2023 Labor and Employee Relations Events

Ask any IRI Consultants professional how best to describe the status of labor and employee relations, and chances are you’ll hear words like “tumultuous” and “dynamic.” Both of these words are indicative of the state of the business environment, which is challenged by the pro-union National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), employee activism, continuing labor shortage, hybrid workforce, flexible work schedules, political forces at odds, changing employee skills requirements, and technology. Keeping your leaders informed on changing labor laws and establishing good labor relations and positive employee relations is critical to every organization’s success today. Attending labor and employee relations events that attract experts in their fields and professionals from all industries remains a principal strategy for developing leadership knowledge and skills that will take your organization into the future.

Wayne Gretzky, the legendary hockey player, once said he would “skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” Looking ahead to where labor and employee relations are going is a proactive leadership strategy. The 2023 labor and employee relations conferences are excellent leadership training opportunities where your managers can listen to the insights of senior executives, Human Resources experts, and legal analysts and also network with industry peers. The events also enable your leaders to establish themselves as authorities in their respective fields, bringing attention to your organization as an employer of choice. 

Following are 12 labor and employee relations events in 2023 for your leaders to consider attending. At the end of each conference summary is a link or contact information where you can learn more about the agenda.

46th Annual National Labor & Management Conference 

The ULA (Union Labor Advisory Network) 46th Annual National Labor & Management Conference (NMLC) will be held at the Diplomat Beach Resort on February 16-21, 2023, in Hollywood, Florida. The topics discussed include pension fund infrastructure, labor opportunities in a new administration, cost-saving strategies for health plans, prescription cost containment, and the future of work. The conference includes exhibitors and opportunities to network.

Email Carol Shield at cshields@laborandmanagement.org for assistance and more information. If needing immediate assistance, call 888-459-3111.

Federal Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Conference

The Federal Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Conference will be held February 23-24, 2023, at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Agenda topics include addressing workplace mental health from a legal perspective, workplace discrimination, the NLRB, pay transparency and equity, exceptions to attorney-client privilege in employment litigation, and navigating non-competes across the country. There are networking opportunities also. Attendees can earn up to 9.0 General CLE credits.

For additional information, contact meetings@fedbar.org. 

SHRM Employment Law & Compliance Conference 2023

The SHRM Employment & Compliance Conference 2023 will be held February 26-28, 2023, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. The SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) sessions are offered in-person and/or on virtual platforms. The agenda includes topics like the legal issues related to quiet quitting, Supreme Court decisions, the rise of antisemitism, avoiding legal risks, drug testing compliance concerns, supervising remote workers, immigration issues, artificial intelligence and equal employment opportunity, EEOC priorities in the second half of the Biden administration, and more. 

You can contact SHRM at 800-283-SHRM (7476) to get more information. 

NATERA 2023 Conference

The NATERA 2023 Conference will be held February 26-28, 2023, at the Marriott Tampa Water Street Hotel. The NATERA (North American Transportation Employee Relations Association) Conference is for anyone who has worked in HR, labor relations, or legal in the transportation industry. The general sessions include topics on personal security, union salts, the NLRB, picketing and protest preparation, managing leave and reasonable accommodation, the trucking economy, responding to union authorization cards, attracting and retaining women drivers, and responding to a union petition.

For more information, contact daren.wingard@crengland.com.

ASE HR Conference 2023

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is holding the HR Conference 2023 – The Art of HR on March 16, 2023. There is limited seating, so register now! The conference agenda is focused on redesigning the workplace to balance compliance, recruitment, retention, and development pillars. ASE calls the redesign process an art and not a science because each organization needs to take a unique approach. Speakers will discuss concepts for building resilience, red carpet onboarding strategies, employment law updates, and how leaders can navigate change.

The program has been submitted for three general HR and two business PHR, SPHR, and GPHE recertification credits through the HR Certification Institute. It also submitted for 5 SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification credits through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The contact person is Wendy LoCicero at ASE.

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2023 AFPM Labor Relations/Human Resources Conference

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers are holding their AFPM Labor Relations and Human Resources Conference on April 11-12, 2023, in San Antonio, TX, at the Westin Riverwalk. The conference offers speakers, panel sessions, and opportunities to network. It is geared towards key executives and site-level labor and HR employees in the AFM industry.

The agenda is available online for review. Topics include a future-focused business update, the NLRB in 2023, DEI perspectives, employee retention and developing, data analysis for DEI hiring, legal update, and reducing behavioral incident risks. This is a very productive agenda that takes full advantage of both meeting days to inform attendees on labor relations and employee engagement issues. Conference registration is available online.

If you have questions, you can send a message through the “Contact Us” link. 

