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    CHRA's 11th Annual Fall HR Conference (Employment Law & Legislative)

    Date: November 1, 2016, 7:30am – 4:30pm
    Chesapeake Human Resources Association
    Martins West
    6817 Dogwood Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21224
    United States
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    11th Annual Fall Human Resources Conference

    Employment Law / Legislative


    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

     8:00 am – 4:30 pm


    Martin’s West

    6817 Dogwood Road

    Baltimore, MD 21244 
    (Free  Parking)


    This conference has been approved for 5.25 hours of HRCI and SHRM credit. (1 hour strategic)


    Thank you to our distinguished sponsors:











    Fall Conference Description

    CHRA’s Annual Fall Conference focuses solely on legislation and employment law updates that are an integral part of day to day operations for HR Practitioners in Maryland. There will also be exhibitors featuring the latest products and services of interest to HR professionals and door prizes. 



    Due to the frequency of last minute legislative changes, program materials will not be printed; however they will be made available electronically via email to all attendees just prior to the conference. Attendees should prepare to take notes and bring iPads (fully charged), or traditional note pads. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide you with the most up-to-date information. 

    Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities 
    There are several different levels and price points available for sponsoring and/or exhibiting at this conference. For more details download our Exhibitor/Sponsorship Packet. Simply complete the form and send to CHRA at or mail to 720 Light Street, Baltimore MD, 21230. If you have additional questions feel free to contact CHRA at 410-752-3318


    Schedule of Events
    8:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast/Visit Vendors

    8:15 a.m. “Meet the Board” Coffee – Informal Networking with Board Members

    8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

    9:00 a.m. “Figuring the Fiscal Impact of Regulatory Reform “
                      presented by Christine Walters

    10:00 a.m. “The 2016 Maryland Legislative Session”
                        presented by Donna Glover & Jennifer Curry

    11:00 a.m. Break and Vendor Visits

    11:15 a.m. “Preventing Workplace Violence in an Increasingly Violent World”
                       presented by Detective Steve Jackson, Margie Roop & Kerstin Miller 

    12:30 p.m. Lunch and Vendor Visits

    1:45 p.m. “The Art of Termination”
                      presented by Doug Desmarais

    2:45 p.m. Snack Break and Vendor Visits 

    3:05 p.m. “The Power and Pitfalls of Restrictive Covenant Agreements”
                      presented by Bruce Luchansky

    4:05 p.m. Raffles/Give Aways/ Closing Remarks and Conference Adjourns



    About the Presentations

    “Figuring the Fiscal Impact of Regulatory Reforms…And What You Can Do About It!” 
    Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
    From equal pay to the FLSA’s final “white collar” or “EAP” rule to paid leave mandates – employers are being pressured from all sides with legislative and regulatory mandates at the federal, state and local levels. Join this interactive and engaging presentation as we weave through the litany of mandates being placed upon employers, compare and contrast options for responding, calculate their fiscal impact and consider avenues for advocacy to shape these important public policies. 

    “The 2016 Maryland Legislative Session – An Overview of New Employment Laws Impacting Maryland Employers” 

    Jennifer L. Curry, Esq. and Donna M. Glover, Esq.
    The 2016 session of the Maryland legislature was a particularly busy one, and HR practitioners need to understand the changes and challenges that the new laws pose. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of recent developments in Maryland law as well as new laws impacting Maryland employers, including practical guidance and steps to come into compliance, and predictions for major legislation coming down the road in next year’s session. 

    “Preventing Workplace Violence in an Increasingly Violent World: A Holistic Approach” 

    Detective Steve Jackson, Margie Roop, LPCC-S, CEAP, SAP, EAP, and Kerstin M. Miller, Esq. 
    One need only look to the daily news to understand that workplace violence is a serious threat. Employers have a legal duty to keep employees safe—but many are unprepared to do so. Our expert panel, comprised of a Police Detective, EAP Counselor, and Employment/HR Attorney, will help employers craft a holistic plan to prevent workplace violence, focusing on best practices for: (1) identifying warning signs of potential violence, (2) preventing and de-escalating violence, and (3) simultaneously protecting employees’ legal rights. 

    “The Art of Termination: How to Minimize the Pain and Risks Associated with Firing Employees” 
    Douglas W. Desmarais, Esq. 
    While hiring takes place to the soundtrack of the Carpenters sweetly crooning “We’ve Only Just Begun,” firing occurs with the ominous background sounds of Blue Oyster Cult singing “Don’t Fear the Reaper!” Whether for performance reasons or for reasons of economics/downsizing, there is rarely an easy termination. In spite of the challenges inherent in ending an employment relationship, there are multiple steps that employers can take to both soften the blow of being fired and to minimize the risk of litigation when doing so. This session will explore these steps, and provide practical guidelines to HR Professionals on how, when and where to fire employees.

    “The Power and Pitfalls of Restrictive Covenant Agreements: How to Properly Use this Powerful Tool to Protect Your Business” 
    Bruce M. Luchansky, Esq.
    Companies work very hard to achieve their success. Yet, inexplicably, many of these same companies fail to take the important steps necessary to guard that success from being poached by departing employees. The restrictive covenant agreement – containing such terms as non-competes, non-solicitation clauses, and confidentiality agreements -- is a truly potent weapon that can be used effectively to deter and defeat potential poachers. This session will help you gain mastery over this essential employer tool and understand the latest legal developments in this crucial area of practical employment law.


    Directions to Facility

    Martin's West
    6817 Dogwood Road
    Baltimore, MD 21244
    From 695, take the Security Blvd. (toward Woodlawn) exit. Merge onto Security Blvd. Right on Belmont Avenue. Left on Dogwood Road. Facility is on the left. FREE parking.


    Registration / Pricing Information 

    Space is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if space allows after all pre-registered participants have been accommodated. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN BY PHONE. *For group registrations, you may also print out the registration brochure, complete, and email or fax to or 410-752-3318.


    To receive the early rate, please register by: October 18, 2016

    CHRA Members
    $165.00 if received by 10/18
    , $190.00 after 10/18

    $250.00 if received by 10/18
    , $275.00 after 10/18
    (But why pay the non-member rate when you can sign up as a CHRA member and save $85 on your registration? Sign up as a CHRA member today!)
    *Full-time students: Please contact CHRA for pricing.



    If you must cancel your registration for a meeting, please do so in writing. The request must be received by fax or mail no later than the close of business on Tuesday, October 25. If you do not cancel according to this policy, you will be assessed the full program fee. CHRA reserves the right to cancel if the reservation minimum is not met by the early registration date.