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14th Annual Fall HR Conference (Employment Law and Legislative)
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When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
From 8:00am - 4:15pm
Where: Martins West
6817 Dogwood Road
Baltimore, Maryland  21244
United States
Contact: CHRA

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14th Annual Fall Human Resources Conference

Employment Law / Legislative


Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Martin’s West

6817 Dogwood Road

Baltimore, MD 21244 
(Free Parking)



*This conference has been approved for 5.25 HRCI/SHRM credits



Schedule of Events


8:00 a.m........Registration/Continental Breakfast/Expo

8:30 a.m........Welcome & Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m........Workplace Violence: A Personal Experience

 presented by Kathleen McComber, SHRM-SCP

10:00 a.m......Break and Expo

*Break sponsored by McDaniel College

10:15 a.m......Recent Developments in Maryland Law: More Traps for the Unwary

 presented by Meredith Campbell, Esq.

11:15 a.m.......Break and Expo

*Break sponsored by UMBC Masters of I/O Psychology Program

11:30 a.m.......Managing Complex Leave Issues: Case Studies

 presented by Donna Glover, Esq.

12:30 p.m......Lunch and Expo

1:30 p.m........Employees, Contractors, Temps, and Interns… What’s in a Name and Why Should I Care?

 presented by Gregory Grant, Esq.

2:30 p.m........Break and Expo

*Break sponsored by The Nanny Network, LLC

2:45 p.m........Raffle and Door Prize drawings

3:00 p.m........LGBTQ+ Knowledge for the HR Professional: Awareness, Etiquette & Best Practices

 presented by Tara Taylor, M.P.A and Rafael Fantauzzi

4:15 p.m........Conference Adjourns



About the Presentations



Workplace Violence: A Personal Experience

presented by Kathleen McComber, SHRM-SCP

Kathleen will share her personal experience with workplace violence and the lessons she learned as an HR professional. This session 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. Attendees will learn how to train employees on early warning signs related to workplace violence; tips to lower the risk of negligent hiring; risk and threat  assessment information; Employee Assistance Programs and what they provide; and handling terminations in a manner to reduce the threat of violence. 



Recent Developments in Maryland Law: More Traps for the Unwary

presented by Meredith Campbell, Esq.

As recent changes in employment law have become household terms (#MeToo, Equal Pay, etc), it is more important than ever for HR professionals and executives to stay up-to-date. The reputation of your organization depends on it! This presentation will give attendees a crash course in recent  developments and hot topics in employment law compliance, including issues related to wage and hour, paid leave, sexual harassment, social media and confidentiality, the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employment applications, the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, and class action waivers.  Attendees will leave with practical takeaways that they can bring home to the office to improve workplace policies and practices and decrease the risk of  expensive audits and lawsuits.




Managing Complex Leave Issues: Case Studies

presented by Donna Glover, Esq

Managing the myriad of employee leave laws is one of the most complex tasks faced by HR professionals. In this advanced presentation, Donna Glover  will share real-world examples of sticky leave issues faced by employers, the outcome in litigation, and lessons for HR. She will also walk through some engaging hypotheticals that will challenge even the most advanced HR practitioner.    




Employees, Contractors, Temps, and Interns… What’s in a Name and Why Should I Care?

presented by Gregory Grant, Esq.

Confronted with fluid staffing needs, inevitable turnover, and constant budgetary pressures HR professionals may consider an array of options to  fill their staffing needs. Each decision to use independent contractors, temps or even interns, in lieu of full-time, part-time, seasonal or short-term  employees, creates a myriad of hidden legal and business concerns. In this presentation, HR professionals will learn the best practices to employ  when adding staff, whether for the long run or just to fill an unforeseen need. You'll not only learn how to properly classify these   individuals, but also why this matters. Finally, we will discuss why non-academic "interns" may soon be extinct.



LGBTQ+ Knowledge for the HR Professional: Awareness, Etiquette & Best Practices

presented by Tara Taylor, M.P.A and Rafael Fantauzzi

Although efforts have been made in recent years to advance equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, and other gender and sexual minorities, there are still many instances where LGBTQ+ people find themselves excluded, unwelcome, and uncomfortable in the workplace. During this interactive session attendees will become more familiar with LGBTQ+ inclusive terminology; develop a greater understanding of the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals; understand the differences in biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; discuss specific human resources scenarios that involve LGBTQ+ workers; and explore and develop strategies to create more welcoming and inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ+ employees.



Registration pricing information:


CHRA Members: $185 if received by October 23 | $210 if received after October 23

CHRA Non-Members: $270 if received by October 23 | $295 if received after October 23

*But why pay the non-member rate? Sign up as a CHRA member today and save $85 on your conference registration!



If you must cancel your registration for a meeting, please do so in writing to The request must be received by fax or mail no later than the close of business on Friday November 1, 2019. If you register for this event and are a “no show” and did not cancel in advance, you will still be invoiced for the event so CHRA may recoup the funds used to pay for your meals at the event. If you do not cancel according to this policy, you will be assessed the full program fee.




Thank you to our sponsors:































Break Sponsor

CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services
McDaniel College
UMBC Masters of I/O Psychology Program 

The Nanny Network, LLC


Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency


CHRA qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) 6 of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your sponsorship is not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense depending upon your individual tax circumstances — please consult your tax advisor.

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