Top Workplace Law Trends and Topics to Be Discussed at SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference March 14-16 in Washington

Feb 23, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Health care reform, changes to overtime regulations, legalization of marijuana and upcoming Supreme Court decisions are just some of the many trending topics that will be discussed at the upcoming Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, to be held March 14-16 in Washington, D.C. 

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 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14. 

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

Press availability: In addition to 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. Press availabilities include:

  • Mike Aitken, Nancy Hammer and Lisa Horn of SHRM Government Affairs; workplace regulation, policy and legislation; Monday, March 14, 3:30-3:45 p.m. and Tuesday, March 15, 10:45-11 a.m.
  • Jonathan Segal, an employment lawyer, concurrent session speaker and officer in the Pennsylvania SHRM State Council; guns in the workplace, drug testing, social media, state law and minimum wage; Monday, March 14, 3:15-3:45 p.m. 

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, 1:45-3:15 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. 

Advocacy Day: On Wednesday, March 16, approximately 250 conference attendees will visit over 200 congressional offices on Capitol Hill to talk about federal legislation affecting the workplace and the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to overtime regulations.

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 at and 703-535-6260. Please contact SHRM 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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