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2012 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

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With just over a week to go, the line-up for this year’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference, scheduled for March 4 – 7, is set. In addition to our keynote speakers from the media world and our luncheon discussion with a noted GOP and Democratic pollster about the upcoming elections, the number of congressional speakers participating in this year’s conference tops all of SHRM’s previous Washington conferences to date.

Deputy Majority Whip Tim Scott (R-SC) and Assistant Democratic Leader in the House Jim Clyburn (D-SC) will be addressing the conference on Tuesday, March 6, over lunch and in the afternoon, and Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the FMLA and FLSA, will speak to SHRM members on the morning of March 7 before they head to Capitol Hill to advocate on rescinding the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rule and for the permanent renewal of Section 127 employer-provided educational benefits under the tax code.

These presentations, along with at least 3 or more others by Republican and Democratic colleagues from the Congress, will be in addition to nearly 30 concurrent sessions available on employment law and legislative topics, many of which have been awarded HR Certification Institute recertification credit.

Then there’s the “must attend” networking events scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evening. Our opening night VIP Reception will take place at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (pictured at left) — a beautiful space only minutes from the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill hotel. This event will be a great opportunity for conference attendees to chat and network with other attendees, public policy decision-makers, outside media and SHRM staff. On Tuesday night, attendees are encouraged to stop by the Super Tuesday Watch Party, where members can track the early returns of some of the 10 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses occurring that day.

This just in! In a first for SHRM’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference, the Monday morning (March 5) opening session — when SHRM’s Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Aitken will deliver his Washington Outlook: HR Public Policy in a Season of Discontent — will be presented LIVE for HR professionals unable to join us in Washington. To learn more about the session, which has been awarded 1.75 hours of strategic recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute, click HERE.

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