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Last fall, I shared with you a wonderful (and FREE!) learning opportunity offered by our friends at Kronos. Well, it’s back by popular demand. The spring HR & Payroll eSymposium will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern. This is one event you do not want to miss.
I don’t have to tell you about the importance of professional development. But I also know that sometimes we’re so focused on everyone else’s development that we forget to schedule time for ourselves. That’s why I wanted to share with you some specifics about this event.
HR and Payroll eSymposium Agenda
The eSymposium is designed to bring HR and payroll professionals education on the topics we deal with most. This one-day experience will offer three tracks – HR, payroll, and workforce management – with many sessions eligible for recertification credits (more on that in a minute). As participants, we can follow one track or switch back and forth to explore the topics that we think matter most to our organizations. I checked out the agenda and there are five sessions that caught my eye, both HR and payroll related.
The Turning Employee Experience into Financial Strategy – If you’ve never had the opportunity to hear John Frehse, senior managing director at Ankura, speak, this is your chance. John is going to talk about the challenges associated with quantifying the value of investment in employees — and how this lack of clarity can cause an unintentional misallocation of human capital investments. He’ll explain the steps that organizations can take to improve the employee experience through strategy and technology.
The Future of Work: Don’t Believe All the Hype About Robots Wiping Out Human Jobs – Another speaker that I was delighted to see on the agenda was Mollie Lombardi, co-founder and CEO of Aptitude Research Partners. She’s going to share what steps top companies are taking today to balance people and automation along with some strategies for integrating people and technology to adapt and stay competitive. Prepare now for the changing technology and employment landscape.
But strategy sessions aren’t the only type of content being offered during this eSymposium. We’ve seen a lot of conversation lately about compliance matters and I was happy to see that this event is going to cover those issues from both a payroll and HR perspective.
Charting Your Course Through Changing Regulations – Explore how a multistate workforce comes with challenges that include compliance with a variety of rules and regulations across different states and municipalities — some of which may conflict with federal law — and how failure to comply could be quite costly. Multnomah Group Senior Consultant and CCO Bonnie Treichel will not only cover recent and expected changes but she will also discuss best practices for monitoring changes to the rules to ensure that HR can grow the company without drowning in legalese.
Payroll Compliance Update: New Laws and Required Changes in 2019 –The requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are complex and often misunderstood by employers. These misinterpretations about how the FLSA is applied and the rules for determining overtime pay can expose an employer to millions of dollars in back pay claims. Calvin House, partner with Gutierrez, Preciado & House, LLP,will explain the requirements for white-collar exemptions, how tipped employees are treated under the FLSA, the facts that the Department of Labor (DOL) uses to determine whether a worker is exempt as an intern, as well as trends in enforcement.
And in full disclosure, I certainly hope you will take a few moments to listen to my interview with Kronos CEO Aron Ain. During the interview, Ain takes us inside Kronos’ award-winning culture, showcasing the surprisingly simple rules that any organization can follow to replicate their success. Kronos employee engagement has continued to climb to an all-time high of 87 percent and has earned the company many coveted best-place-to-work distinctions around the world, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) When Work Works, Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work, and Forbes’s America’s Best Employers.
Work Inspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work – Imagine a company where everybody loves to work, where employees feel not just “satisfied” but truly cared for, respected, and energized. Think of the impact this would have on recruitment, retention, customer satisfaction, innovation, and overall performance. This session will focus on how to create an inspired culture by embracing employee development and engagement as a growth strategy, including holding managers accountable and giving employees their time back.
Now of course, I couldn’t list the entire agenda (as much as I would love to). This is just a sampling of the sessions being offered. You’ll notice when you check out the complete agenda on the Kronos website that there are more sessions than you have time. Please don’t let that discourage you!
Listen to the Recordings if You Can’t Make the Live Event
There will be recordings of each session and you’ll be able to download any session materials. So, if you’re not able to listen to the live sessions on May 1 OR your learning preference is to space listening out over time, then you certainly can. That’s the beauty of this learning format.
Also, let me add that there have been a few times in my career when I’ve been responsible for both human resources and payroll. Having an event for both payroll and HR is a big selling point. I could see this as an opportunity to bring everyone together, order lunch, and listen to a session as a group. Because the event is free, it’s a good way to encourage HR to learn more about payroll and vice versa.
As someone who has attended Kronos conferences in the past, I can speak from experience that Kronos delivers quality professional development. I know that I’ll be signing up for the eSymposium and hope you will do the same.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern
Registration and Details:
Oh, and P.S. The Kronos Spring eSymposium is eligible for recertification credits! I’m sure some of you were wondering if this event qualifies for continuing education credits. And yes, it does. Most of the sessions have been pre-approved by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), and the American Payroll Association. Kronos will be providing a certificate of participation for your files. So, if you’re certified, this event is a no-brainer. It covers the trifecta of learning: 1) free, 2) high quality programs, and 3) approved for recertification credits. I don’t have to tell you that this doesn’t happen very often. So sign up now.8