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HR Connect 2022

Wednesday, October 12 – Friday, October 14, 2022 | Kansas City, MO

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Discover how to revamp your talent management strategies to engage and retain your workers for years to come by exploring compliance, recruitment, corporate culture, and so much more. Learn how to adapt and overcome the latest HR challenges at HR Connect!

Throughout the pandemic, employers went to great lengths to ensure that they protected their workers from COVID-19. For some, this meant turning to remote work, which was new for many employers. For others, it meant ensuring that essential onsite staff wore personal protective equipment, engaged in social distancing, and received hazard pay for being on the front lines.

Now that we’re learning to live with COVID-19, employers are taking a step back and reinstating pre-pandemic policies and procedures, which is causing a mass exodus of talent. Employees that got comfortable working remotely are now being forced to go back into the office, after proving they can successfully work from home for over 2 years. For workers on the front lines, the hazard pay has disappeared, and these workers now refuse to go back to their pre-pandemic wages. In order to retain workers and prevent more talent from leaving, it’s time to revamp your talent management strategies.

Through compliance, recruitment, corporate culture, and every facet of the employee lifecycle, your organization must ensure it’s offering an optimal experience to keep your top talent engaged and retained for years to come. The next few years will be a critical time for businesses as they reassess company strategies surrounding staffing, performance, culture, and so much more. Learn how to adapt and overcome the current and next wave of HR challenges when you attend HR Connect!

At this engaging live conference, you'll learn:

  • Expert tips and tricks for enhancing talent retention and engagement of remote and hybrid workers;
  • How to properly comply with changing employment laws;
  • The secret to attracting and retaining diverse workers of all skill sets and levels for optimal business success;
  • How to accept failure and learn from your mistakes;
  • The leading cause of burnout among your workers and tips to help them handle stress;
  • How to properly support employees who are also family caregivers;
  • Ways to drive performance and innovation among your workforce;
  • And more!

HR Connect 2022


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

*Additional registration required.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Full-Day Preconference Training | Mastering the FMLA: A Comprehensive Compliance Training
Presented by Teresa Shulda, Partner, Foulston & Sifkton

Most employment lawyers would agree: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) remains one of the most (if not the most) difficult employment laws to administer. The federal regulations are lengthy and detail-oriented, setting forth various compliance deadlines, rules, and (of course) exceptions.

While FMLA leave compliance can be tricky for employers with the best of intentions, surveys have found that a large percentage of managers don’t even fully understand FMLA basics. This likely means employers need to reexamine their FMLA training practices for managers—and what better way than with our full-day preconference training.

Join our expert presenter for a live, full-day class on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, and uncover FMLA administration strategies to keep your organization in compliance with this tricky law!

Through this informative training, your HR managers will be able to simplify your organization's leave program and also learn:

  • How to determine FMLA eligibility quickly and easily;
  • What qualifies as a serious health condition;
  • Tips and guidance for “gray area” conditions, including multiple concurrent conditions;
  • The “do’s and don’ts” of return-to-work certifications;
  • Handling suspected FMLA abuse without running afoul of the law;
  • How to manage intermittent and reduced-schedule leave;
  • How the FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) interact;
  • And more!

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     
Networking & Refreshment Break

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.     
Networking Lunch (Provided)

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.     
Networking & Refreshment Break   

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Main Conference

Thursday, October 13, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Registration & Networking Breakfast—Exhibit Hall

8:55 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
GENERAL SESSION | Opening Keynote: 'F' Words at Work
Presented by Erin Diehl, Founder, Improve It!

Get your mind out of the gutter—we don't mean that "f" word! Join Erin Diehl, founder of improve it!, for an entertaining and improvisational keynote session that will inspire you to embrace failure in order to become a better leader. By the end of this interactive and engaging keynote session, attendees will have practiced redefining failures as “gifts” and understand that failing frequently means that you are trying. Participants will learn that the more you fail, the more opportunities you have to succeed. These are the "f" words you actually want in your organization!

