Employment Law & Legislative Conference


(800) 283-7476, option 3 (U.S.)
+1 (703) 548-3440, option 3 (Int'l)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET

2016 is going to be a landmark year for our country: The first open race for U.S. President since 2008; another round of national elections that could further shift the balance of power in Congress; and the potential for even more regulatory and legislative burdens on the workplace.

With a presidential administration solidifying its legacy, and America preparing to elect a new leader, is there a better - or any more important - time to be discussing  HR issues in our nation's capital?

Burdens like wide-sweeping changes to FLSA overtime regulations and adjustments to health care costs under the Affordable Care Act – just to name a couple – are going to continue to majorly impact HR professionals, employers and employees across the country. This is where the 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference comes in - to proactively and strategically provide you with the timeliest information needed to prepare for what lies ahead – and then how to best engage to bring about change.

Keynote Speakers

Henry (Hank) G.
Jackson, CPA
, president & CEO, SHRM
Monday, March 14 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. EST

Welcome and opening remarks from SHRM's CEO Hank Jackson.

Michael P.
, vice president, Government Affairs, SHRM
Monday, March 14 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. EST

The American electorate will head to the ballot box in November to elect a new president and decide which party or parties will control the 115th Congress. Key workplace issues before Congress in this election season include efforts to amend the Affordable Care Act, new workplace flexibility options and initiatives to address pay equity, to name a few. The Obama administration is also trying to put the finishing touches on its workplace regulatory legacy with changes to the overtime regulations and new paid-leave requirements for federal contractors. How will these issues affect your workplace? This session will provide an up-to-date discussion of current congressional activity as well as federal regulatory and judicial activity.

, editor, publisher and columnist, Cook Political Report and National Journal
Monday, March 14 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. EST

For more than two decades, Charlie Cook has been a trusted and accurate voice on all things political. Using poll numbers, economic indicators and historical data, Cook will discuss today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, nonpartisan way. He will also share his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics in relation to the upcoming elections, including what key dynamics are driving and affecting the Democratic and Republican nomination choices. He will focus on the implications of states’ electoral leanings, what it all means for the upcoming presidential contest, what will likely happen in the House and Senate, and what the results mean for the two parties (and the American people).

The Honorable Eric H.
Holder, Jr.
, 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Tuesday, March 15 8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. EST

The third-longest-serving attorney general in United States history, Eric Holder has spent an illustrious career at the forefront of the nation’s most pressing issues. Holder will share a behind-the-scenes look at his time in the Justice Department and at the White House, providing an insider’s perspective on the stories that splashed across newspaper headlines around the globe and addressing the real-world consequences that follow high-level decision-making. This session will offer a unique opportunity to hear Holder’s perspective on topics ranging from leadership and public policy, foreign relations, and national security to the opportunities and threats of a fundamentally changing workforce and how organizations can manage the economic impacts. You will leave with thought-provoking insights on the issues that matter most to you in both your personal life and your work life.

  • This invitation is non-transferable
  • Government issued photographic ID must be presented upon check in
  • Large baggage, including backpacks, briefcases, large umbrellas and other oversized items are prohibited and will not be allowed in the room
, chairman and CEO, Gallup
Tuesday, March 15 12:15 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. EST

Gallup considers one of the most important issues facing humankind is to positively change the performance of workplaces around the world for economic and especially human development. Gallup uses the same trusted techniques and methodologies it uses for online polls to understand the attitudes, behaviors and well-being of employees and workplaces in over 140 countries. Jim Clifton, Gallup’s Chairman and CEO, will reveal the latest insights on the changing will of today’s employees and latest findings from Gallup’s global workplace analytics, including:

  • Performance Management: The historic move away from “command-and-control”.
  • Millennials: Engaging a generation that really is different.
  • Global Workplace Engagement: The current failures of workplace leadership.
Doris Kearns
, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Tuesday, March 15 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. EST
“America’s historian-in-chief” Doris Kearns Goodwin examines the changing nature of the campaign for commander in chief from 1896, when 750,000 citizens showed up on the porch of the home of Republican candidate William McKinley, to today, when Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton communicates in 140 characters or less to her over 4 million Twitter followers. The evolution in presidential campaign communication and strategy underscores the constant focus on personal and professional exposure and accountability that comes with a run for the White House. Goodwin will transport you back to a simpler time to understand the transformation to our current political system, with its perpetual campaigning, negative slurs and ads, endless fundraising, high-stakes debates, recall elections, and over-reliance on polls. After five decades of studying the campaigns and candidates for the highest office in the land, Goodwin will share rich stories of spin, privacy and personality behind the quadrennial dance of democracy. Then she will speak about the current day—the 2016 presidential campaign, a lengthy, exhausting and costly race that will be dominated by the 24/7 news cycle, social media, pop culture and the rise of the super PACs.
Reasons to Attend: 
  • Get a clear understanding of the complex world of workplace legislation and court decisions that impact how you do business.
  • Learn about the latest regulatory and enforcement activities from those on the front lines of implementing federal employment laws.
  • Identify and address common pitfalls that can put your organization at risk, such as pre-employment screening, FLSA compliance and sexual harassment claims.
  • Get tools, tips and resources that help minimize your organization’s exposure to litigation.
  • Be an advocate! Influence the HR public policy agenda by attending the Capitol Hill visits.
  • Build your network of peers and resources.
Who Should Attend: 
  • Senior HR Professionals who need to know what’s next in workplace law & legislation seeking to successfully position their organizations.
  • HR professionals seeking practicable, actionable guidance on workplace management.
  • HR managers seeking to build compliant organizations and manage risk.
  • HR practitioners who want to hear from leaders and legislators on how workplace law affects them.

Special thanks to our conference sponsors

Congressional Sponsors

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