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    • 7 Sep 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 30 Nov 2023
    • 8:30 PM

    Take the next step in preparing for your PHR/SPHR exam and join this study group. This group will meet once a week on Thursdays from September 7th through November 30th from 6-8:30 pm. This is an excellent forum for HR certification exam prep support, learning, and motivation--all facilitated by seasoned HR professionals.

    • 10 Oct 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • UCSC Extension, 3175 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95054
    • 90







    Whether someone is an employee of your organization is not defined by the tax form you give them. While the classification of a worker has never been cut and dry, any challenge underwent a multi-step analysis and usually in the courts. Under a more employee-friendly federal administration and in states like California, the coin has flipped to a presumption that person is an employee unless proven otherwise (even if you are giving them a 1099).

    In a world of increasing gig workers, the law is catching up and coming on strong. Your organization should be prepared to understand these rules, audit for compliance, and look at methods for compliantly use a contingent workforce, reduce liability when you do to ensure its strategic benefits are truly optimized.


    • Empower your human resources strategy with compliant contingent workforce solutions.
    • Solve global expansion woes (and costs) using employers of record or managed service providers.
    • Reduce your chances of becoming a joint employer.


    5:30 PM IN-PERSON NETWORKING (light refreshments)



    6:15 PM PROGRAM

    7:15 PM Q&A


    Amy Klose is the owner of WorksCounsel and its Principal Human Resources Consultant. Amy is a dynamic, collaborative HR leader who combines global expertise as an employment attorney with in-depth knowledge and experience in technical HR processes. She has consistently achieved notable results aligning HR with business objectives, building and leading high-performance teams and organizations, ensuring compliance, and streamlining processes. 

    With more than 16 years in the field, across multiple industries and sectors, Amy has built a reputation for improving the effectiveness of the organization and its people by establishing trust in HR and accountability in organizations.

    This event is co-sponsored by:

    the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

    Human Resource Management Certificate Program

    • 11 Oct 2023
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. Ventu Park Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
    • 95

    Note:  Meeting will be held on Wednesday!  You won't want to miss this.

    Avoid, Deny, Defend 

    What to do when there is an Active Shooter or assailant situation.

    The Ventura County Sheriff Officer’s civilian response to active assailant course is intended and designed to teach non-law enforcement persons better skills and decision-making abilities should they be confronted or involved in an active assailant situation.

    Learning objectives:

    What to expect from first responders upon their arrival at the scene.


    Sergeant Damian Alvarez 

    Ventura County Sheriff's Office

    Sergeant Alvarez has worked with the Ventura County Sheriff’s office for over 25 years. Current, Sergeant of the Thousand Oaks Stations Community Resource and School Resource Officer Units. Alvarez has worked assignments in custody, court services, patrol, K-9, Intelligence led policing, investigations, and the firearms cadre. Alvarez has taught civilian response to active assailant for the past six years throughout Ventura County and personally seen the aftereffects at both the Borderline Shooting and the Westlake High School Attack.

    Additional Event Details

    7:20 AM Registration & Networking

    7:30 AM Breakfast & Introductions

    7:45 AM Legal Update

    8:00-9:00 AM Program and Q&A

    • 17 Oct 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Neutral Grounds, 45 Schoen Place Pittsford, NY 14534
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Join us at Neutral Ground Coffeehouse in Pittsford on October 17th from 8-9am

    for our first in-person Book Club event of 2023! Food and coffee will be


    All participants will be mailed a FREE copy of the selected book upon registration. Our first book selection for this year is The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Tim White and Gary ChapmanThis event is reserved for NHRA members, and we ask that you provide your address at registration so that we can send you a copy of the book we'll be discussing. If you prefer audiobook, please make sure to note that within your registration. Please register by 9/20.

    Book Synopsis:

    Dramatically improve workplace relationships simply by learning your coworkers’ language of appreciation.

    This book will give you the tools to improve staff morale, create a more positive workplace, and increase employee engagement. How? By teaching you to effectively communicate authentic appreciation and encouragement to employees, co-workers, and leaders. Most relational problems in organizations flow from this question: do people feel appreciated? This book will help you answer “Yes!”