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Compliance Track | The Biggest Wage and Hour Threats HR Will Face in 2023
Presented by Amy Wilson, Member, Frost Brown Todd & Neal Shah, Member, Frost Brown Todd

Wage and hour compliance is constantly changing as more workers demand higher wages, consistent work schedules, and so much more. What should employers do? During this session, we will examine the top threats facing employers this year, including understanding and properly applying the Department of Labor’s (DOL) rules on overtime and independent contractors; keeping up with the constantly increasing minimum wage amounts across the country; making sure you are following the most recent tip and tip pools rules; following the meal and rest period rules, which can differ from state to state; and properly paying employees for travel time.

10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Recruiting & Culture TrackImproving the Employee and Candidate Experience for Distributed Workers
Presented by Chris Murdock, Cofounder & Chief Sourcing Officer, IQTalent Partners

Whether your employees are in-house, spread out across the globe, or both, the experience you are providing will ultimately shape their long-term plans with your organization. Not only do you need to be concerned with providing a positive experience to workers, but you also must focus on the experience of your jobseekers. Offer a bad experience, and those jobseekers will not hesitate to share their negative experience with their family and friends.

As our world of work continues to revolve around technology and we seek out talent from all corners of the globe, focusing on "experience" will set you apart from the competition. This session will cover tips, tricks, and best practices for improving the experience at every stage of the employee life cycle.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION | Remote Recruitment: Remaining in Compliance When Hiring Distributed Workers
Presented by Laura Brown, Partner, Fisher Phillips

Not every talent acquisition professional gets into the nitty-gritty of hiring compliance, but as the world of work continues to shift to a virtual setting, understanding what can land your organization in hot water with various government agencies is your ticket to success. For example:

  • The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing relaxation of Form I-9’s in-person inspection rules may signal permanent changes on the horizon in order to accommodate the workforce’s changing composition.
  • Various states are implementing equal pay and preemployment inquiry laws, and if you're hiring workers from these states, you must understand these laws.
    • For example, Colorado’s equal pay law requires all employers with at least one employee in the state to disclose compensation and benefits information in job postings for jobs that can be performed in Colorado.
    • Connecticut’s disclosure of wage range law requires employers to provide the wage range for a position when a job applicant requests it or before the applicant is made an offer of compensation.
  • Lawmakers continue to pass laws banning or limiting noncompete and no-hire agreements. Employers must stay current on the state-specific laws governing restrictive covenants and new federal activity.

In this session, our expert presenter will cover the various laws you must comply with when it comes to hiring and retaining remote workers.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall Provided

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Compliance Track | The Evolution of Cybersecurity
Presented by Justin Whitehead, Founder & CEO, Digital Silence

Last year, we saw cybercriminals seizing a massive business opportunity. Our rapid shift to working from home due to COVID-19 plus heightened financial, political, social, and emotional stressors presented a perfect storm. And because of this, cybersecurity in the workplace is more important than ever before.

For employers that want to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals, it’s important for you to understand phishing attacks, ransomware, malware, mobile malware, Wi-Fi vulnerabilities, data breaches, and how to secure your organization before cybercriminals sneak into an unsecured network. These attacks cause monumental problems for employers and end up costing them millions of dollars to recover systems and stolen data.

In this session, you'll learn expert best practices for protecting your company’s vital information outside of backing up all critical files and locking them away from scam artists and hackers. Our knowledgeable speaker will help you understand the difference between all the various cyberattacks and hidden tricks hackers use to access your data. As remote work continues to gain in popularity, you won't want to miss this special session.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Recruiting & Culture Track | Maximum Exposure: How to Build an Employer Brand on Social Media
Presented by Michael Goldberg, CEO, Hiring Transformed LLC

Storytelling should be a vital component to your recruitment marketing and branding strategy. Why? Because telling a story helps jobseekers remember your company and helps you stand out among the competition. But where can you tell your story and connect with jobseekers at the same time? Well, social media, of course!

Social media platforms like LinkedIn are a great way to showcase your employer brand and tell your company's story. In this session, you'll learn how to rebuild your organization's LinkedIn account from the ground up. Our expert presenter will show you which elements will get the most engagement out of professionals visiting your profile and show you tips and tricks for maximizing your talent pool through your employer brand.

