HR professionals support Senate comp time bill for the flexibility it offers employees
WASHINGTON, D.C. — About 400 human resource professionals from across the country will be on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Nov. 21, to share their views on three legislative issues being considered by Congress that impact the workplace: tax reform, immigration reform and workplace flexibility options for private-sector employees.
Representing 47 states, the members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will visit 315 congressional offices. The Hill Day is part of SHRM’s annual Leadership Conference (hashtag #SHRMLead), being held Nov. 20-23 in suburban Washington, D.C.
“No one knows better than HR professionals how legislation impacts businesses and their employees,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, SHRM’s president and CEO. “HR professionals are taking the important step to share their perspectives with lawmakers.”
SHRM members will discuss with lawmakers and their staffs:
• Employee benefits and tax reform and deficit reduction. Employer-provided retirement plans, including pensions and 401(k)s, are a key component of our country’s retirement system. Congress should facilitate savings by encouraging voluntary employer-sponsored plans through tax incentives to employers and individual savings accounts. The tax-deferred status of retirement savings should be protected when Congress takes action on tax reform as a means to reduce the budget deficit.
• Immigration reform. With about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, employers need a secure federal electronic employment verification system that allows them to be certain that they are hiring legal workers. SHRM supports improving employment verification by creating an entirely electronic employment verification system that protects against identity theft through knowledge-based authentication. Facing a skills gap in hiring, U.S. employers also need greater access to highly educated and skilled workers from around the world. An increase in visas and green cards is needed to address a backlog and meet employers’ future needs. A trusted employer program is also needed to improve efficiency for employers that comply with immigration law.
• Comp time legislation. The Family Friendly and Workplace Flexibility Act (S. 1626) proposes to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector organizations to offer compensatory time off to hourly employees who work overtime. The bill does not affect the 40-hour workweek or change how overtime is calculated. Comp time, which is available to public-sector workers, should be available in the private sector. Being able to offer comp time gives employers the opportunity to help employees — often strapped for time — meet their work and personal obligations. Among the offices being visited is that of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who introduced the measure.
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