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    • Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • UTPB C.E.E.D. Building 1301 N FM 1788 Midland, TX 79707


    Summer Seminar

    June 25, 2019


    Location: UTPB C.E.E.D. Building

    1301 N. FM 1788 Midland, TX 79707

    Join PBSHRM for our summer seminar on Tuesday June 25, 2019

    Join us for three engaging sessions from some of the top thought leaders in legislation and culture. Network with HR and Business Professionals during lunch. 

     Featured Speakers:

    Dustin Paschal and Paul Simon of Simon | Paschal PLLC

    Dr. Leo Gonzales, Ph.D., CHRO/COO of Lozoya Construction


    Paul Simon, Elton John & Lynard Skynard: Your Employees’ Farewell Tour

    Description: One of the jobs HR must deal with is an aging workforce.  While HR must and should deal with this issue sensitively, there are considerations and issues that arise that could create a potential legal minefield.  Not only must HR address issues implicating the FMLA and the ADA but also must be careful to avoid age discrimination problems.  Complicating life for HR are those employees that announce their intentions to retire or transition out of full time work.  Is it okay to engage them on these conversations?  What if they change their minds?  What if you are too far in the transition process to adjust?  Are you complicit in "forcing them out" because of their age?  This presentation will address these questions and more.  Specific focus will be on the ADA and age-related disabilities, the FMLA and age-related leave, the ADEA and the OWBPA.  The presentation will provide guidance to HR on how to legally address and handle an aging workforce and those employees going on their "farewell tour."

     Dilly Dilly…Off to the Chamber of Misery: Consequences of Failure to Discipline and Failure to Discipline Properly

    Description: Although almost every HR professional deals with issuing discipline to employees, do you truly understand the consequences of what you're doing.  Are you issuing the discipline at the write time?  Are you issuing the correct level of discipline?  Are you wording the discipline properly?  Are you putting yourself at legal risk based on the discipline you're issuing?  The questions surrounding discipline are endless and it's not always as easy as it seems.  Through this presentation, you'll learn the consequences of discipline, failing to discipline, and failing to discipline properly.  You will also receive guidance on how and when to discipline properly.

    Empowering HR as Internal Consultants

    Many organizations and managers, still think about HR as payroll, compliance, and disciplinary action.  Most of our role is seen as providing a service to workers and managers in all departments. This narrow way of looking at our role and contribution should be change. By incorporating a internal consulting approach, HR professionals can positively affect company performance by increasing the focus on the main assets of the company, Its people.  


    1.       To acquire  a strategic mindset

    2.       To know what skills needed to be an effective internal HR consultant

    3.       To empower a new strategic HR role. (a sense of purpose)

    About our speakers:

    Dustin A. Pascal J.D.

    Dustin has always had a passion for employment law Dallas TX. He attended Baylor University where he graduated in 2002 with a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management. While at Baylor, Dustin interned with the Vice President of Human Resources at a national manufacturing company where he experienced first-hand the employment issues facing companies and individuals today. After graduating from Baylor, Dustin attended Baylor School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 2005. Since graduating, Dustin has practiced exclusively in the area of Employment Law and Business Law.

    Dustin represents corporations, small businesses, and individual employees and executives. He handles a variety of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment cases, lawsuits involving non-compete agreements, and multi-state collective actions involving wage and hour issues. In addition to his litigation practice, Dustin also reviews individual employment contracts, drafts employee handbooks, and assists companies on a variety of general contractual issues. Dustin takes great pride in helping his clients avoid litigation through proper planning but when his clients need it, Dustin provides aggressive and principled litigation counsel.

    Dustin is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. As a former active member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dustin served five terms on the Board of Directors and served as a Co-Chair for numerous committees. Dustin also is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the DAYL Foundation, a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and a former Associate Member of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court.

    Dustin also serves as the President of DallasHR, the Dallas chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. DallasHR is the premier organization in Dallas serving Human Resources professionals. Prior to his term as President, Dustin served multiple terms on the Board of Directors.

    Dustin regularly speaks on a variety of Human Resources and employment law topics to many different organizations, including local SHRM Chapters, Chambers of Commerce, the Dallas Society of CPAs, and many more.

    D Magazine honored Dustin as a 2018 Best Lawyer Under 40 and he is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating.  Dustin also has been selected annually since 2012 as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. Dustin’s peers nominated him for this achievement and he is part of only 2.5% of Texas lawyers classified as Rising Stars. It is this high honor that Dustin strives to match on a daily basis.

    Paul W. Simon J.D.

    Paul is a founding member of Simon | Paschal PLLC, an employment and business law boutique in Dallas, Texas.  Before forming and managing his own law firm, Paul practiced employment, business and immigration law at another law firm in Dallas.
    Paul graduated from Hope College and Michigan State University College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.

    Paul has a wide array of experience in employment matters, including Title VII, state discrimination laws, the ADA, the ADEA, the FLSA, the FMLA, employment contracts, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and numerous other employment laws and regulations.  Paul also has a broad businesses-based practice including, business entity formation and dissolution, operating agreements, and contract drafting and review.

