Agenda is in Central Standard Time (CST)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Thursday, October 14, 2021

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast + Demo

Provided by:

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Balancing Wellness & Wellbeing for a Healthy Workforce

Fred Hencke, SVP HR Consultant, Segal

Wellness and wellbeing are not the same thing. Both are important and have some overlap, yet neither can be ignored if you want to achieve a healthy workforce. This session will explore how wellbeing impacts overall wellness including the financial impacts. We will show how integrated physical and mental health strategies combined with social determinants can be used to drive better health outcomes. The session will also include some case studies, online polling and Q&A throughout the session to help you develop an action plan.

9:25 AM – 10:25 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Labor & Employment Law Under the Biden Administration – Fasten Your Seatbelts, It’s Going to Be A Bumpy Ride!

Stuart Buttrick, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The first year of the Biden Administration is going to be chock full of labor law changes (and challenges) for construction industry employers. This session will provide an up-to-date summary of the recent developments in labor and employment law in the first year of the Biden Administration, it will look into the crystal ball about other likely labor and employment law changes looming on the horizon, and provide practical tips on how union and non-union construction industry employers can adapt to satisfy them.

 

Creating a Winning Plan for Staff Training and Development

M.J. Clark, M.A., APR Integrated Leadership Systems

One of the biggest challenges in running a successful organization is ensuring an effective transfer of power to future generations. Yet, all too often, this process is undertaken without adequate planning or foresight. This lack of planning can have dire consequences for your organization’s future success. While legal and financial challenges can be intense, often the biggest challenges are the communication obstacles often inherent in this process. Ms. Clark will share with participants her extensive experience in helping companies assess talent and then coaching and training them to ensure their success in future leadership roles. They will understand how to implement more coaching conversations, address training needs, and evaluate leaders to assess future success.

10:25 AM – 10:40 AM

Break

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10:40 AM – 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

OFCCP May Be Knocking on Your Door Sooner than You Think – Be Prepared

Elizabeth B. Bradley & H. Juanita Beecher, Fortney Scott LLC

A new infrastructure bill is on the horizon. Historically, big money appropriations to the construction industry leads to increased audit activity. Compliance Reviews under OFCCP Director Jenny Yang will be broad and will dig deep. OFCCP is continuing to move through the 2020 Construction Contractor Scheduling List. Meanwhile, the agency is seeking approval for a new and more expansive construction scheduling letter which include requiring the submission of pay data. This session will break down OFCCP’s updated Technical Assistance Guidance (TAG) and the pending scheduling letter to provide practical legal strategies to ensure that your workplace is ready for OFCCP’s heighten focus and scrutiny.

 

How Much Leave Is Too Much Leave, Legally Speaking?

J. Shannon Gatlin, Cokinos | Young

Leave issues are some of the most challenging ones HR can face, and they are becoming more difficult to navigate with every passing year. You have ADA leave, FMLA leave, and different leaves and different rules from one state to the next. This presentation will primarily focus on the considerations employers must take into account in determining when an employee may lawfully be denied leave when all traditional job-protected leave has been exhausted, as well as best practices for defending an employee termination based on the exhaustion of available leave.

 

How to Attract and Retain Great Employees

M.J. Clark, M.A., APR Integrated Leadership Systems

Attracting and keeping talented employees is the most critical activity in the long-term success of any organization.  In this interactive presentation, Ms. Clark will share what she has learned from research and 15 years of helping organizations hire and keep the best employees.  She will help audience members understand the critical components of creating a culture that empowers its employees and attracts the best talent. She will discuss the importance of the annual review and how it helps create a culture of excellence that “A” players’ demand.  Finally, she will talk about the necessity of holding accountable, and possibly terminating, problem employees that harm your culture of excellence.

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

(Repeat Session) OFCCP May Be Knocking on Your Door Sooner than You Think – Be Prepared

Elizabeth B. Bradley & H. Juanita Beecher, Fortney Scott LLC

A new infrastructure bill is on the horizon. Historically, big money appropriations to the construction industry leads to increased audit activity. Compliance Reviews under OFCCP Director Jenny Yang will be broad and will dig deep. OFCCP is continuing to move through the 2020 Construction Contractor Scheduling List. Meanwhile, the agency is seeking approval for a new and more expansive construction scheduling letter which include requiring the submission of pay data. This session will break down OFCCP’s updated Technical Assistance Guidance (TAG) and the pending scheduling letter to provide practical legal strategies to ensure that your workplace is ready for OFCCP’s heighten focus and scrutiny.

 

Costly HR Fails and How to Protect Against Them

Michael Shedek, RSM US LLP

There are hundreds of activities in the “hire to retire” space and getting any of them wrong risks cost in terms of dollars and reputation. Add to that the challenges that come in managing a workforce that is dispersed in multiple locations. This presentation will cover common and costly errors we have seen across all functional areas of HR and how HR can optimize operations to prevent these errors, while optimizing the HR function and delivering a consistent employee experience.

