• Wed., October 21
  • 1:00 ET
  • 10:00 PT

A virtual event with real value.

  • Litigation prevention. The concrete, practical steps your organization should take now.



  • Staying compliant through COVID. What's changed and what's ahead for employers and operations during the pandemic.



  • Expert analysis and advice on every facet of employment law.




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

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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Compliance Day:

COVID and Other Legal Challenges

The COVID pandemic is the health and safety challenge of our lifetime. But beyond protecting your team’s physical health, you also need to protect your organization’s fiscal health as your employees – and their savvy attorneys – file massive COVID lawsuits against you.

Not concerned? You should be.

Consider the Texas company sued for not allowing a man to keep teleworking after the office reopened. Or the Kentucky worker who sued after being fired for complaining about a lack of face masks at work.

And then there’s the New York employee who sued after saying he was laid off because he was in a "vulnerable” age group. Thousands of coronavirus-related lawsuits like these are piling up in U.S. courts.

And as scary as COVID litigation is, it’s just ONE of the many legal areas you still need to worry about. To keep you in compliance – and out of trouble – HR Specialist has teamed with some of the nation’s top legal minds to help you do just that.


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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. Learning 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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