March 21st MPPAW Meeting

Welcome back MPPAW members and friends! Our next meeting is Tuesday March 21, 2017. This event is sponsored by Data Solutions International and APT Metrics.

Join us for our social hour at 5:30 complete with complimentary food and beverages for purchase. There is plenty of time to network before the speaker presentation begins at 6:20.

Speaker(s): Mark J. Girouard, Employment Attorney at Nilan Johnson Lewis and Jim Matchen, Director of Talent Management, Target
Topic: Pre-employment Selection Assessments
Location: Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown: 1500 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Program Description:

In recent years, the EEOC has vigorously pursued its systemic enforcement initiative. Together with private class litigation, this initiative puts pre-employment selection tools squarely in the crosshairs. In this panel discussion, attorney Mark Girouard will provide a from-the-trenches view of recent challenges to employer’s use of assessments (including personality tests, skills assessments, and medical exams) and other talent selection tools.  Jim Matchen will present an in-house I.O. psychologist’s perspective on these trends. The panelists will also highlight practical steps that employers and assessment providers can take to stay out of the EEOC and plaintiffs’ sights and reduce their potential exposure while enhancing the value of their selection tools.

Mark Girouard, JD, is a shareholder in the labor-and-employment group of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA. Mark defends employers in single plaintiff cases, private class actions, and litigation against the EEOC and other government agencies. He also advises employers regarding state and federal employment law issues, helping them manage the risks associated with pre-employment selection, leaves of absence, disability accommodations, and wage-and-hour compliance, among others. Mark earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Jim Matchen, PhD is Director of Talent Management at Target Corporation. Jim focuses on enterprise-wide talent selection. This work includes job analysis, building functional competency models, and creating assessments and interview guides. In addition to his talent assessment responsibilities, Jim consults on overall talent management work, coaching and development, performance management, talent planning, and talent strategy creation. Prior to working for Target, Jim worked on the Selection Systems team at Anheuser-Busch, where he focused on creating selection tools for critical positions across the organization.  Jim earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis

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