Timely Workplace Topics to Be Discussed at SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition June 19-22 in Washington, D.C.

Over 200 concurrent sessions will include topics such as paid leave, benefits, overtime regulation and more.

May 9, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition taking place June 19-22 in Washington, D.C., will feature content on the biggest topics facing HR professionals today, including employment regulation, paid leave, health care reform, Millennial recruitment and global workforce trends. 

More than 15,000 HR professionals, recruiters and business leaders are expected to attend the four-day event that will feature more than 200 speakers. 

WHAT: SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM16)

WHEN: June 19-22, 2016

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.


Five research surveys will be released by SHRM and the SHRM Foundation. On Sunday, June 19, the Policies on Politics Survey report will be published.

Press briefings:

  • An update on SHRM Certification (Sunday, June 19, 4:30-5:15 p.m.)
  • The SHRM 2016 Employee Benefits research report, including a special analysis of 20 years of survey information (Monday, June 20, 3:15-4 p.m.)
  • The SHRM Recruiting and Skills Survey report and the SHRM Foundation-Economist Intelligence Unit’s Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce research report. (Tuesday, June 21, 10-10:30 a.m.)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) members Chai Feldblum and Victoria Lipnic will speak about the EEOC’s Task Force on Harassment in the Workplace, and David Weil, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, will address HR professionals about compliance priorities. 

Concurrent sessions include:

  • The Tidal Wave of Millennials Is Here: Effective Leadership for Managing Multiple Generations, June 21, 10:45 a.m.-noon.
  • T-Minus 90 Days and Counting to the General Election: The Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy, June 20, 10:45 a.m.-noon.
  • Preparing for Change: Complying with the DOL’s Final Overtime Regulations, June 20, 2:15-3:30 p.m. 
  • Wage and Hour Compliance: Adjusting to the New Regulations and Otherwise Avoiding Overtime Liability, June 21, 10-11:15 a.m.
  • Updating Your Employment Handbook and Harassment Training to Include the LGBT Workforce, June 21, 4-5:15 p.m. 
  • Social Media: Protecting Employer Information vs. Employee Privacy, June 20, 7-8:15 a.m.

Other events: 

  • Attracting and Retaining Talent in Health Care: Building an Effective Workplace preconference session (Saturday, June 18, 1-5 p.m.). Health care business leaders will share best practices to recruit top talent during a time of staffing shortages for the sector. 
  • Media Lunch with SHRM experts (Tuesday, June 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.). SHRM executives and staff are available for media interviews on a variety of topics involving the workplace, including employee benefits, paid leave, employee relations, recruiting, national and California-specific regulation, and more.

More than 1,200 HR, talent acquisition and technology exhibitors will be available in the Exposition Hall. 

For more details on the conference, please visit www.annual.shrm.org

Advocacy: The SHRM Advocacy Team will bring 200 conference attendees to Capitol Hill for a special event on Wednesday, June 22, in which they will speak with their states’ respective legislators about SHRM’s vision for workplace legislation. An advocacy rally is planned for Tuesday’s general session.

Media: Press credentials are required and must be obtained in advance of the conference. To request credentials, please contact SHRM media affairs: Vanessa Hill at Vanessa.Hill@shrm.org or 703-535-6072. Videotaping general sessions is not allowed, and keynote speakers are not available for media interviews. Contact SHRM Media Relations for interviews with concurrent session speakers. 

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 shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 


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