Legal Compliance

Now, more than ever, the decisions that will be made on HR public policy initiatives will have a real impact on you and your workplace; these impacts that may affect the way you remain compliant in the face of increasing legislative complexity. The SHRM 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois has the information, resources, tools, and solutions you will need.
We have developed an Annual Conference & Exposition program that goes beyond basic compliance and features a program that is strategic and immediately applicable and proven. Our suggested schedule includes:
  • A preconference workshop on how to manage within the law;
  • Ten concurrent sessions that cover the full range of HR, from auditing your FMLA and ADA processes to leadership ethics to personal story that will teach you the real impacts of workplace violence;
  • General Sessions with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes; Dan Pink, the best-selling author of Drive; and the inspirational Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords;
  • Ample time for networking in the Exposition Hall and Networking Lounges; and
  • A bit of entertainment with our Tuesday Night Show performer, Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson.
We’ve recommended a schedule that takes advantage of all of the learning at this conference, but will also ensure that you return to your office more compliant, more prepared and more energized than ever before.
This sample agenda provides you with one suggested curriculum for your conference experience. With hundreds of sessions to choose from, there are countless ways to customize your agenda to fit your needs. Visit for the full listing of concurrent sessions, and begin building your personalized schedule today.

The conference doesn't officially open until Sunday, but if your schedule permits, we suggest getting into Chicago one day early, on Saturday, June 15. You'll be able to take advantage of our exceptional Additional Learning opportunities, such as the Preconference Workshop suggested below, and you may even get a chance to spend a few hours exploring the city. We can't promise the weather will be perfect, but we can absolutely guarantee that the views will be spectacular.
8:00 a.m.        
Get a head start on the next few days by showing up early to registration. Here, you'll get your bag, your badge, and your conference materials that will help you navigate the next few days of intense learning and valuable networking. Prefer your information in the palm of your hand? Download the conference mobile app, available in early Spring 2013, and get everything you need on your smartphone!
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Attend a One-Day Workshop*

Tackle the most intriguing topics of the year in these intensive, information-packed preconference sessions. These workshops offer unique, in-depth approaches to understanding the workplace issues that affect your organization’s viability in today’s business environment, and will help you master the most important workplace trends.
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation

Workplace Application: This session will show you how to groom managers to embrace their roles as front line problem-solvers and understand how to manage in compliance with HR law.
Front line managers are the first line of defense for a company that wants to minimize exposure to costly litigation and government investigations. They are the first to field complaints, the first to investigate incidents, and the first responders to workplace tragedies -- yet they often receive very little training on how to handle these critical duties. Greg Hare, an employment lawyer with 20+ years of practical experience, illustrates how you should give your managers annual training to educate them on their role as agents of the company and help them learn how to: 
  • handle complaints of discrimination and harassment and which employment laws apply to them;
  • manage leave under various federal laws;
  • comply with wage payment laws;
  • manage union issues, hiring and firing; and
  • best practices for minimizing legal exposure.
 Presenter: Greg Hare, attorney at law, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Atlanta, Ga.

Visit for the full listing of available workshops
*Additional fees and pre-registration required.

Sunday is the first official day of the 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition, and you’ll definitely feel the buzz in the air. Head over to McCormick Place - feel free to stop and take pictures of all the local signs welcoming you to Chicago - and get ready for a fun-filled day of learning, networking, and inspiration. First stop – Conference Orientation, and then off to begin your adventure.
11:00 a.m. - Noon     
Attend the Conference Orientation
This is a big conference in every sense of the word. Over 200 sessions, hundreds of exhibitors in the world's largest HR Exposition, thousands of HR professionals and the biggest convention center in North America… but don’t worry. It’s not too big to manage. Our Conference Orientation session is a fantastic way to kick off your conference experience; here you'll get a chance to meet your fellow attendees, participate in some formal (but fun!) networking, and get oriented. We'll make sure you leave more prepared to make the most out of your time in Chicago!
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.          
Stop by the World’s Largest HR Store

The SHRMStore is 10,000 square feet of HR books, videos, software, and DVDs. Here you can browse over 1,000 different new and best-selling products on a variety of topics such as state and federal legal compliance, compensation, harassment training, performance, HR metrics, social media, and more. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Opening General Session
Good things come to those who wait! We're working hard to finalize our speaker for this Opening General Session, and we can assure you that whoever it is, it'll be someone who will leave you feeling more inspired, more engaged and more energized.
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Grand Opening Reception in the Exposition Hall
After being inspired in the Opening General Session, head over the SHRM Exposition. This is the world's largest HR marketplace, a thriving and buzzing space with over 700 exhibitor booths, endless solutions, displays, presentations, new ideas and networking in every aisle. It’s a good time to start making connections and gathering ideas for solutions to bring back to your office.

