2021 Virtual and In-Person Employment Law Conference, August 18

SAHRMA’s annual Employment Law Conference is dedicated to helping today’s HR professionals stay on top of recent court decisions, regulations, and newly enacted legislation that are critical to their companies’ success. Each year, over 200 HR professionals devote their time, effort, and energy to the future and direction of Human Resources for the local, regional, and national companies for which they work.    

SHRM Foundation Donors

Silent Auction is now closed. Than you to our SHRM Foundation Donors who contributed Silent Auction Baskets, Wine.

Through your generosity, we raised over $2000.



…and various SAHRMA Board members and Chairs

Thank you to our Sponsors!



Earn Credits 

APPROVED for 7.0 Professional Development Credit's (PDC's) through SHRM, and Pending approval for Recertification Credits through HRCI

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7:30 a.m.                Registration and Breakfast Buffet Opens

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.     Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                Presenter: Tiffany Cox Stacy, Esq., 2021 Government Affairs Director

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.     Online Harassment: Even Working Virtually, The Problem Continues And May Increase In Occurrences And Complexities

Presenters: Ray Bissmeyer, Esq. and Dan Stern, Esq., Dykema

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.      Developments In Disability Discrimination Law

 Presenter: Amber K. Dodds, Esq., Bracewell LLP

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.    Break/Networking

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  LGBTQ Rights In The Workplace

 Presenter: Thomas N. Cammack, III, Counsel., Schmoyer Reinhard, LLP

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Staying Out Of The Crosshairs: How Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Decide Whether They Are Going To Sue Your  Company

               Presenters: Lawrence D. Morales, II, Esq., The Morales Firm, P.C. and Lawrence D. Smith, Esq.,  Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak  & Stewart, P.C.

11:30 a.m. – Noon   Lunch/Networking

Noon – 12:45 p.m.  Special Guest: James L. Banks, Jr., J.D., General Counsel For SHRM Washington Outlook:    What’s Next For Workplace Public Policy

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.    Navigating Wage And Hour Issues In The New Administration And In Virtual Workplaces

 Presenter: Laura O’Donnell, Esq., Haynes and Boone, LLP

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.      Break/Network

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.      Why The Pro Act (And Other Biden NLRB Initiatives) Are Significant Challenges For South Texas  Employers

Presenters: Robert D. Kilgore, Jr., The Gardner Law Firm, and John A. Ferguson, Jr., Schmoyer Reinhard LLP

2:30 – 3:15 P.M.      Pay Equity: What Does It Really Mean, How Do I Figure Out If I Have A Problem And How Do I Prepare  For Future Claims?

 Presenter: Lara C. de Leon, Esq., Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.      Break/Network

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.       Practical Tips And Strategies For Managing Family And Medical Leave     

                                  Presenter: Raquel G. Perez, Esq., Notzon Law

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.      THE “MARVEL-OUS HR UNIVERSE!”                                                          

 Presenters: Chris A. Scherer, Esq., Law Office of Chris A. Scherer and John Heller, Esq., Holland &  Holland, P.C.

5:00 p.m.                 ADJOURNMENT




Tiffany Cox Stacy, Esq.,

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

SAHRMA Government Affairs Director

Laura O’Donnell, Esq.,

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Amber K. Dodds, Esq.,

Bracewell LLP

Chris A. Scherer, Esq.,

Law Office of Chris A. Scherer 

         Bob Kilgore




Robert D. Kilgore, Jr.,

The Gardner Law Firm

John Heller, Esq.,

Holland & Holland, P.C.

John A. Ferguson, Jr.,

Schmoyer Reinhard LLP

Ray Bissmeyer, Esq.,




Dan Stern, Esq.,


Thomas N. Cammack, III

Schmoyer Reinhard, LLP

Lawrence D. Morales, II, Esq.,

The Morales Firm, P.C.

Raquel G. Perez, Esq.,

Notzon Law

Lara C. de Leon, Esq.,

Constangy, Brooks, Smith &

Prophete LLP

Lawrence D. Smith, Esq.,

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

2021 ELC Keynote Speaker, James L Banks, Jr., J.D. General Counsel

Washington Outlook: What’s Next for Workplace Public Policy

With each new Administration, HR professionals can expect proposed changes to long-standing labor issues. However, a rapidly changing workplace has policymakers searching for innovative, modern approaches that will keep up with the needs of employers, employees and an electorate laser focused on accountability. 

During this presentation, Jim Banks, SHRM General Counsel, will discuss the unprecedented levels of electoral participation and outline how workplace public policy is evolving. Mr. Banks will also highlight legislative initiatives that are impacting employees and businesses across the country, and SHRM’s policy priorities. 

As HR professionals continue to navigate a changing workplace, recognizing the impact of the election on workplace policy, and how it can affect your organization, is critical. SHRM has a clear vision and will continue to be a thought leader and resource, as well as advocate for public policies that will enable businesses to have the flexibility they require to support and develop their workforce.

Participants will:

 Gain an understanding of the foundations of policymaking; 

  • Learn how HR professionals can influence workplace public policy and how these changes may affect their organizations and workforce; 
  • Strengthen skills to help employers navigate and advocate for critical policy issues that will create better workplaces; and
  • Develop strategies to engage elected representatives on policies and programs impacting work, workers, and the workplace. 

Biography: James L. "Jim" Banks serves as SHRM's General Counsel, managing SHRM's legal functions, overseeing the work of outside counsel, and serving as key lawyer and legal advisor on major business transactions. 

Previously, Banks served as City Attorney to the City of Alexandria, Va., representing and advising the mayor, city council, city manager and city departments on a variety of legal matters. He was previously a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and McGuireWoods LLP, where he focused on employment litigation. 

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Attend In Person at the Norris Center, to include breakfast, lunch, and snacks, plus seminar booklet and thumb drive

Attend Virtually and receive link via e-mail to download presentation materials

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Cancellation policy: Registration fees are non-refundable and cannot be applied to other events.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several sponsorship opportunities available to assist SAHRMA in funding this valuable event for its members and guests.  We know that budgets are limited as many companies emerge from the financial impact of COVID-19, so we have worked to identify sponsorship opportunities of various sizes and we have reduced the monetary amounts of our larger sponsorship opportunities in hopes of defraying even just part of SAHRMA’s expenses. 

Title Sponsor - $2,500

Sponsor for Morning Breakfast - $1,500 SOLD

Sponsor for Lunch - $1,500 SOLD

Snack Sponsor - $1,000

Exhibit Tables - $500 each

Door Prize Sponsors – varying values

ELC Printed Materials – In-Kind

Sponsor Benefits

For additional information, please contact the Government Affairs Director:

Tiffany Cox Stacy

Government Affairs Director

210-277-3613 (office)




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