 

Using Actionable Data to Lower Healthcare Costs

Julie Gutenplan, Alliant

With employee retention and talent acquisition critical in today’s recruiting environment, offering a competitive benefits program is critical. However with trend averaging 7-10% annually, how can employers afford to continue to offer medical benefits that attract employees? In this session you will learn:
• How to stop reacting to insurance renewals every 12 months
• How to create a long term strategy that will provide better benefits, at a lower, more predictable costs using data
• How to measure the effectiveness of programs implemented regardless of carrier/TPA changes

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch + Federal Vaccine Mandates Session

Elizabeth B. Bradley & H. Juanita Beecher, Fortney Scott LLC

On September 9, President Biden announced a new plan to require all federal employees and federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Additionally, the plan will also require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforces are vaccinated or require weekly testing. The new plan is a significant shift from the Administration’s previous policy announced in July that required only federal employees and “onsite contractors” to be required to attest to being vaccinated or to be subject to protective measures, such as wearing a mask and regular testing.

Fundamental questions remain unanswered, including who will bear the cost of testing, who will maintain records of vaccinations, will contractors working at multiple offices or for multiple agencies be required to report at each site. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force was set up to implement the federal contractor requirements, providing updated FAQs and other guidance.  Likewise, DOL’s OSHA is working on an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on the separate order to require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforces are vaccinated or require weekly testing. No timelines have been set for the ETS and any questions will have to wait until the ETS is released to be answered.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Diversity Wins and Pitfalls

Seniye Groff, Fortis Construction Inc.

“This session will share my lessons learned as I tried to integrate social justice and diversity initiatives in my organization.  I am by no means finished but I will share how I approached the task, the research I did and the final proposal I submitted to the leadership team.”

 

Cannabis Update – The Legalization of Marijuana and Guidance for Construction Employers in Today’s Changing Landscape

Andrew Martone, Hesse Martone

This short program will include an explanation of how various state laws and potential federal law legalizing the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis affect drug testing and safety policies and will provide guidance for construction employers in developing, administering and enforcing drug testing and safety policies in the Age of Legalized Cannabis.

2:40 PM – 3:40 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Engagement Insights

Mark Surma, STO Building Group

An overview of how the STO Building Group adopted and deployed the Gallup Engagement Survey during 2021. We explore how the organization is evolving from tracking satisfaction to measuring engagement, how this connects to results, and what unique “ah-ha moments” were discovered during the process. Lastly, action plans and next steps to developing a world class place-to-work are also discussed.

 

Connecting with Your Crew (Spanish Language Insights)

Eli Embleton and Abel Luna, Zachry Construction Company

The construction industry has the largest gap between skilled workers who speak Spanish and their managers. Projections say that this gap will only get wider. Implementing creative, construction and HR specific, language training builds a bridge to close that gap. Culturally relevant language training solves communication-based safety issues, improves leadership skills, and connects teams in a powerful way. This presentation will demonstrate how we’re closing the language gap. We’ll play a game (live) with the audience, and show how this game has brought long term engagement to our language learning program where past efforts have fallen flat. We need to solve language frustrations with bold ideas. We’ll show you how our HR team is leading the charge, incorporate language learning into our corporate culture, and having a good time doing it.

3:40 PM – 3:55 PM

Break

Bridgit Logo

3:55 PM – 4:55 PM

Overcoming the Workforce Shortage – Moving Beyond Recruiting

Panel Discussion – Moderated by Bryan May, Arcoro

Panelists:

  • Sarah Eubanks, Talent Acquisition & Development Specialist, Walsh Construction Co.
  • Laura Cataldo, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly US, LLP
  • Seniye Groff, Director of Training and People Practices, Fortis Construction Inc.
  • Denise Haaser, Corporate Director of HR, Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.

The pandemic has further exasperated the workforce shortage and remains the #1 concern of construction companies today. Hiring the right people with the right skills, to efficiently complete upcoming projects and grow your business (especially in a Covid era) continues to be a strategic balancing act.

In the quickly changing construction environment, companies must adapt and innovate. It’s become crucial for companies to attract and develop the skills needed to meet future company growth goals.

Join this session to hear from a panel of 4 senior construction company leaders about how HR and training strategy is not only contributing to but also powering their company’s success in 2021 and beyond.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

Friday, October 15, 2021

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast & Demo: NCCER – What’s New?

