SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference March 17-19 in Washington

Feb 13, 2014

Experts to speak on state law trends, immigration reform, ACA and more

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — More than 500 human resource professionals from across the United States are expected to attend the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) ​2014 Employment Law & Legislative Conference March 17-19 at the Renaissance in Washington, D.C. (#SHRMLeg).

The conference will have presentations on new legislation surrounding state law trends, immigration reform, and health care reform – all current issues directly impacting human resources professionals. Sessions on other timely topics include: California-specific employment law, social media use in hiring, background checks in the hiring process, and Supreme Court decisions such as DOMA.

As part of the conference’s Capitol Hill Day on March 19, approximately 250 members from SHRM and the Council for Global Immigration, a SHRM affiliate, will meet with House of Representatives staff on the need for immigration reform and Senate staff regarding preserving the tax advantages for retirement savings, as well as support of Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly’s (D-Ind.) proposed amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) definition of a full-time employee. In total, HR advocates will meet with over 200 congressional offices.

Members meeting with House of Representatives staff will focus specifically on changing the current employment verification system to be completely electronic, increasing work visas for skilled works, and supporting the Trusted Employer system. Those meeting with Senate staff will advocate for tax benefits to expand retirement savings and also confirm their support for the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act, which proposes to change the PPACA definition of full-time employees from those working 30 hours per week to those working 40 hours per week.

Among the two dozen concurrent conference sessions are:

  • New Board, New Agenda: The NLRB’s 2014 Agenda;
    : Roger King, of counsel, Jones Day, Columbus, Ohio; and Nancy J. Schiffer, and Harry I. Johnson III, members, National Labor Relations Board, Washington; Monday, March 17, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
  • Background Checks – Criminal, Credit and Social Media;
    : Michael Cohen, partner, Duane Morris, LLP, Philadelphia. Monday, March 17, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
  • All Politics Is Local: State Law Trends;
    Presenter: Jonathan Segal, partner, Duane Morris, LLP, Philadelphia; Tuesday, March 18, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Out of the Headlines and Into the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know about Human and Labor Trafficking;
    Presenters: David Fortney and Jacqueline Scott, co-founders; and Elizabeth, Bradley, attorney, Fortney Scott, Washington; Tuesday, March 18, 9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Now the Real Work Begins: Positioning Your Organization for Health Care Reform;
    Presenter: Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, president and CEO, Kushner & Company, Portage, Mich.; Tuesday, March 18, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Agency Update: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC);
    Presenter: Peggy R. Mastroianni, legal counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Washington; Tuesday, March 18, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Note to reporters: Media must pre-register for press credentials. To request credentials, please contact Vanessa Gray at and 703-535-6072 or Kate Kennedy at and 703-535-6260.

Keynote speakers are not available for media interviews. But concurrent session speakers often are available for interviews, as are SHRM experts on employment law, legislation and regulation. Contact SHRM Media Relations for specifics on press availabilities.

A welcome reception will be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 17.

Please let the SHRM Media Relations staff know if you would like to attend. For all other information about the conference, please visit

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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