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TWC’s Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers sponsors the Texas Business Conferences, a series of employer seminars held each year throughout the state. Employers who attend the seminars learn about state and federal employment laws and the unemployment claim and appeal process. We assemble our best speakers to guide you through ongoing matters of concern to Texas employers and to answer any questions you have regarding your business.
We encourage every employer to attend at least one of these conferences every year, since the topics are updated whenever there are new laws, regulations or court cases. Each conference is geared toward small business owners, HR managers and assistants, payroll managers, and anyone responsible for the hiring and managing of employees.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Welcome & Opening
8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Injured Employees / Recent Issues Under the NLRA
9:40 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Exhibit Hall & Networking Break
9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wage and Hour Law and Other Payroll Issues
11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Workers’ Compensation for Texas Employers
11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch: On Your Own
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Independent Contractors
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. An Introduction to Creating an Effective Policy Handbook
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall & Networking Break (CPA & Non-CPA Certificates of Attendance available in foyer area)
2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Skills Training Opportunities for Business Video/Workforce Services
2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Handling Unemployment Claims & Appeals
3:55 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Question and Answer Session/Closing Remarks
You may register in advance online or by mail, or register at the event. Seating is limited, so we recommend that you register in advance. Registration over the phone is not accepted. The registration fee is $125 for a 1-day conference and $199 for a 2-day conference, non-refundable. Recommended attire for the event is business casual.
You may register online for any scheduled conference. You will have the option to pay online or mail a check.
Download the registration form for the conference you wish to attend (either the Word or PDF version) and mail the form along with a check payable to Texas Business Conference – TWC:
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E 15th St, Rm 0154
Austin, TX 78778-0001
When we receive your registration, we will mail a confirmation letter to you.
If the event is not sold out in advance, you may register at the door. You may pay the registration fee by cash, check or credit card. Registration for a 1-day conference is $125 and $199 for a 2-day conference.
The registration fee is non-refundable. If you cannot attend, you may send someone else in your place. If possible, your substitute should bring a copy of your confirmation letter.
Topics are selected based on the most common inquiries we receive from employers. We send out a tentative agenda with your registration confirmation. Due to occasional scheduling conflicts of our speakers and the travel variables that can arise, we sometimes substitute a topic or change the order of topics.
Seminar topics typically include:
Participants receive informative handouts and the latest edition of the popular publication Especially for Texas Employers which address basic legal issues regarding hiring, post-employment and work-separation policies.
Most of the written materials in the conference notebook are designed by our speakers to be used in conjunction with their oral presentations. The materials are best understood in the context of the presentations. For this reason, we highly recommend someone attend in your place if you are unable to attend the conference.
Certified public accountants who attend can earn continuing education credit, and other conference participants may qualify for general professional credit.
Attorneys do not receive continuing education credits for attending. However, many attorneys find our conferences useful.
TWC's Commissioner Representing Employers and the Society for Human Resource Management Texas State Council (Texas SHRM) are pleased to announce the formulation of a collaborative partnership between the two organizations to co-sponsor the Texas Business Conference (TBC) - an educational showcase of business, employment law and human resource topics being offered in many cities throughout Texas. As a co-sponsor with TWC's Commissioner Representing Employers, Texas SHRM will begin offering SHRM and Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) recertification credits, targeted specifically for Human Resource professionals attending the conferences.
For more information on how to apply for these professional development credits upon attending TBC, please visit the Texas SHRM website.
Neither the conference nor the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers handles inquires about COBRA, HIPAA, ERISA or other similar insurance or retirement/pension topics. The conference also does not address labor unions or collective bargaining issues. Because all of the aforementioned topics are highly technical, they do not lend themselves to the high volume of business done in our office. If you have problems or questions in these areas, we strongly recommend that you hire private legal counsel to assist you.