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 Export to Your Calendar 11/4/2020 to 11/5/2020
When: November 4 & 5, 2020
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: CHRA

Online registration is available until: 11/3/2020
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November 4 - 5, 2020


JOIN CHRA for a multi-day, engaging virtual experience with industry renowned speakers and expert content focused on employment law and legislation.


Don’t miss the chance to gain valuable knowledge to help you stay compliant, connect directly with speakers, access a virtual trade show featuring the HR world’s latest products & services, and earn more SHRM/HRCI credits than ever  before!


While the event may be virtual, the experience will be far from remote. Until we can meet in person again let’s get together from our homes, offices, or wherever your new workspace is and connect in the chat rooms, via the conference app and during our networking hour to share experiences and advice as we navigate this new normal.



Agenda   Speakers    Conference App    Sponsors






*This conference has been approved for 6.00 HRCI/SHRM credits (2 Business credits)



Keynote Speakers


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

President and CEO of SHRM

Session Topic: An Honest Conversation About Workplace Bias

D espite decades of diversity programming, any employment lawyer can tell you that racism, bias and harassment continue to be a problem for America’s workplaces. SHRM is setting out to change that for good with its groundbreaking Together Forward @Work platform. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM’s President & CEO, will provide an update on the initiative three months in, and what we are learning every day about what works in workplace cultures. He will also make the case that equitable, inclusive workplaces are not possible until we are willing to have uncomfortable conversations.



Anirban Basu

Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group

Session Topic: Return of the Economist: COVID-19 Economic Update for HR Professionals

COVID-19 has rocked what had appeared to be a nearly invincible economy; one associated with substantial job growth, multi-decade lows in unemployment, sturdy compensation increases, robust retail sales, low inflation, and strong financial market performance. Underneath that strong performance, however, was a set of fragilities that have been exposed by the pandemic. This webinar speaks to what HR professionals need to know about our current economic circumstances, how difficult things are likely to become over the foreseeable future, and the contours of the brisk recovery to come thereafter.


Wednesday, November 4th 
12:30 p.m. 


Presented by John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHRA President

 12:40 p.m.

SHRM Update
Presented by Nicole Belyna, SHRM-SCP, Field Services Director, SHRM

 1:00 p.m.

KEYNOTE: An Honest Conversation About Workplace Bias

Presented by, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, SHRM

 2:00 p.m.

Break / Visit Exhibit Hall / Connect

 2:20 p.m.

The Civil Rights Movement of 2020

Presented by Doug Desmarais, Esq., Smith & Downey, P.A. & Dr. Hathaway, Beloved Community Services

 3:20 p.m.

Yoga Wellness Break - Sponsored by FIT2order

 3:30 p.m.

Break / Visit Exhibit Hall / Connect

 3:50 p.m.

ADA Update: Fast-Breaking Developments on "Reasonable Accommodation"

Presented by David Fram, Esq., National Employment Law Institute

4:50 p.m.

Networking Happy Hour - Sponsored by First Financial Federal Credit Union

Join hundreds of other HR professionals for some fun games, small group networking and a chance to win prizes!


Thursday, November 5th  
8:30 a.m. 

Welcome/Annual Membership Meeting

Presented by John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHRA President

8:50 a.m. 

KEYNOTE: Return of the Economist: COVID-19 Economic Update for HR Professionals

Presented by Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group, Inc.

9:50 a.m. Break / Visit Exhibit Hall / Connect
10:10 a.m. Marijuana in the Workplace

Presented by Adam Konstas, Esq., Pressin Katz Law, P.A

11:10 a.m. Break / Visit Exhibit Hall / Connect
11:30 a.m.

The 6 Competencies of Exceptional Leaders

Presented by Tracy Spears, Exceptional Leaders Lab

12:30 p.m. Conference Wrap-up


General Session Speakers



Douglas Desmarais, Esq.
Partner, Smith & Downey, P.A.

