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Human Resources & Risk and Safety

Conference registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor.

Advance registration for the conference closed on Feb. 7, 2018. You are still able to register on-site at the ARIA Resort & Casino at the same price point as advanced registration.
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About

Network with restaurant human resources and risk and safety professionals who face the same challenges, and share on-target, specialized experiences. What better way to discover best practices, solutions to stubborn problems, or opportunities for advancement than from restaurant leaders in your field?

Our Human Resources & Risk and Safety Executive Study Group delivers information essential to your daily workload and long-term career. Whether you need new training tactics or information about employee benefits, regulations, smarter coverage or risk reduction, this group is your window into what fellow restaurant industry leaders are doing and which strategies work best.

Presentations

Click here to view the 2017 Speaker Presentations

You will need a username & password to access the presentations. To receive a username & password, please email meetings@restaurant.org. Presentations are only open to past Human Resources & Risk and Safety conference attendees.

Listserv

As an added value for our members, both Human Resources & Risk and Safety have separate Listservs. These Listservs are an effective way to ask colleagues questions, share news, and contribute to discussions on issues important to your field. To be eligible, you must work full-time in the field of human resources or risk and safety for a company that is a restaurant member of the National Restaurant Association. Click here to subscribe.

Once you join the list, simply send Human Resources email messages to humanresources@lists.restaurant.org and Risk and Safety email messages to rsm@lists.restaurant.org. Your message goes to everyone who is subscribed to the list.

Can I view past messages?
Yes. For Human Resources, click here to visit our archives. For Risk and Safety, click here to visit our archives. Registered members of the Listserv can read or search past messages. You can also change the settings of your account.

How do I unsubscribe?
To leave the Human Resources email list, send a message to hr-unsubscribe@lists.restaurant.org. To leave the Risk and Safety email list, send a message to rsm-unsubscribe@lists.restaurant.orgBe sure to send this message from the email address you want to remove from the list.

Agenda

Joint sessions will be in the Juniper Ballroom 4 (Level 3). Meals and networking breaks will be in the Juniper Ballroom 3 (Level 3), unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration and Sponsor Exhibits Open
   
Noon - 1 p.m. Opening Lunch
   
1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m. JOINT SESSION: LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK - A REWIND OF 2017 AND PREVIEW OF 2018
 

         
2017 was a very busy legislative year at the federal, state, and local levels across the country. With 2018 being an election year, we can expect more legislative action in the coming weeks and months. In this session, two of the National Restaurant Association's public affairs experts will provide an overview of 2017 and a preview of 2018 to help your brand prepare for legislative and regulatory challenges and opportunities of all kinds. 

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. JOINT SESSION: THE OPIOID CRISIS: A DISCUSSION OF THE CRISIS AND RESOURCES FOR RESTAURANT OPERATORS
              
Addiction has been a persistent problem in the restaurant industry and the opioid crisis has made the menu of drugs more lethal than ever, commanding fresh attention. Until recently, there weren't many resources to help restaurant industry professionals with substance abuse. In this session, you'll hear from experts on the resources available and how you can help.
   
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
   
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  HUMAN RESOURCES: RECRUITING MYTHS AND TRENDS FOR 2018 AND BEYOND

Adopting smart talent aquisition and new recruiting technologies are keys to successful company growth. Hear new trends and advancements in recruiting strategies, insight to help build your brand, emerging technologies to connect with critical talent and proven techniques to help you stand out from your competitors.

RISK: GET YOUR TEAM TO BUY IN TO EFFECTIVE FOOD & BEVERAGE SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAMS

Training your staff is often considered a "necessary evil", but certain strategies and programs can allow you to get your team's buy-in and commitment. Learn how to implement a program that is cost-effective, builds a collaborative working environment that leads to productivity, less turnover and job satisfaction for everyone. Start to understand how quality training not only keeps you in compliance, but can be a tool that makes your organization a success.
   
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  HUMAN RESOURCES: HEALTHCARE POLICY UPDATE: CURRENT STATE OF PLAY AND WHAT TO EXPECT GOING FORWARD

This presentation will focus on the current status of healthcare reform, the upcoming elections and UnitedHealth Group's thought leadership around the next steps for healthcare reform.

RISK: RESTAURANT DELIVERY: ENSURING YOUR BRAND IS PROPERLY COVERED AND PREPARED
Restaurant delivery is one of the hottest trends in the industry and offers incredible revenue opportunities for brands of all varieties. However, whether a brand handles delivery in-house or outsources to a third party, restaurant delivery has major risks. In this panel, we will examine different aspects of risk associated with restaurant delivery and provide best practices to help your brand nagivate delivery.
   
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Location: Pinyon Ballroom 7 & 8 (Level 1)

Wednesday, Feb. 21

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open
   
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Sponsor Introductions
   
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Speaker: Stewart Patchefsky, Executive Director, Food & Beverage, ARIA Resort & Casino
   
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
   
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
  HUMAN RESOURCES: FINDING AND KEEPING GREAT EMPLOYEES IN A TIGHT LABOR MARKET
Recruiting and retaining top talent are two of the greatest challenges facing restaurant operators of all sizes across the country. In this panel, you'll hear tips & best practices from several restaurant industry experts who will share their insights on the latest trends and cutting edge innovations.
RISK: RESTAURANT INDUSTRY BENCHMARK STUDY: CREATE A DATA STRATEGY AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Marsh will review key results of the annual Restaurant Industry Benchmark Study. Whistle will share the hands-on applicability and practices of the workers compensation, along with general liability findings which include Best Practice Survey results and workers compensation industry metrics and trends. We will review the impact of losses on operations as related to both workers comp and general liability, along with leveraging the results and using the peer benchmarking to create a data strategy and return on investment.
   
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. JOINT SESSION - COLLABORATING ON FOOD SAFETY ACROSS AN ORGANIZATION
 
With highly publicized and costly food recalls on the rise, 48 million Americans are sickened annually with a foodborne illness. Heightened regulatory oversight and new restaurant culinary trends are emerging and how your restaurant assesses and manages their food safety risk is more critical than ever. One of the most proactive ways to reduce those risks is implementing and improving a food safety culture that spans throughout the organization. Miller will share examples of food safety risks restaurants face as well as specific tools that can be used to reduce your risk and increase your commitment to food safety.
   
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. WORKING LUNCH - IMPROVING RECRUITING RESULTS WITH CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE
 
The biggest issue facing the industry today is finding, retaining and developing talent. The 21st workforce is more diverse, more multicultural and multigenerational than ever before. In order to be successful and attract top candidates, companies need to employ relevant culturally responsive strategies and tactics. What works in the suburbs and rural markets may not work in diversity rich urban centers. MFHA created this session to equip you with knowledge, insights, and strategies necessary to effectively engage multicultural communities.
   
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
   
  HUMAN RESOURCES: IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Incread immigration enforcement action and a reduction in illegal entry into the United States remain among the Trump administration's highest priorities. Notably, the administration has stipulated that it will order an increase of its worksite enforcement actions by "four or five times" in the new fiscal year. As immigration enforcement and removal efforts continue to rise, it is increasingly important that employers take serious measures to implement immigration compliance programs and procedures in compliance with both state and federal immigration laws. Lopez will share planning techniques to help employers limit liability and protect from what could be the dire consequences of an ICE audit or raid.

RISK: RESTAURANT DELIVERY: KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
Restaurant delivery is one of the hottest trends in the industry and offers revenue opportunities for brands of all varieties. However, whether you use in-house delivery staff or outsource it to a third party, restaurant delivery has major risks. This panel will examine various risks associated with restaurant delivery and share best practices.
   
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  HUMAN RESOURCES: RESTRICTIVE SCHEDULING REGULATIONS: OPERATOR LESSONS FROM SEATTLE

Restauranteurs have faced a variety of operational challenges during the last few years, but one of the biggest challenges may still be to come: the widespread adoption of restrictive scheduling laws. Learn about the new, how to advocate for your business and influence local restrictive scheduling outcomes in your favor. Plus, discover best practices to accommodate these laws if they are enacted in your area.

RISK: UP IN SMOKE: WHAT MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION MEANS FOR EMPLOYERS

Although the use of marijuana is still illegal under federal law, many states are legalizing the sale and use for medical and recreational purposes. This has a big impact on employers throughout the country and poses many questions. Moore will share an overview of the changes we are seeing under the Trump administration and what we expect going forward, as well as learning the status of the law regarding accommodating medical marijuana and recommendations for handling positive marijuana drug tests, and what changes, if any, they must make to their workplace drug policies.
   
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
   
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
HUMAN RESOURCES

Moderators:
Marcus Crider, Partner, Waller Lansden
Stanley Graham, Partner, Waller Lansden

RISK
Moderator: Mike Keeler, Restaurant Safety Strategist
   
6 p.m. Group Dinner
Location: Cucina by Wolfgang Puck, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South (Next to the ARIA Resort & Casino)

Located inside The Shops at Crystals, Cucina by Wolfgang Puck offers an inviting atmosphere with a bird's-eye view of the dazzling retail destination. Cucina's menu showcases rustic Italian favorites including antipasti, salads, Wolfgang's famed pizzas, house-made pastas, and a variety of other entrees.

Thursday, Feb. 22

7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Breakfast
   
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Business Meeting (operators only)
   
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. JOINT SESSION - PREVENTING HARASSMENT IN YOUR RESTAURANT
 
Over the past year, harassment has been one of the most prevelant topics in the media and national dialogue in general. In this panel discussion, our experts examine the legal and training tools that are essential to creating a harassment free culture that protects your employees and business. 
   
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  HUMAN RESOURCES: DON'T LET WAGE & HOUR ISSUES EAT YOUR LUNCH: PAY PEOPLE CORRECTLY AND KEEP THE LAWYERS AND DOL AWAY

In this session, DeCamp, Co-Chair of the National Wage and Hour Practice Group at Epstein, Becker & Green and the former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, will discuss the most common ways that table service and quick service establishments run afoul from the wage and hour laws, as well as what you can do to button up your policies and practices to reduce your risk of a claim. Hear the latest developments regarding tip pooling, litigation over sidework, preparing for the upcoming revisions to the federal overtime exception standards, and how changes in federal enforcement practices under the current Administration may pave the way for less adversarial relationships between the industry and the Department of Labor.

RISK: PREDICTING REDUCTIONS IN BACK INJURY RATE
Speakers:
George Brogmus, Technical Director, Commercial Insurance Risk Control Services, Liberty Mutal
Jaime Guzman, Safety Manager, Rubio's Coastal Grill
Risk assessment manuals and materials such as the revised NIOSH Lifting equation, can be confusing and hard to understand. Fortunately, quality research has been done to help translate obscure metrics to something we can all understand and apply in a restaurant setting. Learn the background and functionality of a new tool to analyze manual material-handling injury risk. 
   
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
   
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
HUMAN RESOURCES

Moderator: Jamie Griffin, President, Good Workforce, LLC
RISK
   
11:45 a.m. - Noon Closing Remarks
   
Noon - 1 p.m. Closing Lunch
  Location: Juniper Ballroom 3 (Level 3)

*Agenda topics and speakers are subject to change without notice.

Pricing

National Restaurant Association Member* National Restaurant Association Non-Member
$399 $799

*National Restaurant Association members are entitled to discount registration. Eligible members must complete registration with the email address listed in their member record. To verify your membership, contact membership@restaurant.org

Operator Cancellation PolicyCancellations received by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 will be fully refunded. Any cancellations between Dec. 2, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2018 will be assessed a 50% administration fee. Cancellations after Jan. 12, 2018 will not receive a refund. For more information, contact nrameetings@restaurant.org.

Host Hotel


 

ARIA RESORT & CASINO
3730 S Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89158

Airline Discounts

United and Delta offer discounts up to 10% off published fares based on booking class for Human Resources & Risk and Safety conference attendees.

United
To save, book online at 
United.com/meetingtravel. Enter ZZ3J730597 in the Offer Code box. Make sure LAS is entered as the airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between Feb. 17-25, 2018.

Delta
To save, book online here. The Group code is NMRLY. Make sure LAS is entered as your destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between February 17-25, 2018. You may also call Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT.


Sponsorship

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors

                     


Questions?

For questions regarding the Human Resources & Risk and Safety Executive Study Group, contact NRA's subject matter expert, Mike Whatley, at mwhatley@restaurant.org

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