Community Bank Human Resources Seminar - Virtual


Aug 18 - Aug 19, 2021

Today’s modern workplace is transforming the role of the community bank human resources (HR) professional. People management and responsible administration is key for all HR professionals.

Whether you are a seasoned HR professional or you’ve recently taken on the role at your community bank, this seminar will provide you with the necessary information to handle the most important legal and emerging issues at your bank.

This course addresses critical HR requirements that all community bank HR professionals must know and discusses emerging legal issues that affect community banks. Leave with practical advice, guidance, and key strategies to ensure effective and compliant management of employee and employer requirements.

All times stated are Central Time. 2020 agenda below. 2021 agenda posted soon!

Wednesday, Aug. 18

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Anatomy of Employment Litigation

This interactive session provides attendees with an understanding of the anatomy of employment-related legal claims, including charges of discrimination and lawsuits, and the ever-so-popular attorney demand letters. Learn about common misconceptions, mistakes, risks, and other issues arising out of each of the distinct processes. 

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – Noon
Exploring the “Reasonable” in Reasonable Accommodation 

Federal, state, and certain local laws prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. They also generally require employers to reasonably accommodate the known disabilities of employees unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the employer. 

In theory, providing a reasonable accommodation is as simple as changing how an employee performs the job without changing the essential functions of the job itself. That sounds easy, but in real life, we often struggle with how this might work, especially when it comes to the interplay of reasonable accommodation, worker’s compensation benefits, and unpaid and paid leave policies and/or laws. 

In this session, we will work through detailed scenarios to help you identify solutions and provide more effective accommodations that will inevitably cost less than defending a failure to accommodate claim. 

Noon – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Technology is Changing the Way We Work. Are You Keeping Pace? 

Mobile devices, time tracking apps, social media... as technology continues to rapidly evolve, so does its impact on the working environment. Are you keeping pace? 

Discuss the pitfalls and promises of various technological advances, including compensability issues raised by mobile devices and employees’ access to technology outside of the workplace, jurisdictional mandates for technology reimbursements, privacy issues, and the use of social media as a screening and investigative tool. 

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (15 minute break will be taken during simulation)
Put Yourself in the Hot Seat: Workplace Investigation Simulation 

Take a deep dive into the internal investigation process and assume the role of a human resources professional investigating a difficult race discrimination complaint. 

Learn how to select and question witnesses, review relevant documentation, identify which policies may be implicated, and practical steps and tips on how to appropriately document the investigation to defend any subsequent legal process.

Thursday, Aug. 19

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Diversity and Inclusion: Eliminating Unconscious Bias and Hidden Barriers 

Diversity and inclusion are no longer just buzzwords among human resource professionals; actualizing diversity and inclusion has become a mandate of successful banking operations. Even so, the “how” is not always clear.

This session addresses how to identify and remove unconscious bias barriers and implement systemic changes within the workplace to achieve defined diversity and inclusion goals. 

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
When Things Return to “Normal” – Minimizing Your Company’s Post-COVID Litigation Exposure 

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the federal, state, and local responses to the pandemic, are creating significant workplace challenges for employers in across the nation and in all industries. As employers do their best to navigate these uncertain times, when the dust finally settles, a flood of employment litigation is expected.

Attendees will learn about anticipated litigation trends, steps to take now to mitigated against COVID-19 related litigation exposure, and successful defenses to COVID-19 litigation.

ICBA Member Early-Bird: $595
ICBA Member after July 16, 2021: $695
Nonmember: $795
Nonbanker: $1,195
Bank Director Program ICBA Member: $495
Bank Director Program Nonmember: $595

NOTE: Registration fee is valid for one connection, only for the individual registered. Full payment is required prior to attendance. For more information, call 800-422-7285.


Jennifer A. Nodes



Who Should Attend: Anyone with Human Resources responsibilities    
Prerequisites: No previous experience or training required
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate 
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Delivery Method: Group-Live delivered online due to COVID-19

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