California HR Professionals to Advocate on Workplace-Related Legislation during Visit to State Capitol

May 9, 2012

CalSHRM Legislative Conference to offer educational sessions on employment law May 17-18

Sacramento, Calif., May 9, 2012 — More than 200 California human resource professionals will attend the California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) Legislative Conference to learn more about state and federal public policy issues impacting the workplace.

What: CalSHRM’s 2012 Legislative Conference

When: May 17 and 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento

Details: The annual conference organized by CalSHRM, an affiliate of SHRM, provides members of SHRM’s 18 California professional chapters with information on how the legislative actions in Sacramento affect employers. More than 30 employment-related bills or amendments are pending in the California State Legislature.

Among conference speakers are Debbie Horne, CalSHRM state director; Mark Janatpour, the state’s senior deputy labor commissioner; Christine Baker, director of the California Department of Industrial Relations; and Mike Aitken, SHRM’s vice president of government affairs. Sessions include:

  • “California Legislative Forecast in 2012” with Michael Kalt, partner, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, and government affairs director for CalSHRM;
  • “California Employment Law Express: The ‘must know’ employment laws for conducting business in California” with Mike Letizia, CalSHRM state director-elect;
  • “Workforce Flexibility: The Next Imperative for Business Success” with Lisa Horn, co-director of SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative;
  • “The DFEH Civil Rights Challenge” with Phyllis Cheng, director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The complete schedule is available online at

State Capitol Day: More than 60 HR professionals will visit representatives in the State Senate and Assembly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, to share employer perspectives on two pending bills:

  • AB 1450 – Prohibiting employers from considering the “employment status” of an individual during the hiring process.
  • AB 2039 – Expanding the California Family Rights Act to allow leave to care for grandparents, siblings, adult children.

Media: Members of the media wanting to attend the conference must apply for press credentials. For credentials or to schedule interviews, contact Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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