Capitol Hill Update
Senate Poised to Approve Key Labor Nominees
This week, Senate leaders agreed to a deal to hold a simple majority vote on the long-stalled nominations of Thomas E. Perez of Maryland for Secretary of Labor and a full, five-member slate of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members. In doing so, the Senate avoided launching the controversial “nuclear option” that would have eliminated the use of the filibuster for executive branch nominations. [ More ]
House Passes Bills Delaying Health Care Reform Mandates
On Wednesday, July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills that would delay for one year both the employer mandate and individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, Public Law 111–148). [ More ]
Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Bill Advances in the Senate
On Wednesday, July 10, the U.S. Senate took the first step toward passing a bill containing the first federal workplace protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) approved the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA, S.815) for the first time since 2002, sending it to the Senate floor for further consideration. As approved, the bill prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. [ More ]
Let’s Paint the Town in Advocacy!
“Day Inside the Beltway” events (aka “Capitol Hill Days”) offer an invaluable opportunity to connect HR professionals with their members of Congress in Washington, D.C. SHRM’s Day Inside the Beltway opportunities are intended to strengthen the communication lines between the HR sector and lawmakers in Congress. In addition, the one-day event is an opportunity for HR professionals to practice their civic engagement through legislative activism. [ More ]
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