25-Plus Years After Enactment of the FMLA, Will Paid Family Leave Become a Reality?

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Learn about the leading federal paid-family-leave proposals under consideration, the potential impact on workers and the workplace, and SHRM’s efforts to shape a policy that works for all.

The United States remains one of three developed countries that does not provide paid family leave for employees, yet the benefit has become a fulcrum for Millennial employees. Millennials, who will represent more than 75 percent of the workforce within the next decade, are faced with the challenges of raising families while also caring for elderly relatives. This session will explore effective practices that employers are currently implementing to address this critical issue as well as examine recent federal proposals to provide more access to paid family leave that meets the needs of the tight labor market for both the employer and employee in a 21st century workplace. Topics to be covered include:

  • Recent survey data highlighting effective practices implemented by employers.
  • Leading federal proposals to provide paid leave.
  • The effects each of these proposals may have on employers and employees.
  • Recommendations that meet the needs of the 21st century workplace.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Lisa K. Horn

Lisa K.

As Director of Congressional Affairs, Lisa oversees and directs SHRM’s public policy activities on Capitol Hill on issues important to the HR profession.  Lisa also co-directs SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative and partnership with the Families and Work Institute (FWI).  She is responsible for the overall execution of the Society’s partnership with FWI, including outreach efforts to SHRM affiliates, development of products and services for the membership, and coordination with SHRM’s public relations campaign.

As a respected source for research and trend data on flexible work environments, Lisa is one of SHRM’s primary spokespeople on workplace flexibility, regularly interviewed by the media and sought out as a speaker for human resource and business audiences.

Since joining SHRM in 2004, Lisa has served as the organization’s chief lobbyist on health care and workplace flexibility public policy issues on Capitol Hill that impact the human resource profession.  Prior to joining SHRM, Lisa worked for the U.S. House of Representatives under former Representatives Bill Barrett (R-NE) and Tom Osborne (R-NE). A native Nebraskan, Lisa began her career as a senatorial aide in the Nebraska Legislature, while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Adrienne Schweer


A Nebraska native, Schweer first came to Washington, D.C., to work for then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, following many years of working in campaigns, including those of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). After her years of service on Capitol Hill, Schweer joined the rock star Bono’s non-profit organization, The ONE Campaign, where she led partnership strategy and advocacy in support of African development, including maternal and child health.

From 2014 to 2017, Schweer served as chief of protocol to Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Ashton Carter, and Jim Mattis in the Pentagon. During her tenure, she proposed and led creative new initiatives to raise the profile and advance the priorities of the Secretary of Defense, including helping roll out a 12-week paid maternity leave policy for the military.

In 2018, she helped BPC stand up the first bipartisan Paid Family Leave Task Force and has been working on bipartisan, bicameral paid family leave policy at the federal level. 

She and her husband have three young daughters and a son.

Room: Congressional C
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Concurrent Session
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