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Compliance Track | ADA and Long COVID-19: When Is Long COVID-19 an ADA Disability?
Presented by Jonathan Mook Esq., Partner, DiMuro Ginsberg, PC

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance says long COVID-19 may be an ADA disability if the symptoms substantially limit a major life activity. According to recent research, one in three people who get COVID-19 may have ongoing health problems, so employers will need to learn how to manage requests for accommodation based on long COVID-19.

As employers prepare for work post-pandemic, they will need to consider accommodations that weren’t available or weren’t in place before the pandemic. For example, an employer might not have had technological capabilities that would allow telework pre-pandemic but now has those in place. So, an accommodation that wasn’t reasonable pre-pandemic may now be reasonable (i.e., not an undue hardship).

Now that these accommodations are in place, another area of concern is determining which employee actually needs an accommodation or which worker is just using it as an excuse to continue remote working arrangements. In this session, our expert attorney will guide you through accommodating workers' requests in the new normal of long COVID and provide you with other guidance on how to stay compliant with the ADA.

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Recruiting & Culture TrackLeadership and Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and Refining Your People Skills
Presented by Joelle LaGuerre, Founder, PRO-YOU Coaching & Consulting

Do your employees' perceptions of your leadership style align with the way you see yourself? You may think you are an empathic and caring leader, but they may think your leadership style is cold and heartless. Having the proper emotional intelligence (EQ) is what sets the best leaders apart from the rest of the managerial pack. But how can you build EQ in yourself and in others? This insightful session will provide you with the proper guidance to help you look inside yourself and bring out the best leader you can become. At the end, you'll be able to share this knowledge and help turn your entire team into EQ-minded professionals.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION | Panel: Equal Pay in the Employee Life Cycle
Moderator by Mike "Batman"Cohen, Founder, Wayne Technologies
Panelists include Jeremy Brenner, Partner, Armstrong & Teasdale LLP; Rick Morgan, Partner, Burr & Forman LLP; and Amy Wilson, Member, Frost Brown Todd

For women, and especially women of color, the fight for equal pay has been going on for decades. And it seems like female workers are finally starting to make more headway—shout out to the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Across the nation, states and municipalities are creating laws designed to reduce the gender pay gap and instill equal pay.

For instance, some states prohibit salary history inquiries, while others take it a step further and also require pay range disclosure at different points in the hiring process, and many states now protect workers who discuss pay with their colleagues. As corporate social responsibility continues to be important to jobseekers, maybe it's time your organization took a second look at its pay practices.

In the very least, you'll want to stay on top of all these developments at the local level because these changes may one day become federal law. Or, your state could also follow in the footsteps of others like Colorado, Connecticut, and many more that have put equal pay or wage disclosure laws in place. And if you're a multistate employer, you will face challenges created by the differences in state/city laws governing pay transparency. If you aren't in compliance with these various laws, you could face a potential pay audit from the DOL.

This session is designed for all professionals in the talent acquisition space to better understand laws surrounding equal pay, pay transparency, salary ranges, and pay disclosure. At each stage of the employee life cycle, "pay" will come into play, so it’s better to prepare yourself now in case you need to have a difficult "pay" conversation down the road.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, October 14, 2022—Main Conference Day 2

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
GENERAL SESSION | Identifying and Combating Employee Burnout in the Hybrid World
Presented by Danielle Posa, Workplace Wellbeing Advisor & Vice Chair, GWI Workplace Wellbeing Initiative

According to recent research, over 76% of employed Americans admit to experiencing some symptoms of burnout in the past year, and nearly 1 in 10 admit to “complete burnout.” It's no secret that the last 2 years have really taken a toll on workers across the nation, and the globe. So how can HR leaders and managers help combat the burnout crisis now that workers are returning to the office, while other continue to hold steadfast in their remote working arrangements?

This session will help you understand the causes that lead to employee burnout, how to recognize the signs that your workers are becoming too stressed, and ways to overcome and prevent burnout from taking over your workplace.

10:10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   
Networking & Refreshment Break - Exhibit Hall Finale

10:15a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Compliance Track | Sick Leave: If COVID-19 Has Taught Us Anything…
Presented by Abby Larimer, of Counsel, Ford Harrison

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it's that it is not OK for workers to show up to work sick. Leave laws are starting to pop up in states all across the nation, with some even going so far as making employers offer paid sick leave.

