WSHHRA Fall Conference - Attendee Registration

    November 13, 2019 1:30 PM to November 15, 2019 12:00 PM
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    Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center
    6 W Rose St
    Walla Walla, WA 99362
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    It is our pleasure to announce that the 2019 WSHHRA Fall Conference will be held at the historic Marcus Whitman in beautiful Walla Walla, Washington.


    WSHHRA Fall Conference 2019

    Wednesday, November 13
    1:30pm - 2:30pm     Check-in

    2:30pm - 5:30pm     Legal Update
    6:00pm - 7:30pm     Welcome Reception


    Thursday, November 14
    Breakfast in Marc Restaurant
    8:30am - 8:45am      Welcome! Review Agenda
    8:45am - 9:00am      ASHHRA Presentation
    9:00am - 10:00am    Effective Facilitation
    10:00am - 10:15am  Break
    10:15am - 11:45am  DSHS
    11:45am - 1:00pm    Business Partner Lunch Tables
    1:00pm - 1:15pm      Intro of Keynote Speaker by Sponser
    1:15pm - 3:15pm      Keynote Speaker
    3:15pm - 3:30pm      Break
    3:30pm - 5:30pm      Keynote Speaker (cont.)

    Friday, November 15
    Breakfast in Marc Restaurant
    8:30am - 9:00am      Business Meeting & Board Member Info
    9:00am - 11:30am    Round Table Discussion
    11:30am - 12:00pm  Drawings & Dismissal

    We've expanded our Labor and Employment Law Updates session. Jeff James and Matt Lynch from Sebris Busto James will be presenting an in-depth look at important recent developments affecting all healthcare workplaces in Washington.

    Jeff will begin with a look-back and look-ahead on significant changes coming out of Olympia and Washington, D.C., as well as interesting new court decisions affecting workers and employers. This will include a review of new laws dealing with non-compete agreements, employer inquiries regarding salary histories, arbitration agreements, overtime exemptions and paid family and medical leave, among other notable changes.

    Next, Jeff and Matt will provide a case study of the impact of successorship language in a collective bargaining agreement, and the steps SEIU Healthcare 1199NW recently took to attempt to prevent a healthcare acquisition from occurring based on successorship language in a contract. Jeff will describe how this matter landed in Federal court, and the positive outcome for the employers involved.

    Finally, Matt will provide labor updates exploring new initiatives and decisions from the NLRB, PERC and courts. He will also give updates on contract negotiations throughout Washington, with an emphasis on key issues being presented at the table by various unions, and employer responses to those issues.

    There will be ample opportunities for questions and answers throughout.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Understanding new Washington laws affecting the workplace, and next steps for employers to take in order to comply with those laws;
    • Being prepared to respond to upcoming changes to overtime exemptions as well as paid family and medical leave requirements;
    • Anticipating key collective bargaining issues before unions put them on the table, and potential employer responses to those issues;
    • Being aware of the law of successorship, the critical impact of successorship language in a collective bargaining agreement, and how such language affects a potential sale or merger; and
    • Adapting to new directions coming from the NLRB and PERC, and being able to modify your policies and approaches to collective bargaining in response.

    Our Keynote Speaker this year is Val Grubb. She will be speaking on "Negotiation and Influence without Authority".

    Getting stuff done in the office can be challenging even under the best of circumstances. Everyone has their own priorities and deadlines, however, you’ve also got your own projects and getting them successfully implemented typically requires assistance from employees who don’t work for you. This is where your powers of influence and negotiation can help!

    Being able to navigate the complicated negotiations necessary to influence people through communication, engagement, and relationship-building is essential for the rising HR leader, particularly when leading organization-wide initiatives.

    In this highly engaging workshop, we’ll review strategies to help you lead internal negotiations designed to influence others to prioritize your projects!

    Learning Objectives:
    • Understanding your preferences for conflict management and how that correlates to your negotiation and influencing styles.
    • How to effectively communicate the “why” of the project across your organization in a way that inspires others to share your vision (not just HR)
    • Recognizing resistance to change from senior leaders – and how to overcome it
    • Adapting your communication style to the person you’re influencing
    • Determining not only you own goals and interests but that of whomever you’re negotiating with.
    • Reframing negative internal conversations that can sabotage your negotiation and influencing prowess.
    • Keeping emotions in check even when things get heated.

    We will also be hearing from Karen Miceli on "Recruiting for Diversity and Disabilities".

    Washington’s Division of Vocation Rehabilitation (DVR) is an organization dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities find, retain, and advance in employment opportunities throughout the state. This presentation will address basic Disability Etiquette and ADA, teach attendees how to recognize unconscious bias, and start conversations in a safe manner. You will also leave the presentation knowing how to ask questions and conduct research (“You don’t know what you don’t know”). Plus, you will have a list of free recruiting and informational resources for future use.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn about Disability Etiquette and learn about resources available to you
    • Expand your knowledge how to recruit, employ, and advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities,
    • Learning to overcome fears and be mindful of our own biases
    • Learn about the Workforce system resources for recruiting (local and national)

    Another great topic on the agenda is "Facilitating with Confidence".

    You’ve been asked to conduct a meeting, host a training or present a new policy…. Now what? The dictionary definition of Facilitate is: to make easier. So, no matter the scope or agenda, effective facilitation helps to make the knowledge transfer easier.
    Facilitating with confidence, to have effective knowledge transfer, is achieved by:
    • Preparation
    • Effective presentation skills
    • Engagement
    • Evaluate/Self-reflection

    Learning Objectives:
    • What creates a supportive learning environment.
    • The tools of effective facilitation.
    • The importance of engagement
    • The value in evaluation


    $200.00 Single Registration - Member
    $150.00 Earlybird rate before October 5

    $200.00 Single Registration - Non-Member
    $150.00 Earlybird rate before October 5