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2016 Past Presentations List

February 2016

“Wage and Hour Update” presented by Drew Millar with Dinsmore (Lunch & Learn) 

*This program was pre-approved for 1 HRCI general credit and 1 professional development credit through SHRM.

There are a number of new and proposed wage and hour changes barreling down the pipeline, both on a local and a federal level. This exciting presentation will address:

  • Recent updates to minimum wage ordinances in Jefferson and Fayette counties (and the court cases challenging those ordinances!) 
  • Recent changes in the enforcement landscape on a federal level
  • Tools and best practices to use when navigating these transitions and updates

Session Presenter – Drew Millar

As a member of the Labor and Employment Department, Drew’s practice focuses on the representation of both public and private employers in issues related to the workplace. He has significant experience in handling wage and hour matters, including both misclassification disputes and minimum wage/overtime issues. He has represented a wide variety of clients, including retailers, health care organizations and information technology companies in cases brought by the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as a number of state labor boards. He also has handled a number of collective and class action cases in the wage and hour arena, where he relies on his thorough understanding of the nuances of the law to find favorable results for clients.
 
Outside of wage and hour disputes, Drew also has extensive experience with defending cases and administrative complaints involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Drew has also represented several clients in proceedings under the National Labor Relations Act including assisting with collective bargaining, dealing with strikes, and defending against unfair labor practice charges.

April 2016 

“Conducting Workplace Investigations” presented by Gary Barksdale, MBA, SPHR (Professional Development)

This program was approved for 2 HRCI general credits, and 2 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP PDCs.

In many organizations, the task of conducting workplace investigations falls to the HR or Employee Relations Department.  However, while most HR professionals have general knowledge of employment laws and organizational policies, many would say that they lack the knowledge necessary to plan investigations, craft investigative questions, properly document witness statements, handle reluctant witnesses, assess credibility, or clearly define responsibilities for such matters.   

From pay equality, harassment, policy violations, legal infractions, to general complaints and potential retaliation, HR professionals could be called upon to investigate a wide variety of situations and they need methods and skills to figure out what happened, deal with employee problems early, enforce company policies, encourage reporting, avoid or counter bad publicity, and protect their company from lawsuits. 

Content of this session includes:

  • Benefits of an Effective Investigation
  • 10 Steps to a Successful Investigation
  • Tips for Discovering Workplace Problems
  • Guides for Interviewing & Gathering Evidence
  • Recommending Corrective Action
  • Case Studies

Session Presenter – Gary Barksdale, MBA, SPHR

Gary Barksdale, MBA, SPHR is a dedicated leader and professional with almost 40 years of experience and a mastery of the skills in the field of Human Resources.  Gary’s professional experience includes manufacturing, health care, and higher education in addition to private consulting.  Currently, Gary is an independent HR consultant, specializing in mediation services, internal investigations, and HR services. 

Most recently, Gary was the Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion for Eastern Kentucky University, where he administered all activity related to Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and non-discrimination.  This includes oversight of internal investigations, policy development and compliance, and diversity initiatives.  Prior to that position Gary held various HR leadership positions at organizations including EKU, Catholic Health Initiatives, Emerson Electric, Vanity Fair Mills, and Van Huesen.  Gary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of Alabama, an MBA from the University of Arkansas, and is retired from the U.S. Army. 

“Writing Policies and Procedures on Internal Investigations and Non-Retaliation”
presented by Gary Barksdale, MBA, SPHR (Lunch & Learn)

This program was approved for 1 HRCI general credit, and 1 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP PDCs.

All employers, regardless of size, should have clear, written and well-publicized policies including policies on reporting and investigating workplace complaints and anti-retaliation.  An effective policy will include requirements to report potential infractions or wrong-doing, a clearly outlined process for conducting an investigation and the division of duties within the organization, and the process for appealing determinations.  During this session you will learn skills to create, implement, and monitor these types of organizational policies. 
Points to be covered:

  • Requirements to report
  • Requirements to take action
  • Impact of company culture on policy design & process
  • Division of duties
  • Level of due process
  • Retaliation concerns
  • Follow-up

Session Presenter – Gary Barksdale, MBA, SPHR 

Gary Barksdale, MBA, SPHR is a dedicated leader and professional with almost 40 years of experience and a mastery of the skills in the field of Human Resources.  Gary’s professional experience includes manufacturing, health care, and higher education in addition to private consulting.  Currently, Gary is an independent HR consultant, specializing in mediation services, internal investigations, and HR services.

 Most recently, Gary was the Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion for Eastern Kentucky University, where he administered all activity related to Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and non-discrimination.  This includes oversight of internal investigations, policy development and compliance, and diversity initiatives.  Prior to that position Gary held various HR leadership positions at organizations including EKU, Catholic Health Initiatives, Emerson Electric, Vanity Fair Mills, and Van Huesen.  Gary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of Alabama, an MBA from the University of Arkansas, and is retired from the U.S. Army. 

June 2016

“FLSA Update” presented by Sharon Gold, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP (Lunch & Learn)

This program was approved for one HRCI credit & one professional development credit through SHRM.**

Is your company ready for implementation of the newly released FLSA overtime exemption threshold updates? The DOL has raised the threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week, which comes out to $47,476 annually. In addition, the proposed salary minimum for highly compensated workers was raised from $100,000 to $134,004.  Also included in the new regulations is a mechanism for the minimum salary requirements to be updated automatically every three years, rather than the DOL being required to promulgate a regulation every time it wants to change the minimums. 

These updates will affect numerous employers and a large portion of the workforce, and everyone has questions. Ms. Gold will focus on the ins and outs of the new regulation, when they apply (and when there are exceptions), and the different options for addressing the changes to remain in compliance. 