    Paul is both an active transactional attorney and a litigator.  Paul regularly appears before state and federal courts on behalf of his clients.  In addition to his work as a litigator, Paul serves as an outside General Counsel for many of his clients, a role in which he regularly represents employers before the TWC, EEOC and various other government agencies, creates and implements employee and management training, reviews and drafts employment handbooks and policies and procedures, reviews and drafts various employment-related contracts, and provides regular advice and counseling on a myriad of Human Resources issues.  In that role, he also assists clients with their business formation and contractual needs.

    Paul is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Paul was a five-term member of the DAYL Executive Committee, where he ultimately served as President.  Paul has been selected both as a Texas Super Lawyer and a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star.  In addition, Paul has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas by D Magazine.

    Dr. Leo Gonzales, Ph.D.

    Dr. Leo Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the College of Organizational Studies, Alliant International University, San Francisco, California.

    With more than 20 years of experience as a facilitator, trainer, consultant, executive coach, professor and lecturer.

    Leo has led multiple projects of organizational development and leadership in the private and public sectors of the United States and Latin America.  He has designed innumerable workshops and facilitated countless meetings for senior leaders and their work teams. He has created and implemented diverse leadership programs (including one project for the United Nations) and has executed various projects of organizational change in multiple industries (Banking, Logistics, Telecommunications, International Organizations, Construction, Mining, Government, etc.). Some of its clients have received high recognition both nationally and internationally. Leo is the trusted coach for more than 30 senior executives with whom he has worked.

    Before to moving to West Texas, Leo was the Principal of Alerce Consulting and also was a management professor at the School of Business and Economics at the California State University, Los Angeles.

    Leo is currently the Vice President of People Operations & Culture for Lozoya Companies, in Midland, TX

    • Thursday, August 22, 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • Friday, August 23, 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Overton Hotel & Conference Center, Lubbock, TX

    West Texas HR Symposium

    August 22-23, 2019

    Overton Hotel & Conference Center

    Lubbock, TX

    2322 Mac Davis Lane Lubbock, TX 79401

    In partnership with Texas Business Conferences & Texas Workforce Commission

    Co-Hosted by the West Texas SHRM Chapters

    Big Country SHRM

    Lubbock SHRM
    Permian Basin SHRM
    Panhandle HRA

    Registration: 7:30-8:30 a.m. (Thursday)

    Conference: 8:30-4:30 p.m. (Thursday) and 8:30 to 4:15 (Friday)

    Cost: $175 - includes all materials

    Visit to register or click here

    Stay at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center with a special event rate:

    $139.00/night for Standard King and Double Queen Room

    $179.00/night for King Preferred and Double Queen Preferred

    Book Your Room by Wednesday August 7th to receive these rates. 

    Book Online or Call 806-776-7000 and mention "West Texas HR Symposium"

    Join employers, HR professionals, business owners and anyone who manages employees.

    Hear from the state's preeminent employment law attorneys and SHRM special guests.

    Texas Workforce COMMISSION Thursday Symposium Topics:

    • Texas Employment Law and Hiring Legally
    • Federal and Texas Wage and Hour Law
    • Unemployment Claims and Hour Law
    • Unemployment Claims and Appeals
    • Independent Contractors
    • Employee Policy Handbooks
    • Workplace Privacy Issues
    • Background Checks and Social Media

    West Texas SHRM Friday Symposium Breakout Session Topics:

    • Beyond Major Medical: Key Compliance Issues
    • Retirement Plans; Trends and Readiness - The Survey Says...
    • How to Legally and Meaningfully Discuss Criminal History with Applicants
    • FMLA, Leave Administration, and Other Time Off of Work Issues
    • Hot Topics: HR vs Tech?
    • Employee Engagement, Culture and the Bottom Line - Are They Connected?
    • A Marijuana Policy Debate - State, Federal, and the Claims Industry
    • Building a 5-Star Total Rewards Strategy
    • Why employees stability should be important to you
    • Teambuilding: The key to a successful endgame
    • Innovative Strategies and Your Bottom Line: Controlling Healthcare Costs
    • Coping with Change: Practical Tips for Responding to the New Salary Level Test
    • Empowering HR as Internal Consultants
    • Workers Compensation 101
    • Skinny Handbook? The pros and cons of limiting your page count
    • We don't need no stinkin' badges...or do we?
    • Fintech payroll innovation driving employee retention and happiness
    • Will You Work For Me? Understanding a multi-generational workforce

    Continuing Education Credit available for HR professionals, CPAs & Attorneys (SHRM, HRCI, MCLE, CPE). General Professional Credit is also available.

    (12.0 Hours CE for SHRM/HRCI)

    Exhibitor Showcase

    Also visit our Exhibitor Showcase in the Horizon Ballroom on the 2nd Floor of the Convention Hall, and visit with over 25 exhibitors providing solutions to help your business and employees succeed. 

    Interested in Exhibiting? Spaces are on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact Kevin Dawson at for more information. 

    Are you a SHRM Chapter Member? 

    Visit our SHRM Member Hospitality Lounge in the Canyon Room on the 2nd Floor of the Convention Hall, and network with other SHRM members from across West Texas with refreshments available.

Permian Basin SHRM

SHRM Chapter #0319

PO Box 3153

Midland, TX 79702

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