october 2022

wed26oct(oct 26)2:00 pmthu27(oct 27)3:30 pm2022 Human Resources & Accounting Conference

Event Details

ABC of Wisconsin’s annual HR & Accounting Conference and trade show – built for HR and accounting professionals in the construction industry – returns to Wisconsin Dells for 2022! Join us Oct. 26-27 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center for two days of professional development, inspiration and networking.

Conference Registration Fees

  • $149 per person from an ABC of Wisconsin firm
  • $119 for each additional person from the same firm
  • $299 for non-members

Hotel Information

Take advantage of ABC’s special room rate of $119.99 at Glacier Canyon Lodge & Convention Center. Call 1-800-867-9453 by Sept. 26 and reference Reference Group #927559.


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • 10/26/2022
    • 2:00pm Registration / Welcome2:00pm - 3:00pmJoin us for the Early Bird Sessions! Come early for three great sessions, stick around for an evening of networking with peers and exhibitors.

    • 3:00pm HR Boot Camp: Welcome to HR3:00pm - 4:30pmThis session will provide an overview of the Wisconsin and Federal employment laws that all HR professionals need to know and dispel some misconceptions regarding laws that many think exist but do not. The discussion will include an overview of wage and hour law and dealing with harassment in the workplace. We will also discuss the nature of “at-will” employment and best practices when interviewing candidates and extending employment offers.Speakers: Sam Mitchell

    • 3:00pm Auditing Your Employee Handbook Relative to New Developments in Labor & Employment Legislation and Case Law3:00pm - 4:30pmRecent developments at the federal and state level mandate that we give a serious reading to the language contained in our existing employee handbooks – e.g. employee classifications, drug and alcohol testing, etc. In some instances, the language of your current policy may invite issues, such that it should be modified. In other instances, a policy should be added (or deleted). And then how to message these changes to your employees? We will also examine your most frequently referenced policies – e.g. progressive discipline; social media; workplace violence and searches, etc. Although not mandatory, attendees are encouraged to bring their own employee handbooks.Speakers: Miriam Horwitz

    • 4:30pm Break with Exhibitors4:30pm - 5:00pmMeet exhibitors and chat with your colleagues during this networking break.

    • 5:00pm Legal Update: Significant Cases & Developments in 20225:00pm - 6:30pmStaying current on all the new legal developments can be overwhelming. But, minimizing risk is something all employers want to do. Come find out about new laws, regulations, and significant court and administrative agency decisions from the past year so you can prepare for the future and keep yourself out of trouble. Speakers: Doug Witte, Mark Johnson, Sam Mitchell

    • 6:30pm Social with Exhibitors6:30pm - 9:00pmEnjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and chat with exhibitors and colleagues during this evening social.

    • 10/27/2022
    • 7:00am Registration, Breakfast, Welcome, and Announcements7:00am - 8:00amStart the day off with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and check out our 15 human resources and 8 accounting sessions.

    • 8:00am Benefit Statements8:00am - 9:00amIn today’s labor market what can I do to help my employees understand the value working for me has to them and their family. A benefit statement is a personal summary of an employee's benefits, including an estimate of the cost to provide those benefits. It highlights the value the employee receives from the company over and above the regular paycheck. This session will assist you in calculating your total compensation package for your employees and then how to present the statement to your employees.Speakers: Andrew Kaehny, Jenna Oliver

    • 8:00am Job Interviewing Tips8:00am - 9:00amWith the continued war for talent in a scarce labor market, employers sometimes lose sight of important HR practices that can both hurt them in finding suitable employees and may put them at risk. This session will review the purpose and goal of employment interviews, discuss the preparation you should do before the interview, review some problem areas to avoid or how to navigate them if they come up during the interview, and provide some post-interview pointers. Not only will this session provide some legal guidance to make sure you are avoiding trouble, but you will get some practical advice about what does or does not work in the industry.Speakers: Doug Witte, Nicole Frank

    • 8:00am Do I need to comply with DOT requirements?8:00am - 9:00amThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) are the DOT rules which regulate vehicles on the roadway. Much confusion exists about complying with FMCSR. This session will provide an overview of the FMCSR (DOT) regulations including who needs to comply, who needs a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and a summary of key regulations.Speakers: Mike Yonka

    • 8:00am Financial Statement Impact of The New Leasing Standard under GAAP8:00am - 9:00amThis presentation will discuss the new leasing standard under GAAP that goes into effect for most private companies starting in 2022. The financial statement impacts may be significant for companies, and those impacts should be understood in advance of year end. We will discuss what the major changes are from existing GAAP, what impacts the users of the financial statements may see, and what conversations should be started today with those users.Speakers: Adam Mueller, Preston Tomlinson

    • 8:00am Job Costing – Back to the Basics 8:00am - 9:00amWhether you are new to Job Cost, or about to embark on a quest for a job costing software, this session will prepare you with the basics of job costing. Learn about how to sort and categorize costs, measuring costs against budget and industry norms, and options that your company can explore if you are looking to track costs by job. Speakers: Denita Schreier

    • 9:00am Break with Exhibitors9:00am - 9:30amEnjoy refreshments and visit with exhibitors in the trade show.