This session will focus on the various types of sick leave employees are now entitled to and what employers are obligated to do in response to the ever-growing number of states requiring sick leave. Our expert presenter will discuss what happens when new sick leave laws interact with current ones to help you successfully navigate when to apply each leave type. At the end of this session, you'll have a firm grasp on sick leave law trends in the age of COVID-19.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Recruiting & Culture Track | Building Cohesive Teams Through Skills Assessments and Talent Development
Presented by Cristina Costa, Talent Development Specialist, Former Google Cloud Recruiter, Career Coach and Founder of Cristina Costa Coaching

According to LinkedIn research, a vast majority of workers (93%) would stay at their current company longer if it invested in their careers. Obviously, developing employees' skill set is great for long-term retention, but where do you begin? A skills assessment, of course!

Measuring your employees’ skills through a variety of assessments will help you better understand how to develop your talent for long-term retention, and when your workers are in it for the long haul, they're inclined to be more engaged and better team members. This session will walk you through how to assess employees’ skills, the types of assessments available, and which skills you'll want to identify to build more cohesive teams for long-term retention.

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION | Interns, Volunteers, or Employees: Navigating the Confusing Maze of Employee Classification and the Hiring Process
Presented by Jeremy Brenner, Partner, Armstrong & Teasdale LLP

In this tight labor market, employers may try to get crafty by looking for help from interns and volunteers instead of seeking out full-time workers. If you're trying to take this shortcut, be aware of the repercussions you may face when you don't comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

How does the FLSA define an employee, an intern, or a volunteer? Attend this session to learn the ins and outs of employee classification and why you may want to consider paying your college interns instead of paying the DOL's Wage and Hour Division and the hefty fines for noncompliance.

In this session, you'll learn:

  • How to use the "primary beneficiary test” to determine whether a new hire is an employee, an intern, or a volunteer;
  • The fees and penalties you could incur if you misclassify a worker, an intern, or a volunteer;
  • How to transition an unpaid intern into a full- or part-time paid employee;
  • Best practices for negotiating an intern's salary in the hiring process; and
  • Strategies for engaging unpaid volunteers for long-term retention.

12:25 p.m.
Conference Adjourns

Agenda subject to change

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Jeremy Brenner

Jeremy Brenner is an experienced employment attorney and coleader of the firm’s national wage and hour/Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) practice. He has served as a strategic business partner to employers for over a dozen years, both as an HR consultant and as an employment attorney. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® consecutively since 2014, and was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2017.

A substantial portion of Jeremy’s practice is devoted to wage and hour law. He has successfully handled many Department of Labor investigations around the country and litigated numerous misclassification, overtime, and minimum wage collective and class actions under the FLSA and other similar state laws. He has defended wage cases in state and federal courts across the country, including Missouri, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, California, Arkansas, and Texas.

His experience also includes a variety of industries and employees, such as auto repair technicians, retail and restaurant managers, cable/satellite installers, healthcare workers, software engineers, manufacturing plant workers, and oil and gas workers.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Kansas City office and focuses her practice on defending and counseling employers in a variety of complex employment law matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and breach of contract.

Laura has broad experience in a myriad of industries and has represented clients across the spectrum, from small businesses to governmental entities to Fortune 500 companies. As a skilled trial attorney, she has experience in all phases of the litigation process and has represented clients before federal, state, and administrative tribunals.

Mike “Batman” Cohen

Mike “Batman” Cohen is the Founder of Wayne Technologies, a Contract Sourcing and Recruitment Training Organization. His approach to sourcing is one based on deliverables, transparent data, and using multiple platforms to find the greatest diversity and quality of candidates.

Batman has worked with a diverse group of clients including Whole Foods, The New York Times, Waste Management, GIPHY, Walter P. Moore, and more. Batman is also a contributor to SourceCon and RecruitingDaily, helps run SourceHouston, and is a Brand Ambassador for ERE, and an Executive Board Member on the Association for Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP).