    • 17 Oct 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Medtronic - 5290 California Avenue, Irvine, CA 92617
    • 45

    We invite you to join Dr. Anita Polite-Wilson, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Dr. Anita Enterprises, and Debbie Ball, Vice President, Employment Services at Easterseals Southern California, as they discuss the pressing topic of cultivating a culture of resilience. 

    In order to create a resilient workforce, organizations must take in consideration the lived experiences of each of their employees. This can help increase authenticity within the company while creating a welcoming environment where everyone can thrive.

    Our discussion will focus on why a resilient culture is important, what it entails, and explore approaches to improve it in your workforce.

    About The Speakers

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    • 19 Oct 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • The Barrel Factory - 65 Vandalia St, Buffalo, NY 14204

    We are excited to welcome back Dan Forsyth, Esq. to address the significant legal developments in employment law both this year and for 2024. Stay ahead of the curve with this comprehensive Legal Update course designed exclusively for HR professionals operating in New York State. In this dynamic session, renowned guest speaker Dan Forsyth, a seasoned legal expert, will guide you through the intricate landscape of New York's evolving labor and employment laws for 2023-2024. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights, strategies, and expert guidance from the best in the field.

    Learning Objectives:

    By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Navigate New York State's Latest Labor and Employment Laws: Understand the key legislative changes and updates in New York State that impact HR practices in 2023.

    • Comprehend Compliance Imperatives: Recognize the essential steps HR professionals must take to ensure their organizations are fully compliant with the latest legal requirements.

    • Apply Strategies for Effective Implementation: Develop strategies for seamlessly integrating new legal guidelines into existing HR processes and policies.

    • Mitigate Legal Risks: Identify potential legal pitfalls and proactively implement measures to mitigate risks related to labor and employment law compliance.

    • Enhance Organizational Preparedness: Equip your HR team with the knowledge and tools needed to respond adeptly to any legal challenges that arise in the coming year.

    • Utilize Insights from an Industry Expert: Benefit from the invaluable expertise of Dan Forsythe, a distinguished legal professional with a proven track record in labor and employment law.

    Join us as we welcome our guest speaker Dan Forsyth, labor and employment law lawyer to discuss current trends and developments in employment law for this year and in 2024.

    This program is pending approval by SHRM and HRCI for 2 recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) or SHRM.

    About our Speaker:

    Daniel Forsyth, Esq.

    Daniel is a labor and employment law attorney. 

    He represents employers in National Labor Relations Board proceedings including unfair labor practice charges and over 30 union organizing campaigns. Daniel has extensive union experience in: labor arbitration, collective bargaining, jurisdictional disputes, strike preparation, strikes, slowdowns, reaching impasse, reserved gates, salting, decision & effects bargaining, decertification, deauthorization, lockouts, picketing, double-breasting, responding to union information demands, successorship, accretion, card signing and NLRB injunctions.

    Daniel regularly appears before various federal and New York state agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, OSHA, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York State Department of Labor and New York State Workers' Compensation Board. 

    He practices at all levels of state and federal courts in litigation involving: employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, restrictive covenants, motions to stay/compel arbitration, motions to vacate/confirm arbitration awards, duty of fair representation and injunctions.

    Daniel advises clients on: litigation avoidance, reductions in force (RIF's), transfer of bargaining unit work, managing medical leaves of absence, discipline point systems, absenteeism, tardiness, drug & alcohol testing, severance agreements, performance improvement programs (PIP's), reasonable accommodation of disabled workers, last chance agreements, promotion/demotion, light duty, unemployment insurance, performance appraisals, pregnancy, workplace investigations, employee surveillance, wage & hour issues, subcontracting, discipline & documentation, off-duty misconduct, constructive discharge, employment torts, independent contractor status, plant closings, sexual harassment, layoff/recall, employee handbooks, whistleblowing, avoiding retaliation, mandatory arbitration/class action waiver agreements, ban-the-box, background checks, conviction history and misclassification of exempt status.

    As chief spokesman in collective bargaining, Daniel has successfully negotiated labor contracts with the: Carpenters, CWA, Teamsters, UAW, United Steelworkers, IUOE, Printing Pressman, SEIU, Metal Polishers, Diocesan Elementary Teachers Association and CSEA.

    Daniel is an instructor for Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. 

