November 2017

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November 2017

Tue. 28 Nov, 2017

Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce: QNET Networking Group (Tue. 28 Nov, 2017 7:45 am - 9:00 am)

Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce
Conference Room
50 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Wallingford, CT

Event Description:
Building Business Together
QNET is a team committed to sharing leads,
contacts and practices to help each other profit
This networking group is designed to encourage proactive development of prospects, sales, networking, and business development among network team members in addition to providing the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce members with new ideas on business development.  

Midstate Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Education/Technology Committee Meeting (Tue. 28 Nov, 2017 8:30 am - 9:30 am)

3 Colony St., Suite 301
Meriden, CT

At Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Description: This Committee provides school-to-career opportunities for students of all ages, educators and businesses. It promotes business education and training partnerships in the greater Meriden area. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Open to ALL!

Contact Info: RSVP to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901 or 

CCM: Project B.E.S.T. (Tue. 28 Nov, 2017 8:30 am - 11:30 am)

350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338

Once again we are gathering a select group of policy leaders and stakeholders across Connecticut from business, labor, education, government, and social services, to brainstorm on the best pathways to a brighter economic future for Connecticut.
In an effort to further drill into crucial discussions initiated the previous two Novembers, we are updating our working committees into the following categories:

• Fiscal and Regulatory Environment (Funding Side)
• Effective and Efficient Services (Delivery Side)
• Workforce Development
• Quality of Life (new)

Please RSVP by Friday, November 3, 2017 by clicking here (this will bring to you to the main 2017 CCM Convention registration page) or by calling
Alison Geisler at 203-498-3029.
Be sure to select your discussion group preference.
Before the event, please start thinking about your role in this and what you have been doing to advance this topic. 

Thu. 30 Nov, 2017

CBIA: CBIA/Jackson Lewis Employment Law Conference (Thu. 30 Nov, 2017 8:30 am - 2:30 pm)

Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway
180 Hawley Lane
Trumbull, CT 06611-5379

7:30 – 8:30 am: Check-in & Networking Breakfast
8:30 am: Opening Remarks
Mark Soycher, Counsel, CBIA
Tanya A. Bovée, Office Managing Principal, Hartford Office Jackson Lewis P.C.
8:40 am: Hiring Headaches: Changes to Candidate Screening & Negotiations
Recent initiatives by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and expanded ban-the-box laws across the country, including in Connecticut, have made it more difficult for companies to evaluate a job candidate by their criminal record or credit history. In addition, increased access to payscale data has led to lawsuits about pay equity. Learn how to navigate the new hiring landscape and find the right candidate for the job.
Presenter: TBD
9:30 am: Break
9:45 am: What You Need to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act
Requests for workplace accommodation for disabled employees can be daunting—even for seasoned HR and legal professionals. Learn new strategies for approaching the interactive process and accommodation requests, what are appropriate and inappropriate questions, how to analyze undue hardships, dealing with direct threats, and more.
Presenter: TBD
10:35 am: Hot Topics in Employment Law
In this session we’ll review the significant legal developments that have occurred over the past year and what’s likely to come. Our presenters will answer your questions and address:
Critical and commonly overlooked compliance steps
Strategies for taking advantage of the shifting legislative climate
HR's role in advising management to minimize legal exposure
Presenters: Eric W. Gjede, Assistant Counsel, CBIA
James F. Shea, Principal and Office Litigation Manager, Hartford Office, Jackson Lewis P.C.
11:30 am: Lunch
12:30 pm: Your Guide to the New NLRB
The NLRB has continued to examine worker groups that qualify for union representation. It is also investigating unfair labor practices in nonunion workplaces, such as restrictive handbook policies, employee misconduct standards, investigation confidentiality, and whether a business should be considered a single entity or multiple entities for purposes of federal labor law. This session will reveal whether an investigation by the NLRB may or may not be in your future and what you can do about it.
Presenter: TBD
1:20 pm: Evolution or Revolution? New Attitudes & Norms in the Workplace
Marijuana use is becoming more acceptable across the country. Dive into this complicated issue as we discuss how to respond to the use of marijuana either as a protected activity or a lifestyle choice. Is the increasing use of medicinal marijuana clouding your drug prevention efforts? Can you still test for it? How do you minimize harmful consequences while avoiding claims of discrimination or invasion of privacy?
Personnel changes on the U.S. Supreme Court are a big deal. But similar changes in the lower courts are often overlooked. The Trump administration is appointing a large number of new federal judges whose philosophies will have a significant impact on corporate human resource practices. Examine how you can adapt your HR strategies for success.
A growing economy may finally trigger the demographic shift we've been watching for: boomers out; millennials and generation Z in. Communications platforms, worker motivations, and expectations are changing, for better or worse. Learn to take advantage of the strengths of this melting-pot of generations and ensure your company thrives, even if you feel like you’ve landed on a foreign planet.
Presenter: TBD
2:15 pm: Closing Remarks
Mark Soycher, CBIA
Tanya A. Bovée, Office Managing Principal, Hartford Office Jackson Lewis P.C.
Already have plans? Attend the second conference in Trumbull! 

SCORE To Host Free Workshop on "Search Engine Marketing" (Thu. 30 Nov, 2017 9:30 am - 11:00 am)

SCORE To Host Free Workshop on "Search Engine Marketing"

DATE: Thursday, November 30th, 2017
TIME: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
LOCATION: Guilford Fire Department, 390 Church Street, Guilford, CT 06437

The Southeastern Connecticut chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to the success of small businesses, will present a free Small Business Workshop on "Search Engine Marketing."

While there are countless forms of marketing, search engine marketing (SEM) will literally "put your business on the map." In this 90-minute workshop, respected media marketer Maria Miranda of Miranda Creative will outline 10 key actions you can take to improve your chances of being found by your target audience on the leading search tools of Google, Yahoo, Bing and Facebook.

Highlights of the presentation include:
• A search engine primer
• Google's algorithm and the impact on SEO (search engine optimization)
• Google maps/places and Google+
• Organic SEM vs paid SEM
• The impact of social media and the importance of content

You will leave this class empowered to make changes in your own marketing efforts and, as a result, will improve your search results in less than 30