Dr. Hathaway

Beloved Community Services

Session Topic: The Civil Rights Movement of 2020


Many employers have become sensitized to the challenges facing Black America, and wish to play a role in positive change. Doing so requires an increased sensitivity to the experiences of African Americans, and an increased understanding of how civil rights laws impact the workplace. Here are just some of the questions facing well intentioned employers; May employees discuss in the workplace their belief that “Black Lives Matter”? May employees discuss in the workplace their belief that “All Lives Matter”? May employees discuss “White Privilege” in the workplace? May employees disagree with each other about race-related current events? These questions are important because they speak to our nation’s sense of justice and fairness. They are also important because they touch upon laws that have the potential of exposing employers to si gnificant financial liability in the event they fail to fully understand and comply with these laws. 




David Fram, Esq.

Director of ADA, National Employment Law Institute


Session Topic: ADA Update: Fast-Breaking Developments on "Reasonable Accommodation"


In this session, David K. Fram, Esq.,will discuss the latest cases on practical reasonable accommodation issues, including what words technically trigger the duty to interact, what supervisors and HR professionals should be trained to say and document in response to employee requests, what to do if the employee fails to cooperate in the reasonable accommodation discussion, what a supervisor can disclose to co-workers about an accommodation, and particular accommodation requests such as leave (including repeated leave extensions), change of supervisors, noncompetitive reassignment, light duty, work-at-home, shift changes, and a perfume/irritant-free workplace. David will give special emphasis to COVID-19 questions and issues that arise in the reasonable accommodation process.


Adam Konstas, Esq.
Associate at Pessin Katz Law

Session Topic: Marijuana in the Workplace


This presentation will introduce attendees to the legal framework for decriminalization of marijuana and legalization of medical marijuana in Maryland. The presentation will then explore how the rights granted to qualified patients who are prescribed medical marijuana under the law interact with the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace, including workplace discipline and dismissal and how the medical marijuana law affects an employer’s obligations to employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act. This presentation will also analyze how other state courts have interpreted their medical marijuana laws in the workplace in order to forecast where Maryland courts may be heading.


Tracy Spears

Speaker, Author & Advocate, Exceptional Leaders Lab 

Session Topic: 6 Competencies of Exceptional Leaders


This interactive session is for leaders of teams, groups and committees who want to take their leadership to the next level of performance. This session will go in-depth on the 6 competencies; self-awareness, engagement, retention, communication, your personal brand and sustainability and develop action plans and commitments from participants.







Registration Pricing


Registration includes access to all keynote and breakout sessions over two days, a fun networking hour, an invitation to download our conference app to connect with attendees before the conference, and the chance to win prizes during conference breaks!

Please note: One-day registration is not available.





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Conference App


CHRA’S Fall Conference App is now available to all registered conference attendees. Check your registration confirmation email for download instructions.

With the app, you’ll have at your fingertips:

• Full conference schedule

• Access to speaker bios and handouts in advance

• The ability to chat with sponsors and exhibitors and ask questions

• Enhanced networking with the social feed, photo albums, and ability to message each other

• An Attendee list

...and more!

Be sure to Check-in!

Once you download the app, click the three blue vertical lines in the top left corner and select “Other App Users: Connect,” then “Check In” so that you can connect with other attendees and be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card if you download and check-in by Tuesday, November 3rd (5 p.m. EST)






Thank You to our Sponsors!



Elite Sponsors










Networking Sponsor



acac Fitness & Wellness Centers

Grand Canyon University

Greenspring Advisors
GP Strategies


Howard Bank

McDaniel College

The Nanny Network, LLC
Payroll Network

Rescue One Training for Life, Inc.
Strategic Factory



United Way of Central Maryland


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Cancellation Policy
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 October 30, 2020. If you do not cancel according to this policy, you will be assessed the full program fee.   



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Code of Conduct

CHRA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, experience, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment or other inappropriate conduct of online event participants in any form. Inappropriate sexual language and imagery, trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, personal or political attacks or harassing photography or recording will not be tolerated during the content of the online event, on social media or any other online outlets. Participants violating these rules may be removed from the online event without a refund at the discretion of CHRA and/or excluded from participating in future in-person or online events. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of CHRA staff immediately at: Click here for our in-person event Code of Conduct.



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