Workplace Law Experts to Discuss Current Trends and Topics at SHRM Law & Legislative Conference March 23-25 in Washington

Mar 4, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va.Health care reform, state law trends, FLSA changes, Supreme Court decisions and drug testing are just some of the many trending topics that will be discussed at the upcoming Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference March 23-25 in Washington.

SHRM will release a research report on Tuesday, March 24, about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on the workplace. The survey polled over 700 HR professionals.

On Monday, March 23, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), a SHRM affiliate, will release its annual employer-immigration guide, which includes information about how the U.S. economy can be strengthened through reform of the immigration system.

WHAT: SHRM’s 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference (#SHRMLeg)

WHEN: March 23-25, 2015

WHERE: The Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

A welcome reception will be held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23.

WHO: More than 500 human resource professionals and employment lawyers from across the country are expected to attend the conference.

Philip A. Miscimarra, a member of the National Labor Relations Board, will speak at Tuesday’s “NLRB Update: An Insider’s Perspective” concurrent session at 11 a.m.

Advocacy Day: On Wednesday, March 25, approximately 250 conference attendees will visit over 200 congressional offices on Capitol Hill to talk about federal legislation affecting the workplace, including the definition of a full-time employee under the ACA, which will be discussed with Senate members. They will also discuss possible changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations since Congress will have hearings about the issue in the near future.

Press Availability: In addition to the having access to more than two dozen concurrent conference sessions, reporters will have the opportunity to network with and interview SHRM experts on various employment topics. Experts and their topic areas include:

  • Mike Aitken, Nancy Hammer and Lisa Horn of SHRM Government Affairs; workplace regulation, policy and legislation; Monday, March 23, 3:15-3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 24, 10:45-11 a.m. 
  • Jonathan Segal, an employment lawyer and concurrent session speaker; social media, state law, minimum wage, guns in the workplace and drug testing; Monday, March 23, 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Alex Alonso, vice president of research and SHRM Certification; SHRM’s competency-based certification and the SHRM Competency Model, which includes ethical practice; Monday, March 23, 3:30-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session Highlights:

  • How to Successfully Attract, Employ and Retain People with Disabilities; Monday, March 23, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
  • What Employers Can Expect When Their Employees Are Expecting; Monday, March 23, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
  • All Politics Is Local: State Law Trends; Monday, March 23, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
  • Red and Watery Eyes, Slurred Speech, Dorito Crumbs and Other Red Flags: New Legal Challenges to Drug and Alcohol Testing; Tuesday, March 24, 9:15-10:45 a.m.
  • The Bully and the Bottom Line; Tuesday, March 24, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • The Doctor is In: ACA Employer Mandate; Tuesday, March 24, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

For conference details, please visit

Media: Members of the media must pre-register for press credentials. To request credentials, please contact Vanessa Gray at and 703-535-6072 or Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Affairs at 703-535-6260 and Please contact media affairs if you would like to attend the welcome reception on Monday night.

Videotaping general sessions is not allowed, and keynote speakers are not available for media interviews.

Contact SHRM Media Affairs for specifics on press availabilities and interviews with concurrent session speakers. Most concurrent session speakers are available.

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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