Employment Law & Employee Benefits Conference

Review employment law and employee benefit issues that impact HR today. The conference also includes HR Day on the Hill at the Kansas Statehouse to learn the legislative process that forms HR laws in Kansas. Network with other HR professionals, and learn the tips, tools and resources to help your company mitigate risk.

The KS SHRM 2018 Employment Law & Employee Benefits Conference will include a full day of Employment Law issues on Tuesday and Employee Benefits on Wednesday. Additionally, if you are involved or interested in the legislative process that forms HR laws in Kansas, you have the option of attending a special half-day session at the Kansas Statehouse on Wednesday. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain up to 13 hours of recertification credit, network with other HR professionals, and learn the tips, tools, and resources to help your company mitigate risk.

Join us for drinks and appetizers at our social networking event immediately following the first day of the conference. We will meet at The Burger Stand starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27th. Be sure to RSVP when you register for the conference! The Burger Stand at College Hill is located at 1601 SW Lane Street, just blocks from the Library.


February 27 – 28, 2018

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

 1515 SW. 10TH AVENUE • TOPEKA, KS 66605


Tuesday, February 27th

8:00 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.   Welcome & Opening Comments

8:30 a.m.   Labor & Employment Update: 2018 and Beyond – Tim Davis, Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

9:30 a.m.   Addressing Harassment Allegations in Your Organization in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement – James Ward, Jackson Lewis P.C.

10:30 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.  Post Tax Reform 2018 – Updates and Highlights – Brian Johnston, Jackson Lewis P.C.

11:45 a.m.  Overview of Kansas Population, Workforce, Immigration & Economic Policy – Allie Devine, Devine & Donley, LLC

12:45 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 p.m.   Don’t Be Scared – Be Prepared! Violence Issues in the Workplace  – Melody Rayl, Fisher & Phillips LLP

2:30 p.m.    Break

2:45 p.m.   Legislative Advocacy in Kansas – Natalie Bright, Bright & Carpenter Consulting

3:45 p.m.   Closing Remarks

4:30 p.m.   Social Networking Event at The Burger Stand

Wednesday, February 28th

Optional breakout for Day on the Hill – 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.    Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:55 a.m.    Welcome & Opening Comments

8:00 a.m.   Tax Reform and Your Retirement Plan Savings – Mike Smoots, Qualified Plan Advisors

9:00 a.m.    Incorporating the FMLA Process in the Corporate Culture and Strategic Plan – Lisa Carlton, Dina Cox, Teresa Shulda

10:00 a.m.  Break

10:15 a.m.  Empowering Your Employees with Financial Wellness – Troy Redstone, PHD. Retirement Consulting

11:15 a.m.  Workers’ Compensation Update – John David Jurcyk, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A.

12:15 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m.    Risk Pool Management: How to Develop a Winning Health Plan – David Ross, Hays Companies

3:00 p.m.    Break

3:15 p.m.    Mediation Strategies and the EEOC – Drew Rogers, EEOC

4:15 p.m.    Closing Remarks

Hotel Accommodations

Above fee does not include hotel charges. To reserve a room, call one of the following hotels:

  • Capitol Plaza Hotel -Room block direct link to reservations (no code required): http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=414119&hotelID=13576 or call directly at (785) 431-7200 and mention you are part of Kansas SHRM or group code SHRM. Group rate is $89.
  • Ramada Topeka Downtown – 785.234.5400
  • Holiday Inn Express – 877.786.9480
  • Sleep Inn & Suites – 785.228.2500
  • Courtyard Topeka – 785.271.6165


Includes Tuesday and Wednesday sessions and optional Day on the Hill session


  • SHRM Member $249
  • Non-Member $299
  • Student $59
  • Tuesday, February 27 Only – $150
  • Wednesday, February 28 Only – $150

Cancellations received before January 26, 2018 will be refunded. No refunds after January 26, 2018 but substitutions acceptable.

Registration Is Full and Closed

Contact office@ksshrm.com if you want to be added to a wait list.

Our social networking event is provided by our generous sponsors.

Thanks to our Lunch Sponsors