• Thursday, October 22
  • 1:00 ET
  • 10:00 PT

A virtual event with real value.

  • Meet the new and ever-changing needs of your workforce.



  • Strengthen your skills and propel your career to new heights.



  • Transform your HR department to be adaptable and effective.




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You’re facing more

challenges than ever.

Not only do you have to keep track of the latest regulatory developments and people management best practices, but you have to do it in a way that fits your schedule and training budget.

That’s why we’ve taken our popular annual HR Specialist Summit 100% online. You can get amazing training from the comfort of your home or office.

We’ve split our unique two-track approach by day.

Our Strategy & Tactics Day (October 22) covers the best management, diversity and safety advice, while our Compliance Day (October 21) keeps you up to speed on the latest legal and regulatory developments.

For the first time ever, you can attend the Summit on the day of your choice. Or you can sign up for the entire event for more training, more professional credits and a lot more savings.

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Strategy & Tactics Day Keynote Speaker

Heather MacDougall, Amazon’s VP of Worldwide Workplace Health & Safety

Get an insider view of Amazon’s real-time response to the pandemic and learn how the company’s HR and safety leaders revised or introduced operations in just days.

Amazon has won praise for its creative steps to keep employees safe (and engaged) while it continues to serve as a lifeline to millions of homes during the pandemic. How do they do it … and what scalable lessons can you use in your workplace? 

Find out from Amazon’s VP of Worldwide Workplace Health & Safety, Heather MacDougall, as she presents the keynote address at the HR Specialist Summit’s Strategy & Tactics Day, on Thursday, October 22.

You’ll discover the cutting-edge actions taken by Amazon to ensure employee safety and retention (“Thank you” bonuses … an employee relief fund … dozens of unique COVID safety measures, etc.).  

Heather will show how these lessons learned at Amazon can also work in YOUR organization. Plus, she will explain her vision how the workplace will be permanently changed by COVID-19.


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Agenda for The 2020 HR Specialist Summit


  • (1:00 - 1:40 ET) HR and the 2020 Election: A Look Into the Crystal Ball (Keynote)

    Join two former congressmen—Hon. Scott Klug (R-WI) and Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)—who are now prominent employment-law attorneys, for an inside look at the 2020 election and how it will impact the workplace, your compliance responsibilities, and the HR profession.

  • (1:40 - 2:30 ET) HR Compliance in a COVID World: New Laws, New Responsibilities 

    Learn the practical steps to avoid and manage the new legal risks— leave laws, safety requirements, wages, accommodations—from employment lawyers Dan Kaplan and Carrie Hoffman.

  • (2:35 - 3:05 ET) Employee Leave: How to Successfully Manage Difficult Situations 

    This session shows you how to handle the most challenging leave requests in 2020. Including ones that can simultaneously require compliance with the FMLA, EFMLA, the ADA and other laws, such as religion and pregnancy bias. (Speaker: Chris Ward)

  • (3:05 - 3:45 ET) Terminations, RIFs and Returns: How to Legally Manage Employee Comings & Goings

    Put an end to termination anxiety with definitive, practical guidance, and learn how to bring back laid-off employees in the best way possible.(Speakers: Monique Doucette, Bill Payne)

  • (3:50 - 4:30 ET) Wage & Hour Compliance in 2020 and Beyond

    Perhaps no other area of HR creates more confusion (and greater financial peril) than wage-and-hour issues. We’ll conduct an in-depth review of the legal environment and best practices, helping you stay in compliance—and out of trouble. (Speaker: Mark Neuberger)

  • (4:30 - 5:00 ET) Weed in the Workplace: Mastering Compliance on Marijuana Laws

    Clear the air on how to manage the complex, fast-changing maze of federal and state laws on marijuana usage, plus new best practices on testing, off-duty usage, safety concerns, pre-employment screening, and legal and regulatory compliance. (Speaker: Jennifer Betts)



  • (1:00 - 1:40 ET) Workplace Health & Safety in the Age of COVID-19

    Heather MacDougall, Amazon’s head of workplace health and safety, will explain how your organization’s safety, health, and operational procedures will be permanently changed by COVID-19.

  • (1:40 - 2:20 ET) The Remote Workforce: Lessons from 2020 to Maximize Engagement & Productivity

    Discover the best practices learned over this year to set clear communication channels, metrics-based performance expectations and honest feedback, and the best ways to help staff feel “connected” to the company and co-workers. (Speaker: Jay Forte)

  • (2:25 - 3:05 ET) HR 2022: The Future of HR and What You Need to Know

    Discover innovative trends that will impact the workplace (and your career) in the near future. Learn how to design strategies to address these changes may make the difference in retaining your workforce—and even your job. (Speaker: Amy Bakay)

  • (3:05 - 3:45 ET) Managing and Leading the Workplace Through Anxiety and Change

    In this fast-paced session, you’ll learn a proven set of tools to manage your workforce through change, and better handle the ups and downs and anxieties in employees’ work and personal lives. (Speaker: Karl Ahlrichs)

  • (3:50 - 4:30 ET) Recruiting, Onboarding & Re-boarding in Today’s World

    Our expert panel will give you the best step-by-step tips to recruit the best candidates, onboard them correctly, get them up to speed and help them become fully engaged. We’ll also explain how to handle the tricky process of “re-boarding” your employees after a furlough, disability leave or other extended absence. (Speakers: Karl Ahlrichs, Jay Forte)

  • (4:30 - 5:00 ET) Diversity & Inclusion: Seize the Moment & Grow Your Business

    This is about more than compliance. Research shows that diverse teams are more innovative and higher performing. Learn the secrets to getting diversity and inclusion right in your workplace. (Speaker: Jeremy York)





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If the 2020 HR Specialist Summit fails to meet your needs in any way, we will refund 100% of your tuition – every penny you paid – but your course materials, registration bonuses and members-only website access will be yours to keep. No hassles, no questions asked.


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