HR Management Conference Highlights Changes in Employment Law

Rosenne Dee, director of Trocaire’s Human Resource (HR) Management program, recently attended the Society for Human Resource Management Legislative Law Conference in Washington, D.C.

The annual conference, held this year from March 14 -16, provides companies and individuals the opportunity to learn up-to-the-minute changes in employment law.

“To say this is a turbulent political time would be a huge understatement,” Dee said. “The conference was an excellent educational tool to inform companies, HR professionals and students on relevant topics. I plan on including the related changes in our fall introductory HR courses.”

The workshop featured keynote addresses by the Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., 82nd attorney general of the United States; Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup; Tim Cooke, writer and political columnist; and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Also included were concurrent sessions on a variety of changes, compliance topics and pending legislation in employment law, including:

  • Leading effective internal investigations
  • The rise of retaliation claims (the #1 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination claim for years running)
  • Workplace civility
  • Social media: employer and employee rights
  • Today’s legal landscape in workplace flexibility
  • The upcoming changes in overtime rules

Dee said the critical role of HR in organizations and staying up to date on the legal landscape are all part of Trocaire’s HR Management certificate and associate’s degree curriculum.

“HR professionals have to take the lead helping their organizations remain compliant with regulations and get ready to implement changes when they occur,” she said. “A law can be proposed and get pushed through quickly with very little time to prepare or it can be years in the making.”