Wage & Hour, EEOC Developments, Conducting Internal Investigations, Fiduciary Issues, and more. Please note: HR professionals from Washington, Oregon and Alaska will be attending. If your topic focuses exclusively on one state, please note that in your submission.


Strategic Management
This track is designed to provide attendees with information that will enable them to maximize employee performance and create business value. Examples of topics appropriate for this track include:  Communication Strategies, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Technology, Financial Literacy, Solutions to Declining HR Budgets, Issues Surrounding Mergers & Acquisitions.


Organizational Effectiveness & Talent Development
As the economy recovers profitability, productivity, morale and quality of work life are of concern to most organizations because they impact achievement of organization goals. There is an increasing trend to maximize an organization's investment in its employees. Jobs that previously required physical dexterity now require more mental effort. Organizations need to "work smarter" and apply creative ideas. The work force has also changed. Employees expect more from a day's work than simply a day's pay. They want challenge, recognition, a sense of accomplishment, worthwhile tasks and meaningful relationships with their managers and co-workers. When these needs are not met, performance declines.


Example of topics appropriate for this track include: Teambuilding, Goal Setting, Creative Problem Solving, Leadership Development, Managing Workforce Diversity, Organization Restructuring, Total Quality Management, Work Life Balance, Flexible Work Schedules, Performance Management, Social Recruiting, Conflict Resolution, Onboarding, Engagement, and Recognition.


Total Rewards
From plan design to cost containment, this track will provide attendees with information to leverage total rewards to achieve superior organizational performance. Examples of topics appropriate for this track include:  implementing sustainable reward strategies, compensation strategies to remain competitive, designing reward systems to increase employee satisfaction and avoiding common pitfalls in benefit design.


Workforce Planning & Employment
Effective workforce planning is a continuous process that ensures an organization has the right number of people in the right jobs at the right time. Examples of topics appropriate for this track include: succession planning, workload projections, workforce projections, turnover analyses, budget projections, training & retraining programs, career counseling, recruiting trends, restructuring.