2023 WI Workplace
policy conference

February 16, 2023
Premier Park Hotel
Madison, WI

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Conference Description

The 2023 Wisconsin SHRM Workplace Policy Conference will provide HR professionals with an ideal forum to learn, discuss, network and engage with others on workplace policy matters, keeping employees and customers safe, advocacy topics and the latest employment law updates.

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be in writing to:
A $40 administrative fee will be charged for conference cancellations received before or on January 31, 2023.  Requests for refunds after January 31st will be denied unless there are extenuating circumstances which prevent an attendee from finding another person to attend the conference in their place.  An extenuating circumstance may include an unexpected death in the family or medical emergency.  Proof of the hardship will be required.  Changing workloads and/or staffing levels will not be considered valid reasons. These requests will be reviewed by members of the WI SHRM Executive Council, Workplace Policy Chair and the Conference Liaison Director on a case-by-case basis.


Event Pricing

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Location/Hotel Accommodations

Park Hotel - Downtown Madison

22 South Carroll Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703


For Reservations, Call: (608) 285-8000
Reservation Code: WI SHRM Employment Law Conference 2023
Click Here For Online Booking Link
Nightly Rate:
Traditional Room:  $139.00 plus tax
Deluxe Room:  $159.00 plus tax
Suite:  $199.00 plus tax
Room Block Deadline: January 25, 2023 
Hotel Cancellation Policy: Must be made 24 hours prior to the day of arrival

Conference at a Glance


Wednesday, February 15, 2023: Networking Reception

Time Description
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Networking Reception - Top of the Park | Park Hotel
Appetizers and Refreshments

Thursday, February 16, 2023: Conference Day*

Time Description
7:00 - 7:50 AM Registration / Continental Breakfast / Networking
7:50 - 8:00 AM Welcome & Opening Announcements
Erinn Stromberg, WI SHRM Legislative Director
8:00 - 12:00 PM Life Cycle Training (of an employee from hire to fire)
Presenter:  Evan M. Rosen, Principal; Jackson Lewis, P.C.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch / Networking
1:00 - 2:00 PM Legal and Employment Law Update
Presenter:  Bob Gregg, Attorney; Boardman Clark LLC
2:00 - 3:00 PM Situational Awareness Training for Critical Incidents and Active Assailants
Presenter:  Daniel M. Hanlon; The Noble Group
3:00 - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 - 4:15 PM What's New at the ERD?
Presenter:  Matthew White, Director, Bureau of Investigations, Equal Rights Division, WI Department of Workforce Development
4:15 - 4:30 PM Wrap Up and Closing
Erinn Stromberg, WI SHRM Legislative Director
*Note: Conference agenda may change without prior notice.


Featured Presenters

Featured Presenter,
Bob Gregg

Bob Gregg | Boardman Clark LLC

About the Program.  Things Change!  Some of the old issues take on new dimensions and increased liability.  Learn about the recent legislation, court decisions, some surprising developments, and Words of Caution About Employment Practices.  It is HR’s role to stay on top of the new developments.  Learn about:
  • Legislation must likely to affect you
  • Significant increase in cases and class actions and being prepared
  • Supreme Court and post-Dobbs cautions
  • Blundering into Liability
  • Newest Accommodation, FMLA and Wage and Hour Issues
  • Strangest cases
About the Speaker:  Bob Gregg, Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group at Boardman Clark LLP in Madison, Wisconsin, has been representing employers for over 30 years in all areas of employment law, including discrimination claims, wage and hour suits, FMLA, ADA, equal pay, employment contract and Unemployment Compensation cases.  He has designed the employment handbooks and effective workplace policies and procedures for numerous private and public employers.  Bob’s career has included canoe guide, carpenter, laborer, Army Sergeant, professional beer taster, social worker, educator, business owner, Equal Employment Opportunity officer, and employment relations attorney.  Bob has conducted over 3,000 management training programs throughout the United States.  He is a member of the National Speakers Association, SHRM, and a national faculty member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, and served on the Board of Directors of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.


Featured Presenter,
Evan M. Rosen
Evan M. Rosen | Jackson Lewis, P.C.

About the Program:  Studies show that active learning is better than passive learning (a classroom style program). With active learning, you problem solve, learn by doing, retain the information better and have a better understanding of the material. Ultimately, this should lead to fewer legal claims and make the claims that you do receive somewhat more defensible through good documentation practices. With that in mind, Jackson Lewis has developed an immersive, simulation-style employment law and best practices training program. Jackson Lewis has conducted simulation training nationwide for many clients and routinely receives extremely positive feedback.

Studies also show that the average cost to defend an employee lawsuit is $125,000, and the average settlement is roughly $40,000. Even though insurance somewhat mitigates the risk, not all claims are covered by insurance and employment litigation still imposes a financial obligation up to the amount of the retention, your deductible, results in increased premiums, and requires significant time and resources to defend. Effective training is one of the best ways to avoid these claims. The end goal is to leave the training with a much more thorough understanding of the law and best practices and the practical application of it to your day-to-day jobs. 