Cristina Costa Cristina Costa is an engaging educator who believes in the power of empowering others with the personal and professional skills to succeed. She currently serves as the Head of the Career Program at Outco, Inc, a San Francisco based startup that provides career coaching and technical skill sharpening for job seeking software engineers. She also offers career and life coaching for women of color and diversity and inclusion training through her company, Cristina Costa Coaching. For the past 5 years, Cristina served as Chief Marketing Officer of Women with Purpose, an organization that empowers, educates and advances women of color through professional development seminars, empowerment workshops and networking events.
Erin Diehl

Erin "Big" Diehl is the Founder and Chief "Yes, and" Officer of Improve it! Erin is a performer, facilitator, and professional risk-taker. Her mantra is “get comfortable with the uncomfortable.” Through a series of unrelated dares, Erin has created improve it!, a unique professional development company that pushes others to laugh, learn, and grow.

Among her many accolades, Erin is most proud of successfully coercing over 28,000 professionals to chicken dance. Erin’s company, improve it!, conducts workshops and keynotes virtually and in-person across the country leveraging improvisational techniques to help teams and organizations eliminate barriers to collaboration, communication, and leadership.

Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg, CEO, Hiring Transformed LLC, is not afraid to say that recruiting is not what it used to be. He takes a very different approach to helping and leading talent organizations with regard to processes, TA Systems, Operations, and Programs. Every organization is at a different stage in its business and has unique issues. Michael is devoted to helping start-up organizations that are ready to experience significant growth. His experience includes reviewing the business, reorganizing high volume recruitment strategies, analyzing current recruiting processes technology, tools, and programs, and revamping, where needed, to fit into the overall business strategy and develop the recruiters and hiring managers to make sound hiring decisions. His background includes improving attraction and engagement by 25%, reducing cost per hire by 43%, agency spend by $250K, and time to hire by 50%. He is known to have developed multiple internal mobility programs through effective succession planning and internal development programs that have reduced turnover and saved organizations $4MM in turnover costs.

Joelle LaGuerre

Joelle LaGuerre, Founder, PRO-YOU Coaching & Consulting, began her learning and development career in the non-profit sector in her hometown of Miami, Florida. Since then, she has worked in various training and organizational development roles in private industry, higher education, and the federal government. Most recently, she led the learning and development function at an AM Law 100 law firm in Washington DC, where she now resides. She is now an independent consultant—a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP)—most passionate about helping organizations and teams to plan for the strategic development of their employees. Joelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Oakwood University as well as a graduate certificate in Leadership Development from George Washington University. She is also a certified MBTI© administrator and a certified True Colors facilitator.

Abby Larimer

Abby Larimer, of Counsel at Ford Harrison, concentrates her legal practice on the representation and counsel of management in a broad range of matters related to employment law. Abby has represented employers in matters involving restrictive covenants, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and has significant experience counseling employers on issues stemming from regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws such as employee misclassification, meals and rest breaks, and other wage and hour concerns.

Abby also guides clients through internal investigations, terminations, and reductions-in-force, with an emphasis on utilizing best practices in these procedures in order to minimize legal risks and prevent litigation when possible. Policy review and revision is another component of Abby's preventive counsel practice, and she routinely works with employers to ensure that their personnel policies align with federal, state, and local employment laws.

Jonathan R. Mook

Jonathan R. Mook, Esq., a partner with DiMuro Ginsberg, is a nationally recognized authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the author of two treatises published by Matthew Bender Company, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations” and “Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities.”

Jonathan lectures nationally on the ADA and other employment law topics. He represents employers and businesses on matters relating to employment law, business torts, and business disputes. He frequently counsels employers on issues involving compliance with the ADA and accommodating disabled employees, as well as other employment related matters. He is a coeditor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin.

Rick Morgan

Rick Morgan is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in employment and labor law. He represents employers and has tried to verdict numerous employment defamation, discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases.

Rick advises and counsels employers on all aspects of employment and labor law issues and has experience representing employers in state and federal courts and in administrative tribunals. He has defended employers in litigation involving wage and hour laws, unemployment compensation, unfair labor practices, contract disputes, wrongful termination, negligent supervision/hiring/retention, intentional infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy and enforcement of non-compete agreements. In addition, Rick has advised employers during union organizing attempts and in OSHA matters. Rick sits as a part-time Municipal Judge for the City of Columbia.