    • 9:30am Magnetic Leadership: How to Attract, Lead & Retain Extraordinary People9:30am - 10:30amLearn to lead not simply by your title, but from a position of natural influence. Because people don't follow companies, they follow people. In this session you'll gain strategies that'll help you confidently lead in a magnetic fashion that will empower you to attract, develop and retain an extraordinary team.Speakers: Julie McCarthy

    • 9:30am Handling Difficult People9:30am - 10:30amAre you ready to master tough conversations? The ones that typically cause you to blow up or avoid. If so, this session about handing difficult people is for you!Speakers: Tina Nazier

    • 9:30am HR Department of One9:30am - 10:30amAs the world of work continues to evolve, these changes have an increasing pressure on HR teams of one. This session is designed to discuss trends and best practices in employee benefits, compensation and compliance related items.Speakers: Mike Johnson

    • 9:30am Financial Reporting Opportunities: Software Matters9:30am - 10:30amContractors have specific reporting needs that can be met easily with the appropriate financial reporting software. Wondering which is the best option for your business or if you are reporting on the right information? This session will discuss the best software solutions for your industry as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each option. There are many options for customized reporting to make your monthly/yearly reporting efficient. Interact with experts who use each software. They will discuss Quickbooks, Masterbuilder (Safe 100) and Intacct. Speakers: Jack Clapham, Nancy Mehlberg

    • 9:30am Change Orders – Best Practices 9:30am - 10:30amCome to this session to hear from two CFO’s on change order best practices from both the subcontractor and general contractor perspective. Lessons learned will be shared as we navigate techniques to make sure you don’t have a profit fade from scope adjustments throughout a project. Take away tips to apply to your company’s policies and procedures.Speakers: Andrew Kaehny, Denita Schreier

    • 10:30am Break with Exhibitors10:30am - 11:00amEnjoy refreshments and visit with exhibitors in the trade show.

    • 11:00am Responding to Employee Concerns; Creating a Supervisor’s Playbook to Stay in Bounds and Out of Penalty11:00am - 12:00pmYour supervisors are the first line of defense when workplace issues arise. This includes responding to discrimination, harassment, safety or health, fraud waste or abuse, working conditions, and a wide range of other issues. In this session, we will discuss strategies to ensure your supervisory team responds to issues in a consistent and reliable way, quickly identifying issues so that they can be resolved in compliance with legal obligations which promotes employee satisfaction and reduces litigation risk. This session will conclude with “HR Jeopardy” where you can practice your new-found skills and win “fabulous prizes.”Speakers: Bob Sanders

    • 11:00am Union Organizing in 2022 – Generation Z Makes its Mark11:00am - 12:00pmUnion membership levels across the country are reaching their highest levels in years due to a combination of factors, including favorable federal policies, worker shortages and an increased trend toward social activism. This presentation will update participants on recent organizing trends and changes in labor law direction, while identifying key decision points for employers interested in union topics. Speakers: Dan Barker

    • 11:00am Stay Interviews11:00am - 12:00pmAccording to recent Gallup surveys, most turnover is avoidable. In fact, 52% of voluntarily exiting employees say their organization could have done something to prevent them from leaving. One of the best ways to keep your star players is by having stay conversations. These talks reveal risk factors for turnover and show top talent that you truly care. Join this session to learn what they are, how to have them, and the far-reaching benefits. Don’t wait for signs of trouble; learn what can be done to proactively retain talent.Speakers: Jenna Bidwell

    • 11:00am Building and Maintaining a Financially Strong Business11:00am - 12:00pmJoin John Folsom, CPA and Dan Bergs, CPA as they discuss best practices to ensure your business is poised to foster and maintain healthy growth. In this session, attendees will learn how to assess the overall health of their businesses both financially and operationally so they can begin to “work on their business, not just in their business.” Each attendee will evaluate their business from a high-level and identify key areas for improvement. Topics covered will include: • Understanding key performance indicators (KPIs) and ratios • Budgeting • Fraud prevention and protection • Building value • And more! Speakers: Dan Bergs, John Folsom

    • 12:00pm Keynote Luncheon: Building Blocks of Character and The Tricycle Effect 12:00pm - 1:00pmThis keynote is a multimedia presentation designed to "coach" the audience on the character building blocks necessary in “The Tricycle Effect” to be more significant in life by being more productive and successful leading with character first. This presentation will inspire you to grow personally as leaders and transform your company culture.Speakers: Dane Deutsch

