The presentation is called Between a Rock and an HR Policy. We will walk participants through the various ethical challenges facing HR practitioners in today's unpredictable and ever-changing world. We will begin with a discussion of What is "Ethics in HR," Anyway" We will move on to talk about the importance of Ethics in HR, and ask ourselves, So" What's an HR Professional To Do? We will then walk through some common ethical issues facing us today, and finish by sharing some practical Social Media Tips/Guidelines.
Presenter: Keith Black, founder, and principal at Employment Practices Outsourcing
Keith Black is the founder and Principal at Employment Practices Outsourcing. Keith is a seasoned human resources executive, management consultant, and labor/employment law attorney. His background includes many years of multi-industry experience in employment litigation, legal compliance, HR leadership, HR design and transformation, M&A due diligence, and labor relations. Mr. Black practiced labor and employment law for prominent national law firms in San Jose, California (Littler) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Blank Rome) for eight years. In that capacity, Mr. Black represented management in all facets of labor and employment law, including equal employment opportunity and civil rights, leaves of absence and disability issues, proactive employee relations policies and practices, M&A due diligence, union-free workplace training, and conducting collective bargaining negotiations. Mr. Black then joined the legal department of Zeneca Corp. in the capacity of Employment Counsel, serving as the company's dedicated legal representative for all labor and human resources functions.
Mr. Black combined his legal and human resources expertise in working to ensure the smooth integration of HR, labor, and employment law matters following the merger of Astra and Zeneca. Keith then spent several years with AstraZeneca as a human resources Manager and Director before proposing, designing, and leading the Employment Practices functional area within the human resources department. That unit was responsible for coordinating AstraZeneca's practices and responses to issues such as performance and misconduct, harassment prevention training, policies and procedures, workplace investigations, management training, exit interviews, and employee engagement. Mr. Black moved on to serve as Vice-President of Human Resources and General Counsel for DecisionOne Corporation. In that role, Mr. Black was responsible for transforming the organization's human resources function, adapting it to the challenges and constraints facing the business, and introducing cost-effective measures which significantly impacted the bottom line.
Keith then served as Vice-President of Human Capital Consulting for Aon Consulting. In that role, Keith worked closely with Aon/s Corporate Transactions team, performing HR and labor/employment law due diligence analyses. Most recently, Mr. Black has specialized in HR transformation ? assuming HR VP and CPO roles with organizations that had no functional or effective human resources infrastructure. Mr. Black was brought on board by these organizations to assess the current state of the HR function, analyze the needs of the business (and what role human resources could and should play in meeting those needs), and design, staff, and lead an effective, responsive human resources function that was aligned to the overall business strategy of the entity. Mr. Black was named the 2017 Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year and his team was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Philadelphia HR Department of the Year Award. Mr. Black also serves as a faculty member in Villanova University's Master's Program in Human Resources Development, teaching Employment Law and Foundations of Strategic HR Management. Keith received a B.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State University and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Black is a member of the state bars of California and Pennsylvania.
HR Thursdays are presented in partnership with the LA Metro Chamber, Central Maine Human Resource Association, and the Lewiston CareerCenter and offer employers resources and tools to help gain a competitive edge. Presenters will share best practices with business owners, HR staff, and hiring managers in order to create meaningful recruitment, training, and retention strategies. HR Thursdays allow participants, whether employers of one employee or 1500, to gain the information needed to survive the labor shortage while giving tangible, and usable, tools and resources.