California State Legislative & HR Conference set for April 20-22

HR professionals to visit California Capitol April 20 to discuss veterans’ preference in hiring

Mar 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The annual California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) Legislative & HR Conference will offer participants the opportunity to learn about critical issues that impact employment and business. Also during the conference, more than 150 HR professionals will meet with their legislators and their staffs to discuss three workplace issues before the California Legislature. Call 703-535-6273 for complimentary press registration for the conference. 

What: 2016 California State Legislative & HR Conference
When: Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22 (with a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, April 20)
Where: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Details: CalSHRM brings together experts in employment law and state legislation for its annual conference. Among the conference presentations:

  • “The Bully and the Bottom Line,” Thursday, April 21, at 11:45 a.m.• “From Body Art to Unisex Bathrooms: An HR Professional's Guide to the Employment Law Galaxy,” April 21 at 2:45 p.m.
  • “Top 5 Most Critical HR Risks in 2016” Keynote: Jennifer Brown Shaw, partner, Shaw-Valenza LLP, April 21 at 4 p.m.
  • "The Washington Outlook from the California Employer’s Perspective” Keynote: Mike Aitken, vice president, government affairs at SHRM, Friday, April 22, at 9:45 a.m.
  • “The Power of Advocacy” with Don Walters, political columnist, The Sacramento Bee, Friday, April 22 at 11:15 a.m. 

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Advocacy: Some attendees will visit the California Capitol on Wednesday, April 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to talk with lawmakers and staff about how pending legislation affects employees and employers, including:

  • Allowing employers to utilize a voluntary veterans’ preference during hiring  (AB 1383)
  • Prohibiting inquiries about salary history during the hiring process (AB 1676)
  • Allowing alternative workweek schedules (SB 985).

CalSHRM supports AB 1383 and SB 985, and it opposes AB 1676.

Media: CalSHRM’s Legislative Affairs Director Michael Kalt and Jason Gabhart, California state government affairs advisor for SHRM, are available for interviews. 

For press credentials and interview requests, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Affairs at 703-535-6260, or Sundra Hominik at 703-535-6273,

About CalSHRM

The California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is dedicated to uniting and supporting California's 22,000-person HR community. The California State Council (CalSHRM) is the liaison and support organization that links all 17 of California's local SHRM chapter leaders with SHRM's area and national organizations. Visit for more information and follow us on Twitter @CalSHRM.

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 SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.


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