CalSHRM Conference to Examine State Legislation and Laws Impacting the Workplace in California

The conference will be held April 19-21 in Sacramento

Mar 22, 2017
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) annual State Legislative & HR Conference will focus on state law and legislative issues that have an impact on the workplace.

The conference, which has an expected attendance of over 400 HR professionals, is open to the media and will offer experts speaking on California and federal employment law.

On the first day of the conference, nearly 200 HR professionals from across California will visit with their state legislators to discuss timely workplace issues such as hiring preferences for veterans. This will be the largest attendance ever for CalSHRM’s annual Advocacy Day. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 20, to Friday, April 21 (with preconference workshops and Advocacy Day legislator visits on Wednesday, April 19) 

DETAILS: Presentations include: 

• 2017 California Employment Law and Legislative Forecast, Thursday, April 20, 8:15-9:45 a.m.
• The 2017 Federal Employment Law and Legislative Update, Thursday, April 20, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
• I Have Employees in California, Now What?, Thursday, April 20, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
• Employee Privacy Rights: How Far Do They Go?, Friday, April 21, 8:30-10 a.m.

ADVOCACY: About 200 conference attendees will visit the state Capitol from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. CalSHRM members will be advocating on the following issues:

• Wage and Hour: CalSHRM is opposed to Assembly Bill 5, which would essentially extend statewide San Jose’s Opportunity to Work Ordinance and would require employers to offer available work hours to existing part-time nonexempt employees before hiring new employees. CalSHRM opposes this bill because it would impose numerous mandates on employers and human resources professionals, thus restricting employer discretion when deciding the best way to staff its operations. CalSHRM also opposes this bill because it would apply much more broadly than similar ordinances in San Francisco and San Jose, and to the extent that it is heavily modeled on the San Jose ordinance that took effect on March 13, 2017, there has been insufficient time to see how that ordinance has functioned. 

• Veteran Hiring: CalSHRM is proud to support and sponsor Assembly Bill 353, which would enable private employers to grant hiring preferences to honorably discharged veterans. This bill would update an existing preference provision that currently only applies to Vietnam War-era veterans. This preference would be voluntary and is intended to address the above-average unemployment rate for veterans, particularly female veterans. Similar preferences have been enacted, often on a unanimous or overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, in over 30 states. 

Media: For conference press credentials and interview requests, contact SHRM Media Affairs: Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and or Kate Kennedy of at 703-535-6260 and

About CalSHRM
The California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is dedicated to uniting and supporting California’s 25,000-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. CalSHRM is composed of elected officers and the presidents of California’s SHRM chapters, which range in size from 40 members to more than 5,000 and over four geographic areas across the state. Visit for more information and follow us on Twitter @CalSHRM. 

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the 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 and Instagram @SHRMPress. 

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