Monday begins the first full day of concurrent sessions, which run from the morning into the early evening. With four session time slots and a morning General Session with Blake Mycoskie to start your day, you have ample opportunity to get valuable information and resources. We believe that the more choices you have, the more you will be able to build a learning itinerary that fits your specific needs. Whether you’re a small department of one or a corporate office supporting thousands, we have the choices you’ll need to be smarter, faster, and savvier at your job. 
Worried about missing a session? You can upgrade to our Conference on Demand, which is a unique product that allows you to view the sessions online and earn up to 20 HRCI recertification credits. With unlimited online access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the On Demand package includes videos of select keynote addresses, recordings of the concurrent sessions with audio, and the detailed, downloadable PowerPoint slides that accompany each session. Visit for more information.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will show you how to evaluate your FMLA and ADA processes to save costs, improve productivity, and avoid liability.
Faulty or deficient FMLA and ADA accommodation processes often result in significant business costs including excessive absences, lost productivity, and legal liability. In this session, you will obtain legal FMLA and ADA updates, practical tools, and knowledge of common errors and best practices so you can effectively audit, strategically analyze, and improve your organization's leave of absence, accommodation, and related processes. This session will equip you with the skills you need to effectively analyze the flow of your organization's receipt and processing of employee leave and accommodation requests, and identify system breakdowns which lead to legal violations and business losses.
Presenter: Heather A. Owen, partner, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, Jacksonville, Fla.
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
General Session with Blake Mycoskie
You may not know his name, but you probably know his shoes. Mycoskie is the young, fearless found of TOMS, the innovative company that has used the One for One model to build a successful business founded on a very basic premise that organizations can be compassionate and profitable. Since 2006, TOMS has donated over two million shoes in 25 countries to children in need; at the same time, they have revolutionized social entrepreneurism. 
Mycoskie will inspire you to think differently about your ability to create real impacts in your professional and personal life in big and small ways, every day.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation

Workplace Application: This interactive session will discuss the developments surrounding the National Labor Relations Board and its members.
Outwater will highlight the status of many the new developments as well as recommendations for a proactive compliance program. You will learn about the significant implications of many of the NLRB’s recent developments for both unionized and non-union workplaces. Recent NLRB rulings have involved protected concerted activity, impacting class action waivers in arbitration agreement, redefining bargaining units and others. These rulings have necessitated updates to employee handbooks, social media policies and practices, confidentiality, complaint resolution and even harassment policies will also be addressed.
Presenter: Lynn Outwater, SPHR, JD, partner, Jackson Lewis, LLP, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.       
Lunch in the Exposition Hall
Lunch is provided for you in the SHRM Exposition - which is both easy on your budget and provides you with an excellent opportunity to browse through the hundreds of solutions our exhibitors provide. Whether you're looking for employee recognition ideas, innovative HRIS programs, or compensation and benefits resources, you'll find more of what your organization needs.
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation; Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Workplace Application: This session will provide best practices for employers wishing to provide benefits to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees.
Learn about the types of benefits and policies cutting-edge employers may wish to consider in order to provide equal treatment of LGBT employees, including domestic partner tax gross-ups and health benefits for transgender employees. Solomon will provide an update on the latest developments, including the recent legal challenges to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. Learn the best practices for benefit plans with respect to coverage of same-sex partners and understand the tax and payroll consequences of any such coverage, as well as recent trend in domestic partner benefits.
Presenter: Todd A. Solomon, partner, McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP, Chicago, Ill.
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Take a Break
It’s been a full day; you’ve already been to three concurrent sessions and the morning General Session. Take a few moments to review and digest what you’ve learned, and start thinking about how you can apply this information back at your own office. Use the Annual Conference mobile app to view all the PowerPoint presentations from the sessions you attended or even to send us feedback. And if you take this time to answer a few work emails or check your Facebook or Twitter, we’ll understand.
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Organizational Leadership & Navigation; Ethical Practice
Workplace Application: This session will help you develop, inspire and maintain a culture of integrity in your organizations.