    • 1:00pm Compensation in a Post Pandemic World1:00pm - 2:00pmCompensation strategies and approaches have not been immune from the impact of the pandemic. The challenges finding capable field, professional and leadership people is as challenging as ever. This session will identify the most effective techniques to help an organization attract, retain and motivate employees in this new atmosphere. We will explore the latest impacts on base, premiums and incentives so they are delivered in a way that reinforces the organization’s desired strategy and work environment. This will include the latest data and approaches so an organization can remain competitive in the talent marketplace. Speakers: Kevin Paulsen

    • 1:00pm Mental Health: Creating a Stigma-Free Workplace Training 1:00pm - 2:00pmMental health impacts millions of individuals each year. While the prevalence of mental health is high, negative attitudes and stigma related to mental health are still pervasive. That stigma, along with other factors such as negative past experiences, cost, and access issues, prevent many individuals living with a mental health disorder from seeking treatment. All employees can play a significant role in helping to reduce the stigma related to mental health and build a work culture that makes it okay to talk about it. This training will introduce you to skills to help you notice and recognize potential signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and provide tools and resources to reach out and start a conversation. In addition, the training will share techniques for helping create a culture that supports the mental health of all employees.Speakers: Bruce Morton

    • 1:00pm OSHA Update and Model Techniques for Handling OSHA and other Government Inspections1:00pm - 2:00pmThis presentation will outline the changes in OSHA standards and target areas applicable to ABC of Wisconsin contractors and demonstrate a best practice format for handling inspections. Speakers: Charles B. Palmer

    • 1:00pm Wisconsin Sales & Use Tax Issues for the Construction Industry: Building Blocks for a Better Tax Outcome1:00pm - 2:00pmThis session will guide you through the typical audit process, highlight common mistakes, update you on recent tax law changes, and address some of the issues you should be aware of when dealing with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in a sales and use tax audit. Our presenters have past experience auditing for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and helping construction contractors with sales and use tax issues.Speakers: Austin DeMoss, Tara Johnson

    • 1:00pm Retirement Plan Best Practices to Help Achieve Employee Financial Wellness1:00pm - 2:00pmThe benefits of the retirement plan you offer may sometimes be forgotten by employees. However, when properly utilized, retirement accounts can become an individual’s largest source of wealth. Learn how you can help your employees take their retirement benefits to the next level with financial wellness sessions, online tools, and appropriate messaging, while also following best practices for maintaining your retirement plan.Speakers: Derec Mieden, Mitchell Guralski

    • 2:00pm Break with Exhibitors2:00pm - 2:30pmIncludes prize giveaways and an ice cream social!

    • 2:30pm HR Roundtable – Thinking out of the box to Hire and Retain Employees2:30pm - 3:30pmCompanies are having to think out of the box with new ideas for recruiting and retaining employees. A few examples would be Corporate Chaplain and Dream Coach. Come to this roundtable discussion with your ideas or ways that your company is thinking out of the box and share them with other HR professionals who attend.

    • 2:30pm Legal Update: Significant Cases and Developments in 2022 (repeated)2:30pm - 3:30pmWhile all employers would like some stability and predictability, the reality is the employment landscape continues to shift. Staying current on all the new legal developments can be overwhelming. But minimizing risk is something all contractors want to do. Come find out about new laws, executive orders, regulations, and decisions from the past year so that you can prepare for the future and lessen your risks. This interactive session will update you on the latest court and agency actions, highlight other significant issues employers need to know about, and answer questions you might have so you can continue to be successful in 2022 and beyond.Speakers: Doug Witte, Mark Johnson, Sam Mitchell

    • 2:30pm Digital Technology – Friend or Foe?2:30pm - 3:30pmThe hiring landscape has changed. This session will look at the candidate journey funnel through the lens of digital marketing tools and how these tools impact the hiring process before initial contact to onboarding. It will address the importance of a company's online presence and overall brand in the marketplace and how it affects the hiring process.Speakers: Leia Schneeberger

    • 2:30pm Cutting Cost; Winning Workers Compensation 2:30pm - 3:30pmWorker’s compensation costs are amongst the largest expense for many companies. Wouldn’t it be great to lower them? In this session, we will evaluate the key drivers of your worker’s compensation costs and discuss strategies to reduce costs, including unexpected costs that arise from final premium audits, indemnification clauses in contracts, and uninsurable claims.Speakers: Robert Sanders

    • 3:30pm End of the Conference3:30pm - 3:30pmThanks for coming! Have a safe trip home.


26 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 27 (Thursday) 3:30 pm


Glacier Canyon Conference Center

45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


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