Community Bank Human Resources Seminar

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Community Bank Human Resources Seminar

Jun 11 - Jun 13, 2024 | In-Person Seminar

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

Whether you are a seasoned HR professional or you've recently taken on the role, gain the necessary information to handle the most important legal and emerging issues at your bank.

Review critical HR requirements that all community bank HR professionals must know. Leave with practical advice, guidance, and key strategies to ensure effective and compliant management of employee and employer requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand legal frameworks for disability leave, including the ADA, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and FMLA.

  • Learn best practices for balancing medical leave needs with your bank’s operational requirements to avoid claims or litigation.

  • Evaluate changes in immigration regulations, particularly Form I-9 and employment verification.

  • Examine the importance of DEI initiatives and legal developments affecting them.

  • Review trends in union activity and collective bargaining with the potential to impact community banks.

  • Analyze enforcement trends in affirmative action, such as hiring and pay equity claims, to mitigate risks.

  • Evaluate legal issues related to AI in recruiting bank staff and assessing performance and hear policy development recommendations.

  • Understand legal requirements for accommodating religious beliefs and pregnancy-related conditions.

  • Examine best practices for investigating employee complaints to minimize litigation risks.

  • Learn strategies for keeping employee handbooks and policies updated to comply with legal standards.

Information (Central Time unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday, June 11

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Disability Leave Management and FMLA: How to Do It Right

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Charles Wilson

Leave requests for various disabilities have been on the rise, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers must balance an employee’s need to take leave due to a medical condition or disability against workplace operational needs. A misstep could result in a time-consuming claim or litigation or poor workplace morale. Discuss various disability leave scenarios under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Family Medication Leave Act.


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Group Case Study

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

I9 Forms: New and Improved…and other Key Immigration Topics

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Michael Neifach

Over the past year, the U.S. government has made numerous changes to the I9 and employment verification process. These include a new Form I-9, the end of the COVID related flexibilities for remote I9 verification, new I9 regulations allowing certain employers to verify documents virtually, and introduction of E-Verify +. At the same time, employers face increased challenges to comply with I9-related non-discrimination requirements. Prepare for a detailed discussion of the key issues employers need to know to keep up with these changes.


2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Secret Weapon for Success

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Nick Simpson

It’s been almost one year since the Supreme Court’s rulings on companion cases Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Univ. of North Carolina and challenges to DEI initiatives have taken center stage. Engage in a practical discussion on legal developments and what employers should consider now as they evaluate their DEI initiatives for 2024 and beyond.

Wednesday, June 12
Labor Unions Are Back and Coming to a Bank Near You

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Shifts in public opinion and labor laws over the last few years have led to unions enjoying unprecedented success in organizing workers and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Emboldened by their recent victories, some unions have turned to organizing a new industry: retail banks. This session will discuss recent trends in union activity, as well as how to spot and lawfully respond to such activity among your employees.


9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Affirmative Action Plans: A Must for Federal Contractors (Including Community Banks!)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces the various laws and regulations requiring federal government contractors and subcontractors to create and maintain affirmative action plans. It may come as a surprise to some that OFCCP takes the position that federal deposit insurance under the FDIC constitutes a covered federal contract, meaning that OFCCP requires community banks with at least 50 employees to maintain affirmative action plans! This session will explore the nuts and bolts of what must be included in affirmative action plans. It also reviews some recent OFCCP enforcement trends such as class-based failure to hire and pay equity claims. The focus is on how community banks can take proactive steps to avoid the significant liability that compliance issues pose in these areas.

Group Case Study

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

AI: It Will Affect You Soon if It Hasn't Already

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Joe Lazzarotti

Whether you are enhancing your recruiting process, assessing notetaking tools, assessing employee performance, or a whole host of other activity you likely have encountered some form of artificial intelligence or machine learning technology. Discuss how various AI technologies are affecting the workplace, along with emerging legal issues, practical considerations, and policy recommendations.

Group Case Study

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

New Requirements for Accommodating Religious Beliefs and Pregnancy

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Rebecca McCloskey

Last summer the Supreme Court established a new legal standard for accommodating religious beliefs in the workplace in Groff v. DeJoy. The same week, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) took effect, a federal law that requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to conditions related to pregnancy. Learn about the new legal landscape and get tips on how to navigate both types of accommodation.

Thursday, June 13
Investigating Employee Complaints to Avoid or Prevail in Litigation

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Presented by Rebecca McCloskey

One of the most stressful and time sensitive responsibilities of a good human resources department is to investigate employee complaints and respond promptly and correctly. A good investigation can help you avoid litigation or set you up to successfully defend a claim in litigation. Discuss strategies and best practices to reach the best possible outcome.


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Handbooks: Keep Them Updated!

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Kristin Bauer

The National Labor Relations Board’s renewed interest in employee handbooks and related policies requires employers to be more vigilant than ever. Examine core policies that all institutions should include in their employee manuals, as well as those that may raise a red flag and approaches to avoid potential liability.


ICBA Member Early Bird Price (Ends May 14, 2024): $695

ICBA Members: $795

Non-Members: $895

Non-Banker* : $1,295

Bank Director Program Members: $595

Bank Director Program Non-Members: $695

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Who should attend: CFOs, Branch Managers, Supervisors , anyone with Human Resources responsibilities.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of human resources responsibilities.

Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Delivery Method: Group Live

CPE Credit Hours: 19

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