Attendees will be divided into small groups and will engage in problem solving through real-life situations as they arise. The scenarios are realistic and include colorful characters, with each scenario building on the prior one. After every few scenarios, we will meet as a big group and review and learn from each group’s responses, and then discuss best practices, policies, and the law with a PowerPoint that follows along with the scenarios. 

The training will cover the “Life Cycle” of an employee from hire to fire. It will address many of the issues that result in litigation that traditional training programs leave out. For example, managers and staff may be confronted with an employee who complains about sexual harassment, or they may be required to evaluate two candidates to determine who to hire, or they may be required in real time to draft a written warning for an employee who gets into an altercation. The scenarios are highly customized for the present audience/attendees.   

Jackson Lewis is confident the attendees will find it very informative, helpful, practical, a good team building exercise, and fun! The goal is to educate and give you the tools to use, learn when to use Human Resources as a resource, how to protect against poor decisions, and ultimately empower you to effectively and legally manage your employees. 

About the Speaker:  Evan Rosen is a Principal in the Atlanta office of Jackson Lewis, P.C.  He is a labor & employment litigator and counselor who is committed to the maxim, “don’t tell me what I can’t do, tell me how I can legally do want I want to do.”  He approaches the law from a compliance and liability perspective, but is also keenly sensitive to the business realities facing companies.  

Evan has been recognized nationally for his expertise by The Best Lawyers in America for the past five years in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Evan’s practice is largely centered on the representation of large and small temporary staffing companies throughout the country, and regularly works with the Jackson Lewis offices in Milwaukee and Madison.  He comes by the staffing industry naturally, having worked as a temporary employee while in college and having supervised temporary employees earlier in his career.

Evan’s staffing expertise includes:

  • Served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Staffing Association for the past ten years.
  • Presented at every Annual Legislative Day for the Georgia Staffing Association for the past eleven years.
  • Featured as a keynote speaker for annual conferences of the National Independent Staffing Association in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Participated as a member of the American Staffing Association, and served as a speaker at its annual Legal Conference.
  • Serves as a founding and leading member of Jackson Lewis’ Staffing and Independent Workforce Practice Group.
  • Represents dozens of staffing companies on a national, regional and local basis

Evan works with staffing companies nationwide on a variety of issues.  His practice encompasses five key areas:
  1. Defending companies against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage hour, breach of contract, Fair Credit Reporting Act, non-compete, and wrongful termination administrative charges and lawsuits.
  1. Counseling companies on a wide range of employment policies and practices, including for example, hiring, background checks, discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation under the ADA, wage and hour issues and other workplace policies.  Evan is a pioneer in creating and conducting simulation-based training programs for executives, HR professionals, branch managers, sales representatives and recruiters, which has received high accolades from participates.
  1. Drafting agreements and policies, such as employment agreements, separation agreements, employee handbooks, independent contractor agreements, purchase and sale agreements, staffing service agreements, master service agreements, and other employment policies.
  1. Helping companies manage their relationship with unions by working to keep companies union-free, spearheading the defense of union election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, grievance and arbitration defense, and defending companies against unfair labor practice charges and grievances.
Evan is originally from New Jersey, and his wife is a good Georgia Bulldawg, with whom he has two wonderful children.   He is an avid student of history, enjoys Robert Jordan novels, soccer and baseball.

Featured Presenter,
Daniel M. Hanlon
Daniel M. Hanlon |  The Noble Group

About the Program: Dan will present his program Situational Awareness Training for Critial Incidents and Active Assailants.

About the SpeakerFollowing a 30-year career in Law Enforcement and having trained thousands of individuals in schools, churches, and businesses, Dan brings a passion and deep understanding for enhancing the safety and security of people in all industries and organizations. With businesses facing increased risk from workplace violence, it is essential to plan and train for critical incidents. With decades of practical experience in responding to unending incidents concerning the use of drugs and violence daily, Dan offers unique insight and a comprehensive knowledge of what is necessary to mitigate risk. This includes an analysis of current physical security measures, access control, policy, and protocol. Additionally, employees are provided training in both response protocol and reality-based scenarios uniquely defined for their workplace.

Featured Presenter,
Matthew White
Matthew White | WI Dept of Workforce Development

About the Program: What's new at the Equal Rights Divison and a question-answer session related to the laws we enforce and our procedures.

About the Speaker: Matthew White is the Director of the Investigations Bureau of the Equal Rights Division of Wisconsin, where the state handles complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, among others. Prior to being Director, Matt worked for the Division as a Civil Rights investigator and for the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards as a Policy Analyst. Matt graduated cum laude, order of the coif from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006, focusing his studies on administrative and employment law.

Contact Information


Jay Stephany, SHRM-SCP, PHR
Legislative Director

Term start:  1/1/2024


Jay Stephany is an HR Generalist at Network Health in Menasha, WI.  Network Health offers services to employers of all sizes, Medicare Advantage plans and individual and family health insurance services in 23 counties throughout Wisconsin.  Previous work experience includes Plexus as the Manager of Talent Acquisition, Goodwill NCW as the Senior Seeker of Talent, and Dunham Express as an HR Generalist.
Jay received a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  As a volunteer leader, Jay has been an active member with SHRM; both as a District Director for WISHRM and with Fox Valley SHRM (FVSHRM), serving in the positions of VP of Programming and Chapter President.


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