With over 30 workshops to choose from, the Annual Conference is the best place for staff of all levels of experience to connect with colleagues from around the state while engaging in quality professional development opportunities. The Human Resources Section educational track offers industry professionals the opportunity to immerse themselves in human resources topics tailored to meet the needs of agency professionals. The track kicks off with "HIPAA - How the Changes Impact Your Organization," a workshop designed to provide an overview of the significant changes made by new HIPAA rules which became effective in 2013. Participants will review changes to privacy notices, routine audits and increased enforcement along with tips about what to do if your agency is not in compliance.
The afternoon workshop offering features a presentation about wage and hour laws, designed to help human resources professionals navigate wage and hour compliance and other key concepts. The afternoon concludes with "Security Essentials," a session designed to help agency staff improve internal and external IT security and develop applicable IT policies.
The final day of Conference offers two great morning workshops on employee substance abuse policies and performance measures. "Can I Smoke Crack on my Break? Understanding the Neurology of Employee Substance Abuse & Drafting a Proper Substance Abuse Policy" will tackle tough issues including how managers should identify and document reasonable suspicion and what employers should do about prescription drug abuse. "Performance Measures: Understanding Their Importance in Today's Health Care World" is a part of the Meridian Health Services Dual-Diagnosis Track. Join Dr. Eileen Elias to learn more about how performance measures can impact a provider's services in an ever-changing health care environment.
Lastly, Human Resources Section members are encouraged to take part in "Coaching the Hypersensitive Employee," where they will learn tips and techniques to deal with hypersensitive team members and nurture a positive work environment.