2022 Labor and Employee Relations Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Attending labor and employee relations events is important for one major reason: the path to forming positive employee relationships is always evolving. The current evolution stage is in response to changing labor market dynamics, new generations of workers with new perspectives about management roles and employee-employer relationships, technologies changing work and thus job responsibilities, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a federal administration supporting labor unions. It's tempting to think there isn't much more that can change. Still, labor and employee relations have a future that will be influenced by the maturing of some of the current evolutionary factors and the projected introduction of new ones in a post-pandemic world.   

The one constant is that business leaders must remain proactive in staying informed and one step ahead in managing positive labor and employee relations. Projections, an IRI Consultants company, calls this period the Proactive Era, and the word "era" was purposefully chosen. An era is a long and distinct period. One of the best ways to stay proactive is to attend the 2022 labor and employee relations events that bring labor relations specialists together with Human Resources leaders.   

Information-Packed Labor and Employee Relations Events 

The last couple of years has been especially difficult for professionals in labor and employee relations because they are "people persons." They like interacting with people as they strive to help them meet personal and work goals. The pandemic has severely limited their ability to interact directly with people for the most part. Ejita Webb is the Events Coordinator for IRI Consultants and says, "Professionals in labor and employee relations have been longing for a sense of community and connection over the last two years. We're now seeing some events offering hybrid attendance options and others going fully in-person - with precautions, of course - and that's great news for our industry."  

Following are 11 important 2022 labor and employee relations events that can help you stay abreast of changes in labor markets and Human Resources management best practices and opportunities to network with other professionals. At the end of each summary is contact information. 

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CUE 2022 Conferences 

Cue holds two conferences in 2022, and attendees from all industries are invited. Topics are relevant to U.S. and Canadian workforces.  

The Spring 2022 Conference is April 25-26, 2022, and is virtual/live. Like most organizations, conference formats are subject to change as the pandemic continues to keep things in an uncertain state. 

The Fall 2022 Conference is in October 2022 and will follow a hybrid format of virtual and in-person attendance. It will be held in Louisville, KY, and will also be available as a virtual conference.  

Regularly check the website for updated details on the events. However, CUE is a non-profit member-led community that tracks the latest techniques for improving labor and employee relations. Past Cue semi-annual labor relations conferences are highly regarded and considered as two of the most significant labor relations conferences in the country. The organization conducts extensive research and shares information and experiences on positive work practices and labor relations. The agenda for both events will cover timely topics that help your organization develop and maintain positive employee relations. 

More information can be found on CUE's Events page

NATERA Conference  

NATERA is the acronym for the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association. The 2022 NATERA conference title is, "The Future of Work: 2022 and Beyond." The 3-day conference will take place March 1-3, 2022. 

NATERA's annual conference will have the goal of how the changing landscape of Human Resources and labor relations has affected the transportation industry. The agenda focuses on Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Legal in the transportation industry. Some of the topics that notable speakers will discuss will include choosing an HRIS system, technology applications, telling the company story, and employee engagement. 

Contact: Daren.Wingard@crengland.com 

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The Labor Summit  

The IRI Consultants Health Care Labor Summit is an in-person event that will be held October 3-5, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ. It is an invitation-only event focused on labor and employee relations in the health care industry. This is a no cost conference for invited attendees. The agenda offers labor relations updates like D.C. insiders get; a panel discussion on the current state of labor relations; real-world case studies on communication and digital solutions, including union avoidance and talent acquisition; and discussion on the future of work in healthcare.   

The presenters are health care labor relations professionals with experience and knowledge in the healthcare industry who share actionable content. The healthcare industry is a top target for labor unions in 2022, making positive employee and labor relations critical to short and long-term business success and staying union free. 

Specific topics covered include employee engagement; improving employee retention rates; addressing staff burnout; maintaining a direct connection with team members; and staying union free through positive employee relations. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with CHROs, VPs of HR and other labor and employee relations experts. The expectation is that attendees will leave the Health Care Labor Summit with actionable labor relations strategies that can be immediately applied in their health care facilities.   

