There is still time to register for AGC’s 2012 HR Professionals Conference, Training, Education & Development (TED) Conference, and Federal Construction HR Workshop, but the hotel discount ends Friday, Sept. 14, so act fast. Room rates are just $119 per night.
Both conferences will take place at the St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, with the TED Conference beginning on Oct. 15, lasting to midday on Oct. 16, and the HR Professionals Conference beginning on the morning of Oct. 16, and concluding at noon on Oct. 17. There will be one joint session on the morning of Oct. 16 with a keynote address by Joe Gerstandt on Putting Authenticity, Integrity and Daring to Work. Both conferences offer unique opportunities for HR, training and workforce development professionals in the construction industry.
The TED Conference will open with an interesting session called “Training is for Dogs” where attendees will learn how to use the latest neuroscience and learning technologies to create true behavioral change. The Conference will also offer sessions on informal learning, using social media to extend the classroom to the field, and more. Construction industry training and HR expert Kris Talynn of Okland Construction will share best practices for developing effective job aids as well as tips for diagnosing the root causes and possible solutions for performance problems in the workplace. Expected to be a highlight of the TED Conference is a panel session called “Creatively Filling the Gap.” During this session, Todd Hess of Todd Hess Building, Laura Cataldo of AGC of Wisconsin, Katie Igoe of Turner Construction, and Ron Kubitz of Brayman Construction will share best practices for developing and recruiting the construction industry’s future workforce.
On the opening day of the HR Professionals Conference, Paul Samuels, executive vice president for Kimmel & Associates, will share the results of a study on the upcoming shortage of construction project managers and supervisors and how contractors can get prepared. Other sessions for the HR Professionals Conference will address issues related to background checks and pre-employment screening, employment law changes that affect construction, managing a construction company crisis, conflict management, creating a talent development program, conducting a comprehensive self-audit, and more. There will also be engaging roundtable sessions for peer-to-peer learning on how to thrive in an HR department of one, partnering with AGC chapters on local and state matters, making 360 evaluations work, and more.
Back by popular demand is the Federal Construction HR Workshop, which will be held the afternoon of Oct. 17 and the morning of Oct. 18, directly after the HR Professionals Conference. This workshop is designed to help staff responsible for compliance on federal and federally assisted projects by providing practical information and best-practice advice from experts and peers experienced in the area. Attorney and former administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL), Tammy McCutchen, will kick off the Workshop with a session to help attendees understand and respond to DOL’s “attack” on the construction industry. Immediately following the opening session, attendees will focus on issues related to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Attendees will get a view inside of an OFCCP audit, as well as hear how one construction company became one of the top veteran recruiters in the country. Attendees will also learn tips for meeting recruitment goals for women in construction.
Day two of the workshop focuses solely on the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. Tamika Carter of AGC will open the second day encouraging contractors to “get involved” and affect Davis-Bacon wage rates. Then, attorney David Fortney of Fortney & Scott, LLP, will share the details and outcome of recent Davis-Bacon-related cases that contractors should be aware of, including penalties and contractors’ rights. The workshop will close with author of AGC’s Davis-Bacon Compliance Manual for Federal and Federally Assisted Construction, Deborah Wilder, demonstrating the best ways to calculate lodging and travel time, fringe benefits rates, overtime, and how to accurately complete the certified payroll form. Attendees can register for this workshop alone or in conjunction with the HR Professionals Conference to receive a special discount.
In addition to the valuable learning opportunities each conference will present, participants will be eligible for the following HR Certification Institute (HRCI) credits: TED, 8.25; HR, 11.00; and federal workshop, 7.50.
Find complete session descriptions, schedule, registration, and hotel information at www.agc.org/HR_TED.