CUE Conference

The Spring 2023 Cue Conference will be held May 7-9, 2023, in New Orleans, LA, at the New Orleans Marriott. Members and non-CUE members can register to attend. The conference will include expert panels and breakout sessions about positive employee relations, campaign case studies, and labor law updates. There will also be networking and socializing events. 

CUE is a non-profit member-led community that tracks the latest strategies for improving labor and employee relations.

For more information, call 1-866-409-4283 or send an email to director@cueinc.com. 

Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar

The Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar is a comprehensive national educational labor and employment law seminar. It will be held May 10-13, 2023, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in San Diego, CA. You can register early at Ogletree.com. The event is for human resources professionals, in-house counsel, and other business professionals. The agenda is not posted online yet. 

If you have questions about the event, send an email to ODEvents@ogletree.com.

Future of Work USA Event 

The Future of Work USA Conference will be held June 6-7, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The agenda includes panel discussions on HR’s role in creating a great ‘future-ready’ organization, re-engaging employees and avoiding ‘Quiet Quitting,’ elevating employee experience through technology, reconsidering culture in a hybrid world, attracting the next generation of employees, advancing DEI priorities, and leadership development in the new era. 

Presentation topics include steps HR leaders can take to make an organizational impact, creating connection with a dispersed workforce, building a change-ready organization, the metaverse and the world of work, building a future-ready workforce, rethinking the EVP, reassessing your total rewards and compensation strategy, harnessing the power of talent intelligence, driving sustainability in the workplace, and the future of the 4-day work week. Attendees can also participate in discussion groups and have plenty of opportunities to network. 

You can contact Hello@m-mediaevents.com for more information.

SHRM Annual Conference & Expo

Billed as one of the largest gatherings of HR professionals in the world, the SHRM23 Annual Conference & Expo with the theme The Drive for Change will be held June 11-14, 2023, in Las Vegas, NV, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. You can attend the standard conference events for the registration fee, but there are also add-on events that you can attend in person or on a virtual platform.

The event agenda includes four days of peer-to-peer networking, addresses from top business and HR leaders, HR seminars, hands-on workshops, and curated content focused on pressing HR issues, including DEI, employment law and regulations, global HR, HR technology and data analytics, people and talent management, recruitment and talent acquisition, strategic HR, and more. There are many opportunities for networking and socializing too. 

Questions about the event or accommodations can be submitted via an online Contact Information form.

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Big Sky Labor and Employment Conference

The 2023 Big Sky Labor and Employment Conference will be held in Big Sky, Montana, on August 9-11, 2023. The objective of the Conference is to bring influential employees, employers, and neutral leaders together to discuss important labor and employment issues. Bringing such individuals together in a beautiful venue, such as Big Sky, Montana, is an excellent way to start a meaningful discussion about solutions to some of the challenges facing the country today in the labor and employment area.

The conference committee is still finalizing the agenda and registration process for the 2023 conference, so check back regularly for details. 

Email conference2022@bigskylabor.com for more information.

Virginia Bar Association 53rd Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law

The Virginia Bar Association 53rd Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law will be held at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, VA, on September 21-23,2023. The conference agenda is not published yet, but interested people can add their names to an online list to receive event details as they become available. Based on past conference agendas, the topics will cover labor and employment law updates, collective bargaining, and workplace issues. Panels will include highly esteemed judges and attorneys. 

If you have more questions, contact Virginia Bar Association staff at meetings@fedbar.org.

Leadership Training Opportunities for a Dynamic Business Environment

Employment laws, employee perspectives on work, and union organizing strategies are changing rapidly, and staying on top of the changes is not a simple task. The conferences mentioned are some of the major labor and employee relations events in 2023 that offer your leaders a chance to meet other professionals in a variety of industries and with expertise in various areas of labor relations, employee relations, labor law, human resources, and a myriad of other topics. Leadership training at these conferences is comprehensive because it offers attendees opportunities to listen and speak to experts in their fields and expand their professional networks. 

As you visit the conference sites, check for the other leadership training events, seminars, and workshops the organizations hold throughout the year. Also, note that the conferences scheduled for later in the year may not have the agenda finalized, so you’re encouraged to add your name to notification lists when available. Developing labor-wise leaders, learning how to prevent unfair labor practices and union organizing, and developing positive employee relations are the keys to success in a tumultuous and dynamic business environment.

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About the Author Jennifer Orechwa

With over 25 years in the industry, and now as IRI's Director of Business Development, Jennifer has gained a unique perspective on what it takes to build a culture of engagement. By blending a deep understanding of labor and employee relations with powerful digital marketing knowledge, Jennifer has helped thousands of companies achieve behavioral change at a cultural level.

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