    He is a frequent lecturer on employment and labor law topics before various groups including the: New York Management Attorneys Conference, Erie County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Canisius College, Niagara University, Olean Area Industrial Management Council, Labor and Employment Relations Association, New York State Department of Labor, American Arbitration Association, Job Service Employer Committee, Council on Education in Management, Society for Human Resource Management, New York Employee Benefits Conference, Lorman Education Services, ADP Workplace Blueprints, Sterling Educational Services, National Business Institute, National Human Resources Association – WNY and Chautauqua Works.

    As labor counsel to four multi-employer groups in the construction industry, Daniel advises on a board array of union issues for Western New York’s largest general construction association as well as more specialized groups in the fields of insulation, millwright-work and utility/site development.

    For both prominent Buffalo radiology and pediatric medical practices, Daniel advises and represents these groups on issues relating to employment contracts, restrictive covenants, owner/employee status, partner disputes and retirement.

    Daniel managed the Buffalo office from 2012 – 2015 and following the largest merger in Bond’s history with Jaeckle, Fleischmann and Mugel, LLP in 2016, was co-manager in 2016.

    Read more about Dan and see his full Bio here: 

     Daniel Forsyth, labor and employment law lawyer, Bond, Schoeneck & King, Buffalo, New York

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    • 19 Oct 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn St. Louis - Creve Coeur 1030 Woodcrest Terrace Dr, St. Louis, MO 63141
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    Today, informal teams are formed every minute. By striving for “team building” rather than networking, you can form more solid, mutually rewarding relationships. You will learn how to take others more seriously, listen more carefully, make clearer requests of others, respond more decisively and successfully to the requests, and, most importantly, develop a group of people you can count on in the future. Join Kesha as she delves into practical, real-life tools that tap into your natural superpowers. Bring your capes: networking is a SUPERPOWER!

    Presenter: Kesha Kent  

    Kesha is a wife, mother, a High Energy Speaker,  two time author, she wrote her 1st book Networking it’s your Superpower and released it on Juneteenth 2020! She has over 20 years of experience in Talent Development, Training, Development and Talent Acquisition. Her current role is National Diversity Talent Strategist, with Husch Blackwell a national Top 100 law firm, with over 800+ lawyers in more than 20 offices across the United States. Kesha works to bring Husch Blackwell’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy to life, in particular through recruiting and retaining top legal talent. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Kesha worked at the fourth-largest health system in the United States.

    Kesha is a new DTM, Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest award level within Toastmasters and Division Director with District 8 Toastmasters International. She has shared her expertise as panelist and keynote speaker for media outlets such as Oprah Daily and a diverse group of businesses and organizations, including, Ameren, Hire Level Staffing, Dress for Success, Washington University at St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Judson University,  SCI Engineering, Professional Women's Alliance, National Society of Black Engineers, National Speakers Association, National Black MBAs and more. Kesha has also served on several local and global boards!

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership both from Judson University! She’s an expert in personal and professional development and the art of networking to build diverse teams, clients, and lifelong connections.

    To learn more and to connect further, please visit her at www.mrskeshspeaks.com

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    Real stories about shifting your mindset to overcome challenges.

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    • 25 Oct 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join us as we continue our journey in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Participate in a conversation with Easter Seals, Best Buddies, and Disability Rights of California as they discuss one of the most underrepresented groups in today's employment market, the neurodivergent population. This conversation, hosted by Lisseth Zouhbi, Child Care Resource Center CHRO, Jessica Ramirez, Velocity Vehicle Group CHRO, and Dr. Anita Polite-Wilson Founder & CEO I Dr. Anita Enterprises, Inc.

    Register for Zoom link here! 

    • 7 Nov 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom (Virtual)

    Join us on November 7, 2023, to hear from Terra L. Fletcher, Author, Consultant and Award-Winning Entrepreneur

    Presentation Overview:

    Seven in ten employers struggle to find workers with the right technical skills and human capabilities. Couple that with the silver tsunami of older workers retiring and high turnover rates, and you have the perfect storm of talent issues. Do you struggle to recruit and retain the right talent? You’re not alone.

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Consider the core strategies of talent attraction: employer branding, recruitment marketing, and organizational culture.
    • Discuss how generational differences, economic conditions, and competition impact talent acquisition.
    • Show you how to find and attract people with interpersonal skills like leadership, empathy, adaptability and advanced cognitive skills like critical thinking, project management, and decision-making. 

    Speaker Bio: