Human Resources Peer Group

Virtual Learning  
Wednesday, October 09, 2024 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM   iCalendar Central Standard Time

Live Streamed | May 15 and October 9, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT

The Human Resource Peer Groups are designed to provide HR officers, executives, and others overseeing HR functions within their financial institutions an opportunity to share ideas, information, and challenges with fellow human resource officers. Expect a lively, interactive, open discussion on employment issues facilitated by legal and human resource experts.

Agenda for May 15th Session

9:55 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Human Resources Outlook: How Changes Will Affect Your Bank

Paid Leave Rolled Out in Illinois and Chicago
Mandatory paid time off is official in Illinois, and the Department of Labor has issued guidance on implementation. Learn the nuances of the guidance and make sure that your bank is in compliance.

Learning Objectives Understanding of:

  • Accrual and rollover requirements
  • Notice requirements
  • Interaction with Chicago’s paid time off ordinance taking effect July 1

Key Case Law Developments
A sample of recent interesting cases and how they should inform practices under the FMLA, Title VII, and the ADA

Learning Objectives Understanding of:

  • How courts approach reasonable accommodations
  • How to ensure the bank has a strong defense to potential claims

DOL Final Rule on Independent Contractors
The DOL issued its final rule on the classification of independent contractors. We will discuss how the new rules narrow the scope of who can be an independent contractor.

Learning Objectives Review and understanding of:

  • How the U.S. DOL will evaluate the proper classification of employees vs. independent contractors
  • Enable participants to better evaluate current contractors

New Law Potpourri
In addition to paid time off, Illinois has rolled out a series of new laws that impact employers of all sizes. We will review the new laws to ensure the bank’s policies are up to date.

Learning Objectives Discussion of:

  • New Illinois and federal HR-related laws, including bereavement leave and VESSA leave
  • Effective dates and changes
  • Options for updating policies and procedures.

Ask the Lawyer!
This is your favorite game show, where you try to come up with a question that the Lawyer can’t answer! State and Federal trends in labor law? How do we monitor and evaluate remote work? What is the workplace going to look like in a few years? Do you still need all that space? How do you handle morale problems? And more!

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.       Guest Presenter

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.         Open Discussion Facilitated by DaNeal Keane, Vice President of Human Resources, Home State Bank, Crystal Lake, IL, and IBA HR Committee Chair
This interactive session provides an excellent opportunity to share ideas, information, and challenges with fellow human resource officers. Expect a lively discussion about critical employment issues.

Emily Bennett, Attorney, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC - As an active member of the Firm’s trial teams, Emily’s experience includes litigating complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts nationwide, representing clients in arbitrations, defending class actions, and advocating for employers in a broad range of employment disputes. Outside of the courtroom, Emily is well-versed in counseling employers through both day-to-day and unique employment challenges while balancing business realities with legal compliance. She regularly advises clients on issues related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful terminations, leaves of absence, internal investigations, and wage and hour compliance. Emily is committed to collaborating with clients to problem solve in an effort to reduce the expense and burden of avoidable litigation while aggressively litigating when necessary.

Human Resources Officers, Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs), HR Managers/Directors/Specialists, Talent Acquisition Managers, Compensation and Benefits Managers, Recruitment Managers, Training and Development Managers, Legal Counsel specializing in employment law, etc.


  • Network with fellow bankers, fostering professional connections and potential collaborations.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Exchange ideas, information, and challenges with fellow human resource officers, gaining insights into industry best practices and innovative HR strategies.
  • Stay Updated on HR Laws.
  • Compliance Management.
  • Access to Legal Expertise.
  • Discuss employment issues openly and collaboratively with peers, brainstorming solutions and sharing practical approaches to address HR challenges effectively within financial institutions.
  • Benefit from expert facilitation to ensure productive and meaningful discussions, guiding conversations towards actionable insights and outcomes.

Possible Discussion Topics

  • New Illinois and Federal HR-related Laws
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Employee Relations
  • Talent Acquisition and Retention
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Development and Training
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Employee Benefits and Wellness Programs
  • Legal Updates and Case Studies
  • Technology and HR Innovation
  • Employee Engagement and Recognition
  • Workforce Planning and Succession Planning

Technology Requirements

  • Have Zoom virtual meeting access
  • Interact with facilitators and all participants in a live, virtual environment
  • Actively participate in live and chat discussions
  • Have complete, working computer microphone, camera, and speakers or phone access
  • Keep cameras on for the duration of the program

Continuing Education
Pending Review

Fee Per Person
Both Sessions $300 M | $500 NM
Single Session $150 M | $250 NM

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