About 50 HR professionals in Maine recently participated in the second biennial Human Resource Professionals Day in Augusta. The state’s seven SHRM chapters were represented.
Convening for the kickoff event, SHRM Maine State Council Director Jackie Little of the Lewiston School Department thanked the planners and participants and read the Governor’s proclamation declaring “HR Management Professionals Day.” State Governmental Affairs leader Bill Saufley showcased the workings of the Maine legislature and discussed the importance of communicating regularly with one’s elected officials.
During their day in the capitol, members were addressed by Appropriations and Fiscal Affairs Committee Chair Peggy Rotundo, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor Laura Fortman, and Farmington Representative Janet Mills, a member of the Appropriations Committee.
Senate Labor Committee Chair Ethan Strimling of Portland also spoke on issues of tax and business policy, and described the power that constituents have in influencing their legislators. Maine Human Rights Commission John Gause discussed recent cases, regulations, and proposed legislation on the definition of “disability” under Maine’s antidiscrimination laws, and briefed the group on a pending rulemaking regarding sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.
With as many as 225 bills pending before the Maine legislature that address HR policies, participants were urged to share their expertise and concerns with their legislators throughout this session.
For more information about these and other public policy issues, please visit www.shrm.org
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