Session Facilitator – SHARON L. GOLD

Ms. Gold is a Partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP in Lexington, Kentucky, and is the leader of the firm’s Employment Litigation (EPLI) team.  Ms. Gold represents employers in a variety of lawsuits and administrative proceedings brought by employees alleging employment and wage and hour claims.  Ms. Gold has experience litigating wage and hour claims and class actions.  She also conducts wage and hour audits for employers and trains supervisors on new developments in the law.

Ms. Gold is a frequent lecturer at national employment law and wage and hour conferences.  She also authored a chapter entitled Complying with Ever-Changing Employment Laws, Regulations, and EEOC Guidance in the bookInside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Regulatory Developments in Employment Law
 
Ms. Gold graduated magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was selected to the Order of the Coif, and Notes Editor for the Kentucky Law Journal.  She has been named as a “Rising Star” by the Kentucky Super Lawyers publication.

 

August Lunch & Learn 

“Ratingless Performance Management Systems & Compensation” presented by Jeremy Spake, CCP, GRP Principal, Thought Leadership and Advisory Services

A recent emerging trend in performance management includes companies moving to a ratingless performance review process. Adopting such a process has obvious compensation implications.

This session will examine case studies and practices of companies who have transitioned to the ratingless system and how they’ve operationalized the ratingless performance management process as well as their associated compensation activities.

**August’s Lunch & Learn was approved for one HRCI credit & one professional development credit through SHRM.**

Session Facilitator – Jeremy Spake, CCP, GRP

Jeremy has over 13 years of experience as both a business leader and consultant in compensation, mergers & acquisitions, workforce analytics, and strategic planning.

His areas of focus with clients have included improvement and change initiatives in the areas of compensation planning; short- and long-term incentive plan design; HRIS systems integration; market intelligence, merit budgeting and salary structure development; executive change-in-control, retention and severance planning; and the optimization of compensation strategies through technology solutions. His experiences includes work with such companies as Cornerstone OnDemand, Aon Hewitt, Deloitte, the NCR Corporation, and Culpepper & Associates

October Professional Development

“10 Sales Compensation Mandates for HR/Comp Professionals” presented by David Cichelli, Alexander Group

This program was approved for two HRCI credits and two professional development credits through SHRM.

If you’re an HR/comp professional, your organization’s executive, finance and sales leadership expects you to contribute to the sales compensation program’s health. In this session, learn 10 mandates that can help you ensure the program is aligned, competitive and motivational. Make these mandates your checklist for sales compensation effectiveness so you can stop asking, “Who owns sales compensation?” and start contributing to improved performance of sales resources. You’ll leave the session with tools, action items and the encouragement you need to participate fully in sales compensation program management.

Session Facilitator: David Cichelli, a Senior Vice President with The Alexander Group, Inc., a sales effectiveness consulting firm, contributes his knowledge and experience to a wide array of sales organizations. His clients include leading companies in technology, telecommunications, wholesale/distribution, financial services, and healthcare. David helps clients redefine and deploy sales coverage to ensure optimal sales performance. By applying the Alexander Group’s Sales Management System, he helps companies achieve their sales objectives through a variety of techniques, including improved channel design, sales ROI, sales metrics, sales forecasting, quota allocation, sales force automation solutions, and sales compensation.

Widely recognized by national professional associations and trade publications for his work in linking sales compensation to management’s objectives, David is a frequent speaker on sales compensation topics. He is author of Compensation the Sales Force (2nd edition) and The Sales Growth Imperative, published by McGraw Hill. He serves a leadership role in the design of the firm’s sales effectiveness conceptual models. David is an officer of the company. His most recent publication is the 2015 Sales Compensation Almanac, published by AGI Press.

Prior to joining the Alexander Group in 1985, David served for five years as a national practice manager in sales compensation for a leading compensation consulting firm. Previously, he had spent seven years providing support to the field sales organization of a multinational Fortune 200 chemical company.

M.S., Michigan State University

B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Faculty Experience: Merage Foundation University California, Irvine; WorldatWork; Columbia University

October Lunch & Roundtable

“Performance Management Roundtable Discussion”

Everyone can agree that shifting performance management programs is a hot topic for compensation professionals right now, and since we have a wealth of knowledge within our own membership, we thought it would be great to tap into that and share experience through guided discussion.

December Lunch & Learn

“Compensation Professionals: Utilizing Kentucky Employment Supply and Demand Data” presented by Kate Shirley Akers, Ph.D, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics

This presentation will discuss Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), a program administered by the state of Kentucky on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Kentucky Future Skills Report, focused for the Bluegrass Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA).   A brief overview of the survey-based program will be provided, followed by a discussion of the types of data produced, and the geographic areas for which estimates are available.  Examples of currently published estimates for the Bluegrass LWDA will illustrate the scope of occupational employment and wage data that is produced annually. 

**December’s Lunch & Learn has been submitted for one HRCI credit & one professional development credit through SHRM.**

 

Session Facilitator – Kate Shirley Akers, Ph.D

Dr. Akers is the Executive Director for the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics and Labor Market Director for Kentucky. As Executive Director, Dr. Akers uses her passion for education and Kentucky’s workforce along with her extensive knowledge of statistics and large data systems to oversee the daily and strategic planning for the organization. Dr. Akers’ primary research areas are statistics, measurement, and quantitative research methods for the social sciences including evaluation and analysis of longitudinal data.

As the Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Akers served as the lead researcher within the office, coordinating the development of the Center’s research agenda and responding to information requests. Prior to her role at KCEWS, Dr. Akers worked as the lead researcher in the Office of the Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education, as a research analyst with the Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative (now KCEWS), and as an agency data fellow with the Strategic Data Project.