2023 HR & Safety Professionals Day

2023 HR & Safety Professionals Day

Thursday, November 2, 2023 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) (CDT)


Are you a Human Resources or Safety professional in the construction industry? Do you want to learn from the best practices and latest trends in your field? Do you want to network with other professionals and experts in a friendly and interactive environment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you don't want to miss the one-day, construction-related Human Resources and Safety professionals’ day.

This event is designed to provide you with valuable insights, skills, and knowledge that will help you excel in your role and advance your career. You will hear from speakers who have extensive experience and expertise in various aspects of HR and safety. You will also have the opportunity to participate in educational and Q&A sessions that will address the most pressing issues and challenges facing the industry today.

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Registration Deadline:  October 24, 2023.

Keynote Speaker

David Ha'alilio Lau

David Ha’alilio Lau, also known as Kawika, is a keynote speaker, facilitator, and educator who is passionate about adding value to your leadership journey.

David retired from the U.S. Army in 2014 with 21 years of service in the active, reserve, and National Guard components. David served as the Deputy Team Chief of an Embedded Counterinsurgency Advisor mission to Afghan National Security Forces during his last deployment.  David was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions in combat.

David H. Lau has a baccalaureate degree in International Affairs from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.  David remains active in the veteran community as a volunteer with local combat wounded veterans and enjoys giving back by volunteering with nonprofit organizations like Operation Surf and the Warrior Surf Foundation.

Schedule of Events

7:30 – 8:00 am                                                                                                                         

Registration/Exhibitor Set-Up /Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 am - 1 hour                                                                                                 


Speaker:  David Lau

Moderator:  Kyle Holland, AGC Houston

9:00 – 10:15 am - 75 minutes                                                                                               

Session 1– Safety and HR Roundtable Micro Conversations:  What keeps you at night?

Topics:  Weather Awareness, Crisis Management, Audits & Investigations, Employee Engagement, Talent Optimization, Total Rewards

One of the challenges that many safety and HR professionals face is how to balance the competing demands of their roles. How do you ensure that your organization is compliant with the relevant regulations, policies, and standards, while also fostering a positive and engaging work environment for your employees? These are some of the questions that we will explore in this roundtable micro conversation series. Each session will focus on a specific topic related to safety and HR and provide an opportunity for you to share your insights, experiences, and best practices with your peers. 

10:15 – 10:30 am - 15 minutes                                                                                                                    

Networking Break and Vendor Visits     


10:30 – 11:30 pm - 1 hour                                                                                                   

Session 2– Safety and HR Joint Topic:  Narcotics: Current Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Presenter:  Lt. James Holt, Pasadena Police Department

This session will provide an overview of the current situation and trends regarding narcotics use and abuse in the workplace. It will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for safety and HR professionals to prevent, detect and address this issue. The session will cover topics such as:

  • The types and effects of narcotics on health, safety, and performance
  • The legal and ethical implications of narcotics use and testing.
  • The best practices and policies for managing narcotics use and abuse.
  • The resources and support available for employees and employers.

Moderator: Richard Weinstein, Hilb Group


11:30 pm – 1:00 pm - 1 hour 30 minutes                                                                                                     


This lunch program will recognize the outstanding achievements of construction companies and workers in the Houston area who have demonstrated excellence in safety performance and management. You will also hear from Kevin Cannon, AGC of America Safety Director, about the latest trends and challenges in construction safety.

Moderator:  Kim Mason, AGC Houston


1:00 – 1:15 pm - 15 minutes                                                                                                              

Networking Break


 1:15 – 2:00 pm - 45 minutes                                                                                                 

Session 3 – Legal Update  

Presenters:  J. Shannon Gatlin, Cokinos|Young and Kevin Cannon, AGC of America

In this legal update our speakers will be providing summaries of several important issues and changes that have arisen over the past year related to laws that touch on the topics of HR and Safety, including:

  • DOL efforts to raise minimum salary level
  • Federal agencies’ attempts to outlaw non-competes
  • “Whole of government” collaboration between federal agencies
  • New EEOC harassment guidance and Strategic Enforcement Plan priorities
  • Reasonable accommodations related to religion after Groff v. DeJoy
  • Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act and PUMP Act overview
  • Status of Texas House Bill 2127 a.k.a. “Death Star” bill

The session also includes an AGC of America update on the latest regulatory issues and initiatives affecting safety in the commercial construction industry.

Moderator:  Liz Letourneau, Austin Commerical, LP


2:00 – 2:15 pm - 15 minutes                                                                                                              

Networking Break 

 2:15 – 3:00 pm - 45 minutes                                                                                                 

Session 4 – Slaying the Three-headed Monster:  FMLA, ADA and Worker’s Comp

Presenters:  Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC

The FMLA, ADA and The Texas Workers Compensation Act all impact employees.  At times all three of these statutes apply to an employee request or need for leave at the same time. This presentation is designed to help an employer navigate employee leave in a way that will avoid liability under each of these overlapping statutes.

Moderator:  Bobby Skyles, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.


3:00 – 4:00 pm - 1 hour                                                                                                         

Session 5 – Safety and HR Panel Discussion:  Pre-employment Drug Screenings – Chronic Issues Surrounding Testing

Presenters:  Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC., Stephen Irving, Peckar & Abramson, PC, Melissa Bargainer, Tellepsen, and Robert Schindler, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

For years, broad spectrum pre-employment drug testing was the norm in the construction industry. With the legalization of marijuana in numerous jurisdictions and the semi-legalization in others (for medical usage) the practice of broad pre-employment testing may need to be reevaluated.  The panel will look at these issues and provide the pros and cons of moving away from pre-employment drug testing that includes marijuana.

Moderator: Susan Phillips, Tellepsen

 4:00 –5:00 pm                                                                                                            

Closing Remarks | Sponsored Happy Hour | Door Prizes | Live Product Demonstrations 

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Attendee:  $200

Cancellation Policy

Failure to cancel or reschedule prior to the start of a class, program, or event without at least two business days written notice will result in the forfeiture of your registration fee.  For complimentary classes, programs, or events, a $25 administrative fee will be assessed for no shows who do not provide advanced notice.

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7620 Katy Fwy Ste 100
Houston, TX 77024 United States
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Charlene Anthony
(713) 843-3700
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