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Organized Labor

Choosing a Union: Private Ballot vs. Public Card-Check
Today, when American workers form a union, they usually hold a vote by secret ballot.  That commonly-accepted practice could come to an end in workplaces across the country if a bill passed by the House Education and Labor Committee becomes law. [More]
Family and Medical Leave Rules

SHRM Recommends Improvements to FMLA Implementation
On February 16, 2007, SHRM submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in response to its Request for Information (RFI) regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  DOL sought information about workplace experiences with several FMLA provisions, including the definition of a "serious health condition," intermittent leave, notice requirements and FMLA leave determinations/medical certifications. [More]
Health Care

Mental Health Parity Plan Advances
Employers who offer both medical and mental health coverage to employees may soon need to guarantee similar benefits for both plans.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently approved bipartisan legislation to provide employees with greater access to mental health benefits.  The proposal has been endorsed by SHRM in a letter of support, as well as by other major employer groups and mental health advocates. [More]
Non-Discrimination in the Workplace

Improved Genetic Non-Discrimination Bill Wins Unanimous Support
Thanks in part to recommendations made by SHRM, new non-discrimination requirements are one step closer to becoming law.  The House Education and Labor Committee unanimously approved a revised proposal barring employers and group health care plans from discriminating against workers when it comes to employment and benefits issues.  [More]
SHRM's Legislative Conference in March

Meet Your Elected Officials! Come to Washington Next Month
Time is running out to join SHRM's  2007 Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC on March 12 - 14.  Don't miss this opportunity to visit your congressional delegation, learn "inside" news about issues affecting your employer and employees, and help promote the importance of HR in shaping workplace policies.  Sign up today! [More]
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