SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference to Examine Public Policy’s Impact on Workplace

Marijuana, bias and free speech in the workplace among topics at March 17-20 conference in Washington, D.C.

January 14, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) 2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference will examine workplace issues through the lens of policymakers when more than 600 human resource professionals and other business leaders gather in the nation’s capital in March.

The annual educational event also will include general sessions and concurrent sessions on top public-policy issues affecting work: workforce development, workplace equity, paid leave and workplace immigration.

What: SHRM’s 2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference (#SHRMLeg)

When: March 17-20, 2019

Where: The Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Details: The conference begins with a fireside chat on “The Future of Work and the American Electorate” the early evening of Sunday, March 17. The next day’s programming is a series of general sessions highlighting workplace issues as influenced by federal and state government.

On Tuesday, March 19, more than a dozen concurrent sessions on topics in the news will be offered, including:

  • A Time for Civility: Moving Beyond Harassment and Bullying to Practicing Civility in the Workplace.
  • Review of Legal Issues Related to Free Speech in the Workplace, Including Political Free Speech.
  • Marijuana and Opioids Impact on the Workplace.
  • Navigating the Patchwork of Federal, State and International Pay-Equity Laws.
  • What’s Today’s Excuse? Enforcing Attendance Rules but Offering Reasonable Accommodation.
  • Immigration Strategies: Sponsoring H-1B and Other Foreign Professionals in the Trump Era.
  • Will Paid Family Leave Become a Reality?

Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, March 20, when hundreds of HR and employment-law professionals visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill to talk about federal legislation affecting the workplace. 

Press availability: SHRM advocates on the federal and state levels for public policy that fosters better workplaces for all. President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, and Emily M. Dickens, corporate secretary and chief of staff, will be available during a press briefing about public policy issues and their effects on employers and workers including the First Step Act and addressing the skills gap by considering hiring candidates with criminal backgrounds.  

Concurrent speakers are available for individual interviews. Contact SHRM Media Relations for details.
Videotaping sessions is not allowed.

For conference details, please visit

Media: Members of the media must preregister for press credentials. To request credentials, contact Kennedy Barba at and 703-535-6472 or Kate Kennedy at and 703-535-6260.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 300,000 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 and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 

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