Questions can be directed to this email.

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

AFPM represents "the makers of the fuels that keep Americans moving" and the "petrochemicals that are the essential building blocks for modern life." Fuel and petrochemicals are two of the largest industries in the U.S. With an understanding of employees needing strong support systems and the importance of providing training resources to managers, this conference will be full of featured speakers, networking events and panel discussions to mitigate workforce challenges.

Their annual Labor Relations/Human Resources Conference is hosted in Houston, TX this year in-person, from April 26-27th. Registration fees are based on AFPM membership; if your company is a member, you qualify for the member fees. AFPM's 2022 event will have featured speakers, panel discussions, and networking events at their Houston conference. that will help you to "maximize you organizational expertise."  In addition, the event is expected to help industry leaders/experts discuss "potential solutions to current workforce challenges and get insight on navigating the road ahead."

Email AFPM events here.

American Society of Employers (ASE)

ASE is a Michigan-based, non-profit membership organization that provides both programs and services that enable member organizations to address their most challenging Human Resources issues.

ASE's 2022 HR event, "THRIVE in 2022 - Engage, Empower, and Evolvewill be held in-person, on March 10, 2022, in Novi, MI. Their agenda includes keynote speakers and sessions including appreciating diversity and inclusivity, employment law, change management, and more. The event is expected to help you optimize your workplace and thrive in an era of uncertainty.

More Information here.

Future of Work

The Future of Work is an event series that includes a combination of physical and virtual conferences with the intent to bring together senior executives from across the entire Future of Work landscape. Their events include topics on a range of trends and strategies that are shaping the Future of Work including: Frontline Workers, Workplace Transformation, HR Technology, Culture, Employee Engagement, Digital Workplace, Learning & Development, Human Resources, Office Space and Design.

They have global events including the Future of Work 2022 USA conference, held in Boston, MA from June 22-23, 2022. This powerhouse in-person conference is created for senior executives and focuses on the landscape of the future of work for frontline workers, employee engagement, workplace transformation, learning & development, among other topics that address the evolving workforce. The Future of Work includes other global events for their annual 2022 conference including:

  • Canada: Held in Toronto, CA March 29-30, 2022
  • APAC: Held in Sydney, Australia in September 2022
  • Europe: A virtual event will be held from October 18-19, 2022

contact: Hello@m-mediaevents.com

LEAPHR

LEAP HR is an organization that does global research and holds conferences focused on specific industries. They include healthcare, manufacturing, retail, life sciences, construction, tech talent, oil and gas, hospitality, higher education, government, and emerging biopharma.  

Some of the industry conferences are already planned for 2022, and some will be announced later. Check out your specific industry information here.

For example, LEAP HR Healthcare is offering a free virtual event January 25-26, 2022. The theme is healthcare talent acquisition and will present industry case studies. A conference is currently scheduled for May 23-25, 2022, in San Diego, CA, but the schedule will be posted later.

The LEAP Tech Talent conference is scheduled for June 6-8, 2022. The LEAP HR Construction is planning an in-person conference in December 2022. LEAP HR Life Sciences holds multiple conferences, with one scheduled May 9-11, 2022 in San Diego, CA, and one July 18-20, 2022 in Boston, MA, plus others held in Europe.  

SHRM 

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) holds many conferences each year.  

  • SHRM Employment Law & Compliance Conference 2022 is March 28-30, 2022  
  • SHRM Workplace Policy Conference 2022 is March 27-29, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (for SHRM members only) 
  • SHRM Talent Conference & Expo I is April 10-13, 2022, in Aurora, Colorado 
  • SHRM Annual Conference & Expo is June 13-15, 2022, in New Orleans, LA 
  • Inclusion 2022 Conference is October 24-26, 2022, in San Diego, CA 

All conferences are offered as virtual and in-person. They offer presentations, workshops, seminars, and peer-to-peer networking. Topics covered include DE&I, talent acquisition, workplace culture, talent engagement and retention, leadership and development, technology and data analytics, and more. 

