Welcome to Carroll County SHRM


It's time to renew your Carroll County SHRM membership for 2021! The early bird membership rate is available if you renew by January 31. Please take a moment to visit the membership page and view the benefits of membership.


1st Membership Meeting, February 2, 2021

Hosted by Carroll County SHRM   |   Event Sponsor: Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
Date - February 2nd
Time - 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Topic: Maryland Employment Law and Legislative Update
Presenter: Cheryl Brown, Attorney
Format: Virtual Event
Cost:  CC SHRM members may attend this virtual event at no cost. Non-member fee for this event is $20. 
1.5 HRCI credits and SHRM credits are pending

Sponsored by:

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce


This meeting will cover the most recent developments from the last Maryland legislative session and insight on the upcoming session. You will learn about the most up-to date federal, state and local compliance and regulatory issues that affect how you conduct day-to-day HR business as well as the most recent COVID-19 compliance issues.


I will provide update on recently enacted state and federal employment laws that affect the HR profession. I will also explain how these new laws should be implemented for your business. Attendees should receive valuable professional takeaways based on the new laws.

About Cheryl Brown:

[email protected] T: 410.995.5800 | F: 410.309.6161| www.darslaw.com 10211 Wincopin Circle, Ste 600 | Columbia, MD 21044

Cheryl Brown represents employers and management in labor and employment related matters, including the defense of state and federal discrimination claims, workplace and sexual harassment charges, wrongful discharge, ADA and ADEA claims, wage and hour issues, FMLA disputes, employment contracts, restrictive covenant agreements, general contract claims, employment-related, and other business tort claims.

She represents clients from a broad range of business industries including non-profits, municipalities, and educational institutions throughout the federal, state, and local court system and administrative agencies. Cheryl represents government contractors in employment matters. She has successfully handled Department of Labor, OFCCP, and other federal agency investigations and subsequent charges related to I-9s, EEO Compliance and FLSA wage and hour issues under the Service Contract Act.

Cheryl advises clients in virtually every facet of employment law including implementation of policies, recruitment and selection of employees, hiring procedures, wage and hour compliance, counseling and disciplinary actions, family and medical leave act management, disability accommodations, compliance with anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, Affordable Care Act, performance evaluation and review process, investigations resulting from allegations of harassment, and termination of the employment relationship, including mass layoffs. Cheryl provides ongoing employment advice, strategies and training seminars to companies to implement and develop effective employment policies and procedures and create positive work environments. She also regularly advises clients on the design, implementation, and regular reviews of employee handbooks, policies, and procedures.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, skiing, reading books and spending time with her family.

PRACTICE GROUPS · Labor and Employment Law

AREAS OF FOCUS · Employment Audits · Employment Discipline & Discharge · Employment Litigation & Dispute Resolution · Employment, Non-Competition & Severance Agreements · Employee Policies & Procedures · FMLA & ADA · Government Contracts · HR Advice & Counseling · Labor & Employment Litigation · Management & Employee Training · Religious Institutions · Wage & Hour Compliance & Litigation · Workplace Investigations


  • Emory University, B.A.
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.



  •   Maryland Bar Association
  •   Employment Law Section
  •   Howard County Bar Association
  •   Howard County Women’s Bar Association
  •   Howard County Human Resources Society (2013-Present)
  •   Board Member
  •   Legislative Committee, Chair
  •   Howard County Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Team (2014-Present)
  •   Employment/Labor Law & Health Subcommittee, Chair



· Freelance contributing author for the AICPA member publications regarding “Hiring Foreign Nationals” and AICPA’s “Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Handbook.”


  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Georgia


About the Event Sponsor, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce:


We’ve been building relationships since 1924.

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a sound economic environment in which our business community can prosper.

Relationships are the fabric of every successful business. Therefore, we place a premium on creating opportunities and experiences for our members to make meaningful connections and build relationships with professionals, business owners, and community leaders from Carroll County, MD and surrounding areas. We are over 500 members strong and look forward to serving many more businesses in the years to come.

Interested in joining the chamber? Click here to learn more.



Upcoming Carroll County SHRM Meeting Dates for 2021

Please mark these dates on your calendar. Plan to participate in all membership meetings and our Annual Conference on 11/5/21.

Membership meeting occurs on Tuesday 8:30-10:30am

  • February 2, 2021
  • May 4, 2021
  • August 3, 2021
  • November 5, 2021 Carroll County SHRM Conference is a Friday date and serves as the membership meeting for the last quarter of the year, 8 am - 4:30 pm 







Carroll County SHRM Fall Conference Sponsors

Register Now

Mark your calendar and make plans for the Carroll County SHRM 8th Annual Fall Conference scheduled for Friday, November 6. This year, the Fall Conference will be held using a Virtual Conferencing format.

You don't want to miss out on the fantastic line-up of guest speakers and the keynote addresses. 

Presentations will offer highly relevant topics with information to help your organization strengthen your workforce, enhance workplace culture, and enable positive changes to occur in the workplace. Learn from HR experts, attendees will be able to earn 5.5 SHRM/HRCI PDU'S! .

This event is open to members of Carroll County SHRM as well as non-members. 

Register now for this virtual event! Go to www.carrollcc.edu/ccshrm

SHRM Conference Speakers 2020

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Employee Where Art Thou? The Latest News in Managing Disability and Leave Issues
Presented by Christine V. Walters, J.D., MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Independent Consultant, FiveL Company

From COVID-19 to opioid addiction, today’s workplace requires employers to balance flexible staffing models with business demands for productivity. As the U.S. labor market becomes more diverse and the economic tides continue to churn, work/life integration becomes increasingly important (yet more challenging) for employers. In this interactive session, participants will conduct a mini-case study review of current challenges and proactive strategies employers are using for crafting policies, procedures and practices that balance the sometimes competing demands of employee and employer needs and interests for modified work schedules for medical, family, religious, military and other reasons.

LGBTQ+ Knowledge for the HR Professional: Awareness, Etiquette and Best Practices
Presented by Tara B. Taylor, MPA
Managing Director, ADR Vantage, Inc.

Although efforts have been made in recent years to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and other gender and sexual minorities, there are still many instances where LGBTQ+ people find themselves excluded, unwelcome and uncomfortable in the workplace. In fact, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an average of 50% of employees report hiding their sexual orientation at work due to hostility, prejudice, discrimination and mistreatment in the workplace. All organizations, and especially human resource professionals, have a vital role to play in raising awareness and creating best practices for inclusive workplaces.

Visit www.carrollcc.edu/ccshrm for details and to register for the event!


Carroll County SHRM Fall Conference Brochure 2020



Carroll County SHRM wishes to thank our Fall Conference Sponsors:

Carroll County SHRM Fall Conference Sponsors







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