Breakout Sessions

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Changes in Employment Law that Matter to HR Professionals

Presenter: Jeff Fraser, Miller Johnson

Spring Into Action veteran presenter Jeff Fraser, returns for another year. Jeff’s session will cover the most pressing issues in human resources through the eyes of an employment law attorney.

The Threat Within: Protecting Against Employee Data Theft

Presenter: Rick Weber, Elijah

From fired or disgruntled employees, careless and improperly trained personnel, mobile devices, email, cloud storage and more, employees are the biggest source of data theft and breaches.  Insider threats come from employees or consultants who have access to company documents and use them in unauthorized ways. This unauthorized use can result in fraud, intellectual property theft, data leaks, noncompliance with government regulations, and/or productivity loss. Learn how to minimize the risks, costs and claims associated with theft or misuse of company data by employees.

How to Create a Successful Internship Program

Presenter: Cindy Brown, Hello West Michigan

Interested in starting an internship program? Looking to enhance your current program? This session will cover:

  • Benefits to hiring an intern
  • How to connect with education, workforce development and talent
  • Five steps essential to structuring a program


Affordable Care Act: Three Years Later

Presenter: Ryan Root, Berends Hendricks Stuit

Regardless of size, organizations are still working to make the ACA work best for themselves and their employees. Learn strategies for cost savings and navigating the confusing waters of healthcare reform. Structured for small, medium and large businesses.

Interviewing & Selection – Small Business Basics

A practical and tactical approach to candidate interviewing and selection. The panel will provide insight into best practices and provide tools for immediate implementation in any small business.

Leading Transformation: Practical Actions for Building a Thriving Culture

Presenter: Andrew Bennett

In this interactive workshop participants will dig deeper into the principles presented by Andrew Bennett in his keynote address. This workshop will enable participants to translate principles into meaningful action for more effectively leading a workplace culture that inspires creativity, innovation, productivity, and collaboration.