Workplace Law Experts to Discuss Marijuana Legalization, the ACA, Overtime Changes and More at SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference March 14-16 in Washington

Jan 28, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference will have a strong focus on timely topics such as marijuana legalization, Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) changes to the overtime regulations, and same-sex marriage implications for employers.

Other topics on the conference agenda include workplace wellness, state employment law trends, workplace flexibility and the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions.

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

WHAT: SHRM’s 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference (#SHRMLeg)

WHEN: March 14-16, 2016

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

A welcome reception will be held at the National Postal Museum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14.

Concurrent Session Highlights:

  • Buzz Kill: When Can Employers Terminate Employees Who Legally Use Marijuana?; Monday, March 14, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
  • Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in All 50 States, So What Now?; Monday, March 14, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
  • Preparing for Change: Complying with the DOL’s Final Overtime Regulations; Monday, March 14, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
  • The Affordable Care Act and the High Price of Noncompliance; Monday, March 14, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
  • Social Media: Protecting Vital Employer Information vs. Protecting Employee Privacy; Monday, March 14, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
  • Workplace Wellness: Promises, Challenges and Legal Questions; Tuesday, March 15, 9:15-10:45 a.m.
  • Among the keynote speakers is Michael Aitken, vice president of government affairs at SHRM, who will speak about the outlook for HR public policy during this presidential election year.

Press availability: Several SHRM experts on employment law and regulation will be available at designated times on Monday and Tuesday.

Advocacy Day: On Wednesday, March 16, hundreds of conference attendees will visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill to talk about federal legislation affecting the workplace and the proposed changes to the overtime regulations.

For conference details, please visit

Media: Members of the media must preregister for press credentials. To request credentials, please contact Vanessa Gray at and 703-535-6072 or Kate Kennedy of SHRM Public Affairs at and 703-535-6260. Videotaping general sessions is not allowed, and keynote speakers (with the exception of Aitken) are not available for media interviews. Contact SHRM Media Relations for specifics on press availabilities and interviews with concurrent speakers.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
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