Human resources association
of treasure valley

ANNUAL CONFERENCE breakouts     

   This program is valid for up to 10.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

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Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9
8am to 12:30pm

Thursday Breakout

Mindset deep dive...learn 3 mental toughness tools to implement and move the needle at work and home

proathlete advantage
denver, colorado

Learn the five mindset skills necessary to elevate your leadership and team to the next level; Learn how to overcome the mental roadblocks necessary to become a better communicator in your company and have the crucial conversations with your team; Learn multiple mindset tools, where you will walk away ready to apply to elevate your leadership, team, and life.

Thursday Breakout

caregiving wellness & long-term care in the workplace


kevin sypniewski 
president & ceo, agis network inc.

kari jo hawkinson, ms, pt, cltc
regional sales consultant, agis network inc.

Our workforce is aging and caregiving is becoming an issue for employers. Caregiving creates a huge amount of stress on employees that impacts healthcare costs, disability costs and productivity costs for more than 4.6 years. Objectives include: Caregiving Impact to Health and Wellness Programs; Why LTC and Caregiving Require Your Attention; Help Employees Recognize Caregiving Challenges; Does Long Term Care Coverage Help?; Options  Available to the Market; Corporate Branded Caregiving Support  System.

Thursday Breakout

employee benefits landscape -- 2021 and beyond

panel PRESENTation BY alliant employee benefits

britt woolridge, vice president

sean white, First Vice President

jennifer spence, vp and director of national health and productivity

todd kurth, first vp and pharmacy program manager leader

Doug Levit, FSA, MAAA, FCA, EVP. National director of analytics

Provide a current landscape of current and emerging trends in pharmacy, data, and compliance items that HR professionals need to have on their radar.  Compliance: This is your stop for all things Compliance. We’re committed to bringing compliance down to a human level, with approachable language, proactive communication. Stay ahead of shifting regulations and find solutions for your client’s unique challenges.  Our discussion will be around the upcoming election, including a look into how politics help shape policy from a state and federal level, and what we are doing to ensure our clients are staying compliant in the areas in which they do business. Health and Productivity: The Health & Productivity practice is a market differentiator that provides credible, evidence based solutions that maximize the value of client investment in a culture of health.  Health, well-being and human performance continues to be a strategic imperative and core value of many organizations.  Our discussion will be around how workplace wellness programs need to evolve beyond an HR function and move into full-scale corporate initiatives. Pharmacy: Alliant’s pharmacy team is a valuable resource to help clients navigate the complex pharmacy industry. By providing real-time industry insights, education, ongoing strategic support and competitive products, we help you with planning and creating a pharmacy benefit plan that is sustainable.

Friday Breakout

employment law update: how to effectively (and legally) manage employees with medical conditions

partner, hawley and troxell

One of the most challenging aspects of any Human Resource Professional’s job is addressing employee health conditions.  Between medical leaves, ADA accommodations, privacy concerns and job performance issues, employee medical conditions create many legal issues.  John Ashby, an experienced employment lawyer, will discuss the relevant employment law issues and provide practical guidance on how to manage employee medical issues.  Topics will include:

  •  Navigating the ADA and FMLA when medical issues impact employee performance
  • Tips for effectively (and legally) engaging in the interactive process
  • Steps to take before terminating the employment of an employee with a known medical condition
  • Tips for reducing FMLA abuse by employees
  • Strategies for addressing employee mental health issues

    Friday Breakout

    the great re-set: five steps to take now

    PRESENTED BY yvonne gardner
    gallagher insurance

    Employers are facing many new challenges as a result of COVID-19.  Supporting and retaining staff in a high-risk environment is certainly one of these challenges. 

    Another less obvious but critically important challenge for employers is dealing with the inevitable organizational changes that have occurred as a result of this pandemic.  Jobs are changing in terms of duties and accountabilities, as well as required behaviors and technical competencies.  Reporting relationships may also be re-aligned due to operational adjustments, staff furloughs, layoffs and/or scheduling modifications.  Such changes may be subtle and gradual, or significant and abrupt.

    Now, more than ever before, it is important to create and maintain a workplace culture where employees can fulfill their potential and the organization can effectively realize its purpose.  Learn the five key organizational wellness steps to take now, all focused on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, to re-set your organization for continued success.

    Friday Breakout

    EMOTIONAL AGILITY: harnessing hope, passion and agility in times of great change

    PRESENTED BY Jennifer Hooft, shrm-scp, m.ed.
    managing principal, higher resources, llc

    Our work lives have been influenced by inordinate change recently, and at the same time, we’re experiencing an unusual dose of monotony. Groundhog’s Day – same old same old. While this might sound like a recipe for derailment, it can, instead, serve as a clarion call. We can seize this moment of upheaval and uncertainty to enhance our emotional agility, help us tap into our innate ability to persevere, and better understand the power of hope and passion.  HR leaders are called upon more than ever before to adapt to and champion change in our organizations. Neuroscience and Positive Psychology teach us that we can flourish in the face of great change and teach others these thriving skills as well. Understanding what’s going on in our quirky brains and how we can take the wheel helps us choose grit over quit when it matters most and move forward, staying firmly on the rails.  





    Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley 
    SHRM Chapter #0111

    P.O. Box 1733
    Boise, ID 83701

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