Thursday, May 16

THURSDAY, MAY 16

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration
Granite Ballroom Foyer
8:00–8:30 a.m. Full Breakfast Buffet
Granite Ballroom E-H
8:30–9:45 a.m. GENERAL SESSION

HR Without Boundaries – Crossing Barriers Across the Organization

Lynda K. Humble, MBA, CPM, City Manager, City of Bastrop
Granite Ballroom A-D

9:45–10:15 a.m. Break
Ballroom Foyer
10:15–11:15 a.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
From Rocky Mountain High to a Texas Positive: Trends in Drug Use and Drug Testing

Sarah Griffin, Attorney, and Clarissa Rodriguez, Partner, Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, P. C.
Granite Ballroom A-D

Today’s Biggest Recruiting and Hiring Pitfalls—and How to Avoid Them

Today everybody tweets, likes, shares, and of course is searching for new careers!  Chances are a future employee is on their Twitter or Facebook feed right now, and looking for a career, but will never think to visit your employment page.  Government employers must now promote their vacancies on social media, as well as market their “employer brand” to a new generation of millennial job seekers.  Going about this task is not a simple feat.  You must not only have the insights of an advertising maven, but juggle the day-to-day responses required in the world of social media.  As the leading job board and career center in state and local government, Careers In Government now reaches more than 15-million users per month on its vast social media channels and utilizes the latest strategies and tools in the marketplace.  In our presentation, Careers In Government will highlight strategies, success stories and tactics that government employers can take advantage of to find the most qualified candidates in the marketplace.
Michael Hurwitz, President, Careers in Government
Limestone

 Track 3
Lone Survivor –  Human Resources Hurdles in a Department of One

Holistic HR is a must in organizations where challenges are many and resources to address those challenges seem minimal. Which ones are priorities? Which have legal implications? How can we juggle it all? FMLA, discipline and documentation, investigations, hiring the most qualified candidates…these are some of the topics which will be addressed during this session from the viewpoint of an experienced employment lawyer and a seasoned HR practitioner from a department of one.
Cat Schlueter, PHR; SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager, City of Azle and Julie Ross, Partner, Ross|Gannaway, PLLC
Travertine

12:20-1:50 p.m.
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. TMHRA AWARDS LUNCHEON
Granite Ballroom E-H
1:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
The Best Class, the Wrong Class, the What Class? The Guide to Understanding Proper Classifications Under the FLSA

One of the most difficult assignments for any human resources professional is Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) classifications. With advances in technology, changing job duties and a wave of new rules and regulations, properly identifying exempt employees can be a harrowing task; given new directives from the Supreme Court and shifting guidance from the United States Department of Labor, it has become even more difficult. This presentation will provide insight into FLSA’s many exemptions, and bring you up to speed on the latest developments from the Supreme Court and Department of Labor. It will also discuss how technological changes, including changes in workplace flexibility, impact FLSA issues and overtime, as well as the various risks associated with FLSA misclassification. Learn from an expert how to properly classify your employees and keep your city compliant! In this session you will review FLSA obligations and how to pay exempt employees, review who qualifies for exemption, discuss challenges for tracking time with a mobile and connected workforce and discuss updates on the US Department of Labor’s proposed “Overtime Rule” under the Trump administration.
Sheila B. Gladstone, Employment Law Practice Group – Chair, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.
Limestone

Track 2
Creating a Successful Safety Culture Through Teamwork and Accountability

This eye opening session is designed to encourage human resources leaders to stop and consider how holding an employee accountable for an identified unsafe act or behavior affects a safety program. New and fresh ideas will be shared to demonstrate how to implement a firm, fair and consistent approach for employee accountability in your safety program when addressing unsafe behaviors which in turn promotes safety awareness within your organization.
Melissa Sullinger, Sullinger & Sullinger Consulting
Granite Ballroom A-D

Track 3
Rethinking, Rebuilding and Reinforcing Culture

Culture is at the center of everything you do and who you’re becoming as you lead and execute both day to day and for the long term, starting with recruitment and retention and continuing all the way through driving strategic growth and impact. But you may not even know what your culture is, how it was formed, who’s influencing it, and if it’s driving your business forward or holding you back. This session will guide you in building a living, breathing, dynamic culture that empowers your people to take ownership and make decisions to drive forward what your organization really needs―they’ll become the best version of themselves through the work they do and the organization they’re a part of while at the same time improving the organization’s capability.
Bobby Quinten, ACC, Director, Training and Development, Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Travertine

2:15–3:30 p.m.. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
Ensuring Your Policies Reflect Your Organizations Culture and The Law

Sarah T. Glaser, Associate, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.
Limestone

Track 2
Coming Down the Pipeline: What’s on the Horizon and How to Mitigate Your Plan’s Exposure to Risk

A look at how we got to a place where specialty drugs are dominating cost and trend. Tips on how to manage this trend and what to look out for with respect to vender management of specialty medications. Strategy development around total specialty cost, including your medical specialty claims and an overview of recent high-cost specialty and gene therapy launches making an impact
Chelsea Davenport, Clinical Director and Co-Founder, Peak 1 Wellness and Dr. Marc Gonzalez, Pharm.D., Law Enforcement, Health Care and Military Trainer; President,  Pharmaceutical Diversion Consultants, LLC ; President, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators-California Chapter; DOD Consultant-Counter Drug, and Supervising Investigator (retired)-State of California

Granite Ballroom A-D

Track 3
Developing and Enforcing Your Organization’s Values Proposition

Craig Barnes, IPMA-SCP, Human Resources Strategic Solutions Manager, City of Plano
Travertine

3:30–3:45 p.m. Networking Break
Granite Ballroom Foyer
3:45–5:00 p.m. GENERAL SESSION

Shake Up Your Culture … One Shift at a Time

It’s time to shake up your culture, your team, and your results with actionable tools to move from a culture by default to a culture by design. Everyone talks about wanting to create a culture, but the truth is that every organization already has a culture. The only question is whether it’s a culture by design or a culture by default. Too often, team members are looking up (to leadership) to define the organization’s values and culture, but every team member has the opportunity to design, develop, nurture and sustain the culture (or to kill it). At the same time, leaders are looking to their human resources professionals to claim a seat at the leadership table and to be a part of the culture solution. Jeff Nischwitz will empower you with unique perspectives on building a culture by design — a culture that will help grow your team, your organization and your outcomes. Get ready to claim your seat at the leadership table to shake up your culture, your team and your impact!
Jeff Nischwitz, Founder & President, The Nischwitz Group
Granite Ballroom A-D

7:00–Midnight 70’s Theme Event
Sponsored by: Holmes Murphy & Associates
Palm D’Or Pavillion