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2013 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

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Last week, SHRM hosted over 650 HR professionals in Washington, D.C., at the 2013 Employment Law & Legislative Conference. This year’s event featured an all-star lineup of keynote speakers including, Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent (pictured below left); Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor at TIME (below right with the Immediate Past Chairman of SHRM's Board of Directors Jose A. Berrios); and Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent. In addition, concurrent sessions offered attendees insight into many issues relevant to today’s workforce, such as health care reform and implementation, global skills gap and immigration, right-to work laws, and managing employee requests under ADA and FMLA.  Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, a member of the Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions commitees, also stopped by to address members on the importance of advocating directly with your legislators about policy issues of concern to the HR profession.


On the final day of the event, nearly 200 conference participants converged on Capitol Hill to meet with their respective lawmakers and advocate on behalf of the HR profession. Pictured below from left to right are members from the Texas and New York delegations, respectively. In total, Capitol Hill Day participants met with over 225 (138 House and 90 Senate) lawmakers from 45 states. This year’s visits focused on protecting employee benefits as part of tax reform and deficit reduction, and also creating a workable immigration system. The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) and SHRM have prepared an immigration reform primer, viewable HERE.
To learn more about SHRM’s public-policy priorities for 2013, visit HERE.


Missed the 2013 Employment Law & Legislative Conference?

It’s not too late! You can watch videos of select keynote speakers, listen to recorded concurrent sessions with downloadable PowerPoint presentations, and earn up to 20 recertification credits through SHRM’s on-demand programming. Click HERE to purchase on-demand content from the conference. (Please note: You must log in with your SHRM member ID to receive discount pricing.)

Join SHRM’s Advocacy Team (A-Team)

Did you know that there are over 90 new members of Congress? Few of these legislators, if any, understand how certain policies affect HR. SHRM’s Advocacy Team (A-Team) is a group of HR professionals committed to educating lawmakers about the work of HR and advancing the interests of the profession through the legislative and regulatory channels. As a member of the SHRM Advocacy Team, you will be the voice of our profession and join the ranks of other HR Advocates committed to moving the HR profession forward. Learn more about the A-Team by visiting HERE or join the A-Team as an HR Advocate or Advocacy Captain HERE.

A-Team in-person information and training sessions provide more insight about the initiative, teach SHRM members how to be effective advocates and also offer HR Certification Institute strategic recertification credits. A number of councils and chapters have scheduled in-person programming, and you may view a state-by-state list of upcoming sessions.

For more information on A-Team activities or questions about the initiative, contact Chatrane Birbal, SHRM’s senior associate, member advocacy (703-535-6476 / or David Lusk, senior associate, member advocacy (703-535-6158 /

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