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A podcast.

What? You heard that right.

Human resources is an important and necessary part of doing business. In this relaxing and entertaining environment, we’ll dive into all things HR and have a little fun doing it. In this podcast we’ll talk about compliance, challenges, great ideas and mishaps, and how Human Resources can move from an administrative, overhead department to a strategic contributor to the bottom line.

Episode 14 : The Importance of Building a Strong Executive Team

NOVEMBER 13, 2020
Guest – Sonja Der, President of Bridge Performance Coaching
Some of the most critical roles in the organization sit at the executive level. Businesses, especially small to mid-sized businesses, must pay special attention to ensuring they make the right decision about the executives they hire for their team. Primarily, ensuring that they are strategic thinkers and operate like an executive, and not a manager. That begs the question: Is there a difference between your executive team and your management team? We discuss this and more…and of course, we talk about cocktails.

Episode 13 : Transforming Business Using Digital Resources

SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
Guests – Tom Herb, Area Sales VP at Paycor, Jeff Martin, CEO at University Recruiters and Frank B. Mengert, Founder and Creative Visionary at ebm
Businesses thrive on information. But what about Human Resources? How do digital resources affect the employee experience? In this episode we discuss how technology impacts recruitment, onboarding, payroll, HR management and benefits administration. The importance of having up-to-date and properly implemented technology is highlighted as a significant factor to the employee experience. We discuss this and more…and of course, we talk about cocktails.

Episode 12 : Managing Employment Leave Laws in a Pandemic Workplace

SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
Guest – Cheryl Brown, Attorney at Davis, Agnor, Rapport and Skalny
The pandemic was the catalyst for new laws, particularly leave laws. With the passing of these laws, employers were left with many questions. Some of these questions include: What is the interplay between the previous leave laws and accommodation requirements with the new regulations? How do employers comply with the laws and not cause undue hardship to the business? And…how do we manage school closings? We discuss this and more…and of course, we talk about cocktails.

Episode 11 : Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Conversation About the Experience of Black Women in Business

JULY 12, 2020
Guest – Kashonna Holland, President and CEO of Simply Kashonna
In recent weeks, the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion has been the headline. But many employers are not sure how to tackle the issue in their workplace. In this episode we discuss our experiences working in corporate America, the challenges we faced and how employers can make adjustments to create a better workplace for their employees. We discuss this and more…and of course, we talk about cocktails.

Episode 10 : What Retailers (and all businesses) Need to Know about Phased Reopening

MAY 25, 2020
Guest – Cailey Locklair, President, Maryland Retailers Association
As states begin a phased reopening of business, particularly retail, what do businesses need to know. While most businesses are focused (rightfully) on reopening from a financial perspective, they are also employers. New social distancing and face covering requirements are proving to be a challenge for business and their employees. Additionally, there are other considerations that are impacting businesses as they open. Our guest discusses these challenges and the resources available to ensure that the reopening process is as smooth as possible. We discuss this and more…and of course, we talk about cocktails.

Episode 9 : Chambers of Commerce and Their Value to Businesses

APRIL 25, 2020
Guest – Christine Ross, President and CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
During this pandemic, businesses are looking for a variety of resources to provide answers and support. In this episode, we discuss the role of Chambers of Commerce and how the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is supporting businesses in the state of Maryland and the resources that are available. Additionally, we discuss the advocacy role of the Chamber and how businesses can get involved…and of course we talk about cocktails!

Episode 8 : Coronavirus: Understanding Legislative Changes (Part 2)

MARCH 25, 2020
Guest – Ayesha Adams, PHR, SHRM-CP – Sr. Human Resources Professional
At the time of the recording, there was no legislative guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Since then, guidance has been provided and can be found on our website. Laws are changing and new laws are passing.The Coronavirus crisis is causing employers to ask questions. Can I layoff employees? What is a furlough? What questions can I ask of employees that come to work? What if employees don’t want to come to work? We will answer these questions and many more…and of course, we talk about cocktails.

Episode 7 : Coronavirus: Leading Through Crisis (Part 1)

MARCH 24, 2020
Guest – Ayesha Adams, PHR, SHRM-CP – Sr. Human Resources Professional
The Coronavirus crisis has caused many businesses to make quick and difficult decisions. How do leaders manage this new landscape? How do organizations shift to remote work and set reasonable goals and expectations? What role does HR play in the business continuity planning and communication with employees? We will discuss this and related topics…and of course we talk about cocktails.

Episode 6 : Working with Temporary Staffing Agencies: What you need to know

MARCH 7, 2020
Guest – Dana Baughns, Vice President and General Counsel of Aerotek
When working with temporary employees, many organizations have questions. What is coemployment? How can I avoid it? Do all employment requirements apply to temps? Ughh! Using a temp agency should be easy. In this episode we tackle these questions  and others as we explore how businesses can work successfully with temp agencies.  And…of course we talk about cocktails.

Episode 5 : Is Training Different Than Professional Development?

FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Guest – Keith Daw, McDonell Consulting Group
Many of us use training and professional development interchangeably, but..are they the same? In this episode, we will explore the differences between training and professional development and how organizations can use each to impact their employees.

Episode 4 : 2020 Trends In Employment Law

JANUARY 11, 2020
Guest – Cheryl Brown, Esq., Attorney with Davis, Agnor, Rappaport & Skalny
It’s a New Year and a new legislative session.  There are several new employment laws that have gone into effect and many more on the horizon.  In this episode, we address trends across the country and the impact to businesses.  In addition, we discuss advocacy and how business owners can get involved.  And of course…we talk about cocktails!

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