Developing HR Fundamentals - January 25 & February 1, 2023 (VIRTUAL)
Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 02/01/2023 at 9:00 AM (EST)
NEHRA’s Developing HR Fundamentals Program provides HR professionals who are new to the HR field, are moving from a specialist to a generalist role, or who work within smaller organizations and wear many hats, with a solid foundation for a well-rounded career in human resources. This program provides instruction over two full days, as well as interactions and sharing through a community portal; enabling participants to be engaged prior to, throughout, and after the program.
The online community portal will provide access to:
- Any articles and white papers shared by facilitators
- A glossary of HR terms
- A listing of recommended books and websites/blogs
- A forum for sharing best practices and addressing common HR challenges
- A place to keep connected with your program colleagues
Pre-Program and Post-Program collaboration via the community portal enables for more robust and fulfilling two-day sessions
Wednesday, January 25:
Opening Remarks, Participant Introductions and Introduction to the HR Profession
9:30am - 12:00pm
Module 1: Talent Management
Presenter - Calista Thompson, VP of HR, BellXcel
This session provides a foundation for managing talent within the organization, a key responsibility for HR professionals. This session covers the role of HR in talent management, enabling for achieving the strategic goals of the organization and ensuring the right people are brought on board at the right time.
Participants will learn best practices, tools and techniques around:
- Workforce planning
- Talent acquisition – from hiring to interviewing to selecting through to onboarding new hires
- Employee development
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Offline Break for Lunch
1:00 – 4:00
Module 2: Compensation Fundamentals
Presenter - Dave Weaver, President, Compensation and HR Group
This session enables participants to learn and apply basic elements of a total compensation system. Such systems, when well-planned and implemented, enable for a total rewards package that attracts, motivates and retains top talent in the organization.
Participants will learn:
- Considerations and the intersection of base pay, incentives and differentials in employee compensation
- Participants will be able to participate in an online benefits session after the program ends
Wednesday, February 1:
9:00am – 12:00pm
Welcome Back & Module 3: Compliance and Employment Law
Presenter - Dan Klein, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
This session provides participants with key facts about federal, state, and local legislation with which organizations must comply; reducing risk in organizations when rules and regulations are followed. This key module enables for an improved understanding of the responsibility of HR as it relates to various legislation and regulations.
Participants will learn:
- Applicable employment laws that impact organizations
- Conducting and using background checks
- Pre-employment considerations
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Offline Break for Lunch
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Module 4: Employee Relations
Presenter - Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC
This session covers key considerations in developing and maintaining employee-employer relationships that contribute to productivity, engagement, and morale. Best practices in how to identify and manage through conflict as well as communicating in ways that works to engage employees are shared in this session.
Participants will learn:
- Techniques to prevent and resolve employee problems that can affect work situations
- Their communication style and how to use that information effectively when communicating with and engaging employees
- Best practices to identify and resolve conflicts in the workplace
Closing Activity: Summary, Wrap Up and Action Planning
Facilitator - Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC
Action planning will be done at the end of the second day, enabling participants to detail how they will apply what they learned in the two-day program back on the job. Participants will be provided an action plan template to capture learnings from the program as well as to detail their next steps.
Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be received via email a minimum of 5 days prior to the event. The refund will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee. If a request for refund/ cancellation is received within 5 days prior to the event, you will have the option to transfer the registration to another individual or forfeit the registration fee.
VP of HR
Calista Thompson, SPHR is a Wheaton College graduate with over 15 years of human resources experience. Starting her career in HR as a legal and then HR recruiter, Calista worked on her MBA with a focus in HR Management from Houston Baptist University. After obtaining her degree, she started her in-house HR work as an HR Representative for a power generation company in Houston, Texas. From there, she started her work in the marine transportation industry first as an HR Manager and then as an HR Director for Tidewater, Inc. While at Tidewater, she obtained her SPHR certification. In late October 2022, Calista will be starting as the Vice President of Human Resources at BellXcel, an educational SAAS non-profit in Westwood, MA. Calista now lives in Norton, MA along her husband, two children and two dogs.
President, Compensation and HR Group
David is President of the Compensation & HR Group and is responsible for all consulting functions within the organization. He is the Author of the bestselling HR book Pay Matters: The Art and Science of Employee Compensation.
Prior to joining the Compensation & HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. He has also held positions with industry leaders Liberty Mutual, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard as a corporate human resources professional. During this period, he gained essential hands-on experience in compensation program development, marketing and internal communications.
A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David has also made his mark in academia, having served as adjunct faculty member for both Northeastern University and Newbury College where he taught courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Daniel B. Klein, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. Mr. Klein's practice includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities.
Mr. Klein also counsels national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.As a member of the firm's Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Klein has defended employers in a variety of complex discrimination cases, including multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits, EEOC pattern and practice cases, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Mr. Klein also has defended employers against the full spectrum of cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, and wage and hour violations, as well as representing employers in non-competition and contract disputes.Mr. Klein regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, personnel policies and company handbooks. He has represented employers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.Mr. Klein lectures frequently on a variety of employment law topics for human resource specialists and in-house counsel, including regular presentations on behalf of the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
Mr. Klein served as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. From 2005 through the present, Boston Magazine and Law and Politics have named Mr. Klein one of Massachusetts' and New England's "Super Lawyer Rising Stars." Mr. Klein received his J.D., from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from Colgate University.
Daniel B. Klein
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Phone: (617) 946-4840
Abudi Consulting Group
Gina Abudi: As President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC, a woman-owned business, Gina utilizes her 25+ years of consulting, coaching and executive leadership experience to work closely with executives and Boards of Directors of mid- to large global organizations to lead and support strategic, transformational change initiatives. Her work is focused on coaching leaders on change, providing consulting services and offering training programs related to leading and championing/supporting change.
Gina is active with the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA), frequently contributing to programs for developing HR Professionals and at conferences. She’s also adjunct faculty at several college and university undergraduate and graduate programs and is active with the Association of Change Management Professionals.