This session will equip you with the skills to be able to recognize and help impede the effect of four factors that lead to unethical behavior. Real FBI case examples will help you understand the root causes of unethical behavior and facilitate the achievement of corporate goals at all levels with employee morality and integrity intact. You will learn how to foster a culture of personal and corporate integrity by helping your employees adapt a long-term philosophy and ethical decision-making skills in difficult and ambiguous situations. Facilitate the affirmation of ethical leadership in all corporate roles through a renewed sense of accountability, truthfulness, a commitment to priorities and a well-defined mission. You will receive valuable tools, including an ethics flow chart, to help facilitate and further a culture of integrity in your organization.
Presenter: Jeff Lanza, president, Communication Dynamics, Mission, Kan.
5:30 p.m.       
Night on Your Own
Chicago is one of America’s most picturesque cities, with its beloved skyline standing along the bright blue green waters of Lake Michigan, its hyper-color river weaving its way beside some of America’s most iconic buildings, its train yards bustling with commerce and history, and its world-famous theater and shopping and dining. While you’re here, you will have access to world-class museums of art and science, miles of sandy beaches, huge parks and beautiful public art. Make sure you take advantage of this gorgeous city; we will guarantee that, at least once, you will find yourself gasping at awe at what is surely one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.
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Your investment in this conference continues to yield results as you enter your second full day of learning. You'll hear from Dan Pink about what motivates you (or what you thought motivated you) and attend another round of sessions. You'll also have a few more hours to visit the SHRM Exposition Hall, where you’ll eat your lunch and network with the friends you've made over the last few days. Once sessions are over, you'll have time to grab dinner at one of Chicago's amazing restaurants and maybe freshen up a bit before heading back to McCormick Place to rock out to one of the biggest pop stars in the world - Kelly Clarkson.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: You will learn how to work with USCIS, implement ICE-friendly I-9 policies, and identify the pros and cons of new immigration legislation.
During this session, you will learn how to respond site visits from USCIS, including how to draft and implement policies and procedures. You will also learn how to stay compliant with ICE by implementing an I-9 policy that is comprehensive and streamlined as well as what ICE officers are looking for in I-9 audits, and how to avoid fines and penalties. Finally, hear about new legislation and regulations in immigration, including changes to the H-1B, PERM, E-Verify, and green card processes and how it will affect your company.
Presenters: Paige Taylor, partner-attorney; and Petra Tang, partner, Berry Appleman & Leiden, LLP, Dallas, Texas
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
Dan Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work, including the long-running New York Times best seller, A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times best seller, Drive.
Using over 50 years of behavioral science, Pink will overturn what you may think about human motivation. Pink shows that traditional motivators, such as the carrot and the stick, may not work as well as we've always thought. You'll learn that your high performance, and that of the people around you, depends much more on the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to be in charge of our own learning and creativity, and to do better by ourselves and the world.
10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.         
Visit a Networking Lounge
Attending the Annual Conference has countless ways to boost your professional development; as an investment in learning, it can't be beat. But it's also immensely valuable as a networking opportunity. While you're in Chicago, you will be part of a community of HR professionals who share the same challenges, frustrations, and triumphs that you do, every day. Make sure there is ample room in your daily schedule to spend time with your peers, colleagues, and mentors. And don't forget, we provide plentiful online opportunities for networking - use our Twitter, Facebook, and the Buzz conference networking site to meet your fellow attendees before, during, and after the conference.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
Concurrent Session

Please Sue Me 2013

1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation  
Workplace Application: You will learn the applicability of individual employment rights issues and practices including disciplinary procedures, workplace behavior and performance improvement.
This session will provide you with takeaways on the latest tips, techniques and practical HR policies to manage productivity, maintain harmony and stay out of court. This session blends employment practices, humor and the law to answer some of today's toughest management issues. Updated for 2013, learn how to apply legal concepts to convince decision-makers at all levels to initiate safe HR practices and get out of the “babysitting” business; and get sample preventive policies that limit your legal risk.
Presenter: Hunter Lott, owner,, Rochester, Minn.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.       
Lunch in the Exposition Hall
You'll be provided another meal and have another opportunity to talk to our exhibitors before you leave. This is also a great chance for you to meet up with any of your peers that you've met while you've been in Chicago - share any ideas you've learned, discuss the solutions you're going to implement when you're back in the office, or even just laugh and take the time to enjoy the benefits of making new friends and connections.
1:15 p.m.       
Grand Prize Drawing in the Exposition Hall
While you're in the Exposition Hall, you'll be given a chance to win a number of really great prizes, including registration for the 2014 Annual Conference (it doesn't hurt to plan ahead) and up to $5000. You must be present to win, so don't miss out!
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation

Workplace Application: This engaging and interactive session will enhance your EEO decision-making skills by increasing your awareness of EEOC trends and cases.