Contact here or 800-283-SHRM (ext. 7476) 

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HR Indiana (SHRM) 

One of the largest regional human resources conferences in the U.S. will be the HR Indiana (SHRM) in-person event held from August 29-31, 2022, in Indianapolis, IN. The event includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and a trade show exhibiting the latest HR products and services.  

Learn More here.

RILA 

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) offers multiple conferences on topics like blockchain and supply chain sustainability.

RILA's virtual HR conference this year was February 9-10, 2022. The 21st Century Retail Workforce Winter Summit's title is "Beyond Talent: Meeting the Needs of the Consumer during a Talent Shortage."  

Keep up with all RILA's upcoming events for Employee and Labor Relations professionals on their events page. 

HR.com  

HR.com is holding their virtual event June 1-2, 2022, titled "The State of Employee Well-being 2022." The event will address current levels of employee well-being in today's workforce and the challenges employers face in increasing well-being. There are discussions on employee safety and health, technologies, and services that increase well-being and look into the future for patterns expected to emerge.   

HR.com is also holding a free conference titled "The State of Human Experience in the Workplace 2022" on August 17, 2022. The webcast event focuses on topics concerning the employee and human experience in today's work environment. The areas covered include performance, retention and engagement, and best practices. Discussed are the roles of various HR functions in shaping the employee "whole person" experience. 

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Human Capital Institute (HCI)

The Human Capital Institute (HCI) is holding a virtual conference on September 21, 2022, titled "Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion September." The speakers will discuss things like empowering employees to work together, building a common language and understanding around DE&I, and setting and communicating a clear vision for DE&I best practices.   

The Human Capital Institute also offers the "HCI Supporting Workplace Wellness and Wellbeing Conference" on October 19, 2022. The virtual conference addresses the strategies for building a workplace culture in which employees are supported through personal challenges.  

Littler Executive Employer Conference  

The 2022 Littler Executive Employer Conference is an invitation-only event, titled "The Accelerating Evolution of the Workplace: We Got This!" addresses a new era of labor and employment law and the complex issues employers face. It is designed for legal counsel and senior-level executives in employee relations, human resources, compliance, and employee benefits. This event will be held May 4-6, 2022. It is currently planned as an in-person event but could be changed to a virtual conference. 

Find more information here 

Human Resource Executive  

The HR Executive Technology Conference & Expo will be held September 13-16, 2022, in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The in-person conference focuses on Human Resources success through the utilization of HR technology systems. This year includes a "Women in HR Technology Summit" that offers insights on technologies that will drive gender equity. There is also an HR tech marketplace where vendors will showcase the latest HR technologies for all sizes of companies.  

Human Resource Executive is also holding an interactive online event March 1-4, 2022. The Virtual HR Technology Conference & Exposition is free and will be held each year going forward. 

Contact: conferences@lrp.com 

Take Advantage of Leadership Learning Opportunities 

All of the above labor and employee relations events are exciting to look forward to in 2022 and beyond. Professionals in these industries have been awaiting the opportunity to get like-minded individuals and groups together again for the opportunity to learn, network, and connect. This is a year to take full advantage of all the learning opportunities presented by experts in the field.

Each of these conferences offers a wealth of information and access to labor and Human Resources specialists across industries. For companies that want to stay union-free through labor-wise leadership, these conferences are particularly useful as union activity accelerates with the support of the Biden administration. Professional networking is one of the best ways to gain new perspectives, stay abreast of how experts project the future of employee relations and learn new best practices in employee engagement.  

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Note: Many events enable attendees to earn SHRM and HRCI Certification credits. 

About the Author Jennifer Orechwa

With over 25 years in the industry, and now as IRI's Director of Business Development, Jennifer has gained a unique perspective on what it takes to build a culture of engagement. By blending a deep understanding of labor and employee relations with powerful digital marketing knowledge, Jennifer has helped thousands of companies achieve behavioral change at a cultural level.

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