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HR Issues Update
 

   1/29/2014
 

A Note from Mike Aitken, SHRM’s Vice President of Government Affairs

SHRM’s Top 10 Government Relations Accomplishments for 2013
With 2013 now in the history books, it’s time to remember and reflect on all of the activities that took place in Washington involving the workplace—thanks in large part to the direct advocacy of SHRM members like you and our staff. [ More ]

Mark Your Calendars!

What Do SHRM, Paid Leave and The Diane Rehm Show Have in Common?
Lisa Horn, SHRM’s Director of Congressional Affairs, will be a guest on “The Diane Rehm Show” tomorrow discussing paid leave from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.  Diane Rehm is a long-time and well-respected National Public Radio host based in Washington, D.C.  It’s a real honor and coup to get on her show, so grab a cup of coffee and listen LIVE tomorrow.  Just log-on to http://thedianerehmshow.org/ and click on the “Listen Live” icon.

Washington Update

2013 Closes with a Flurry of Activity; 2014 Outlook Unclear, but Hopeful
For most of 2013, Congress continued to be mired in the political gridlock that has gripped Washington for over a decade. A handful of employment-based bills moved quickly through the House, only to become derailed by the Democratic-controlled Senate—once nicknamed “the world’s most deliberative body.” On the reverse end, comprehensive (and bi-partisan) immigration reform legislation passed the Senate in June, only to be labeled “dead on arrival” when House Speaker John Boehner remarked the House would never take up the Senate-passed bill. [ More ]

Regulatory Update

SHRM Comments on Challenges of Pay Ratio Disclosure
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a long-expected proposed rule on pay ratio disclosure. The SEC was required to issue this rule by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as Dodd-Frank. [ More ]

Supreme Court Update

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Noel Canning Recess Appointments Case
On Monday, January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. SHRM submitted an amicus brief in this case supporting the employer, Noel Canning, and arguing that the president’s recess appointment of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) without the advice and consent of the Senate was unconstitutional. If the appointments are ruled unconstitutional, the decision could render hundreds of NLRB decisions affecting the workplace invalid.  [ MoreMore ]

Member Advocacy

Implementation SHRM Advocacy Team Moves Full Speed Ahead in 2014
2014 marks Year 5 of a five-year rollout of the SHRM Government Affairs department’s member advocacy initiative. Referred to as the Advocacy Team (or A-Team), this member-involvement program, established in 2010, seeks to appoint a SHRM Advocacy Captain in each of the 435 congressional districts throughout the country. HR Advocates are also identified in each of the congressional districts to provide support to Advocacy Captains in educating lawmakers and their staffs on public policies that may have implications for the HR profession. [ More ]

Workplace Flexibility

2014 Sloan Award Application Now Open!
Is your organization leveraging work-life programs to improve employee engagement? Are your company's workplace flexibility initiatives contributing to business success? Or are you interested in learning how your organization compares to others when it comes to meeting the work-life needs of your employees? [ More ]

2014 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

A Winning Strategy for HR: Identify and Prepare for the Challenges that Lie Ahead!
As we begin 2014, employers continue to question how Congress and the Obama administration are going to impact their businesses. Whether it’s implementing the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act, compliance issues with completing the Form I-9, tax and benefits reform proposals being considered in Congress behind closed doors, or what the employment verification provisions of immigration reform legislation mean for employers—we’ll have the answers for you. And as President Obama outlined in last night’s State of the Union address, he’s willing—more than ever to effect change via the executive order process rather than wait for Congress to act. [ More ]

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