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Employment Law & Legislative Conference Delves into Hot Issues

By SHRM Online staff  1/24/2013

Deficit reduction, tax reform and immigration reform will be among the big issues facing the 113th Congress and President Barack Obama in 2013. HR professionals attending the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) upcoming 2013 Employment Law & Legislative Conference will hear how those topics will affect their workplaces.

Slated for March 10-13, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C., the conference gets started with an Advocacy Boot Camp, to prepare SHRM members for their visit to Capitol Hill. Attendees will learn about the public-policy issues SHRM plans to discuss and receive instruction on the fine points of lobbying.

The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

Michael P. Aitken, vice president of government affairs at SHRM, will kick off the opening general session on March 11 with a look at the implications of the workplace regulatory agenda and HR public-policy initiatives that the president and Congress will put forward.

Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” will focus on the important news of the day during the March 11 luncheon. She has covered a broad range of issues, moderated the 2012 general-election debate, reported on major legislative developments on Capitol Hill, and conducted interviews with top officials, such as Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, former President George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden. Crowley has received numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow award and the Joan Shorenstein award, for her coverage of the 2004 presidential election, and the 1999 DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award for her coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton.

Jon Meacham, author and Random House Publishing Group executive vice president and executive editor, will talk about “Leadership in a Time of Crisis: How Presidents Prevail” during the March 12 morning general session.

He is the author of the New York Times best-seller Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (Random House, 2012) and, in 2009, the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for biography for another New York Times best-seller, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (Random House, 2008). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Meacham conducts interviews for the PBS show “Need to Know” and is a former editor of Newsweek. His other best-sellers are American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation (Random House, 2006) and Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (Random House, 2003), about the wartime relationship between President Roosevelt and Churchill, who was England’s prime minister during World War II.

Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, will speak March 12 on “The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You.”

The veteran journalist’s accolades include being honored multiple times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and numerous awards from journalism organizations. She broke the story of U.S. Court of Appeals judge Douglas Ginsburg’s marijuana use, “raising issues of changing social values and credibility,” according to her NPR biography. After news of his drug use came out, Ginsburg was forced to withdraw his name as a presidential nominee for a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat. 

Additionally, her 1991 report about Oklahoma University law professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by judge Clarence Thomas prompted the Senate Judiciary Committee to reopen Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill’s charges.

The SHRM conference concludes March 13 with a breakfast for attendees with elected officials, followed by a visit to representatives on Capitol Hill.

For an additional fee, SHRM’s Conference On Demand provides unlimited, 24/7 online access to the conference and relevant sessions from SHRM’s 2012 Annual Conference, for three or six months. Conference On Demand also allows users to earn another 20 certification credits.

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