Meeting/Event Information

Our monthly lunch meetings are typically held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Hilton Garden Inn (4155 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield MO). Exceptions in October, December, and January. Our monthly coffee socials are typically held on the 1st Friday of the month. Location varies. Check Upcoming Events for details.

AITP Shop Talk Group

May 17, 2017
1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
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Hilton Garden Inn
4155 S Nature Center Way
Springfield, MO 65804

AITP of the Ozarks
"Shop Talk" Group
for Technical Managers

May Topic
HR issues that keep you awake at night as a manager
Presented by Ashley Norgard (Husch Blackwell LLP)

Vickie Hensley, Jack Henry
Group Led by Vickie Hensley, Jack Henry & Associates


Being a manager is hard. Sometimes work projects give us headaches, but it’s usually the employee issues that keep us up at night. In an ever-changing legal landscape where supervisors can face individual liability for how they manage their people, it’s crucial to be familiar with how to effectively handle HR issues. In this 40,000 foot flyover, we’ll touch on the following:

  • Is Missouri really an “at-will” employment state?
  • What are the current protected classifications?
  • How do I recognize requests for FMLA leave ADA accommodations?
  • Do I really have to read and use the employee handbook?
  • How do I effectively document performance issues?


Please have each attendee bring a copy of his or her employee handbook. Attendees should know that I am not their lawyer and I will not be able to answer questions about specific employee issues they are facing. Rather, I will arm them with the tools to manage daily HR challenges and also recognize when they need to reach out to their HR manager and/or legal counsel.

If you know of others who would benefit from this meeting that are AITP Members please ask them to come. Please register through our AITP site for this meeting so we will know how many will be attending.


Introduction: The "Shop Talk" Group will focus on things that keep our technical managers awake at night. We will share ideas that have helped others with the tough issues distinctive to these types of jobs. We will delve into how others in "Similar" positions deal with "Similar" issues.  We will dig into Process Improvement, training and what are our options, what are the new innovative cutting edge trends.  These are just a few focused discussions this group will have.  We will let topics be determined by the group.

Target Audience: This group is open to managers, owners, executives, or anyone tasked with business decisions and operations.

Schedule: This group typically meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:15pm to 2:15pm (Same Day as AITP General Meeting)

Group Leader: Vickie Hensley (Jack Henry)

Attending the General Lunch Meeting? If you plan to attend our general meeting prior to this group meeting, you must register for that event separately. You can choose to buy lunch ($) or attend without lunch (free). Please visit the event calendar and click on the general meeting to register now.