Auditing HR Policies and Minimizing Risk Within Your Organization

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Learn how HR audit opportunities can strengthen the human resources relationship to your organization's strategic plan.

This session will discuss the what, how and why of an HR audit and how you can tie your departmental objectives to the strategic needs of your organization. Learn how to perform an overview of your organization's operations to determine what policies need evaluation. The presenters will show you how to evaluate current policies to determine potential risk and what steps can be taken to minimize this risk while strengthening HR's relationship to the strategic plan. You will also discover how to apply State and Federal laws and regulations to correct current policy deficiencies and reduce the risk to your organization at the same time supporting known objectives.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Barbara Henry, SHRM-SCP


Barbara Henry, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.  Barbi has spent the last 25 years working in manufacturing and state/county government human resources leadership. In these environments she has used her auditing skills to assess Human Resources preparedness and objectives for organizational strategic initiatives.  Based on those results, she has written policy, designed training programs, provided extensive employment law and labor relations support to achieve objectives using measurable metrics. This is Barbi’s sixth presentation at the SHRM National Convention as a practicing HR professional.

Belinda Tracy Laxton, SHRM-SCP

Belinda Tracy
Laxton, SHRM-SCP

25+ years of progressive experience in human resource management within manufacturing and service industries. Currently in the role of Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Alpha Packaging, as a member of the Alpha Operating Board with responsibility for eight North American and one European manufacturing operations consisting of approximately 1,000 employees working in operations, supply chain, customer service, sales, and finance.

Tracy is responsible for leading the human resources function at Alpha Packaging, with a focus on developing and executing recruiting, talent acquisition and employee relations strategies that represent the organization’s culture and values. As a member of the Operating Board, she contributes directly to long and short-term strategic objectives of the organization while maximizing organizational effectiveness. She oversees HR programs and initiatives that enhance the employee experience and partners with leaders across the organization.

Prior to joining Alpha, she was the Director of Labor Relations/Human Resources for SunCoke Energy, a primary supplier for the steel industry, with over 1,100 union and non-union employees in 10 facilities. Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions in various manufacturing corporations. She has extensive experience in evaluating and improving HR process and efficiencies through technology and has expertise in leading enterprise-wide HR projects; influencing managers and driving organizational initiatives; cost benefit and compensation analysis; HR process improvement and procedure automation; advising on talent development and succession planning; standardizing HR policies and procedures; talent management and performance development; and  training and engagement programs.

Tracy holds a MA in Human Resources Management from Webster University and a senior professional certification, SHRM-SCP.

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Business Acumen
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