Chris Murdock

Chris Murdock is a highly experienced veteran of the recruiting and talent acquisition industry. With more than 20 years of executive recruiting experience, he acts as cofounder and chief sourcing officer for IQTalent Partners. Prior to establishing IQTP as a talent acquisition leader, Chris gained in-depth experience working in the technology recruiting sphere for companies like Yahoo!, Heidrick & Struggles, and TMP Worldwide.

Danielle Posa

Danielle Posa has 13+ years of experience in employee engagement, wellbeing, leadership development & business consulting. She is a Workplace Wellbeing Advisor to organizations all over the world, including Fortune 500s – working with senior-level executives to assist them in designing long-term wellbeing strategies that are woven into the fabric of the culture. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Global Wellness Institute’s Workplace Wellbeing Initiative. And while Danielle’s focus is on improving workplaces, her bigger mission involves making wellbeing the primary measurement of success in society.

Neal Shah

Neal Shah has represented employers in single plaintiff and class and collective action litigation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the American’s with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act and various other federal and state employment laws. He also regularly advises employers on compliance with laws governing hiring, discipline, compensation, termination and other employment practices.

Neal’s experience includes defense verdicts in jury trials and arbitrations, defense victories in appellate courts, summary judgment and motion to dismiss dismissals in federal and state courts and dismissals in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission and various other state and federal agencies.

Teresa Shulda

Teresa Shulda, a partner in Foulston Siefkin’s Employment & Labor Practice Group, has been litigating workplace disputes and advising on employment law matters throughout her career. Much of Teresa’s practice includes advising clients on compliance-related issues and litigation-avoidance tactics. Working hand-in-hand with Human Resources departments, company owners, and in-house legal counsel, Teresa crafts strategies that meet the company’s goals and fulfill federal and state requirements. She also regularly defends employers against discrimination claims, including those involving age, race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, and FMLA allegations.

Justin Whitehead

Justin Whitehead, CEO and Founder, Digital Silence, has over 15 years of in the information security industry. He has conducted digital forensics and penetration testing work across a range of industries on behalf of clients from Fortune 5 to small privately held companies. He is a frequent speaker at security events, including DefCon Skytalks. Justin is a veteran of the U.S. Army, including service with the 3/325 Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.

Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson concentrates her practice in employment litigation and employer counseling for companies across all industries. She has represented employers in single plaintiff and class and collective action litigation matters under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, the FLSA, covenants not to compete, wage claims, and various other federal and state employment laws.

In addition, Amy counsels employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. She works with employers to advise on reasonable accommodations, conduct internal investigations, resolve discipline and discharge issues, draft workplace policies and handbooks, draft employment contracts and restrictive covenants, create and conduct training programs, advise on and implement reductions in force, and plan for and conduct full-scale HR audits.

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Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

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  • If the region where our event is located is deemed by the CDC to be within the substantial or high-risk category, we will recommend all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks when indoors except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Meeting rooms will be set to support social distancing when necessary.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center has implemented, please see the information listed on their website.

Simplify Compliance and BLR will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines, and will communicate adjustments to the onsite policies and procedures as we approach the live event date.

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Main Conference:
Retail price: $1,299
Early Bird price: $1,199
Early bird discount cut-off date is Thursday, August 4, 2022

Full-Day Preconference Workshop:
Retail Price: $549

Preferred Customer Pricing will also be offered at $50 off main conference price for previous attendees, military/govt, and nonprofit

Group discounts are available. Register together & save!
Take 15% off groups of 3 or more, or 20% off groups of 5 or more registrants. Contact our sales team at 800-727-5257 to take advantage of this great offer.

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Simplify Compliance and BLR place the highest priority on the safety of our guests. In preparation for attendance at our events, we want to share the following measures to promote health and well-being:

  • Per current CDC guidelines, if the county where our event is located is deemed to be within the high level of COVID-19, it will be recommended that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when indoors except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center has implemented, please see the information listed on their website.

Simplify Compliance and BLR will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines, and will communicate adjustments to the onsite policies and procedures as we approach the live event date.

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Business & Learning Resources (BLR) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 6.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the SHRM Certification website at

Business & Learning Resources (BLR) is recognized by HCI to offer recertification credits toward a 3-year HCI Certification. This program is valid for 6.5 HCI Credits. For more information about recertification, please visit the HCI Certification website at


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