Do you need to instantly “immunize” yourself and your organization from liability today? Want to quickly acquire the “Best HR Skills” for 2013? Then you need a dose of this fast-paced bottom line employment law review. Learn the most crucial EEO cases, current HR best practices and EEOC news, updates and trends. Get vaccinated against the costly lessons other employees have learned regarding federal and state compliance laws. If you need to take essential information back to your boss and team, then your prescription is...2013 Ultimate HR Booster Shot.
Presenter: Mindy H. Chapman, Esq., president, Mindy Chapman & Associates LLC, Chicago, Ill.
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation
Workplace Application: This presentation will examine workplace violence statistics and provide real tools to implement a workplace violence policy and plan along with real tips for signs of trouble. 
The session will provide key points of workplace violence prevention. You will also receive information on program, policy and prevention ideas, open communication and sensitivity training for employees as well as prescreening and selection tips that lower the risk of negligent hiring. We will review risk and threat assessment information and Employee Assistance Programs and what they provide. Learn how to handle terminations so you can reduce the threat of violence. McComber will share her personal experience with workplace violence and the lessons she learned.
Presenter: Kathleen H. McComber, SPHR, chief human resource officer, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark.


8:00 p.m.       
By now, you've attended numerous sessions and you're feeling motivated and excited to bring all these solutions back to your office. You’ve met people and shared laughs and business cards, seen some great solutions in the Exposition Hall, and maybe even bought some books at the SHRMStore. But let's face it - it's time we gave you an opportunity for some good old-fashioned fun. Kelly Clarkson, one of the world’s best-selling pop stars, will be performing exclusively for our Annual Conference attendees. 
One ticket is included in your conference registration; additional tickets may be purchased for just $85.

The last day of the conference begins with a story of unsurpassed courage, inspiration and love. Astronaut Mark Kelly will lead a session that will empower you to rise to any challenges that may come your way, at home or in the office. An appearance by his wife, the inspirational Gabby Giffords, with further strengthen your determination to achieve all of your goals. 
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
General Session with Mark Kelly & Gabby Giffords
On January 8, 2011, Captain Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords' recovery captivated and inspired us.
For Kelly, focus equals success – even in the face of adversity. Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions and commander of the final flight of space shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. Kelly shows audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will make a special guest appearance following Kelly’s keynote to take questions that have been submitted by our members. We invite you to submit your own question for this indomitable pair by emailing us at or using the hashtag #askmarkandgabby on Twitter.
10:00 a.m. – 11: 15 a.m.       
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credits
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: You will learn how to apply the statutory and regulatory language of the FMLA to real-world situations.
The FMLA is every bit as confusing and troubling as ever with constantly evolving regulations offering little guidance. The key is understanding how the FMLA works in the real world. In this interactive session, you will confront actual situations, taken from real cases, and see whether your approach to solving the problems match up with how the courts viewed the same issues. Learn about recent FMLA legal decisions and how they apply to the average company and gain the confidence needed to handle difficult FMLA situations despite a lack of assistance from the DOL or federal regulations.
Presenter: Matthew S. Effland, shareholder/attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Indianapolis, Ind.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.         
1.25 General Recertification Credits
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will explore the legal and business risks associated with poor management practices.
How much are your bad bosses costing your organization? Using case studies and interactive technology, you will explore the legal and business impact of bad bosses. Michael will address the specific management behaviors and legal violations that cost organizations the most, and present the top strategies to fix the boss and save the cost. You will learn specific laws that, if violated by managers, result in successful litigation by employees as well as strategies for eliminating bad management practices in the highest risk areas.

Presenter: Karen Michael, Esq., president, KarenMichael, PLC, Employment Law, Training & Consulting, Richmond, Va.
12:45 p.m.     
Conference Concludes…
But it certainly doesn’t end! You’ve just spent four days getting the most comprehensive HR education that you can get at a single conference; you’ve heard new ideas and solutions and made new friends and connections. You’ve been inspired, energized, and presented with irreplaceable tools and resources that you can bring back straight to your office and implement immediately. 
The SHRM 2013 Annual Conference is a truly valuable investment in your professional and personal development.   By registering to join us in Chicago, you are making a confident decision to join a community of HR professionals that are dedicated to being smarter, stronger, savvier and brighter, every day.