SHRM Legislative Conference to Highlight Workplace Issues

By SHRM Online staff Jan 24, 2012
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During the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Employment Law & Legislative Conference,political pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse will share their findings on what Americans—including lawmakers—think about political and regulatory issues that will impact the American workplace during 2012.

Hart and Newhouse are among the speakers for the conference that is set for March 4-7, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Hart is chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, and Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion, both based in Washington.

Ray Suarez, a senior correspondent with the PBS NewsHour, also is among the speakers at the conference; others are expected to be announced in coming weeks.

2012 “will serve to answer unprecedented economic questions impacting the labor force,” SHRM President and CEO Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, CPA, said in a news release. “Human resource professionals looking for insight to offer their employers will be served well by attending SHRM’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference.”

Topics and issues to be covered during the conference include:

  • Recent Supreme Court rulings and National Labor Relations Board decisions.
  • Legal issues to consider with respect to flexible workplace arrangements.
  • Worker classification issues.
  • Breast-feeding and the U.S Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Immigration and employment verification.
  • Compliance surrounding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, health care reform and military veteran employment.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act.

The conference is available as a SHRM Premium Package upgrade, which provides 24/7 on-demand, online access to the Employment Law & Legislative Conference sessions and relevant sessions from the 2011 SHRM Annual Conference.

Conference attendees have an opportunity to take a group trip to Capitol Hill to talk with lawmakers. The visit is open to persons who have registered for the conference by Feb. 28, 2012. Additionally, an Advocacy Boot Camp, designed to prepare attendees for their Hill Day advocacy role, is included in the registration fee.

Lisa Horn, SHRM’s senior government relations advisor, emphasized in the SHRM We Know Next blog the important role that HR professionals can play in shaping workplace laws.

They can bring that role to life, she noted, by joining the SHRM Advocacy Team, an initiative designed for HR professionals to participate in and influence federal/state public policy and regulatory efforts.

SHRM launched the “A-Team” in 2010 with the goal of establishing an advocacy leader in each of the 435 congressional districts throughout the U.S. Since June 2010, 8,000 SHRM members have signed up for the A-team e-mail list; 925 members have volunteer to serve as Advocacy Captains or HR Advocates.

“Numerous employment, labor and employee benefit laws regulate the American workplace. Human resource professionals conduct business daily within this framework,” Horn wrote in the blog. “Given HR’s unique knowledge and experience of implementing these laws within their organizations, wouldn’t their influence make for better HR public policy?”

This, she adds, “is why the role of an HR advocate is so important.”

Related Article:​

SHRM Recruits Advocacy Team Members, HR News, August 2010

Related Resources:

Grassroots Advocacy Team Taking Shape, SHRM Government Affairs News, January 2011

SHRM A-Team Video

SHRM A-Team Webinar Archive

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