Employment Law & HR Practices Update

The 2018 Employment Law & HR Practices Update will be held on Thursday, November 1st at the Sheraton Monarch Place in Springfield, MA.

Join your colleagues to learn about the vital developments in state and federal employment law and reviews best-practices with an array of experts in the world of human resources. Our popular yearly program allows participants to gain practical guidance on day-to-day employment issues and strategies for big-picture planning.


Our Keynote Speaker will be Bruce Tulgan, Founder & Chairman of Rainmaker Thinking, Inc. Stay tuned for more information on speakers and topics for 2018.

Bruce Tulgan is an adviser to business leaders all over the world and a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. He is the founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking, Inc., a management research and training firm, as well as RainmakerThinking.Training, an online training company. Bruce is the best-selling author of numerous books including Not Everyone Gets a Trophy (Revised & Updated, 2016), Bridging the Soft Skills Gap (2015), The 27 Challenges Managers Face (2014), and It’s Okay to be the Boss (Revised & Updated, 2014). Bruce lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions. He has written for the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, HR Magazine, Training Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. He lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Debby Applegate, Ph.D., who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (Doubleday,2006).

7:30am – 8:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am

Welcome and Introduction

Meredith Wise, President, EANE

8:15am – 10:00am

Keynote – “Winning the Talent War” Bruce Tulgan

10:00am – 10:15am


 10:15am – 11:00am

General Session – Headline News - Mark Adams, EANE

11:15am – 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • The Seven Princes
  • Addressing Mental Health Issues on the Job
  • Unfinished Business: Dealing with Discrimination Against LGBT Workers
  • HR Meets AI - Training in the 21st Century: A Case Study  
  • You Know They Need Help – How Do You Conduct a Training Needs Assessment?

12:00pm  – 1:00pm

Lunch & Employer of Choice Awards

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • Leave Related Missteps That Can Lead to Liability
  • The Marijuana Dilemma in the Workplace: What Can You/Should You Do
  • The New Pay Reality
  • OSHA: What’s New?
  • Coaching Skills for the HR Professional

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions:

  • Paid Leave: From Perk to Mandate
  • Investigating Harassment Allegations
  • Creating Talent From Within
  • Really, I Can Do That?
  • The Modern Workplace- HR Analytics that Matter

3:00pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 4:15pm

General Session – Flexibility Works! Transitioning to an "Anytime, Anywhere" Workplace! Daniel Margolis, Willis Towers Watson

*Break out sessions are subject to change.

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HRCI & SHRM Credits: 5.25