Provided by:

Presented by: Cathy Tyler, NCCER Director of Workforce Development, Accreditation and Customer Service + James Busch, NCCER Senior Workforce Development Manager

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

We Aren’t THAT Bad: Findings from the 2021 People in Construction Survey 

Wally Adamchik, FireStarter Speaking and Consulting

What do nearly 500 industry professionals have to say about the state of the industry when it comes to leadership and culture? This data-laden session will share key findings from the 2021 People In Construction Report to enable participants to benchmark their own culture and then compare to best in class. We already know there is a labor shortage, but do we know the keys to improved retention, increased productivity and a better bottom-line when it comes to culture? Sadly, the field-office chasm is getting bigger, safety is not as good as we think and change initiatives often fail. These are a few of the challenging facts we must deal with today. This session will give keys to solving these issues.

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Economic Outlook: Workforce, Materials, and Supply-Chain Challenges

Ken Simonson, AGC of America

While demand for construction has begun to increase, the industry is facing multiple challenges: worker shortages and vaccine hesitancy; cost increases and lengthening production times for materials; and supply-chain bottlenecks. AGC’s chief economist will provide updates on each of these challenges, along with his fearless forecast for the year ahead.

 

The 4 Domains of Safety Leadership: Measurable Traits that Change Everything

Shae Birkey, Caterpillar Safety Services, Caterpillar Inc.

Employees make choices every day that impact the safety of themselves and others. The most powerful influence on those choices is the leader, who must inspire safe behavior in employees through their consistent actions. After five years of research, Caterpillar statistically validated exactly what those actions are and how to measure them. To be an effective safety leader requires mastery of four core domains and fourteen elements. The most effective leaders create a strong culture of accountability; develop meaningful connectivity with those they lead; demonstrate credible safety consciousness; and build trust amongst their team. Participants will learn how to begin fostering and measuring these leadership behaviors personally and across their organization.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM – 11:10 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Embracing Mental and Behavioral Health in Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Programs

Calvin E Beyer, CSDZ, Elizabeth Haynie, The Beck Group, Dr. Lisa Desai, MindWise Innovations

Mental and behavioral health conditions are prevalent in the workforce. Mental/behavioral health conditions are traits that are invisible or not readily identifiable. Yet, stigma and bias centered on mental/behavioral health are deeply rooted and largely based on stereotypes and myths. Mental/behavioral health are not consistently addressed in diversity, equity, and inclusion (D/E/I) programs.

D/E/I programs are intended to breakdown barriers to employment, promotional, and career development opportunities for all underrepresented groups who encounter barriers. Underrepresented groups have high rates of mental and behavioral health conditions and challenges. This is relevant to the construction industry due to the high rates of mental health conditions, substance misuse, post-traumatic stress, and suicide.

AGC’s Culture of Care is an innovative platform for AGC chapters to holistically support workforce development by construction members and stakeholders. Learn intentional strategies to incorporate mental/behavioral health and suicide prevention into your company’s (or chapter’s) Culture of Care implementation.

 

Davis-Bacon Act & Federal Paid Sick Leave: How to Be in Compliance for the Construction Projects Under Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

Elizabeth B. Bradley & H. Juanita Beecher, Fortney Scott LLC

Construction projects under Biden’s Infrastructure Plan are coming…are you prepared to comply with Davis-Bacon and Federal Paid Sick Leave obligations?
The Davis-Bacon Act (“DBA”) requires most federal construction contractors to pay their laborers a prevailing wage and fringe benefits at rates set by the DOL. It is widely expected that if Biden’s proposed Infrastructure Plan is passed, the administration will use it to expand the DBA and require the use of prevailing wages on projects funded by the Infrastructure Plan. Moreover, these federal contractors will be required to comply with Federal Paid Sick Leave requirements which are in addition to the DBA . Contractors contemplating doing any work funded by Biden’s Infrastructure Plan must start now to familiarize themselves with the DBA and its requirements as well as their Paid Sick Leave obligations to ensure that they price future work properly and have the appropriate enforcement/compliance mechanisms in place.

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

Virtual Training for a Post-pandemic Workforce: Best Practices for On-Boarding and Continuing Education at Your Organization

Kassy Morris, Head of Construction Education and Employee On-Boarding, Procore

Our presentation will detail what we have learned in the process of becoming a virtual L&D organization without changing our commitment to setting the bar for world-class experience-driven employee onboarding and training. We will share how we’re using technology to foster human connection and share best practices from our virtual orientation and construction bootcamp. This presentation will also describe how we took AGC’s 40-hour Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) from a traditional course to the first-ever online version offered through AGC chapters nationwide. We conclude with describing some unexpected benefits realized in the area of inclusion and accessibility as a result of some obstacles that were removed when we entered the virtual classroom.

12:20 PM – 12:30 PM

Closing Remarks

About the Conference

AGC’s Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference is the premier education and networking destination for HR, training and workforce development professionals in the construction industry.

For Training Professionals: Stay up-to-date with the cutting-edge techniques being used in the world of training and development.

For HR Professionals: Find out whether you’re maintaining compliance with current employment laws and best practices.

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